A Letter To My Younger Self


Here's What I Wanted To Tell To My Younger Self


I've always kept a journal all my life. But they're kind of everywhere and not really consistent. I wrote mostly about my reflections on the lowest moments in my life. Specifically when I was heartbroken! Don't we all?!? Journal writing became my source of courage. But I realized that when I'm on a happier state-- like where I am now in my life, I was seldom inspired to write anything. That's why for the last four years, the most consistent journal I have is: The Happiness Project Journal.

These past few days, I've started to re-read again my other journals, as old as 2014. And I was quite surprised, that I can hardly remember that I've written something so profound and inspiring!

So I wanted to share it here with you, my girlfriends! ;)


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Dear Child,

I am your older version. The version who have been through it all in life. The version that will tell you so much about the world, its people, and most especially-- YOURSELF.

I tell you this now, more than anything else, that LIFE IS HARD, very tough! But in that toughness and roughness-- it is beautiful! And I want you to understand and experience it from my own eyes.

First and foremost, remember that who you are, the real you-- will contribute so much as to how your life will turn out to be. That even in the toughest of days in your life, you will realize that being who you are will change circumstances and perspectives.

So start from your pure heart. Love what you see. Bring out your most beautiful smile. Always think that every new day is a gift. It is a gift of life. Not everyone are given that gift. So be grateful the moment you wake up and opened your eyes. The sun is a living testimony that you are given the opportunity to shine each day from the moment you get up.

Smile. Always smile. 

Be kind. Treat yourself with kindness as well as the people around you. Remember that when there are days that you can't smile, it's okay, but don't put other people down as well. Yes, it's okay to feel bad that's why practice kindness for you. But never forget that each and every person you meet have their own worries, challenges, and problems, so remember that understanding them also means that you're kind enough and that's already love.

Yet, never assume. It's okay to ask questions but know when to stop asking-- that's when they don't want to talk about it. More often, the silence you bring will also bring calmness and comfort. Never assume that you're better than them. Be grateful that you already achieve something. Your humility can go a long way for people who acknowledges you in that manner. Never assume about people's bad actions. There are some things that are too personal and you are only allowed to see it from afar. In that case, only hope that they will be better soon.

If there's really anything that I want to tell you as a secret ingredient to my life, it would be, I'm a very prayerful person and I talk to God as my best friend. I go to church but I'm not pretentious. I go to church to feel His presence and really listen to what He's trying to tell me. God has never ever forsaken me. And I have given my life in promise that I will live a life in His love, guidance, and protection. For me, to be able to do that is, I love. 

I do everything with love, whether I do the simplest of things or the unbearable ones. I show affection and kindness and respect to all the people around me. And most of all, I love myself by valuing my worth as a person.

You see, the world maybe ugly at times but don't forget that with your love, affection, and kindness-- they can create a HUGE difference. Yet, when someone treats you otherwise, learn to stand up and walk away. There's this tiny/little voice at the back of your head that speaks to you, so always listen to it. You can't go on allowing people abusing you for your kindness and love. 

As a love for yourself-- learn to stand up and respect your own feelings. There will always be a solution, a substitute, and changes when you say goodbye, or when you walk away from them.

Life is what we make it. Your life is how you make it. So don't ever, for one second, believe that you can't make it. Dream big and small. Focus on that goal, and do things with love. Before you'll realize it, you already had your dreams come true. 


Be a good person. Be a believer of God. Be a dreamer. And you will be an achiever.

I love you.

Dinah 

2017 and beyond!

 

What are you looking forward for this year?


I'm four days late. But what the heck! Let's start something fresh and new and exciting for this year!

As I grow older and more mature every year, I no longer do the New Year's resolution thingy. I was never good at it. I was never successful with it. And perhaps, it's safe to say that we all were. 

So I make things a little bit different. I make things rather more commitment friendly and attainable.


How do I start a new year?


  • I always start the year in gratitude. Four years ago, I came across the Happiness Journal and ever since, I committed myself to writing down any small or big things that made me happy everyday.


I have always been a firm believer of gratitude and positivity. I really make a conscious effort to be both in my life, especially, on how I deal with any challenges, on how I treat people, and on how I approach new things.

You don't have to buy the exact same thing. You can either use a nice planner you got from Starbucks or a really nice notepad. I love writing my thoughts, so this mini journal works best for me.

  •  Every year, I also choose a word to be ''my word to live by'' for the rest of the year. The word would simply remind me of what do I really want to achieve this year. It is something that will help me get by and at the end of the year, it will somehow summarize what kind of year it was.


For 2017, I choose the word--- ACCOMPLISH.


Honestly, I'm a person that barely finishes my-self-imposed-tasks! The word will be quite a challenge and a fresh change for me. Because for the most part, the tasks would pile up right in front of my face before I could really finish them.

To give you an example, to keep up this blog, I needed more time, commitment, and energy. So I really hope that by having the word-- accomplish, at the back of my head, it will give me more results rather than just the effort I did.

  • Every year, I make it a point to go some place new. Ever since the travel bug has bitten me many years ago, I make sure that every year, I should go some place that I have never been before. 

My birthday falls in March, so I make it as a good excuse as a gift to myself. I call it as ''my yearly solo travel ritual'' that I usually do after my birthday. 

If you're asking me how I am able to afford a life of travelling, the simple answer is I set my mind on a place and I save a good amount of my hard-earned-salary to be able to do it. I don't spend A LOT of money on material things anymore. I'm the first girl you'll probably meet who is never interested on a Louis Vuitton or Gucci bag or anything with 'labels'. Frenchie has taught me the most valuable lesson that label is not important. Only those who value it so much, would care. My 'valuable' purchases are usually my gadgets just because I love documenting everything-- online. 

This year, I'm brewing something big on my travel adventure. One good reason for this is that, it's my last year in Brazil and in South America. So I wanted to make the most of this whole year to see this country and this continent before moving forward to another level of adulting.


If my word for this year is, ACCOMPLISH...

what do I want to accomplish?


I want to accomplish reading more books than I have read for the past years. I have set aside books that I was suppose to read. So it's about time to finish reading them.

I want to accomplish writing more on my blog and really making it more interactive. After all, that's why I made it look like this.

I want to accomplish to be more healthy and fit. No losing weight, just being able to accomplish of not getting sick. Last year I was absent at work because I can barely get up from my bed.

I want to accomplish my 'legacy' for the school I'm working at. It's in the form of compiled lesson plans and fun-filled activities for the next teachers to come after I leave.

I want to accomplish more travel adventures with myself, Frenchie, my sister, and my friends. It's what keeps me pump up and exciting for this year. After all, I'm in France for the whole month. So what better way of collecting new adventures than jump-starting it here.

I want to accomplish all big or small stuff that I was tasked to do by other people. Promise. Really.😉


So what are your goals for 2017?