Thank God for 2017!

Tomorrow is the last day of the year. We will celebrate the passing of 2017 and greet a new 2018. This was a year of amazing breakthrough! It had its challenges and successes, failures and realizations. I faced problems in my relationships, career, and life, but I learned from all of them. Here are some unexpected experiences this year:
  • This year, I traveled outside my city more than any year before. In my travel tag in this blog, I've been to Antique, Bacolod, Manila, and Boracay. It was also my very first time to visit another country! I blogged about that trip [link].
  • I worked in three different jobs this year. Since I'm still focusing on my Master's degree, I mostly worked part-time. I finished my contract as a job hire in CPU's Henry Luce III Library where I worked for the first six months of the year. Then, I tried my hand in teaching (which I found so challenging that I doubt I'm ever going to teach again). Now, I work in another part-time job as a freelance writer. Each of these jobs presented their own challenges, but I'm grateful for the experiences and I've learned a lot.
  • I got baptized in my local church, Victory Iloilo. This was an important step for me as a Christian. I admit that I only got more committed to the faith after I sought solace in church when I encountered some difficult personal problems that I couldn't solve. Going back to church was the last solution, but I'm glad to be back. I'm glad that I've met many great friends at church that have been my guides and companions throughout the year. I actually started the year with a week of prayer and fasting and that really made a difference this 2017.
  • I didn't write as much as I'd like, but this blog has fared better compared to the past year. I self-published a zine with a friend for the Iloilo Zinefest (which I plan to have reprinted again and figure out how to sell it online), but it was composed of older stories. A few of my works won the Central Echo's Literary Contest and was published in the annual Imagine Nation Literary Folio. I will post the links to the works once the issue is available online. I hope 2018 will be a more prolific year, I plan to finally write some of my ideas for novels that have been around in my head for a long time. 
I'm hoping and praying for another great year. I'm looking forward to the challenges and blessings in 2018. 

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