Things I Learned in 2014

10:03:00 PM

I know we're basically in the middle of January 2015 and this entry may be a little late, but I thought about this for a really long time, trying to figure out how to talk about the many lessons 2014 taught me. It was a year that I know a lot of people feel went by "super fast" and for others, they just couldn't wait for it to be over- I was basically stuck in the middle of both sentiments.

2014 was a year of ups and downs for me. Triumphs and trials came crashing down every month. Each month brought something new for me to think about, pray about, figure out and learn from. It was a year that tested me and my heart. So I thought about it, about everything that happened, and figured out how to write it all down in hopes of sharing with some you the "lessons" I learned that made me stronger and somewhat "wiser" coming in to this new year.

Please don't feel that this entry is a lecture or a "know it all" type of blog. It isn't. It is far from it. Now if 2014 was an awesome year for you and 2015 looks bright and just as promising, then to you I say THANK GOD. May He continue to bless you. Now for those that are a little hesitant, scared or doubtful about what 2015 may bring, I hope this entry gives you a little strength and a little inspiration to move on from the year that was. Just because 2014 wasn't the best year ever for you, doesn't mean 2015 will be the same. It's a new year, let's make it the best one. :)

Like I said earlier, 2014 was a rough but wonderful year for me. I know it's strange putting the words rough and wonderful in one sentence (unless... you know... you're one of them 50 Shades type people... no judging! Haha) so here are some things I learned from the many topsy-turvy things that shook my 2014 right down to the core...

Savor Every Moment and Learn All That You Can

So in 2014, I was let go from a job. Yup, you heard me, fired. Actually, it wasn't as mean or as negative as being fired, I just wasn't renewed. Yes, I am finally addressing something that has been appearing on a ton of my Instagram pictures the past few months (nakksssss uyyyy feelingggg) after 1 year of working for an awesome music channel, I was let go.

It was one of the most painful things I had ever experienced in my professional career. Yes, granted, I only started in this hosting industry 2 years ago but the pain was still really bad. And worst of all, it was so real. Looking back, however, I can honestly say that I have no regrets. I did my job the best I could, I made friends along the way, I got to meet and speak to tons of amazing and talented artists (both foreign and local), I got to attended numerous events and concerts and most importantly, I had learned a lot about production and all the hard work it takes to run a successful channel. Being a part of the channel truly changed me and made me realize how temporary things are in life and that we aren't careful, it can be taken away from us.

Do I miss it? Yes.
Am I bitter or mad that I was let go? No.

I believe that we are all put where we're meant to be at a certain point in our lives. I was meant to be a VJ for a year, and that's it. And after a lot of praying and reflection and comfort from my friends and family, I moved on. And I am forever grateful. I learned so much and was able to better my craft and make myself more confident in front of others and, well, my Tagalog is so much better now! Hehe

I will always look back at that time in my life fondly, remembering all the things I learned and all the awesome and talented people that make that channel the most successful music channel in the country.

They gave me my first ever TV opportunity before anyone else did

They gave me my start. How could I ever not be grateful for that? :)

When a Door closes, God really does open a Window

Shortly after me being "let go" and I say shortly because guys, picture this:

I was let go on Monday.
I had an interview with a new network on Tuesday
I had my first taping/work day on a Wednesday

Yes. Literally in those 3 days, I had a new job. 

I couldn't even believe it myself! Parang, you only HEAR about things like that happening to other people but to you- hindi eh. But for me, God wanted to show me just how much I needed to trust in Him.

Sometimes we get stuck in rut of failure or rejection. It isn't an easy thing to get over, I can say whole heartedly. It is so much more convenient to just sit down, have a cry, curl up into a ball and not move forward. Problems tend to make us want to stay put, instead of move on. If God (and my lovely manager Vania- Hi Vania!) didn't push me to try for this new job, I probably would've never gotten it. And what a shame that would be. 

Now with a new job, come new lessons that need to be learned. This new job didn't involve music, videos or artists that I had a year's worth of learning. This new job had something that I was an expert at- SPORTS.

*cue cricket sounds*

Anyone who knows me or just ask any of my friends... I am the LAST person to be called athletic, let alone "know a thing or two about sports." But some reason (and I feel it was to His own amusement) God wanted me to become a part of the Philippine Super Liga. 

He wanted me to learn something new that I could grow into and later on, passionately love. I'm not going to stop hosting and become a pro volleyball player (that ship has sailed aka I have no skillZZZ) but I do now have a HUGE respect for volleyball players. It's a TOUGH SPORT! It's an exciting, thrilling, complex and skill based sport that not a lot of people can do. 

Which leads me to my third lesson of 2014 that is very much connected to this lesson-

We don't know WHAT our future holds, but we know WHO holds our future

I wish I could take credit for that saying. I sadly can't. Di pa ako ganun ka wise Haha. This is a line that I heard at service one time and it really struck me.

2015 just started, it's the first month of the new year and we have no idea what's going to happen in our lives. Things can change and people can leave, but one thing remains, God. No, I'm not gonna get all "preachy" on ya'll today, it's just a fact I have to state. 

Jeremiah 29:11. This is something I have learned to hold on to coming in to this new year. God makes so many promises in the Bible that can give us comfort for our future. But that doesn't mean we just sit around and wait for the blessings and opportunities, no. We need to do our part and WORK for them. 

Make this year a year where you have Faith in God's goodness, but have the strength, the will and the passion to press on and work even harder towards your dreams. You + God = The Ultimate Tag Team, move over DX (that's a WWF/WWE wrestling reference btw #hugewrestlingfanbackintheday)

It's time to LET GO

As Queen Elsa smartly put it: "Let it gooooooo.... Let it goooo!!!" (And oo na, ilelet go ko na ang obsession ko for Frozen. I have realized na 24 years old na ako HUHU)

But really, if you're coming into 2015 with insecurities, bitterness, hate, jealousy and whatever other negative feelings 2014 brought about, LET. IT. GO. We learned in service that these feelings, these little insignificant feelings, weigh you down and stop you from moving forward with your life.

You can hate someone and at the end of the day, they don't suffer- you do. 2014 taught me that despite having a "strong dislike" for certain people who have WRONGED me and my family, I've come into 2015 letting it all go.

Here's the truth. The cold hard truth: No one cares about whether or not the person you dislike was mean to you, hurt you, or wronged you. The world sadly only hears, believes, recognizes one side to every story and most of the time, it isn't yours. As long as your family knows, your friends know, you know and most importantly- God knows, then that's all that matters. You can say all you want and try to defend and explain but at the end of the day, it doesn't matter. And it's time to let it go.

So what's the point in holding on? 

Smile, because it's so much easier to

Lastly, 2014 taught me to be happier. It was bittersweet year, and I was able to feel genuine happiness amidst the pain, rejection and disappointments.

As the old saying goes, Life isn't supposed to be easy- it's supposed to be worth it. At the end of the day, it's up to YOU if you want to be happy. I have met, seen, read and listened to people in FAR WORSE situations than myself who couldn't be happier with life.

We already know that life is tough, society is biased, people are judgemental, the universe is unfair- so why sit around being miserable about it?

I started this thing with my Coffeebean Journal where everyday I write down 3 things that I'm grateful for. A parking slot, yummy coffee, my Frenchie, a night out with friends... and you know, it's made a HUGE difference already in this first month. My 3 things are now up to 5, 6 and sometimes 10 a day. I encourage you all to give it a try and see for yourself. See the good and the awesomeness in the little things in life- pretty soon, you'll stop counting about what you don't have or getting all jealous about what others have.

We're all blessed. We just haven't realized it yet. :)

So there you go. Just a few lessons I learned in 2014. I hope that in some way, this gave you comfort or made you smile. Remember, you're not alone in this. You have people around you that love and care for you. So let's make 2015 an awesome year, yeah? :)


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  1. I love you ate karla!!! Hope you visit UST more often! We like you so much!!! <3

    1. Awww!!! I hope to be invited to more events in UST! :)

  2. Hi Ate Karla! I love your blog so much! It was very entertaining and I gain a lot of ideas and insights too. Kudos! 😁


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