Holidays, 2017

2015 and 2016 year ender posts

Guess it had been very busy since 2014, when I last answered it: I changed jobs, I got Butters, I moved to a different home, started a relationship. Life has been crazier since but I do love my life with the same passion if not more I've had ever since. Oh what a time to be alive!

2017 to me was moving into a new home, recovering activity in the blogging world, traveling to New York, getting into my fitness life and going back to my old weight, and finally launching Women Who Win. It's a community of business women who aims to foster conversations and educating fellow women on chasing their business ideas and be successful. We had our pilot run last December 2 at Impact Hub MNL, a coworking space in BGC with all the amenities for a startup business and it was just a better turnout than we (Liz, my co founder and I) had imagined!


So that was me and my 2017 -- and here's my Proust Questionnaire, a questionnaire I answer every year, the questions are written by French writer, Marcel Proust and published by Vanity Fair.

1. What is your idea of perfect happiness? Lately, perfect happiness to me is all about cozying up with Butters, a blanket and Mike at the end of the day, all of us catching up with the day's happenings, events, thoughts and wrapping up thoughts and just being thankful for what had the day been. Happiness is fulfilment from doing work that affects people in a positive way and creating positive ripples across. Happiness is being at home with my family. Happiness is traveling with people I love.

2.What is your greatest fear? Earthquakes.

3.What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Judgment, temper, and sometimes I am quick to judge and conclude.

4.What is the trait you most deplore in others? Stonewalling, lack of apathy and aggressiveness.

5.Which living person do you most admire? I'm really a big fan of Emily Weiss of Into the Gloss and Glossier, Sophia Amoruso of Girlboss Media, Gabrielle Bernstein, Cheryl Strayed. It had been a big year for feminism and I'm just thrilled to be alive!

6.What is your greatest extravagance? Myself. 

7. What is your current state of mind? I feel like I'm outgrowing a lot of things in my life - like I feel like my values shifted this year that some of them don't match with those I spend some time with anymore and my heart breaks for those moments that I realize, I am not who I used to be anymore and they are also free to be who themselves are, too. I know that's pretty cryptic but last night I did cry over those realizations that even friends can be very different from you {as opposed to family because you never choose family, but love them anyway and therefore differences are kind of a given and more expected}. 

8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Traditional beliefs.
9. On what occasion do you lie? I can't remember the last time I did it and most likely there was really no good reason.
10. What do you most dislike about your appearance? My nose. And I wish I had abs.
11. Which living person do you most despise? Not despise but I wish politics was much better and something to look forward to.
12. What is the quality you most like in a man? Integrity.
13. What is the quality you most like in a woman? Ennui, charm.
14. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Oh my god. 
15. What or who is the greatest love of your life? My parents, Butters, Jesus.
16. When and where were you happiest? Waking up at peace not needing many things.
17. Which talent would you most like to have? Not talent but I wish I had more grit.
18. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Being affected by circumstance.
19. What do you consider your greatest achievement? Making it through the year 2017.
20. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? Kylie Jenner.
21. Where would you most like to live? New York City.
22. What is your most treasured possession? This life.
23. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Hmm, can't think of any now but of course losing my grandma last year after Thanksgiving was very sad.
24. What is your favorite occupation? The one where one gets to be at peace with the world.
25. What is your most marked characteristic? Driven and very ambitious.
26. What do you most value in your friends? No judgments.
27. Who are your favorite writers? Mark Manson, Pamela Drucker and Cheryl Strayed for this year.
28. Who is your hero of fiction? Haven't read enough fiction this year.
29. Which historical figure do you most identify with? Cheryl Strayed
30. Who are your heroes in real life? The people I work with/
31. What are your favorite names? Amanda, Butters.
32. What is it that you most dislike? Taking things for granted.
33. What is your greatest regret? Not doing things when I can.
34. How would you like to die? Saving something important.
35. What is your motto? Leave something better than you found it.

Happier or sadder? Happier in some ways, and the depths of sadness and misery on some days.
Richer or poorer? Richer in net worth but to quote Jessica Huang in Fresh Off the Boat, I can be considered "house poor."
What do you wish you'd done more of? Stayed in a positive mindset, I wish I went to church more or prayed more.
What do you wish you'd done less of? I wish I worried less. - SAME for 2017.
How will you be spending Christmas? Spent it at home, with Mike and Butters and their family.
Did you fall in love in 2017? Most days is spent falling in love all over again.
What was your favorite TV program? Crazy Ex Girlfriend, Jane the Virgin, Fresh Off the Boat, Black Mirror, Stranger Things 2.
Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? No.
What was the best book you read? Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
What was your greatest musical discovery? Great Good Ok Fine, Timecop1983
What did you want and got? Money {LOL}, my little female community the WWW, my trip to NYC.
What was your favorite film of this year? Baby Driver
What did you do on your birthday? Quality time with Mike, Butters, partied with my friends at home, drank champagne
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2017? Pretty much updated and still colorful.
What kept you sane? The book of Corinthians, a small prayer every now and then and the thought that everything will come to pass.
Which celebrity figure you fancy the most? Pico Alexander.
Who was the best new person you met? New friends when I thought I'd never meet new friends again.
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2017?  Everything else will come to pass.

Happy Holidays, kids.