It’s never too late to recap my 2009. Got the q’s from Kate’s blog.
What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?
Joined a network marketing company. The network marketing business was the highlight of my 25th year. I always had a misconception about networking but when I joined the company, my perspective changed. A lot of changes actually happened because of this—I learned how to get out of my comfort zone, I became more confident and comfortable talking to people, I met new friends, I started writing my goals, and I became more serious in handling our finances. Because of this business, I started reading Robert Kiyosaki and John Maxwell.
Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I made resolutions but only for the sake of making them. Yes, this time, I will make resolutions and seriously make efforts to meet them.
Did anyone close to you give birth?
None. 2008 was the year of weddings and babies for my kin.
Did anyone close to you die?
None, thank God I still have all of my loves.
What countries did you visit?
Kaila and I visited Singapore for a week during the last week of December.
What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
I want to have more time for Kaila and Melvin, more time to read books, more time to watch TV, more time to talk with friends, more time to make money. I also want to have more money to keep. I love to see our bank account grow from six digits to seven digits.
What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Anniversary dates and birthdays of my loved ones will always be remembered.
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Melvin and I ended with a clean slate in terms of our debts, save for a few thousands for credit card bills.
What was your biggest failure?
I took time off from the network marketing business. It was painful to end it but I realized that it’s not yet the right timing for me.
Did you suffer illness or injury?
I suffered from minor flu in the middle of the year.
What was the best thing you bought?
I didn’t buy anything big for myself, but my husband bought me my Macbook Pro.
Whose behavior merited celebration?
I can’t think of anyone who did anything extraordinary last year. On the second thought, it’s my parents who are seriously making effort to save up for their old age.
Close runner-ups: Melvin who has been very patient with Kaila and myself. Also Hazel, who tries to make her 25th year the best year of her life.
Whose behavior appalled you and made you depressed?
It was Joala. I was really disappointed with her and her decisions.
Where did most of your money go?
Paying debts, Kaila’s educational plans (I got her an educational plan for high school), network marketing business.
What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Books. I have always been excited about books—buying them and reading them.
What song/s will always remind you of 2009?
Nobody, I Got the Feeling, The Climb
Compared to this time last year, are you:
a. Happier or sadder? Happier I think
b. Thinner or fatter? Fatter
c. Richer or poorer? Richer
What do you wish you’d done more of?
Getting enough sleep and watch more TVs and watch more movies
What do you wish you’d done less of?
Contemplating over things, people and circumstances I cannot change.
How will you be spending Christmas?
Spent it with Kaila and Melvin as I have always wanted. Wished the celebration was grander and more meaningful.
Did you fall in love in 2009?
Over and over again with Melvin
What was your favorite TV program?
Didn’t get to watch TV except for Grey’s Anatomy
Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Not really hate, more of annoyed. But I’m learning not to get so serious with things like this.
What was the best book you read?
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
What was your greatest musical discovery?
I’m not so into music, but I kept on repeating Taylor Swift’s You Belong With Me.
What did you want and get?
Books. Macbook. Belle de Jour 2010. Family getaway.
What did you want and not get?
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. 150 sq m (or larger) lot in Grand Villas. Ruby-ship by December 2009.
Favorite film of this year?
Only watched a few movies this year. 2012.
What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I wanted my 25th birthday to be extra special and memorable. Unfortunately, I remember myself crying on my birthday.
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
It was a pretty satisfactory year.
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
Still the same after so many years.
What kept you sane?
Kaila. Melvin. Books. Food.
Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
What political issue stirred you the most?
The Maguindanao massacre.
The series of calamities.
The 2010 elections.
Who did you miss?
Kaila and Melvin.
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.
Be clear about what you really want in your life. Write your goals. Read about them often. Want it so badly. Take action.
Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Chorus of “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus
The most touching experience you’ve had this year?
Kaila and Melvin in Singapore
What did you like most about yourself this year?
My desire to reach my dreams.
What did you hate most about yourself this year?
Still the same impatient, temperamental me.
Was 2009 a good year for you?
Not so outstanding and memorable but still a good year I guess.