I don't know about you, but I'm feeling 22... (for a few more days, at least)

7:56:00 PM

I feel I need to write another entry on this blog because:

1. My Hello Kitty Town Malaysia entry is gone (I honestly don't know what happened but I need to rewrite it therefore pick pictures again which will take millions of years Huhu)

2. My Cambodia pictures are still in my SLR (I misplaced my memory card reader and now I fear I will only be able to relive the memories through the tiny screen of my camera. Double HUHUHUHU)

3. I feel the need to ramble on about life and all the awesomeness it brings

4. I'm getting old, pagbigyan mo na ang lola mo HAHA

So here I am, writing and rambling. Anyhoo, for those that care enough to read, curious enough to see, here are just some thoughts about me (uyyy I'm rhyming yo! So cool! nat.)

Here's what I've realized about life and people at 22 (before I turn 23 on Thursday Huhuhu)

Things I've Realized at 22

1. If you don't do anything, you will achieve nothing.

It's so simple and yet so true. I've come to find that when we just SAY things that we want to do, it always just stays that way, an idea. We have to make the conscious effort to really get up and start moving. Now that I'm trying to be more fit and live a healthier lifestyle (through PLYO, the HOUSE OF PAIN that is Coach John's basement.. of death) I realized just how hard it is to exercise correctly.

I would always tell myself that I'll eat better and be more active but I'd always postpone it. I'd always say "I'll be healthy... starting next month." or "I'll get a gym membership" then I'd buy something and not have any money for the membership. It applies with anything, really. That's why now that I'm turning a year older, I am making a promise to myself that when I want to do something- I'll really do it.  And you should too. :)

2. We're too young to be afraid of taking a risk.

I left the stability of a corporate desk job to pursue my dreams of becoming a preschool teacher and now a VJ as well. I don't know why but it just really hit me one day that I'm too young to be settling for something that I don't really want. And that's what I realized- risks and chances are good. They help spice up life and make things exciting.

You will never know what you are capable of doing if you don't try. Right now I can honestly say that I've never been happier. Yes it's hard at times and it becomes challenging to manage two jobs but I wouldn't have it any other way. I am learning so many new things about myself and about the responsibilities of growing up. Not growing old, but growing up. Growing up to become the person I am supposed to be. 

If things don't work out then at least you can say you tried. There is nothing worse than regret and I think life is too short and beautiful to be sitting around wishing you did this or that.

3. People will always have something bad to say about you. You just have to accept it.

ACCEPT that people will ALWAYS have something to say. But DO NOT accept the fact that it's worth your time. This is something I continuously work on and pray over. No matter what you do or where you go or how you look, people, no matter where they are, will always have tons of things to say about you. It's the sad way the world works.

I don't know why people say the things they do or why they don't just try to better their lives instead of attacking yours but that's how it is. Especially nowadays with social media playing a big role in all of this. But one thing I always remind myself is that you can never control what people say about you. You can, however, control how it makes you feel. So sure, it hurts. But is it true? Maybe. Is it said out of anger, envy, boredom? Definitely. People will always say and do things they want to do. And so can you.

Do not let people in your life that don’t deserve a place there. No matter how good a person you are they will drag you down with their negativity. Keep people in your corner that will always respect and love you and don’t just tell you to move on or let go of situations because they are tired of hearing you talk about them. Real friends will encourage you to be yourself and not try to silence you about things that matter to you, no matter how many times you have to say it! Don’t let their niceness fool you. If honesty was never in their policy, don’t expect them to change now or believe they have. It is a cover up to bring you down. You deserve better. Do not be afraid to get what you need out of life, but make sure the right people are around at all costs.
— Joanna Strafford   

If there's someone I look up to the most when it comes to this it's my boyfriend. He has seriously mastered the "Art of Deadma" and I hope to one day be as skilled as him in this department. He always tells me to just let it go and focus on my own life. Because I actually have one. God really does send you people that help you grow to become better. I guess in the end that's what we should focus on instead of the negativity.

When we learn to not care about what is being said we can focus on what truly matters. That is what I have learned and continue to learn. It's always a choice in the end and I choose to be content with who I am and what I do. No one can make me feel differently.

4. Being happy isn't easy. It takes work.

I'm currently reading this book called "The Happiness Project" and I gotta say, it's teaching me a whole lot of things about how I see my life and how I live it. Happiness isn't just a state of mind eh, it's a way of living. I think this really goes hand-in-hand with letting go of negativity around you. Not just what people say or do but how you see things. I'm learning to appreciate the smallest of things that truly make a difference in my life and I've never been happier.

I also watched a movie called "About Time" and it made me realize about working ot be happy. How to live each day as if it were on purpose. I try not to let the little stresses affect me so much anymore because I know I'll miss out on all the good the day brings. 

If you want to be happy then be happy. Again, it's a choice. But a choice that takes a whole lot of work. If you're feeling down today, well, snap out of it. Work yourself towards becoming more positive. You can't just wake up one day and say you will be happy forever. You have to work on each day and make sure you live it how you want it. If you want to change your life then do it. :)

5. Never lose Faith and always TRUST in the Lord.

We may never know why God allows certain things to happen in our lives. How bad people get blessed and good people suffer. How people can be so mean to people they don't know. How there can be wars and fights, poverty and starvation- these are things we may never fully understand, but that doesn't mean we should lose Faith and trust in God.

When these hurtful things are said to me and about me, I just try to let it go. I always ask God to give me the strength to move forward and accept the fact that in the end, not everyone is going to love you. With these being said, my prayer is always that "I may not know why these things happen, but I know You have Your reasons and I will trust in You." 

I've come to realize that in all the things I am working on, I need to work hardest on my faith. I've decided to build a long lasting relationship with God and I plan on keeping it that way. I think if anything this is the most important I have realized and decided to fully commit to. People can say all the mean and nasty things they want to say but in the end all that matters is God's say. How He sees you and loves you. 

So there you go, just a few random ramblings before I turn 23. Eck. I'm getting old! Hihi :)

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  1. Haha! Age is just a number ate, dont worry!
    I have a surprise for you, watch out!
    Thank you for opening your life to us, continue posting beautiful entries..
    I will always support u and kuya nico,
    Protect you from bashers
    And will never stop :)
    -i love you ate karla, thank you for inspiring me..
    You and kuya nico makes me happy :))
    TWITTER: sharmaine_lqz
    Stay blessed and humble, advance happy Birthday!

  2. Advanced happy birthday ate Karls! I love you to moon and back, amwuawuah!!!! This is very encouraging btw -Rissah Margaret :)

  3. Vj karla!! Missed reading through your blog.. Such a nice person indeed!! Nothing could go wrong if you trust God. Keep positive. :) Advance happy birthday po!
    -PS feel ko po di nyo na mabasa yung msg ko sa wechat :( yun po yung time na naiwan nyo cp malaysia! Hihi sayang naman :)


  4. You smile, i smile..
    You frown, i frown..
    Dont be sad, dont be mad..
    I will always be here for you ate, 3daysmore bday mo na..
    Master the art of deadma, now na!

  5. It's amazing the lengths people go to call you out and pull you down. I don't know you personally Karla, but I've always been a fan, and I hope you don't let these people keep you from living your life. :)

  6. Your blog is worth a read.


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