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2016 Best Nine

BestNine 2016

2016 was the year when I enjoy my life watching my first born grew.

Her laughter and smiles. The first time she sat down, stood up, and made a mess out of everything.

The first time she said Mama and words that kept coming afterwards.

Her first teeth. Her first meal. Her first step.

It was the year she’s finally able to hug and kiss me back along with her ability to say no.

2016 was the year I found out I was pregnant again with my second daughter.

When I was excited and worried, happy that another baby was coming yet feeling a bit sorry for the baby I already held in my hand.

The year I was struggling to keep breastfeeding my child while my breastmilk was getting less during pregnancy and the talk about how it’s not good for my daughter and the baby and myself so I should just stop made it even harder.

It was the year my daughter had her first birthday.

It was the year I decided to be a Rangkul and enrolled myself into my first (and then my second) K4.

It was a great year indeed. Alhamdulillah.

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So, it is 2014

Suddenly it’s January.

Yes, the year has change again. 2013 was over, 2014 is now here.

There are some things I start doing or do more in 2013.

I read more books (which actually is one of my new year resolution, so yeay! :D). You can preview the 2013 list here, or take a pick on 2014 list here.

I blog more. It stopped in the middle of the year, but it still more than the year before :p

I started jogging again (although I still found it hard to keep it as a routine).

I joined running races (about four of them :D). There were so many of them, especially in Jakarta that you can enter at least a race almost every month.

There are (of course) things that I meant to do or get done on the same year but finally did not.

I meant to keep blogging once a week (and at least publish one last post before the year ended).

I meant to clean up the room.

I meant to write more on my journal.

I meant to write a novel (even a short story will be nice).

I meant to update my dream book.

Oh, well. Like the quote said,

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. -Charles Dederich-

Let’s just do better in 2014. I wish you all an amazing year ahead and the ability to cherish each moment of the rest of your life. Cheers! :)

Welcoming 2013

On December 2010 I couldn’t wait to quit my former job, so I’m wishing hard that the last day of the year would come as soon as possible, since that was the day I could officially quit.

I enjoyed 2011 so much. There were so many great things happened that year that I feel kinda sad when it ended.

2012 was sort of in the middle of it. I’m not really looking forward to it to end but I’m also not that sad that it will end in a few minutes now.

2012 was a year that  I learn a lot in. More changes that I had to deal with. New ways of seeing things and more understanding of some things that I might not even realize about before. And at the same time a bunch of new stuff I don’t understand, that makes me want to learn even more. I’ve come to this new level of sensitivity, that is hard to handle at first but actually make things easier afterwards.

There were lots of new things that come in my way without a warning. Some were exciting, some were shocking. Most were overwhelming.

I lost my spirit on improvement not so long after the year started. I stopped caring for a while, especially about my life. I stopped doing things that usually excites me. People come and go. Days passed by just like that. I felt tired and sad. Then somehow it was back. I started to get excited about things again. The sparks is so small I was afraid that it’s going to be gone anytime soon. But apparently it decided to stay. Slowly growing even bigger.

Then December came. It’s the month when everything feels normal again. And by normal I mean cool! I started the month by going to a workshop about hydroponics. A week after that I was enjoying this amazing show called INDONESIA:.  Two worth-to-watch Indonesian movie were start playing this month: “5 cm.” and “Habibie & Ainun” (I’ll add the link as soon as I finished writing the review). And I get to watch both of them! Both movies had been watched by more than 1 million viewers and still increasing. So proud! :)

I also started to write on my blog again. Not just one post but-after this one published-six posts in one month. I know it doesn’t sound much. But after no post at all for months, it really is a good progress for me.

At the end, I have to say that I’m grateful for this year. For all the lost and findings. For the hardships and happiness. For each changes happened in it. No matter how hard some of the changes were (or still are) I believe that each was necessary. I know that it was necessary.

Now that the year is about to end, another year is coming. A whole year to live in if I’m lucky enough. I’m actually pretty excited about 2013. My wish is to fill each day better than the day before. To enjoy each moment, make the most out of each second I got. To create more, give a lot more to a lot more people. To not forget to love myself first.

One of the thing that I wish I have done more this year is reading books. So I’m planning to read more books in 2013. To make it more exciting, I’m making this one page on my blog that is going to list every book I have finished reading that year. I asked my sister to do the same thing so we could share what we’ve read,  and motivate us to read even more. Feel free to join us. :)

I know it’s not the year that is important, it’s how we live every single time in our life with all we have. And that’s what I’ll keep learning to do, hoping to get it done better than before. This year, next year, and years after that.

2013, I’m ready to welcome you. Looking forward to have more good surprises and write some awesome stories in each of your pages. Bismillah.

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson-



Next Chapter: 2011

A new beginning is always exciting. It’s a chance to put all the bad things behind and start over with a clean slate. New year is one of the moments to have a new beginning.

Of course everyday could be the new beginning, like this quote said:

You have a clean slate every day you wake up. You have a chance every single morning to make that change and be the person you want to be. You just have to decide to do it. Decide today’s the day. Say it; This is going to be my day.

~Brendon Burchard – author, motivational speaker

And we don’t need to wait until new year to do some changes in our lives or to be a better person.

But hey, new year isn’t coming everyday. A new year title would help to give us a better sense of starting a whole new chapter or even a completely new book. It’s a new day,  a new month, and a new year at the same time, it’s a perfect time to add more new things to it. Well, it’s a perfect reason to make it a perfect time 😀

I never really make any goals or resolutions every new year, until last year.  I read this book by Jack Canfield called “The Success Principles” and decided to write a list of my dreams and make goals out of it. I start reading the book by the end of 2009, so it just feels like a great way to welcoming 2010.

I was writing all my dreams, what I think I want to have, do, achieve, and be at that time. I made a goal for each dream. I made steps to reach the goals and plans to do each steps. I divided the goals into years then into months and divided the steps into weeks and days.

It might not be perfect. The goals, the plans, the steps. I might missed some of the steps or decided to eliminate some goals in the process.

So did I reach all the goals from last year? No.

But did it helps me to have a better year? Yes.

It makes me believe that I can do a lot more than I thought I could in ways that I never imagine before. It makes me want to do more, to make more of my dreams come true. It makes me believe that I can have, do, be anything I want in life, that I can be the change I want to see in the world, that I can create the life I want to live.  With God permission, if I just put my mind, heart, and action to it, I can.

I’m not always this positive of course. But it definitely helps me to feel more of it. I also get to have, do, and be more than I would if I haven’t make the list in the first place.

I glad I made the list. I glad I put it into goals. And for this year, I’m going to make another goals, renewing the one I have made to be precise.

Like I said, new year is a perfect reason to create a perfect time to do some changes, to make and reach more goals, to make more dreams come true. We have passed 2010 with all the failure and glory we made in it. We’ve made mistakes and (hopefully) learn from it. We’ve experience good and bad, sad and happy, ups and downs. Now it’s time to start a new chapter, where we can create a new story, put anything we want in it, be prepared for anything that could happen along the way, and enjoy the ride.

We don’t need to wait until new year to do some changes in our lives, but while it’s here let’s use the moment, let’s make it the day to start making that change and be the person we want to be.

We have passed 2010 and all the story in it.  Next chapter: 2011.