One thing which not a lot of people know about me is that I particularly do not like December. There is the traffic rush, the heavy workload before the shutdown, the pain of arranging Christmas reunions with friends, and so much more. These are recurring things which could be anticipated, but there’s really no way to get around those. Unfortunately.
Beyond those, which I am certain a lot of people encounter, what doesn’t excite me about December is the surge of self-doubt and uneasiness that I feel as the year is about to come to a close. It comes with the whole “reflection” of how the year was, but this year, it’s different.
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If you ask me, 2017, despite the numerous challenges and low-points encountered, has been such a fantastic year for me. The growth, the opportunities, the people I met; all of these contributed to making all the ~365 days worth it.
Seizing the day, everyday.
If we’re friends or if you have been following me on Instagram, you would know that this year has been eventful for me. In the workplace, I have been given accounts I sincerely enjoy servicing. A lot of challenges have been given to me so I may refine my skills. Most recently, my Director has advised me of the added function to my current role…which is intimidating and exciting, at the same time.
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It was the 30th of June when I was informed that I would be a part-time lecturer under the Department of Marketing & Law in my alma mater. Despite the earlier struggles of balancing my Saturday morning classes with my full-time work, I could say that teaching last semester was such a rewarding experience for plenty of reasons.
Four and more
First, it allowed me to share real world experiences to college students in their penultimate year. As Juniors under the School of Management, they’re nearing the point where they think of their careers in the future. While there are those who are certain to pursue specific fields, there are some who are banking on their experiences in school to determine what to do as they go down from the hill. As someone who has always advocated for people to pursue Marketing, it was a great opportunity to share certain realities about the industry. Safe to say, I was able to persuade some of them to consider the field as something viable and exciting.
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In the Philippines alone, an estimated 15 million* babies are born before they complete the 40 weeks of gestation required for a normal delivery. While technology has advanced to a point that we can provide the best possible treatment for preemies, preterm birth complications are still the leading cause of death among children under 5 years old. It has been the cause of almost 1 million deaths in 2015—three-quarters of which could have been prevented through various interventions that mothers and medical practitioners should be aware of.
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I mentioned about recently adopting a comprehensive skincare routine in my previous post. I first learned about it when a former colleague of mine came across YouTube videos of Korean skincare. A bit of digging led her to the 10-step routine page of Soko Glam, which details each step, and the importance of each to keep one’s skin amazing. To be honest, I’m not following all of the steps because I have yet to discover a nice eye cream, though I heard the Olay Total Effects 7 In One Anti-Ageing Eye Cream should be effective. Have to check it out.
Anyway, if there is one addition to the routine that has proven to be helpful to my skin, it would be the “Treatments” which come in the form of boosters or serum—I just use the latter. Serums are skincare products with active ingredients that address specific issues one has with their skin—dark spots, enlarged pores, etc. These ingredients are more concentrated and are supposed to be more effective in treating one’s problems. I have always had issues with my pores, so it’s just natural for me to get a serum to target this skin concern of mine.
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I have been going home lately every weekend. I’d be out drinking with friends and/or just go around the Metro and eat midnight snacks. Safe to say, I’d be on my bed early in the morning, just before the sun rises.
Before adopting a comprehensive skincare routine, my bad weekend habit would leave my face dull, too dry and as a result, rough. It’s an upsetting problem, especially when I devote a great amount of time to cleanse, tone, serum, eye cream and moisturize even when it’s 4:30 in the morning. Thankfully, I was able to find a solution, and really, by pure chance.
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Tonight. Just one bottle.
Because, yes, you’re coughing, and you have a headache. And sleeping it off is too sloth-like. Because staying in for someone not so well is too mainstream. Because you need one. Just one. For sanity.
My thumbs are jumping on the screen of my phone, yes, still with the cracks on the upper-right area while I am surrounded by people chatting. Dancing. Singing. I’m in some corner. Silently making sense of everything. Everything happening in life. Right now. With a bottle just a few centimeters away from me. Sigh. It doesn’t make sense.
I ask myself how I found myself in this same position. The same predicament. The same agony. The same place. After walking away. Who knows, really. Probably the Big Guy. Probably. But, I don’t know. It’s as if the Universe is mocking me somehow. Or not. Maybe, karma. And for the lack of anyone or anything to blame, I put the burden on karma.
Dare I find some resolution… but, I doubt it. I doubt I will find it anytime soon. I doubt I will find it here. Worst, I fear I might not find it. But, the show must go on. Life has to go on. And so should I. So should I.
Halfway through this bottle. I see them looking at me. Their smirks. Their smiles. Their stares. My all black outfit.
Where we are headed, I don’t know. Different directions, obviously. Some are staying still. A few, rather. A few. Not even a handful. Just a few. The most upsetting thing? We are all lost. Someway, somehow. Lost. Lost kids, we are.
And I hate being lost. I hate it. That’s why I’ll move. Where? Somewhere. Somewhere unfamiliar yet somewhere known. Comfortable but beyond the edges.
I am ready. Again.