First of all, I would like to greet each and everyone of you a happy and prosperous 2015! I know this post is kinda late. We are already on the 2nd week of January and I am just making my post for my year end review for 2014 (sigh). Pardon me but I was very very busy on the preparations for my only daughter's debut party. I was a hands on Mom you know (wink) and I would do everything to ensure that every detail in my daughter's party would be super planned and organized. Anyway, back to my year end review....
Actually, I consider 2014 as a challenging year for me. Why did I say so? It's because this is the first year that I would be staying and working at home. It is a kind of life that I'm not used to as I was a slave of the corporate world for about 20 years, I guess. I'm used to the challenges and thrills of handling people at work, facing pressures, working with people of different nationalities and of course, living away from home for about 7 years. I told myself beginning of 2014 that if I'm able to surpass 2014 without facing financial problems, going into debts and going out of my comfort zone and the kind of lifestyle that I used to have, then that means, I made the right decision to stay at home and enjoy life doing what I enjoy most and being with the family. I was quite worried at first as this will be the first time that I will stop working as a full time employee. My husband is still employed but we used to share expenses at home and we both finance every project that we have at home like repairs and improvements.
But as I've said from my previous post, there are few things which happened unexpectedly this 2014 like the death of my brother followed by my Mom. My Mom was under my care for about 20 years and obviously I was in charge on basically everything about her. When she was hospitalized up to her burial and interment, I shouldered 95% of all the expenses. I spent quite a lot and this translates to touching my emergency fund. Then there came the 9 days, the 40 days, All Souls day, Christmas, New Year and just recently, the debut celebration of my only daughter. You could just imagine what I went through financially. :)
To my surprise, everything passed just fine. I was not really financially burdened. I did spent a lot but surprisingly, my emergency fund was not totally depleted. I had occasional online gigs which add up to my fund and I was able to manage household expenses quite effectively that I could keep some spare every month. It's not really big but it does add up to my fund, so it's not at all "money out" which is a good thing.
What I've learned from this experience is to believe in myself and trust the Lord. Before I resigned from work, I did consult HIM and He gave me His answer. Then, I trusted my decision because I knew that it is with God's approval. What I went through this year is no joke. I've been through a lot, but I managed to face everything without much difficulty. I grieved on my loss and everything that goes with it but everything seemed to pass off so easily.
Now, I'm even more inspired to welcome 2015 as I knew that my journey in life will continue but God will be there with me all the way. If I'm able to go through these things that happened to me in 2014, what more in 2015?
I'm just so excited about it......just believe!!