2017 in Focus


The year has flown by so fast for me and I have never felt more content with my growing achievements. I can only feel great things to come in 2017 and like most people, my wish list for growth is one tall order. However, lucky for me, the new me from 2015 cut the list short and made it fully realistic. But first, it’s customary to have a quick look back at the past 12 mos. …

So UMD rejected me twice. Once was MY mistake. Second was theirs. The silver lining? I’m currently a straight A student at UB with a year and a half left before I prove myself more than worthy of an acceptance letter.

I took a semester break from school and worked full-time. In that experience, I was able to taste the 9-5 jobs that many people have and my take on it? I hated it. It felt like prisonโ€“ except for the days when I actually enjoyed my work and the people that I worked with. Overall, I felt out of control of my own time. My personal time became aย routine and I don’t like routine. Routine bores me. On the bright side, I learned more about myself:

  1. I need a job that brings out all the energy in me
  2. Allowing me to freely create is a major essential (intentional redundancy)
  3. Be my own boss because I’m a boss at what I do (or … at least a great amount of autonomy)

So I made it a goal to earn my degree as fast as I can (and if you know me, I take short-cuts whenever I could) and have exactly 3 semesters left until I can graduate … on Filipino time ๐Ÿ˜‰

I also realized how important my immediate family is to me. I’ve come to the point where I see my parents as my best friends and because of that, I’ve left them out on family-oriented events like Thanksgiving because I see my best friends way too often.

On another note, I feel alone in collaborations. I’ve only found one person who seems to understand my aesthetic language and he’s quite difficult to catch. So I’m hoping to create more stimulating visuals with him on our next semester together … if our schedules allow. ย My problem isn’t ideas nor executions; it’s finding the right people to pool resources with (yes, even in Bmore).

On a similar vein, finding the right people for the job also rings true when it comes to work. I’ve worked with great and poor people, with different levels of abilities and personalities. So I made it a rule to work for a company that looks out for me. I have a lot to bring to the table and I respect myself more than enough to harbor the same from others.


Since I can only control myself, here are my 2017 resolutions:

  1. Create more.
  2. Spend less. Save more.
  3. Continue exploring the depths of my soul.
  4. Be gym-disciplined.
  5. Fully-bookย shelves.
  6. More wine. Less beer.
  7. More cooking off recipes.


What about you? What resolutions do you have for this upcoming year? Let’s hear it! ๐Ÿ™‚




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