With Grateful Heart




Hello, world. (I love this photo I took this morning because it just looks so cozy and comforting… with my beddings bathing in the warm morning sun. Quite symbolic too- of a brand new day, new beginnings or semi-new- which is what this entry is all about.)  

I do not know where to begin. So I turned 30, let’s start with that. And I moved back to Taiwan. Yes, I hear your “WHAT WHEN WHAT HAPPENED?!” Well, a lot of things happened. Some worth telling, some better to be kept inside my heart.

My first year work anniversary in Manila was my last day at work. Let’s just say things didn’t pan out. I thought it’d be the last company I’d work for until retirement but nope. I’m still glad I was able to stick it out for a year.

I searched for other job opportunities, submitted my CV here and there. And then my former boss was in town and he wanted to meet and catch up. To cut the story short, I was re-hired by the organization I used to work for in Taiwan.

I took a short break before moving back. I went to Bali and flew home to Cagayan to see my parents and niece.

Then in the midst of it all, God decided to work His magic and bless me with someone special- just when I was about to give up, accept and embrace singledom. 

Days after I tendered my resignation, I kept on telling myself that my life in Manila was an utter failure. When I packed 8 years of my life in boxes last year, I thought “This is it! I’m never coming back.” But things do not always go our way. God likes throwing little surprises to disturb us... to move us closer to Him. 

My life in Manila allowed me to spend time with my family and people I love, organize bridal and baby showers of dearest friends, be part of their special day, undergo LASIK (hehe!), learn new things, gain new coworker-friends, and finally, meet this person who swept me off my feet. 

For all these and more, I am truly grateful Lord. 

Sharing these lines from the song “Blessings” by Laura Story:
"What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life 
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can't satisfy
What if trials of this life 
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise" 

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