Made It Happen: 2011 in some words and photos

At the beginning of this year, I posted this quirky collage on this blog.

I had started 2011 in a state of unbelievable FAITH. I had claimed to seize all opportunities, step up, and finally do the goals (material and otherwise) that I had been putting off. (Wow, big words) πŸ™‚ But I was really in that mood, that “take charge” stance. I was so inipand excited and I wanted be somewhere else on so many levels. So I put up that big goal list in my head and braced myself for 2011! My tag line was: “Make it happen this 2011.” (I have a penchant for making crazy handles)

Ok so I know that you’re dying to find out what somethin’ somethin’s I did manage to make happen (hehe joke lang). Actually this is more for my own affirmation – and also as a personal testament that wecandothis, that anything is possible, and that that GOD has only the biggest and best plans for us. πŸ™‚

-A Canon G12. Or an Olympus Pen (because a decent camera is loooong overdue)
-A secondhand car (!!!)
-A nice set of headphones

So, yeah, I don’t know what happened with the car. πŸ™‚ But this goal still comes with me next year! I’m thankful for the provision God has given me – I have what I need for now. πŸ™‚

-To Boracay (never been there!) or to Camsurwith my family
-To Hong Kong with my family

Because of general busy-ness and incompatibility of schedules, my family and I had only one itsy-bitsy “out of town” this year to Laiya. BUT I still got to do some more beachin’ and travellin’ – Zamba with officemates last June and Bicol (including Camsur!) to meet Ranie’s family last August. Add to that all the weekend “Manila Field Trips” and regular Elbi visits that Ranie and I have done all year. So I’m still thankful for these “GO” events. πŸ™‚ Also, I have an upcoming KL / Singapore trip next month, so hahabol yun. πŸ™‚

– Quilted or Zebra Print Chucks
– Pumps and heels (hello new office in June!)
– More dresses and feminine things

I never managed to find quilted and zebra print chucks :/ BUT I think (and Ranie would agree) that I more than made up for it by the amount of other things I acquired. Haha! (Kaya pala hindi natuloy yung car fund. JK)

– Freelance articles for magazines. (Hello, Moe and Pao) – I’m quitting my erswhile racket and pursuing this SERIOUSLY for real this year
-get published again. hopefully my schedule will give me more creative space to go back to writing short stories

I think “WRITE” was my biggest accomplishment for 2011. I quit my regular job, applied for an MA, and then got in. πŸ™‚ Going back to school was something I really wanted to do a few years after college. I wanted it SO BAD. But I thought, in the current circumstances of things, that it would be hard to ask for. That it would be unfair to ask for it.

But see, God listens, and when your heart’s desire is part of his plan, he’ll make the impossible not just possible – but WAY better than where you came from!

First of all, I got into the program I wanted. I’m still taking undergrad classes right now (because I had no film courses in college) – but I’m enjoying it to the hilt, of course. This is it!

My general idea was to coast by on my parent’s benevolence and scrounge up some raket money for random ukay trips on the side. Serious. I was just so thankful to already have been given the TIME to finally return to school. But apparently, God had better (and more solid) ideas in mind!

Suddenly, Mid-October, I found my hands full with different types of work. With the people and the ideas that I enjoy working with. The financial support it provided is not pambili ng hacienda (of course!), but it has allowed me to be generous (in my own way), and to share little blessings with my family and my friends – and even with people I’m not related to. And the best part was that I could do it all without having to give up going to class or attending to other important personal things *uboblogubo* haha. My perspectives and faith really changed and deepend. It was the biggest miracle of my 2011!

– Be kickass and make ETC the most kickass channel evarrr
– Share God and my faith with my family
– Get a credit card so I can space out paying for aforementioned buys
– Get a basic phone line (everyone together: “why onlyΒ nao?!”)

So OK – I’m glad that I didn’t push through with the credit card. I think at my rate, I’m still better off without one. πŸ™‚ The phone line application is pending! Haha. I applied kasi only last week. So much for making habol!

I “left” ETC but now I’m still with ETC – working on the fabulous show ETCETERA. I’m really enjoying it, and best of all, I’m still working with the best people – Patti, Kim, Val, Daryl, Ernan, Kevin, Nat, Lilian, Jay, Cit-cit, Genstein, Mayesa, Mike H, Steph, Gelo, Ma’am Anne, Sherman, Dan, and so on. I think we’re still the most kick-ass channel. I LOVE what I’m doing πŸ™‚

I’m finally upfront to my family about my faith. And they’re OK with it. πŸ™‚

In pictures – the most massive collage ever. It grew so long because I had to keep extending the canvas size. Haha! πŸ™‚ THANK YOU to everyone who’s here πŸ™‚

So that has been what was for this year. In retrospect, it wasn’t me who made everything happen – it was the amazing, kind, talented people around me. My friends, my “employers” and “handlers” LOL, my orgmates and officemates, my family, and Ranie (who has been of course, the ultimate sounding-board and source of comfort, support, free shoessss and UNLI FREE HUGS all year and forever!). And above all, it was God. Seriously. Just try Him. I assure that how you see things will be different and better.

I know some of you check this blog from time to time because I force you to. SO THANK YOU for making 2011 happen for me. It has been so good and so amazing.

I am ending 2011 in a mood of GRATITUDE and PRAISE. Beginning 2012 with Excitement and even more determination! Let’s now get ready to delve into 2012! (Oh my god, I just made another lame handle right there)

One thought on “Made It Happen: 2011 in some words and photos

  1. Krista! I think it's the first time I've read your blog and I am happy for your Joy and the boldness He has given you in 2011. πŸ™‚

    For the record, I LOVE ETC! Ever since we cut cable at home, it's become my portal to the global coolness that other channels of Philippines free TV can't offer! I love Patti Granridge's (did I spell it right?) look but sometimes she sounds too sing-songish (from a former jock's perspective lang naman. hehe.); but it doesn't stop me from liking her and her partner there. Great casting, btw. I find your writers doing a good job with that show — under your watchful eye, I presume. Keep it up! πŸ™‚

    One of my goals this 2012 is to reconnect with acquaintances and solidify relationships. I wish to spend some time with you as well. Daan akong ETC. You and Jewel can treat me to coffee or whatever the hills of Antipolo has to offer. Whatchathink, Bayo model? hehe. πŸ™‚


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