Gratitude Post for 2017

Happy New Year!

I’ll make this quick. I’m so grateful for the many blessings in 2017. Nothing major, but adding them up made for a pretty good year.

Creative Ventures

To start, I had the opportunities to be more involved in art. Early in 2017, a few of my office friends decided to participate in bazaars to sell stickers. I jumped in, made a few simple designs, and was pleasantly surprised that there were a good many people who liked it. We’ve been doing it for a year now, establishing Kamote PH. I’m looking to expanding it further this year.

I also painted some notebooks for Jamilton in Fully Booked last April, and they all were sold. There’s also a possible revenue stream thanks to my calligraphy and lettering hobby.

Another creative venture was my writing. It’s not a secret that I’ve been joining NaNoWriMo and #romanceclass sessions, but rarely ever finishing it. Early in 2017, I submitted a story fo #SummerFeels, and in October for 12 Months of Romance, 24 Reasons to Love: A Holiday Anthology. Both were published under my pen name Kit Salazar, and I’ve had some pretty good reviews for my story.

Family

My nephew Cooper was born on June 9, 2017 to my brother Miks and his wife Diane. He is such a charmer, and is always laughing or smiling. My brother tells me that people are always looking at him. There was a time when they went for Cooper’s checkup, and a woman there found him so cute she asked to carry him. Fast food crew would give him a balloon. Their family is in Qatar though, which means I can’t physically see Cooper move from milestone to milestone as he grows. I’m grateful that my brother and sis-in-law regular post photos and videos of little Cooper, so we see a lot of his antics. I hope to meet him really soon.

Here’s something I made towards the end of 2017. I’m grateful that I can do this: physically that my body can, that I have the skills, and I have the freedom to do.

I also got to speak in front of my colleagues about public speaking for introverts, which is a big thing for someone like me who dislikes speaking in public. It was scary, but when done, I felt so good.

Here’s to 2018! I haven’t really written down any goals, but here’s to doing more things this year.