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12.31.2017

Goodbye and Thank You, 2017!

There's only a few hours left to 2017, and boy, I have never been more excited to welcome the New Year!

Truth be told, 2017 had been quite challenging for us. I got sick early this year, and had to be admitted to the hospital for pneumonia. Whilst there, I was also diagnosed with pre-hypertension, so now I'm taking maintenance medicine for high blood pressure - and from the looks of it, I'll be doing this for life.

Yue had his own share of sick days, too. Thankfully, none of those instances warranted a stay at the hospital. He did, however, got sick while we were in Korea last spring and we had to see a (Korean) pediatrician because the only way we could buy medicine for his high-grade fever was to consult a doctor and get a prescription.

But perhaps our biggest stumbling block this year was my husband's employment status. It may not seem like it, but the South Korean economy is still in limbo, despite the change in presidency. Small businesses are the ones taking the hit, and my husband's previous employer was among them. He eventually lost his job, and it took him awhile to find a new one.

Now this is where this blog came to the rescue.
This blog, which I created six years ago just for the love of writing and the need to 'channel my creative juices', sustained us during our crisis. It may be chump change compared to the influencers who rake in a six-figure income by just posting a photo on Instagram, but then again, I love what I'm doing and I love that I'm earning while doing something that I love.

And with that, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to all the brands that I have worked with this year, and even in the previous years; to the advertisers and PR agencies who have collaborated with this blog; to the blog support groups that I am part of, and the wonderful people that I have met through blogging; and most of all, to you, my dear readers and followers who take the time to visit this blog and actually read my sporadic blog posts. Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Happy New Year from my boys and I!
Happy New Year!
Hoping 2018 will be a better, more awesome year for all of us! Ever onward! :)



13 replies:

Helena Oops said...

Hello
Last year was also a challenge for me and is not better for me this year too as it beggins this week with an operation in the hospital.
Thanks for sharing and happy that you feel better now.
wishing you a Happy New Year for you nd your family!http://helenamybeauty.over-blog.com/2017/12/bonne-nouvelle-annee-mes-amis-happy-new-year-my-friends.html

Rachel Stone said...

Poor you being so unwell at the beginning of the year, glad you are doing well now. All the best for 2018 :)

Emmanuel Damian said...

I hope you’ll have a better 2018! Cheers! Looking forward to your progress!

Lavanda Michelle said...

2017 was so many things to do mainly people and I am grateful to see another year. I believe every day brings more opportunity and 2018 is a new 365 days of opportunities. Happy to see that you ends the year better than you started it. Happy 2018.

Christine Delacruz said...

I love reading your blog. and Happy New Year to you and to your family. I hope you are having a lot of happy moments and wonderful year.

Marie Angeli Laxa said...

It does sound like you had a tough year! I'm glad your husband found a new job eventually - all's well that ends well. Happy new year to you and your family!

Pinions and Plumage of Love said...

Thank you for sharing! The past year may have been tough but I believe it brought out the best in you and made you tougher. :) A prosperous and victorious New Year to you and your family!

Ayi said...

Life has its own way of challenging us and eventually help us get back on our feet :) Cheers to a fruitful 2018 :)

Angel Enero said...

It was indeed a tough year but I'm glad that your husband found a new job. Cheers to a brighter and happier 2018! Happy new year!

Tweenselmom said...

I love your spirit, and I'm happy for you for being able to maintain such a valuable blog with valuable contents. Continue to be an inspiration and God will always bless you.

momi berlin said...

2018 is hear na and I hope it will be good to all of us. More opportunities for love, career, and in everything we wish for. Life is indeed challenging and we should live it with a smile and faith in ourselves.

Mommy Rockin' In Style said...

Happy New Year sis! Despite all the challenges we had last year, it won't stop us to have a happier 2018. God bless your family!

Badet Siazon said...

Happy new year sis! I hope you'll have a wonderful 2018 at makabalik ka na ulit sa Korya! Aja!