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2015: Positivity and Possibility



It's that time of the year again to wrap the entire year: to learn from mistakes, relive the good times and count the blessings.

If you wanna read my previous year-enders, you may click the following links:
From exploring Japan to having to leave work to being an all-around person just for my mom, this year has indeed made my heart stronger but softer. 

January


  • Japan! I welcomed 2015 with a month trip to one of my dream destinations, Japan. - Post

February


  • Left Japan in February 6. I was able to experience snow for the first time and I loved it! 
  • 5th Lilpink Blogversary!

March


  • Spoke before the graduates for my elementary and highschool alma maters. I asked Allah SWT years back and included this in my 2015 wishlist. I was really astounded when it came true. - 1, 2
April


  • Reunited with my best friends. - Post
  • Became one of Shea Rasol's proteges and became one of her friends. <3 - Post
  • Visited Iligan City. 

May 



June


  • Toured for the first time around Tawi-Tawi, specifically Panampangan Island and Municipality of Simunul. (Blog entry posted late.) - Post
  • Went viral. It was crazy and humiliating. Really! - Post
  • Seminar in Palawan. <3
  • Left work and started taking care of my mom. She was confined in an alternative medicine clinic for a month.

July


  • Taking care of my mom. 
August


  • Still taking care of my mom.
  • Spoke (through video) before young writers in Tawi-Tawi about blogging. -  FB post
September

  • Hijabi Mag officially partnered with Moslema in Style for MISIFF 2015. - Post

October


  • Started coloring. - Post
  • Started working online as news writer. 
  • Enrolled for a fashion course online.
  • Talked about how my days from June-present is like.  - Post
  • Spoke (through a video) to hijabis in Pagadian City about Hijab. - Post

November - December

  • Life goes on. Still taking care of my mom. 
  • Resigned temporarily from online work to focus on her. (If there is a resignation like that. lol. Supervisors said I can come back. Wow!)


More than half of 2015 was spent taking care of my mom. At first, she can still stand up and take care of herself. Then everything was constantly going down. 

Suddenly, she can't move her lower limbs anymore. So, I had to learn how to nurse and take care of her properly. I had to let go my 'kaartehan' and change her diapers and clean her. I had to be strong and look for ways so I can finance her medication and therapy. 

My perspective of a happy life eventually changed from that of material things to simple joys of being with my mom. 

I also learned to treasure friendships and family more than anything. At my worst, only my friends and some from my family were there for me and constantly checking on me. Alhamdulillah for thoughtful and loving people.

Thanks for being part of my 2015. Let us rock 2016!

21 comments:

  1. Happy new year siss! I still remembered that time we had a conference with a few other bloggers. hehe. anyway, this year for me was a mix of ups and lows and I must agree that this year thought me that the litle things inlife and the mere presence of our loved ones were the most important parts of my life. happy new year to us sis! may we fulfill our goals in 2016 :*

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  2. You're such a good daughter. Not everyone will sacrifice almost everything for their mom. I salute you Kai! And be strong, hope it will get better soon.

    Anyway, setting the drama aside, you've had a lot of achievements this year! Congrats Kai! And yay for your Japan trip! I would love to go to Japan too but not now, I'm still not that interested to actually push it through hehe

    Wishing you a great 2016 ahead! :)

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  3. You're such a good daughter. Not everyone will sacrifice almost everything for their mom. I salute you Kai! And be strong, hope it will get better soon.

    Anyway, setting the drama aside, you've had a lot of achievements this year! Congrats Kai! And yay for your Japan trip! I would love to go to Japan too but not now, I'm still not that interested to actually push it through hehe

    Wishing you a great 2016 ahead! :)

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  4. Huuugs to you and your Mom, bagay💕 may everything be well for both of you this coming 2016. :D

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  5. Your post just tugged my heartstrings. At first I was really happy seeing your photos in Japan and the achievements you had, and then as I went on reading, that, about your mom, made me sad in a way. I admire your bravery and how good you are as a daughter. :) For sure, 2016 has in store a lot of positive things to look forward to. :)

    Happy New Year Kai!!

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  6. Sending you hugs! Hope that 2016 will be an awesome year for you. Happy new year! :)

    jhanzey.net

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  7. watta teary eyed post... stay strong kai because:

    Loving can hurt
    Loving can hurt sometimes
    But it's the only thing that I know
    When it gets hard
    You know it can get hard sometimes
    It is the only thing that makes us feel alive
    (A song Photograph)

    as I was saying you're the bravest girl I've ever met. I pray for the recovery of ur mom. #GodBless Always and #Ingatx

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  8. Surely Allah will provide everything you needed in order for you to properly care and give nurse to your mother. Ameen.

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  9. What a great year-ender post, Kai. So much has happened and i'm happy for you! :)

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  10. I love the fact that you write a year-ender post every year! We've all had a year full of changes last year and I hope this year is the time we smooth things out. Good luck and have a Happy New Year!

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  11. You had a lot of travels, opportunities and responsibilities in 2015. Stay in the positive side of life and things will find its balance in time.

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  12. You have done some amazing thing in 2015! I hope 2016 is a bigger and better year for you :) x

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  13. I commend you for taking care of your mom personally. This is very hard to do but you took it on bravely and lovingly.

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  14. sounds like you've had an awesome 2015! and you went to jp for 1 mth! that's awesome! i wish i can travel for a month too!

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  15. Beautiful!!! I esp love that travel pics of yours. I definitely relate to the amazing feel when you see and touch snow for the first time!! :)

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  16. Your 2015 was amazing, nonetheless. I wish your 2016 will bring more good stuff and a lot of happiness for you and your family. Happy New Year!

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  17. Wow! Those are nice accomplishments you've done in the past year. I especially like the part when you started writing online as a news writer. Is this like for an online newspaper or magazine?

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  18. You are really amazing in taking care of your mom. Let's delcare a lot of good thing to happen in the future for both of you. God bless to you and your mom. :)

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  19. i just follow your blog.
    www.beautyisallaround6.blogspot.com

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  20. You had a lot of travels, opportunities and responsibilities in 2015.

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  21. I love how consistent you are with your year enders! How is your mom doing now?

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