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2017 was a year of redemption. A year of rescue. A year of Forgiveness. A year of gratitude. 
Too many things happened this year, rain and shine, and with those times, the Lord was true to His word when He said “He will never leave me nor forsake me.” I may not be able to fully understand why He allowed certain things, but what I know now is that His ultimate goal for me is to continuously mold my character into becoming like His. He allowed, maybe so I can also have more opportunities to exercise faith and so there would be an avenue to show people who do I serve. 
Now I’m beginning to understand that my life is never about me. It’s always about HIM. 
Right now as I write this, and remember how it was like a rollercoaster, I can’t help but feel a little bit emotional. Sometimes crying can feel so good too. Crying can be relieving. 2017 was crazy but great at the same time. I have so many things to write about, I don’t even know where to begin!
On Forgiveness and Gratitude
To the good friend that I had chosen to give up, thank you. You taught me to be kind to people even when they continue to do actions that hurt. 
To the one person who helped me, yet thought he had every right to meddle with my life, who made it really challenging, you who have stretched my patience and character to its limit, you who would often accuse me of things i can’t even imagine doing, who spoke words that hurt even until now, et cetera… I forgive you. I understand that your anger is your defense mechanism. I thank the Lord for the gift of joy, and the emotional support of family and friends. These things sustained me throughout the dragging, difficult times.
In the midst of all the pain, God calls us to love. And to love some more. 
On Relationships 
2017 was the year when I fully grasped the reality that not all people come and go. There are people who choose to stay and will keep reaching out as you do. It always takes two to tango. Relationships, no matter what life stage you are in, survive in constant two- way communication. 
So no matter how busy you are, make time to keep reaching out, because life is meant to be shared. Go fight for your relationships. 
On Chasing Dreams
I consider it a big milestone that I finally decided to go back and pursue my unfulfilled dream of finishing business school. (I have been comtemplating for years!!) Finally, few months ago, I had the courage to step out of my comfort zone. Then I felt so excited when I got into one of the top universities. It was such a winning moment!
During my first term, the total experience was a wake up call. Perhaps, a good reminder to never settlle, to keep learning, and to keep honing your skills. My classmates were all amazing, competitive and hilarious to be with. They inspire me to do my best. I’m so grateful I am not alone in this learning journey and that we all signed up on this together. I am now on my second term and it’s still far from the finish line, but I hold on to every hope that the small wins bring. They always lead to the big ones. As I finish my thoughts, I leave you with words from Eleanor Roosevelt: 

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Thank you Jesus for 2017!!! It’s time to move forward to welcome the new year with a renewed hope. Cheers to lighter days! 


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