This 2015 has been a roller coaster ride for me, one that began with something that I didn’t think I’d be able to come out of in one piece. But looking back now, I can only say that even with the massive twist and many unexpected turns, 2015 has been good to me. Because of this, I’d like to share my 2015 with all of you for it is a year that I will always remember.
…began with a heartbreak. But little steps were taken and probably a project planned by my parents, a surprise awaited me one day at home—I had my first pet, Tacos.
Also part of the project to heal their daughter’s heart, my parents and I traveled to Indonesia that year.
I went with my family on a staycation at Sonya’s Garden in Tagaytay. We got 2 more puppies, Tarra and Titat, as Tacos’s playmates.
I also had my training and certification as a Zumba Instructor at this time.
…was my blog month and after a year of getting back into blogging, I purchased my own website.
I spent the summer in Boracay with some of my relatives and I challenged my introverted self by trying out Boracay Pub Crawl.
Later in the month I signed up for a spinning pole workshop culminating in a spinning pole recital.
The whole clan traveled all the way to Pagudpud and we visited the different notable stops along the way. Also at this time, because of a wayward nail, I had my first anti-tetanus shot.
My heart broke a second time when I lost Tacos and although all I wanted was for the pain to stop, life just goes on.
So I challenged myself physically by joining the swimming team, dance competition, and the volleyball and table tennis tournament in our office’s annual mini-Olympics. I’m proud to say I’m the owner of 2 gold medals, 1 silver medal, and 1 bronze medal.
I also joined and won the semi-finals of a board game (Splendor) tournament, one that requires a lot of strategic thinking.
I continued my fitness lifestyle and signed up for a 6+1 month membership with 360° Fitness Club. It was my first taste of circuit training and thanks to it, I realized a significant drop in my weight, a notable loss in body fat percentage, and a commendable gain in muscle mass.
I also got to experience a relaxing water spa at Ace Water Spa and the nerve wracking experience of teaching Zumba, getting a feel of the music and facing my own stage fright.
…got me into decorating my second home
somewhere south and I had fun looking for items for the place.
I also had a movie marathon at UP Film Center with my friend, watching 2 Japanese films, and ending the day with a jog/walk around the UP oval.
Because of a promo between H&M Sports and Plana Forma, I gave in to shopping at H&M. It wasn’t a bad place after all. I had fun buying some sports outfit and because of the promo, I got a free 1 month unlimited membership at Plana Forma.
I began buddy training with my officemate after work. I especially had fun coming up with exercise routines, mostly circuit exercises I learned from 360° Fitness Club and combining them with what I already know in order to make a personalized routine for both of us.
I also saw the value in pampering myself and taking care of my skin more, going back to my suki Derm Clinic.
It was also the first time I traveled on my own to Hong Kong to visit my best friend. Yahoo for Hong Kong Disneyland.
And how can I forget the beginning of my journey to self when I joined FLEX 200?
…the final quarter of the year was supposed to be a winding down. But it turned out to be the most rigorous of my 2015.
I continued my journey with ALC 154 and learned so much of myself. Openness, acceptance, and letting go were my constant companions then. Then came LEAP 66 that would drive my greatest growth all the way to December. It was a roller coaster ride within the roller coaster ride I’ve been having since January.
For the first time I lead a 4-song Zumba warm-up session that had close to a hundred participants. Although I was with a fellow Zumba Instructor, I never thought I’d be able to face that much number of people.
I finally opened my studio, BEATS Dance & Fitness Studio and began teaching Zumba professionally. I’m amazed at how far I’ve gone, throwing myself out there—to teach people I know and don’t know, wherever, whenever. My stage fright was a thing of the past against the strength of my passion for dancing. And further I went, taking the extra mile to make a visible change in myself (hair-wise).
…was my moment. I had my first Zumba Concert—a 2-hour Zumba Party with 50 or so participants and I danced a contemporary piece for the first time. To think that I could stretch myself this much and over the course of just 7 weeks for something that I love is overwhelming. But I made it happen with the help of people who loved and supported me.
And from myself to others, I participated in my friend’s outreach at Hospicio de San Jose and our team’s outreach at Little Sisters of the Elderly where I got to extend my love to others.
All in all, who wouldn’t say that my 2015 has been great? It might even be my best year so far. As Lao Tzu said, “New beginnings are sometimes disguised as painful endings.” Indeed, my 2015 has been filled with a lot of new experiences that I truly cherish. And now that I have seen what I am capable of when I surrender to who I really am, I can say that my 2016 will be even better.