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2019: My Year Of Firsts And Milestones

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2019 has been my year of first and milestones. It's amazing that even in my thirties, my life is still fun, full of surprises, twists and turns and I still experience some firsts.

Allow me to share them with you.



2019: My Year of Firsts and Milestones


I got hitched!

Just when I was at peace with the possibility of growing old with my dogs, life threw a wonderful surprise late 2017. It was then that I met my future husband in the most unexpected and out of character (for me) way.

Fast forward to 2019, we got married. It was not a perfect wedding, but it was beautiful. It was a testament of God's faithfulness not only to me but also to my husband

We both waited in faith. Sometimes, we question God's purpose and plans. 

Waiting may be bitter, my friend, but the fruit is sweet. 

Use waiting as your time for learning, improving, exploring and enjoying.

I always tell my single friends to enjoy every moment of being alone. Cherish the life of being single. Embrace even the loneliness and emptiness. Because it will be over before you know it.

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First time to kayak.

This may seem trivial or nothing new for some, but this is a big deal for me. Because though I love going to the beach, I have an irrational fear of the open water.

For our honeymoon, the husband and I went to Palawan; hailed as the most beautiful island in the world. And it didn't disappoint.

Minus the influx of tourists that's causing traffic in some roads, pollution (not as bad as the cities here), and some locals milking on tourists, the island itself is a paradise indeed.

I love that we also got to enjoy healthy and guilt-free food at the Shaka Cafe at the resort where we stayed where they serve good vegan food. 

woman kayak in Palawan


I transitioned to Veganism.

I've never been a fan of meat. When I was living in my parent's house, I'd have meat all the time but only because my mother is a carnivore. 

Living on my own, I most often than not prefer less or no meat in my meals. 

2016, I declared that meat was back on the menu. That was because I was testing different restaurant foods due to our plan of putting up our cafe.

Thus, I believe that it is due to culture or tradition that our minds have been conditioned that it's okay to eat meat. But we have a choice. We should listen to our conscience. 

What weighs more? 

  • Your cravings or compassion? 
  • Supporting cruelty against animals or showing kindness to all creatures?

Science supports the idea that humans don't need meat to be healthy and survive. 

Spiritual (vegans) believe God gave us plants for food in Genesis 1:29: 

Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food."

Personally, science and religion aren't my reasons for this decision.

My dogs made me do it. 

One day I realized that if I will never ever eat dog meat because for me dogs have souls, why do I keep eating other dead animal carcasses?

What's the difference really? Farm animals are just as innocent and sentient as pet animals like dogs and cats.
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Did you know that pigs are smarter than dogs?

My other reason for going vegan is the condition of our planet

Earth is estimated to be 4.54 billion years old. It was thriving before us, supposed intelligent and superior species abused the resources it generously provides.

There is nothing wrong with progress. I love how technology has been making our lives better

But to sacrifice another creature's life to satisfy a fleeting craving or in the name of fashion when there is a plethora of alternatives that do not involve suffering and death is crazy and selfish

Don't be greedy. It's never too late. 

Go vegan for the animals and for the planet. Whatever we give to Mother Nature, she gives us back a hundredfold. 

When you go vegan, your body will thank you later. šŸ˜‰ Check out these athletes who were surprised about a huge (pun intended) improvement they've experienced shifting to a vegan diet.



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I've been working for years with cheapskates. I have encountered fakers or fraud. 

Lesson: don't believe every product review you see online. Especially if they're about šŸ‘‰ these brands.

On the last quarter of 2019, God finally answered my long time prayer to bring me to the right people who can help me grow.

I've found a tribe of freelancers who give premium quality service and earns premium in return.

It's my first time to pay for an online membership. And the money I invested was not a joke. It took me a while before I decided to go for it.

I prayed a lot about it and I had to pep talk myself into hitting that enroll button.

I'm a frugal person. But if I have to be honest with myself, I'm also scared when it comes to taking risks when money is involved.

I've made a lot of wrong investments and decisions in the past. I don't want to repeat those mistakes.

But I also thought, why am I stopping myself from taking a leap if the result is what I've always wanted to achieve? 

Why do I let fear hold me back from trying something new and expect to get a different result doing what I've been doing for the past years?

There are proofs from real people that this method works. How can I prove it myself if I won't try?

After like an eternity of reflection, I took the leap. I gave myself an ultimatum. 

I must see results in three months!

I will follow the teaching inside the tribe and apply it otherwise I just threw away the money I worked hard for.

A little before three months was over, I closed a deal with a premium client. And I know it's only the beginning.

You are the only one stopping yourself from moving forward.

Take calculated risks, my friend. Or you'll miss out in life.



How was your 2019? Was it also a year of firsts and milestones? No matter, I wish you had a memorable one and I hope this 2020 will be even better for you.

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