Word of the year: STRIVE

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The previous year was a busy one for me and my family. While I haven’t started the routine of setting an annual word inspiration at that time, I guess ADVENTURE would be the best way to describe our 2016.

Now that January is about to end, let me have this moment to finally share my word of the year before we turn our calendar to jot down our approaching tasks for the next coming months.

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Definitely, I want to devote more energy for this year. I’ve been a homemaker for a year now and though most of the time I feel I lack enough time to do other things, I still believe that I can do more. (Habang ‘medyo’ bata pa, hehe). This year, I want to personally STRIVE for more success, particularly in my career. I’m not saying that I’d rather go back to my toxic yet exciting life as a nurse, but since I already have my degree and several years of experience, it’s possible to be a stay at home mom and at the same time hold a license as a registered nurse here in Australia. How will I attain it? First, I am required to take the IELTS and of course get my target band score.

By the way, speaking of English test, (commercial muna, hehe), I was watching the 65th Miss Universe coronation while doing this post, and I came across some dissatisfied facebook posts about how Maxine did not do well in the question and answer. Some were saying that she should’ve just spoken in Tagalog (Filipino) since she doesn’t speak English well, while others just give rude comments.

Well, I don’t know Maxine personally and I’m not really a fan of beauty pageants, I just can’t help it but share my personal thoughts seeing all the negativities. I mean, c’mon, she made it to top 6 and that’s still an honor for us. Yes, we all have this freedom of speech but can we just be happy for her and move on? In any way, I think she still STRIVED for the best. (yey, naiconnect! haha). But seriously, hindi madaling mag-english especially if you are not used to speaking the language. I have been to different English-speaking countries, but I have to admit, at times, I still struggle in delivering a perfect English conversation.  Especially now that I am reviewing for my upcoming English test. Ang hirap kaya! Eto pa nga IELTS lang nahihirapan nako, Miss Universe pa kaya,?!

Mahaba habang commercial! haha

Anyway, back to where I want to strive, after the IELTS, I need to prepare several documents to apply for nurse registration. After that, I will attend and pass the bridging program for a number of months, which am not sure yet, depending on the assessment. Then, I should already be recognized as a nurse here in Australia. Sounds easy..? It’s not! haha! That’s why I need to exert more effort to achieve these goals.

In addition to this, I don’t want to see my hubby working all by himself, though, honestly, I’m enjoying being a stay at home mom. But I want both of us to be free from corporate life and retire at the same time. The income I will get from work will be a big help for us to easily reach a desired amount of fund, allocate to different investments, and by God’s grace, be financially free. Unless otherwise, I find some work at home opportunities that pays well, then that would be better! For now, I’ll just stick to the plan and aim for a more favorable outcome for our family. Needless to say, all of these will not be possible without the help from THE ONE ABOVE. 😉

Proverbs 19:21 “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”

63 thoughts on “Word of the year: STRIVE

  1. Mommy Queenelizabeth

    Strive is quite a positive word and so push! Talking about the Ms.U i was one of those people who’s guilty of commenting about Maxine but in my heart i am thankful she went up to the top 6. I was just sooo nanghihinayang kase konti nalang she should’ve been at the top 3 if she is that quick to give a smart answer. Nonetheless she still did great… but the turns of the event was somehow disappointing… after all we are entitled to our own opinions. anyhoo, goodluck to you! Strive for success! 🙂

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    1. itsallaboutwitwiw Post author

      Actually medyo nanghinayang din ako, pero anyway, enough of that.. let’s strive to do our best din 😉

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  2. Gilian

    Great word. I also try to strive hard when it comes to being a homemaker. My sentence this year is God is Real. I’ve experienced how real God is and I want to share that to others.

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    1. itsallaboutwitwiw Post author

      that’s a very inspirational sentence. Sometimes, in this very busy world we tend to forget God. But we just have to remind ourselves that without Him, we cannot have all these things around us. 🙂

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  3. Nini Perez

    With God’s grace, I hope you can fulfill that dream. 🙂 A lot of people have told me that motherhood made me stop (career, dreams mostly). Motherhood doesn’t stop women. It makes them move, multitask and create new dreams. I had been a homemaker from the 3rd month of pregnancy up until 6th month postpartum, but I never considered that as stopping. It was a new career! 🙂 at feeling ko rin ang dami ko pang kayang gawin. Now, I’m doing breastfeeding counseling, freelance writing, marketing consultancy and an online business on top of daily wife and mom duties. It’s fulfilling! 🙂

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  4. EINz

    Congratulations for the opportunity to spend more time at home! And goodluck for the exam.

    As for me, I wanted to start the year right by spending less as I challenged my husband to be thrifty this year.

    Our goal is to have more travel funds by cutting out unneccessary expenses and to enjoy life more with family travel experiences.

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    1. itsallaboutwitwiw Post author

      Yey to more family travel! We also have a travel fund pero minimum percetage lang bg budget muna 😉

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  5. Jhanis

    I hope you will be able to accomplish what you are striving for. Habang may buhay, go lang na go! And I agree with you re: Maxine. Let’s give her a break, tayo nga nahihirapan minsan sa daily convos, siya pa kaya na nasa harap libo-libong tao at naka live via satellite pa!

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  6. Meg Mortega

    One of my favoritr bible verses yang Proverbs 19:21. If I’m not mistaken, nashare ko rin yan in one of my posts 🙂 Pray lang and always ask wisdom from the Lord. For sure He will bless your plans and the desires of your heart. God bless you and your family 🙂

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  7. May Palacpac

    Maxine’s feat is too underrated. She’s top 6, for earth’s sake! Yeah, I think the girl did strive hard and she accomplished so much more than people think considering the pressure she had to deal with. #AFFECTED101

    Anyway, God bless on striving this 2017. 🙂 Ako rin, I prefer sana to be a SAHM but decided to work from home instead to help augment income and to prepare for our retirement,hehe.

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  8. Ma.Me.Mi.Mommy

    Truly, making it to the top 6 is a feat in itself! Paminsan talaga, kailangan magbash e noh? Good luck on your IELTS exam and becoming a registered nurse there! I’m sure you’ll make it! 🙂

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  9. Michelle

    You go sis! Good luck on your IELTS. It’s so nice to know why you have chosen ‘Strive’ as your word for the year. I, too, have a word for the year which reminded me that I haven’t written about it yet! Haha!

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  10. Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo

    I haven’t read a post that made “strive” as their word of the year. But you are right. To strive to be better in everything that you do is more than “trying”. There’s a deeper and more meaningful resolve to do better when you strive for something. 🙂

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  11. Ayi

    Maxine was a schoolmate, but she was so much younger than me. Hahaha. Her cousins are my schoolmates too, kaya medyo biased. But enough of that :)) I like your one word 🙂

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  12. Macy Santos

    I love how you write- it feels genuine like I am talking to a good old friend.Oh well I bet you are way way younger than I am and you see time flies so quickly so I agree that you do everything your heart’s desires at this moment while time and age permits..haha. Go girl and STRIVE to be the best.

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  13. berlin domingo

    Been hearing and reading a lot of one word for the year. Yours is a beautiful choice. STRIVE. I believe most of us strive our best, only that luck or perhaps certain things make us fail. Nonetheless, strive is stil there to remind us to persevere and never give up.

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  14. jared's mum

    You chose a beautiful word to be your guide for this year, and, yes, we all ought to strive harder to achieve our goals and aspirations for 2017! My One Word is “intentional,” as I strive to be more intentional in every aspects of my life this year.

    Here’s to achieving whatever goals we set out for ourselves this year and to always seek the guidance of the One Above in everything that we do! 🙂

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