My 2021 Gratitude List

2021 has been a productive, struggling yet meaningful year for me. For 2021, my main goal is to finish my thesis. I should have aimed for graduating instead haha. Anyway, this meme sums up my year.

This meme is so accurate. On the contrary, I am aiming for graduation in 2022. God’s willing.

In my recent Facebook status, I have posted a gratitude list. This list includes the ‘accomplishments’ I have for this year. This post is not to brag but for me to look back to the struggles I faced in order to reach for my dreams.

My 2021 Gratitude List, everyone! 🙂

#1 I am thankful for the 15+ webinars I facilitated this year. Topics include teaching strategies, creativity, creative writing, and self-love. Grateful for the wisdom, Lord. This won’t happen without the presence of my friends who first believed in me.

#2 I am thankful for God’s providence for our house renovation. The renovation lasted for three months. Huhu. Biggest investment for 2021. This took so much of my savings yet I thank God that He provided what we needed.

#3 I am thankful that I was able to defend my thesis proposal! I am hoping to defend the manuscript next semester.

#4 Self-published my book Paghilom. This includes some merch like tote bag and stickers. I was able to open a Shopee account to sell my other books, too. I received 150+ orders on Shopee and I was able to sell 250 Paghilom books. 🙂

#5 I am also thankful for the outreach we conducted for my birthday. Instead of having a celebration, I decided to distribute packs of groceries to the needy.

#6 I am grateful to be sharing tithes to three different organizations. Thankful for all the side hustles that God has given me because through these blessings, I was able to share.

#7 Soft-launched a reading class with a number of students last summer. I also tutored a student from California. (This required me to wake up at 4:00 AM) Happy experience indeed!

#8 I was a part of Write Things Summer Writing Workshops. Blessed to share my inputs to the creative writing outputs of kids and teens. Looking forward to Summer 2022! 🙂

#9 Thankful for the first draft of my thesis manuscript!!! I am blessed with supportive thesis adviser and critic readers. Mabuti ang Diyos. 🙂 I remember Wattpad days (throwback 2012) when I only write just for fun. But look at yourself, Kim, you are already writing a serious manuscript.

#10 Survived two quarters for the school year in SPCP 2021-2022. Five months to go before the SY ends! 😃

Here is my humble WFH set up. I know it is messy but it’s my everyday reality. No shame. 😀

#11 Lastly, I was able to read more than 30+ books this year despite of procrastination and full schedule. Hoping to read more than this next year.

I am so shy to post these things but then, my friends told me that it is important to be grateful to the little and big accomplishments in life.

Sa totoo lang, bago ko lahat nagawa ito, andami ko ring sleepless nights, pag-aalinlangan, at gastos. Hahe. Mas marami rin akong struggles lalo na sa tuwing nagkakasakit si Lola pero syempre hindi siya nakikita ng tao sa social media. Hehe. Hindi rin posted yung 100x kaba ko before the proposal defense. Hindi rin halata yung 100x na doubts bago ako magpa-print ng sariling libro.

I am blessed because God gives me the strength to carry on. Hindi biro ang year na ito. Mentally and physically exhausting pero my family and I were able to manage in God’s grace.

Looking forward to Sablay next semester with no delays please. Manifesting!

How was your year? May you have a meaningful 2022, friends. Know that somebody out there is rooting for you and your success! Laban! Padayon!

Tyni (my shih tzu) and I are wishing you a blessed new year! God bless, friends!

It’s the little things that matter.

Life lately has been so challenging to the point that no matter how hopeful I am, I still feel disappointed about the things happening in the country. Upcoming elections. Politicians and their ads on TV and on different social media platforms. All of these during pandemic.

Aside from that, I’ve seen a lot of people contracting COVID, getting sick, or losing their loved ones. (I also almost lose my job because #pandemic.) This is definitely saddening. It makes me think when will our country surpass this pandemic, or can they even handle the crisis? Nobody knows.

In the other part of the globe, people have been moving forward. Their government has been very efficient in dealing with pandemic. I hope that we Filipinos will experience the same thing.

With everything that’s happening to me, I’ve decided to examine how my life has been recently. This week, my puppy had parvo. She’s confined for six days. She’s now with us. As of this writing, she is currently under medications.

This event made me realize to appreciate the little things around me. Literally, Tiny, my shih tzu, is one of those little things. She matters.

Being with her every day, feeding her, and cleaning her regularly, I tend to forget her value and presence. I disregard her existence just because I know that she will be always there no matter how busy I am.

I believe this appreciation applies to all. I don’t have control to everything, but I believe I can control what I can do and think at the moment. I can choose to be happy. I can control my response to my situations.

I am trying to make a conscious effort to be grateful and to appreciate the little things. How?

  • I will write the things that I am grateful for.
  • I will find time to list the things that give me joy.
  • I will appreciate the people I regularly or seldom see everyday.
  • I will value friendships even if we meet virtually only.
  • I will not hesitate to pamper myself with small rewards because I know that I am working hard.
  • I am allowing myself to be happy.
  • I will listen and celebrate Mass everyday virtually.

I hope you don’t give yourself a hard time. If there’s something that would make you happy, grab it, as long as you won’t hurt anyone. As long as you are in peace and comfortable. Don’t be too hard on yourself.


Si Dru at ang Kuwento ng Limang Kaharian Book Review

Published by Adarna House, Si Dru at ang Kuwento ng Limang Kaharian is a YA novel written by Clara Ng, illustrated by Renata Owen, and translated in Filipino by Nanoy Rafael.

Isang palaaway na batang babae ang napadpad sa mundo ng limang malulungkot na hari. Isang makapangyarihang puno ang magsisilbing daan para siya ay makauwi.

This book is about Dru, a 12-year old girl who likes to fight. She’s quite bad-tempered and she is very outspoken on the things she’d like to have and to keep.

Until something magical happened, her shawl accidentally flew up in the sky and sent her to different world. There she met five lonely kings. In order to find her way home, she had to help these kings.

This translated version in Filipino is a must-read for high school students. It describes a typical teen who learns a lot about kindness, patience, and perseverance. This story tells about how the lonely kings discovered that the answer to their problems is just near them. I love how this story is narrated. It’s whimsical, light, and fun to read. There are clear descriptions about each kingdom. It has some Alice in Wonderland kind of vibes.

Please let your friends read this. There are really gems hidden in Adarna House translated books collection.

This book is still available here: Adarna House.