Wow! Another year, another festive season over. Wishing you all a positive and inspired 2017. I have a feeling it’s going to be a great one!
In my reflection on 2016 I can only look back and be extremely thankful. Despite having it’s ups and downs, for me it was simply a few memorable experiences that transformed my year into one that really made me smile, laugh and feel so grateful.
And here they are:
- I went on a life-changing trip to Davao, Philippines where I met my extended family for the first time (my mother’s side). Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to form such incredible, unforgettable connections and feel so a part of something special. I learned so much, all of which inspired my post on Davao-if you’re interested.
- I spent some quality time with my friends. I know that may sound odd- don’t we all do that anyway? But when you hit your mid 20s and “life” gets in the way, it’s amazing how quickly you can drift away from people. This year, I felt like I was able to rekindle a lot of meaningful friendships, and I look back on those moments and think boy, did we have some laughs!
- I got to visit Japan for the second time. After already spending 3 weeks in Davao, I didn’t expect to have the opportunity to travel again this year. So when I was able to take more time off work, there was no doubt in my mind as to where I’d be heading! And it was incredible.
- I applied for the JET programme. This is something I had been contemplating for a couple of years now, and 2016 was the year where I put my fears aside and just went for it. The application process was tedious, stressful and time-consuming, but I really felt like I applied myself in a way that really gave me a sense of focus and direction- something which I have been lacking for some time now. And so far it has paid off as I received a letter to interview at the embassy! Even if I don’t end up getting into JET, I can accept it knowing I did my absolute best. And I’ll be okay with that.
- The Western Bulldogs finally won another AFL premiership. For any other doggies supporters out there, you know as well as I do just how significant this win was. FINALLY! We’ve only been waiting since 1954! And wow, didn’t the celebration go off? It was incredibly humbling how even non-bulldogs supporters were rooting for us. I couldn’t believe how much it brought communities together, and I’ll never forget driving through Footscray on premiership day and seeing shopfronts and houses painted and completely decked out in red, white and blue. It was amazing!
- I became a more positive and optimistic person. For someone who used to let a lot of things bring them down, this was a huge step for me. I tried to see the positive in every situation and it really transformed me as a person. I am so much happier and healthier than I was before.