If there’s one memory I would like to remember 2014 with, it would be traveling with someone with unspoken agreement of taking turns in sleeping while on transit. For someone who traveled by herself most of the time sleep on transit is a luxury only a worrier can afford when with company.

But apart from travel, and all these travel blogging, 2014 was also about being  not too wrapped up in the blogging world, and to share other stuff that I do in the hopes that Pinay Travelista become a corner of life on the road, and meaningful living at home. Here are some things I’ve learned from instances, and people who made the year colourful:

Go after Your Dreams

Chase your dreams like you would your breath after a fast run. Do not get intimidated with fear when you met it but use it to your advantage to push you even more. And when you think that dreams are too big, or nonsensical than the ones on some lists you read somewhere — remember that your dreams, and it’s success is yours alone. So do not get too heart broken when people lash out on your plans but..

Give People Space To Fight Their Own Demons

Because knowing yourself is not some virus that you can infect people with. The least one can do give some space for them fight their own demons. There’s no use to getting angry, or mess a perfectly fine day when someone is having a fit. Let them have it, let them tire the negativeness out, let them sober, and let them grow, and know themselves more. Because we..

Don’t Burn Bridges, Just Don’t Go Crossing Over Them Again

We do not give up on people no matter how f*cked up the goodbyes were, and how silent it is at the other end of the line. I do not believe that burning bridges gets us anywhere but using up negative emotions of trying to end some relations. Because however hurt, or disappointed we get, we MUST admit at there was a time we enjoyed life with whoever it is at the other side of the bridge. And because I try not to let negative emotions rule too much of me that I’d rather we celebrate who we are today because of who we were, and were with in the past. Just do not forget wisdom when you come across past bridges again. Some bridges are better off left uncrossed again. After all, one needs to..

Respect Oneself

Because loving yourself is too too self-indulgent. And because it tends to blur out the fine line of enjoying life, and losing respect in yourself. Remember that respecting yourself is knowing what you’re worth, and what you rightfully deserve. And when a life’s dance turns sour — we move, we sway, we leap — it’s what keeps us grounded, and puts people in their rightful places in our lives, and us in theirs. After all you can’t demand people to respect you, if you don’t yourself, and don’t of others. What I’m getting at is that..

The World Is Not All About You or Anyone

So stop making it all about yourself, or about someone else. We all have a place in this world no matter how overpopulated the world has gotten. Be a bigger version of yourself by being the game player like everyone else. Let people in instead of shutting them out, or try not to be too private to a fault. Because there’s nothing sweeter than to..

Allow to be Taken Care of.

There are something that we can do independently but there is comfort knowing that someone has your back, looks after you, and genuinely cares for you. Stop being too miss independent and allow yourself to be cared for. Because we can only take too much of some things, and it;s nice to have someone being the security blanket during those rough times.  And when pushes comes to a shove do not forget that..

Sacrifices Are Not Badges We Wear On Our Sleeves

These are secret victories we hold close because only we, and possible a few others know how much blood, sweat, muscles, and tears you went through to hit a mark. Some gems we find in the rough are best celebrated with the people who genuinely are happy for you – regardless of relation, skin colour, stamps on passports, current status in life, and social media network preference. But you also need to..

Give Yourself Some Credit

Because the little cheerful voice in you can get tired, and can hit the bottom hard when you do not fill up your mojo jar of confidence. Give yourself a pat on the back, kick off those shoes, spotify the whole house dancing on your toes, and give yourself some loving and dance like nobody is watching!

When 2013 was a busy travel year, 2014 was more laid back. I’ve only been on the road to 4 provinces, and 2 countries, enrolled in a cooking classes, & aerial yoga sessions, home-practiced yoga, and made writing stints on print. It may not have been a year of travels —  but life pretty much took my breath away,  had my heart racing, and gave me some great frights of my life. So I have to say that all went well, and all is too well!