In retrospect: January

10:28:00 PM

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Office cat demonstrating the overarching feels for January: Every day felt like a Tuesday. Todays were no more exciting than yesterdays and tomorrows were just another day to survive.

Also, I grew a beard year older. (I just don't know about being wiser.)

I slacked a great deal in what was supposed to be the most inspired month of the year. There wasn't the usual excitement for turning over a new leaf. No concrete goals were set in place. Though my calendar seemed relatively busy, I felt like a robot going through each item on my schedule and to-do lists.


1. I went out on a couple of friendly dates (as in dates with friends) which included wind-in-my-face motorcycle rides, babies! (well, singular), a tour around the royal-pontifical-smoke-free-since '03 University of Santo Tomas (UST), a bucket of Mini Stop chicken, a movie that never climaxes and coffee as per usual <3

2. I made it through 12 out of 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene. Not bad, if I say so meself. But also, a big (expected) fail for my first publicized commitment. I simply did not have enough discipline to wake up early after rendering consecutive OT nights. (Actually, two nights were enough to derail the fitness train I was on.) I'll jump back into it.

3. Another challenge that I am trying to carry on to completion is our local church's (Cathedral of Praise) 90 Day Bible Reading Challenge. Not to sound hypocrite or holier-than-thou but, you guys, the Bible is much more interesting than religion makes it seem. However, it really is a challenge to keep up with 10 or more chapters of reading a day (or being a "good" Christian, for that matter).

4. I've been relatively productive with Awesome in Manila. Thanks in part to some series (The Collective, Life Currently) that I'm trying to put out regularly. Also, do check out my interview with Kiten Capili, founder of Heart School. I'm looking at featuring some interesting personalities (at least, IMO) once a month. 

5. Opportunities opening up left and right. I may not feel strongly about each and every single one of them, but I am absolutely grateful that it leaves me feeling relevant. It makes me want to be better at what I do.

6. Still bad with money.

7. Still bad at managing feelings.

On that note, here's an excerpt from a Neruda because it's right in the feels yo:

If you think it long and mad,
the wind of banners
that passes through my life,
and you decide
to leave me at the shore
of the heart where I have roots,
that on that day,
at that hour,
I shall lift my arms
and my roots will set off
to seek another land.

if each day,
each hour,
you feel that you are destined for me
with implacable sweetness,
if each day a flower
climbs up to your lips to seek me,
ah my love, ah my own,
in me all that fire is repeated,
in me nothing is extinguished or forgotten,
my love feeds on your love, beloved,
and as long as you live it will be in your arms
without leaving mine.

-If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda

More than anything, I'm relieved that January is over and much more recent events are pushing me to be a bit more optimistic about 2015.

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