2009 was my Year of Great Lull.
2010 was my Year of Great Push.
2011 was my Year of Running Around Breathless and Dizzy and All at the Same Time Ecstatic.
2012 is my Year of More Please, Thank You.
Writing an entry about my 2013. By the looks of it, my 2013 in a nutshell is "I am grateful I am alive." Good/Bad?As cliche as this may sound, 2013 taught me the meaning of just being plain Grateful to Be Alive - to learn, to have doors close so that windows can open, to have opportunities to travel. But I am already getting ahead of myself.
— Mara Ruiz (@maraisms) January 22, 2014
So what about 2013?
I went back to school!
I had to miss weddings, night outs, movie dates, and family time for this, but it's one of the best decisions that I have made in my adult life. Last April 2013, I enrolled in De La Salle - College of St. Benilde's Post Baccalaureate Program in Strategic Marketing. I chose Marketing even if it's like, to quote my friend, "being a cat person who owns a dog," because I don't want to end up like other digital marketers who supposedly knew all about the Internet, and Social Media, and Engagement, but knew nil about Marketing basics. Believe me, Folks, it matters.
The Program has 12 courses, but I only had time to take two for now - Special Course in Digital Marketing and Marketing Trends (which was just like munching on peanuts for me. Naks!) and Integrated Marketing Communications (which gave me hell).
Our final project for Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) was an IMC plan. We had to launch a product, draft pricing and discounting schemes, art direct a print ad, prepare a story board for a TVC, create merchandising proposals, and draft an above the line and digital media plan.
It was the most nerve-wracking 8 weeks of my life and I love it! It was the perfect jump start that I was looking for in my professional life. I came back to work after those classes revitalized and ready to attack my deadlines head on. And for that, I thank myself for earning enough to put myself back to school.
I went to Japan!
I know I've talked about it several times already like it's the only thing that made my 2013 awesome. But you know what? It is. If not the best then at least one for the books. It's one of my and my late grandfather's bucket list destinations, and I'm just grateful I get to fulfill it for both of us.
My best friend came back to the Philippines!
Also, not her most flattering photo.
Some people have specific best friends for specific times of their lives -- high school, childhood, college, whatever -- but I only have one. It's Zhorai. I'm grateful she came back to the Philippines after abandoning me to work for Singapore.
Professionally, I met new people, chartered new territory, and gained enough corporate street cred
Enough corporate street cred to say "Know what? Bitches get stuff done" the way one of my role models Tina Fey would say.
Me with the Glamourbox Team as we wrap up our Avon New Makeup Collection collab.
I know 100,000 is not a mean feat, but we did this with little to no paid media at all. Also, Social Media Team, i.e., me and one girl from our PR agency.
I fully embraced the Single Lady/Apartment Living Lifestyle
I've been living in my condo for close to 3 years now, but I never really lived a full year alone. Until 2013 that is. Last year was the year I gained the Single Lady Living Alone in Her Apartment Wisdom. I know 15-minute meals like I was Rachel Ray. I practically have an extra closet in my car in case the need for an impromptu all-nighter arises. I emanate a "don't shit with me" vibe so easily for creepers in our elevator. I'm thankful I get to do this before anything else because it really changed my entitled, bourgeoisie opinion of my self.
There was just so, so, so much to do
And I was exhausted. That's the exact same thing I told my manager when he asked me to describe last year work-wise. But it was the good kind of exhaustion, the kind that when you take a step back and look at everything you've done, you get a warm, fuzzy feeling inside you. It's nothing I will harp about because "Death is bad for business."
Also, if I didn't do all the things I had to do last year, I wouldn't end up with this and more. I always gripe about not having enough time for my supposed hobbies, but who needs hobbies if you can't afford them? I like complaining there's a lot to do; I wouldn't shut my trap about it because it only means I am alive to do whatever it is I have to do.
2013 flew by like it was nobody's business! I may not be remembering things as they happened just because of the volume of events that happened, experiences gained, and people I've met last year. But whatever it is I may have forgotten, good or bad, I am just grateful I am alive to do all the good or bad things I have forgotten or remembered I've done.
So how was your 2013?
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Show me pins of things you did or did not do at Pinterest!
Show me how many selfies you've taken on Instagram (Come on. I won't judge)!