Last March 20 and 21 was my department’s FY2016 strategic planning and team building activity. It was the very first time that we invited a professional facilitator to guide us with the strat-plan. I must say that it was a success and a wonderful experience. We learned more about our professional selves and who we can always depend on.
There were about eight games and after every game there were realizations about our strengths and weaknesses, what we did right and wrong… what we would do differently and how will we apply it to work. I will not discuss everything that happened but I will definitely share what I realized: why I stayed in the company even when I felt I deserved better. I stayed because of the people I work with. The TBA only justified why I chose to still work with the company… because the people in my department are not just co-workers, they are my friends and family. Never did I felt different nor alone all throughout the two days we were together. I was always included in the activities and where they were, they insisted that I’d be there as well. All the boys went down the terrace to carry me and my wheelchair. I didn’t feel that they did it because I was one of the managers, but because we were colleagues and peers that respect each other.
Okay… enough of that. On the second day, we had our free time. So while everyone were enjoying the sea, I was enjoying the view not far from the beach. I had a couple of hours to myself. I enjoyed a simple snack from the bar and drew a simple artwork to commemorate our stay in the resort… Closing this post with that artwork and the hope that FY2016 will be a productive and blessed year for me, my team and our company.
Okay. I had a few days off and I was so amazed that I got some creative juices flowing back. Well, not quite creative as I didn’t drew from imagination. I just had a huge urge of doing one of my enjoyable hobbies – drawing anime. And as mentioned, it is not exactly creative coz I once again copied from pictures I saw and did little revisions, some intentional but mostly I accidentally edited coz I couldn’t copy the exactness of the picture. However, I feel like it is quite an achievement in my creative life coz this is the first time I tried watercolor painting. I don’t have any prior proper classes for such. I just had quick reads and mostly youtube study sessions. Lo and behold, I was able to produce two artworks as a beginner of some sort. Let me share with you…
This is my second watercolor painting. It’s Tanaka Kou from Ao Haru Ride.
Below are the WIP images. I just want to share the progress with you though it’s not documented as detailed as one can possibly do. I only want you to see how simple and quite the beginner I am.
Busy. Busy. Busy. That was me during 2014 and would probably continue this 2015. I could not believe that I only blogged twice last year and I am twelve days late in saying “Happy New Year!!!” Oh well, it’s better late than never, right? Looking forward to the best year yet of my personal and career life. I know I will be better this year in all aspects of my life. I am sure I will conquer the year of the sheep 🙂
So it’s taking me months to blog. I feel sorry for my lonely WP. I get so little time to spare to enjoy blogging. I miss how I used to just write my daily encounters. I miss how I can just browse through old entries and learn how petty or deep I were.
Now it has come to this. I am writing a blog entry through my mobile phone while lying down to prepare for sleep. Why write this way? Well, this is the only time I can spare for my blog and the only time I can think of writing and remembering what I wanted to share online.
Well, do wish me luck. I still believe I will somehow find a way to enjoy blogging. I found time for reading so I’ll find time for this old hobby too.
So, how do you think I am writing this entry? Nope. I am not typing. I am writing it down with a stylus. Thankfully the mobile app is able to read my handwriting. Cool, right? I am so thankful to this technology cos now even if it looks pathetic I can somehow enjoy blogging. I can even doodle without exerting extra effort to get a paper and a pen. Plus, drawing with this device is better than drawing digitally with a pentablet. Yes! Believe me, it is. To prove it, below is my first mobile app artwork.
I never believed that the world will end on 2012. How can that be when there’s so much to look forward to on 2013? There’s the KPop Dream Concert on January 19, 2013 that I’ll be watching with MK and company. There’s the upcoming Iron Man 3 movie, the second season of Chihayafuru, the continuing saga of Hunter x Hunter and Bleach. So why would I ever think that Nostradamus’ prediction would happen?
But more to that is the fact that 2012 was a great year for me. A lot of blessing was bestowed upon me. God was so gracious I could not believe that He won’t let me experience His blessings for longer than a year.
I was promoted at work and received a high raise in salary. I think God won’t let that happen only to put an immediate stop to my flourishing career.
Also, there were so many things that I got to enjoy on 2012. I was able to watch a lot of good movies, dramas, series and animes. I read several books written by my favorite authors. I was able to draw good artworks and I was able to spend quality time with dear friends and family.
I think these were enough reasons for me to believe that there are so much more I’d be looking forward to beyond 2012. Thank you, Father God, for 2012 and I look forward to a greater and more fruitful 2013.
Happy New Year to everybody!
This artwork summarizes my 2012 fun activities – drawing, watching anything in tv and books!!!
Here’s a gift to someone who has been loyal and honest all throughout. Sis and I will definitely miss you.