The New Year

I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had the chance to reflect on last year. I had to work some of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. That was the first time I was not with my family when the clock struck 12. It was a weird feeling being away from family because it’s always been tradition to watch the ball drop while struggling to keep awake. We’d stay glued to the TV as they start counting down and afterwards, my dad would start banging a pan throughout the entire house to ward off evil spirits. It’s also tradition for us to carry coins in our pockets for prosperity in the new year. It’s a Filipino tradition. And of course, jumping. We always jumped whenever the new year started. I mean I know that this is only for children (children jump as high as they can so they will grow nice and tall), but we do it anyway 😛

This last year was as memorable as every year. I learned a lot about love and life. I learned a lot about myself and what I really wanted from life. There are things I wished I could relive and others I wish I could do over but ultimately though, I have no regrets. It’s like they say, everything happens for a reason. Everything that has happened up to this point has shaped and molded me into the person I have become. You know how they say to love yourself? Sometimes people think of this as no brainer, even myself. But when you really think about it, there are things that people don’t like about themselves…be it acne, a small butt, no curves, not good at math….the list can go on. So really…it’s a really difficult thing to do. We just have to accept what’s there and work with what we’ve got.

Also this year I have figured out a plan for my life and where I want it to go. It’s a vague plan but it’ll do for the time being. Things that have seemed so important in the past have just been bumped down in my priorities list. But who knows…priorities always change. Life’s funny like that. I just hope that this year will bring me new “adventures.”

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  1. Yeah, as you get older, I think some may find themselves starting to live their life the way they want and not what’s expected by others. Also you develop more confidence to go after what you want. I’ve personally reflected a lot this last year, and made a lot of conscious decisions to limit my online activity and put that energy into other things. It comes as a balance though like anything In life. And I think it gets increasingly harder to live your life independently. It takes guts. There’s risk – I don’t know about your profession as I think it varies from industry to jndustry but in the design/art industry where I operate, pursuing your artistic practice is pretty grueling and intense at times. The sheer mental devotion it seems to take, is by no means easy. But that’s kind of my point I guess. It’s hard work going after what you want but you gotta put it in here and there with the hope it all works out. No point living if you don’t have something to shoot for. (Nice blogs by the way – enjoyed reading them, and didn’t know you were the reflective type of person. Found that refreshing.)

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    • Yeah, I completely agree with you. It’s tough going for what you want to do. I’m still trudging along with my YouTube channel and everything that goes along with it. In the end though, even if it doesn’t end up being as big as I want it to be, I still learned a lot of things along the way. And yeah, I tend to think a lot about random stuff and write about it on here. When I started this blog, I didn’t think that people would actually follow me and read what I had to say but I decided to give it a go anyway, lol.

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      • I think you’re going the right way about it. I guess it’s how you build traction. Social creation seems like a huge thing these days so I guess a good way is to have the crochet part sync up with as many social methods as possible. The way I’d look at it from a design/plan perspective (and this is just me) I’d see if I could challenge other users to create really small creations and host some kind of small learning. Competition between your viewers. I’d also look at photographing the creations with a 50mm or a macro lens on a light grey background at differernt angles and get some really well shot photography shot of them so you can house them in another portfolio. It’s definitely lends itself to something like that. They’re beautiful pieces of work. (You could have a small link on each creation to link to your tutorials and resources, and even kick in an embedded YouTube video that fills the screen so to give it maximum impact. (Hope you don’t mind me saying all that-just things/potential for growth I see in your work purely from a design perspective). You have a lot of talent / a decent body of work and it’s worth really considering how you can best showcase it. I’d think (as an outsider) you’d have studied textiles or something…

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      • At the end of the day what you’re making is art. I think you should open up a portfolio just for the crochet. I think it could be really stunning. (But yeah that’s just my opinion as a designer – and I mostly just speak my mind so I apologise if it’s too direct) just from an admirer of your work.

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      • No, I really appreciate the advice. I’ve been thinking of ways to put myself out there and garner more fans/viewers. It’s tough, especially seeing how certain YouTubers seem to become popular overnight. I’ve tried advertising my stuff to as many people as possible but it tends to get exhausting. I haven’t been doing that recently though but I think that actually worked out for the best.

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