Thank you, 2016.

When a blogger friend asked me about a year ago if 10 years hence I could still see myself doing this — traveling, writing, and writing about traveling — my answer was an unequivocal yes. Travel is the food of my soul, I’ve said; writing is part of who I am. This blog was the perfect convergence of both and not in a million years (or ten) could I imagine giving it up.

Which answer perhaps does not explain why I’ve only published three posts in the last three months and traveled not even once.

Sometimes I suspect I’ve simply lost the will to write; at other times I think I’m just too busy. Neither is completely true, though both have a grain of truth in them. Even the most dedicated writers have times where they just don’t feel like writing, and I’ve definitely been feeling a lot of that lately. I’ve also found it difficult to dedicate sufficient time to the discipline of wordsmithing, now that I’ve taken upon myself a bit of additional responsibility at home.

But also…I like to think that 2016 has simply been a hiatus of sorts.

A break, that’s all.

I like to think I’ve simply given myself permission to, well, simplify my life: to let go of things that don’t add joy, to take it easy on things that aren’t urgent, and to focus on those that are necessary and important.

To take care of myself and those who rely on me.

And if the blog falls by the wayside a bit, so be it. I can always pick it up again.

2016 has been a year of regrouping, of learning, of being still and taking stock, of healing, of building strength. It’s been an opportunity to pause and absorb and break and recalibrate and ask oneself the really tough questions. But for me, it’s also been a chance to partake of the smallest, purest joys of life, and to bask in the joy of life itself.

It was a good year. It was. Many people don’t think so but I do. Oh, 2017 will be something, for sure — I’ve lots of plans already, can’t wait — but 2016 was something else. And for that, and for all that I have…

Especially this lot.

…I’m thankful.

Happy new year everyone!



10 thoughts on “Thank you, 2016.”

  • Don’t worry, when the inspiration comes, in sure you’ll be back with a lot of stories! I’m still an avid reader!! Happy New Year and cheers to a brighter 2017!

    Sending love and hugs from SG!



    • Love and hugs from Cebu! Still an avid follower of your blog (and Ig) too, and you are having a good influence on me: I’ve become more interested in lipstick! Haha! Wala pa rin akong alam sa mga eye shadow, blush, contouring, etc. na yan, pero at least hindi na maputla ang mga labi ko ngayon hahahaha! xoxoxo

  • Happy New Year to you too! That was well-written; how you expressed how it can get tiring to write about experiences too. I experienced that slump for a long time, hence I have not written anything for the entire 2016. But, let’s pick it up in 2017! Best of luck to you and more travels!

    • Hey there! Thanks very much! I’m happy to see you’ve written new stuff on your blog too — I’ve got it open now on another tab and will be reading it after I’ve gone through comments. Good luck to you too and all the best for 2017. 🙂

    • Happy new year Nadine! Thanks for all your posts, you continue to inspire me with each one. xx

    • Happy New Year Alison! And to Don as well. I’ve got your blog open in another tab now, getting ready to catch up on your latest posts, but I just wanted to say a quick greeting and thanks to you. <3

  • Happy new year, Gaya, to you and your beautiful family 🙂
    Hope 2017 fulfils the dreams you have, and yes, slow down when necessary, it’s not a sprint, but a run of long distance… hugs xoxo

    • Hugs Alex! And thanks so much. I hope 2017 brings you and yours happiness and prosperity. xx

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