It’s been a while since I last blogged about life in general, and that’s because I’ve been trying to actually live life these days. The first quarter of 2017 will be over in a few days, so I figured a life update is in order.
Also, this is an attempt to keep this blog alive heh.
FITNESS. I’ve been running and swimming a lot lately, especially this month. This is probably the most active I’ve ever been since summer of 2006, when I lost all my baby fats by playing badminton. I realized it’s harder to lose weight now that I’m in my mid-20s, but I’m determined to lose it anyway before July.
More than losing weight though, what keeps me going is the feeling of getting stronger. I like the post-workout adrenaline, and it makes me feel like my day has been productive (because I usually run or swim at night). On days I skip running or swimming, I feel sluggish and unmotivated. I dread recovery days, although I know I need them to prevent for example the shin and knee pain I experienced after a week of long-distance running.
WRITING. Aside from my daily reportorial duties for Rappler, I will spend the next two months working on a story for a fellowship on tobacco control reporting. I’m excited about it, but also very, very scared because it’s my first time working on a fellowship in my almost 4 years as a professional journalist. But being in this industry (and at such a time as this!) is scary to begin with, so I’m just gonna dive into this scared and uncertain, knowing full well that “the Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.”
I’m also praying for another fellowship, and I’m not yet 100% decided on applying, but I’ve been considering that opportunity since 2015. The challenge right now is to juggle all my responsibilities first and excel in everything I’m doing right now before I take on more workload.
CONCERTS. I’ve been to two concerts this month: One K Global last March 2, and Bethel Music’s Worship Nights last March 18. I really looked forward to both for obvious reasons and thank God I got to attend despite my unpredictable schedule.
I went to One K Global with Pia, Jo, and Marlo, because we’re no longer just Korean drama fans apparently; we now love KPop too! I went there especially for SHINee (Taemin!!!), CN Blue (Yonghwa!!!) and my new loves, B1A4 (Sandeul!!!).
Here’s my short clip of Yonghwa doing the Cinderella scream:
And here’s a compilation of my biases from my Gen Ad view haha:
For Bethel, I went with my churchmates for a night of praise and worship. We sing a lot of Bethel songs during our congregational worship, so we were really ecstatic when we learned they will bring Worship Nights to Manila.
Here are two of my favorite songs from that night: No Longer Slaves and One Thing Remains.
The song Only Jesus also ministered to me, but I did not take a video of that one, so sharing a YouTube video instead:
DRAMAS. So apparently for the first 3 months of 2017 I’ve finished 8 dramas (7, if we’re not counting the short web drama, 7 First Kisses). I highly recommend the underlined dramas:
- 7 First Kisses
- Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju
- The Legend of the Blue Sea
- Fool’s Love
- Marry Me, Or Not?
- Tomorrow With You
I’m watching two more ongoing dramas, Chief Kim (which ends this week), and Strong Woman Do Bong-soon (which I wish had more story going on to keep me hooked. You can’t keep me tuning in just for Park Hyung-sik, Park Bo-young, and Ji Soo, show!)
I think I’d have to dial it down with the drama-watching for the next few months, or until I finish that fellowship story. This is hard for a girl who’s used to always having her Asian drama fix, but nothing’s impossible!!!
BULLET JOURNAL. I’ve been keeping a (semi) Bullet Journal since January, and I’ve been consistent about it if I do say so myself. I think I’m gonna keep doing this from here on out because it works for me, and I feel extra productive when I get to cross things off my to-do list.
I call it a semi Bullet Journal because I use Rappler’s 2017 planner, but I get ideas from the Bullet Journal system to develop the planner. Here’s a sneak peek:
Left: I keep track of days when I went out to run/swim. I also take note when I’ve passed my weekend story for Rappler lol
Right: For March, I tried keeping a sleep log, which helps me keep tabs on how many hours of sleep I get for the night. It’s not doing anything for me, to be honest, so I don’t think I’m going to do another sleep log for next month.
LEARNING. I started a free online Korean language course last February, but I think I’m two weeks behind schedule. Must get back to it pronto if I want to know basic expressions for my birthday trip to Korea in July!
I’m also reading Kevin DeYoung’s Just Do Something and it’s changing everything I (think I) know about God’s will. Believe it or not, God’s will is not as complicated as we’re made to believe it is. From DeYoung himself:
God’s will for your life is pretty straightforward: Be holy like Jesus, by the power of the Spirit, for the glory of God.
I think that’s it for now (because I can’t think of anything else???). There’s Winner’s second comeback, but that’s not until April 4, so I’ll just keep the fangirling to myself for now heh.
This verse keeps popping into my head lately, so I’ll end with this:
“May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)
Have a great week ahead!