January #52stories


  1. What is your earliest memory of feeling proud of yourself- at school, in sports, in art or music, in a cub or scouting?–  I was my preschool class salutatorian.
  2. What is something you taught yourself how to do, without much help from anyone else? – Clean and legible handwriting. Hahaha.
  3. What has been your greatest physical or athletic accomplishment? – Running/walking three laps without stopping (during my mission).
  4. What do you consider your greatest academic achievement?- That time when my favorite professor (Sir Nico Tarrayo) sent me a personal message saying that my first-ever research paper was “maganda“. For.crying.out.loud. that was a comment from a professor who’s got high standards! There were only a few whom he commended that time! This experience really picked my interest in writing research papers! Probably what brought me to giving my best in writing our undergraduate thesis. We were awarded second best thesis and without major revisions! 🙂
  5. What trophies, medals, awards, and certificates have you earned throughout your life? How many have you kept?-   Class salutatorian (preschool); 2nd honorable mention (5th Honors); Two-time current events champion (grade school); Young Women Medallion (18 years old); Second Best Thesis (Undergraduate thesis- College); Honorable Release as Full-time Missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  6. What is a habit you are proud you have overcome? How did you do it?– I used to say bad/swear words. I stopped after being active in the Church again. 🙂
  7. What goals are frequently setting but never quite achieving? What’s getting in the way?– Oh, I got a lot of things to say here! First, too much screen time. I still spend a lot of time endlessly scrolling down my Facebook News Feed. Second, 30-minute exercise everyday! Third, less rice and a balanced diet! Fourth, consistent meaningful prayers and scripture study. I’m a returned missionary but I am struggling doing these. I’ve become to lax and a procrastinator. Still striving! Still striving! Fifth, daily journal entries! My golly! I need to write more!
  8. What goals are you actively working toward right now? How do you hold yourself accountable and track your progress? – I am more active now in my planning. When I discovered Bullet Journal-ling  , I have become more diligent in planning like what I used to be in the mission field. Still not perfect but getting better. 🙂
  9. What role has failure played in your efforts to achieve your goals? Have you learned as much from your failures as you have from your successes? -May many failures gave me so much pain. But, these heartaches helped me to go down on my knees and seek the enabling power of Christ’s Atonement. My many failures also had me strive to use my power to choose to keep moving forward. My many failures also taught me, countless times, that failures help you grow by putting you out of your comfort zone. It was painful but as I approach success, everything was worth every tears and disappointments. 😄
  10. What would you want your children or grandchildren learn from your example about making and achieving goals?– I’m still working on this part but I would want them to learn from me that I am that person who sets meaningful goals – goals that are realistic and invite growth; that person who sets goals that encourages her to go to her grow each day that person who besides failing to achieve some goals still pushes herself to start all over again even if it means that she needed to start from scratch, again; and, that person who still set goals and strive to achieve them even in her old age. 👵
  11. What are some of your hidden achievements-things that were challenging for you, even though they might seem simple to someone else?– I have always dreamed of “touching lives”. I have always thought that it is a grand thing to do in a grand setting. But, as I grow older (and more mature, I guess), I realized that “touching lives” is a day-to-day effort. Now, I found being loved by the people I love (family and friend, ladies and gentlemen!) They told me that I’ve been a good friend and they miss my presence; that they I’m one of those who they think of when something happened to them. This may be a small thing to the but experiencing this makes my heart flutter. As if, I am fulfilling the measure  of existence. 😍
  12. What will be the greatest achievement of your life? Is it behind you or still ahead of you?– That time when I can prove myself worthy of an eternal marriage to someone I love the most and build our tiny piece of heaven here on Earth. Of course that’s still ahead of me. I wanted to achieve a lot of things but this tops all. I have always wanted, desired of getting married and having my own family. Still on the process and still striving. 😉



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