Friday, January 9, 2015

2014.....A Year End Review

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!!



22 comments:

  1. God really provide our needs. When I resigned from my work, I also used my savings to survive so it is really important to have emergency fund. Now, I'm trying to build up our fund again.

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  2. More blessings to come. I wish you a happier and brighter 2015!

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  3. Losing a love one is a very painful time. I hope you are feeling ok. Know that all things work together for good. I'm sure this experience made you a stronger person. I'm praying for more happy memories this year.
    God bless!
    -Nilyn-
    http://abovepreciousrubies.blogspot.com/

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  4. Hope that 2015 will be a good year for you :)

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  5. Change can be difficult, but eventually you will be able to cope. Pray for God's guidance, do your best and everything will be fine.

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  6. If we really trust God everything will be okay. He gives us even if we don't ask. You inspire me sis. I am praying that 3 years from now, I am working from the comfort of our home na. May God bless you more and just keep the faith.

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  7. there are days that i feel unloved and worried but i'm just happy that 2014 passed with many memories and lessons learned,

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  8. Yes just believe! 2015 will be a totally fantastic year for all of us! :-)

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  9. You've been through a lot with 2014. I hope that 2015 will be a good year for all of us. Stay positive!

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  10. I wish you a blessed 2015! You may have faced challenge in 2014 but 2015 would be another year full of hopes and joys

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  11. Believing yourself and trusting the Lord is attitude I like best from you. This kind of person with this kind of disposition could stand any kind of test in life. And you're in this state of self-direction and has strong, unwavering faith in God.

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  12. Cheers to great 2014 and even better 2015--:) I can' wait what this year bring to my family.
    http://www.sweetcuisinera.com

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  13. Believe. What a good word to start 2015 and great story to inspire everyone!

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  14. God is good all the time. From this post, I realize na sometimes we worry too much because of life events that we're expecting (or maybe not at all expecting but they happen and they make us worry). It seems na parang di natin kaya, but after all, God sees us through. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  15. Jehovah Jireh, indeed! So blessed by this post.

    The Lord My Provider. And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19, NKJV)

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  16. That is very true... anyone who does believe in God and has a strong faith on Him shall be granted with his faithful prayer. God really does provide. I have several experiences with that. My prayer is always answered especially when I least expected it. God is so kind. God is merciful. And God is forgiving and loves His believers. (2nd comment of 2 - Gil Camporazo)

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  17. God is always there for us, He used to help us in different means and mostly unexpected.
    For us, 2014 has many challenges too but we passed those with continuous praying and not losing faith.

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  18. Stay Positive Sis.. This year will truly be an Awesome one! Keep the Faith!

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  19. God really provides for what we need. Happy 2015 to you and I'm wishing you more blessings this year.

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  20. I'm glad to know that everything worked out for you in 2014. God works in mysterious ways. I wish you and your family all the best this year! Cheers!

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  21. I believe that God will not leave us. He won;t challenge us if he knows that we can't do it. Like you, I left my job to pursue other things. I might be worried big time but somehow, I am excited for the freedom and new challenges that are instore for me. Best wishes to us.

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  22. Let's seize 2015!My bad year was 2013 when my dad was hospitalized and at the same time my 2 kids got dengue fever. My dad eventually passed away, but surprisingly, I was able to go on with life. It was like I lost my dad but gained an angel dad. I bet it is the same with your brother and mom. They are watching over you :)

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