Although 2018 and 2019 were expensive, hectic, and stressful I’ve never been so happy. There were moments and decisions that just made my life a better one. I’ve realized the experience of doing new things and meeting new people are one of the bests you can have.
My blogging dwindled down on 2018 as I struggled to find my love of writing again. I found myself being consumed by the need to have lots of likes and followers where I lost the joy of writing about food, fashion, and travel.
Eventually, I started writing lots of blog drafts but never finishing it. It ranged from personal stories to restaurant reviews to travel itineraries. I’m now working on all the drafts I’ve never got to finish and start publishing again soon.
The last 2 years had been the most I’ve traveled. It took a toll financially since I really don’t make a lot. But thank goodness for the help provided by family, fiance, and friends, I was able to keep up with my travel. But only barely.
My most expensive travel is going to USA. Once in LA and once in NYC. The on to LA was my first intercontinental trip and it was amazing. The landscape and culture is insanely different from Asian countries. I mostly survived because of our most gracious hosts. I love them, and I am really grateful they offered their homes and welcomed us like their own.
My trip to NYC is mostly for a wedding of a friend. But I did get to go around NYC for a bit. My highlight was getting to watch Broadway shows on actual Broadway. My musical heart soared so high, it was insane.
So I got engaged 2 years to my long-time partner. I guess, that’s the highlight of the years for sure! We’ve talked about seriously getting married last January 2018, and on June that year, we both popped the question! (More on that on another blog post!)
We’ve been together for 13 years and like all relationships, experienced our ups and downs. But I’m happiest when I’m with him. And he, honest to goodness, makes me want to become better in all aspects of my life.
With 6 months to go, I’m in a frenzy of what I should do next. According to my checklist, my major suppliers are booked but there are a ton of details I need to do. Wish me luck!
Diet & Fitness Life
For a little while, around 4 to 5 months last year, I decided to pursue the pescatarian diet. It basically means I did not eat meat that are not seafood. No more chicken, pork, or beef. I still ate eggs and had dairy, but I’ve mostly said goodbye to land meats.
It stopped when I traveled to the US, where I stayed at friends’ and relatives’ place. It was too much to impose my non-pescatarian family members.
Recently, I’ve started to do an Intermittent Fasting coupled with Low-Carb diet. Its actually in preparation for my wedding. I wanted to be as fit as I can coming into this new chapter in my life.
I’ve been doing a lot of yoga and swimming recently as well. It just feels natural to do more workouts when dieting. Progress in yoga is slow, but the meditative quality of it helps my mental instability. I feel calmer and less anxious whenever I do yoga in the mornings.
Doing something new, not necessarily going somewhere expensive, but just trying things out expands your horizon so vastly.
I used to stream regularly on this app called Tamago Live. Unfortunately, Tamago closed its business, ceasing their operations at the end of 2018.
It started as a place I can sing, then turned into a venue for my gaming streams, and recently, it morphed into a live art show. I am basically using the Tamago Live as a platform to start building my art portfolio again. You can follow my work on Facebook and on Instagram.
I miss streaming every so often and I do Instagram Stories instead when I do. You can follow me at instagram.com/juliantoinette.
I loved it so much that I entered 2019’a National Footwear Design Competition. With a lot of help from friends and fellow designers, I managed to snag 3 awards, including the grand prize. I couldn’t be happier.
Life Takes Us Where We Never Expect
The 2 years really made a difference in my life. Partly, a lot of my life remains the same but some things have changed drastically. I’ve changed my priorities a dozen times over and tried to look at things with a fresh perspective.
This year, 2020, hopefully only brings me growth and love. I mean, with the remaining 6 months left, I truly hope so.