Despite the shortcomings and mishaps 2020 brought to us all, I still choose to look at the brighter side (at the silver lining, as Catriona Gray would say) of the situation and count the things I’m thankful for this year. In my opinion, the uncertainties of the present should not hinder us from being grateful and spreading positivity to others.
20 things I’m thankful for this year
Without further ado, here’s the list of the things I’m thankful for this year:
If there’s one thing 2020 taught me, it is to value one’s health and safety. 2020 has taught me and my family to make healthy food choices and improve our hygiene even more in order to somehow keep ourselves from contracting any virus or disease.
Getting adequate sleep
Lockdown days allowed me to get an average of 7-8 hours of sleep. For some, this could be a shallow thing to be thankful for. But for law students, like me, sleep is a priceless gem.
Consistent sleep-wake cycle
I finally had the courage to cut down my caffeine intake and stick to early bedtime routine this year. In an Instagram TV series I made, I gave my insights on how I did it. I also recounted my week-long journey to achieving more consistent and meaningful sleep, which I experience up to this date.
Time for exercise
For me, being put on lockdown for several months meant more time for exercise. And with lots of free time on my hands, I made sure to spend some of it to stationary biking, jumping rope, and zumba!
Papa’s uncomplicated prostate resection surgery
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Papa had to undergo a prostate resection surgery for his Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. Alongside this procedure, the doctors performed a biopsy in order to know if Papa’s enlarged prostate is cancerous. In God’s grace, the biopsy result went back negative.
My freelance status
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As I ventured into freelancing, I then had more time for my law studies and other law school-related stuff. This is such a blessing for me this year. Had I continued working a 9-6 office job, I wouldn’t have much time on my hands to spend for my studies.
Getting good grades
I admit, it has always been a struggle for me to balance work and law school. This is the reason why I literally celebrate whenever I get decent grades, which, to my relief, happens every semester. Apart from having good overall health, this is one of the things I’m thankful for this year and every year.
Dedicated law professors
In God’s grace, I got the classes I prayed for. In one of my class, I even have one of the modern-day luminaries of Philippine Civil Law as my professor!
Opportunities to get closer with family member
Our family had more “bonding time” this 2020. I guess we had no choice but to put up with each other. Lol. But seriously, getting to spend more time with your family is one of the pleasant aspects of 2020. Throughout the majority of the year, particularly during lockdowns, I had the opportunity to reconnect with my siblings and parents in a whole new level.
Twinkle (our quarantine dog)
This jolly and sweet pupper is the newest addition to our pack! Ever since she was born, she has been my constant companion in my study and rest periods. Twinkle is, indeed, our family’s “quarantine dog”.
4th year anniversary celebration with Jumel
Can I just say how blessed I am to have a sweet, loving, understanding, and utterly patient husband-to-be? I don’t know what I did for God to give me such a gift and I am not complaining!
We took the photo above while he was having a short stay in our home. For our 4th year anniversary celebration, we just ate Jollibee and spent the whole night bonding with my family members.
From a free WordPress website, I am now in my new corner of the cyberspace, www.totetallylegal.com. I am so happy to have taken the leap of faith in order to take my writing to the next level.
Switching from a free WordPress site to a self-hosted one will not be possible without the advice of Ms. Michelle of Hits and Mrs. website. She was kind enough to tell me to give Z.com a try, which is the hosting service I currently use now. If you want to set up your own self-hosted blog, I suggest you give her quick guide a read.
Discovering the beauty of journaling
Journaling helped me become more productive and set my goals more effectively. It also became my avenue to express my emotions and thoughts. These are indispensable when you are in a stressful set-up, like law school, and I couldn’t be happier to have taken the plunge on the bullet journal craze!
Reaching 1,200+ followers on Totetally Legal’s Facebook page
I am proud to have reached out to this number of audience even though this may be a small number for some. The thought of being able to help these readers, in any way I could with my content, is good enough for me. Having loyal following like this is just but a bonus.
Garnering 400+ Instagram followers (studygram)
One of the things I am thankful for this year is being able to get my message out there. Accordingly, I am proud to say that these 416 friends/followers are a community of helpful studygrammers who are willing to reach out to their fellow law students.
Gaining new online friends
The uncertainties of the present time made me appreciate even the littlest of things and encounters, including online friends who I haven’t met yet. I actually featured some of them on my Blogs I Love page.
Published online articles
I co-wrote some scholarly articles with my fiance, Jumel Estranero, which got published in different prestigious online publications this year. For someone who’s trying to venture on defense analysis, this is a big thing and big break for me.
Sharing my law school experience with LLM Guru
LLM Guru, an Instagram page, reached out to me and asked if I can make some videos for them. Law school life is a topic that has always resonated with me so I chose this. I actually made a blog post and video on this, which you may want to check out here.
Bar review savings
Saving up for my bar review and prep is nowhere easy in view of the expenses I have to deal with on a daily. However, as they say, God will provide. Thankfully, I was able to save up enough to get me through my bar exam preparations, which would probably start next year.
Do you make your own past year’s gratitude list as well?
I believe in the importance of counting one’s blessings rather than his deficiencies. This is the reason why I shared my gratitude list regardless of what other people might feel about it.
There is power and contentment in gratitude and I want to share that with y’all through this blog.
I would love to know what your gratitude list for 2020 looks like and learn about them. Feel free to comment down below to share your thoughts.
Advance Happy New year, everyone!