happy 2016

From The Holstee Manifesto


This is my first entry of the year, and I'm not exactly sure where to start. Reflections on 2015? Goals for 2016? Life is unpredictable?


Okay, let's rewind it first.


I had a feeling it would be a year of changes (not 2015 itself, but the year in this age). Changes that would set me on another different path in the road for the next several years. I guess the 30s is where your adulthood starts becoming more defined and refined. I (much to everyone's, including my own, surprise) became a homeowner for the first time (with my partner) right before the end of 2015. Yep, this was after we moved in to an apartment 7 months ago. Things happened so quickly and suddenly--we felt like it was almost surreal. Somehow we were pushed/nudged along to that point (I really believed it was fate) despite our plan to continue with the way things were for a while--at least until a few months into the following year. But we are in a much happier place we now call home.

Another new year always bring back that good ol' motivation and many hopes of accomplishing new goals (or same ones abandoned from last year), taking new risks or learning something new. But to tell you the truth, I did not decide on any new exciting goals this year. I just want to concentrate on making my new place a cozy home and get back to noodlenthread again. Yes, there will still be traveling or checking off my bucketlist, of course. But they are already basic requirements in my [life] book. :-)

Cliché as it may sound, I have not felt this lucky and grateful as I am right now for a long time. Time heals wounds and fades them into scars. Time forgives and forgets. Time presents opportunities for us to grab, even if they are not always there when we need them. I can only hope that I will continue to try my best to be kinder to, easier on, and better with the time I am blessed to have in this world and here on our earth.

I truly hope your year will be a good one as well. ♡