I’m thinking things will slow down a bit on this blog in the next couple of weeks since we’re all celebrating the holidays and all, so I want to take this time to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a Rockin’ New Year!
I also want to take this time to do a recap of 2012. It has been one helluva rollercoaster ride.
Of life-changing decisions
Well, you know it was supposedly my breakthrough year. Early this year, I decided to JUMP and do the freelance writing thing full time. I did (and still do sometimes) all sorts of freelance writing jobs–article and blog writing, product description writing, editing and proofreading. I did that short freelance writing series on my blog. I also made the decision to go into book blogging and that has changed my blogging habits tremendously. Although it has been really good to read and review books on my blog, I miss the old blogger me and come 2013 I’ll be fixing my blogging schedule. I also found myself in the author marketing and PR world when I started working with Novel Publicity and then with Daring Books.
Every week of every month this year has been a challenge for me to make rent and to figure out what kind of freelance writer I wanted to be. I’m still nowhere near a definite answer, but I do have an idea thanks to this great book by a freelance writer who has been down this road. I’ll tell you more about this book soon because it’s pretty awesome and has made me feel better about being all over the place when it comes to being a freelancer.
Of love, life, and ultimate
Outside of writing and blogging, 2012 has been a pretty awesome ultimate frisbee year. Back in June, I got to witness Carpet Head and the rest of Team Pilipinas show their heart and skills at the World Ultimate Championships in Japan. I also witnessed them take over Singapore Ultimate Open in September.
Team Pilipinas in Sakai, Japan
It has also been a great year for my beloved team the Ultimate Warriors. We started the year with the NYL Pool B championships. We also had a blast at this year’s Manila Spirits and we ended the year with a bang by placing in the top 3 at the Apollo Tournament.
Ultimate Warriors, Manila Spirits 2012. Photo by Ian Villar
The Warriors also had an epic Boracay Open 2012. And there were those awesome August long weekends where I ended up in three different islands in two weekends! There was that great weekend with Warriors and Roaches in Dumaguete and Siquijor, and that Puerta Princesa getaway with my soul sisters.
Puerto Princesa with my soul sisters
I’m probably forgetting a few other good things that happened this year, but it really has been a very busy year. I was broke the whole time, but deliriously happy most of the time. I feel so blessed to have such great family and friends. I feel that I owe it not only to myself but to those who have been so supportive to do better next year.
2012 has given me the first taste of what it means to do my own thing and next year I vow to work my ass off even harder to make 2013 even more hellish, more exciting and exponentially more awesome.
Thanks for hanging out with me this year! I’ll see you again next year, I hope. :)