Step Forward

Warning: Senti post. Haha. With my birthday just a few days away, I figured I needed to blog about something more raw and personal today. How do you overcome unfortunate situations? The year has not ended yet but I’ve already experienced a series of ups and downs. Frankly, I’m surprised I’m still sane. If I were probably more weak-willed, I would have easily gone mad. But no, this girl right here has endured much more than you can imagine–and that’s not an exaggeration.


Like most people, I get really terrible days, would lock myself in my apartment and think about why I’m experiencing such and what I could have done to prevent them from happening and what I can still do for them not to reoccur. When I was younger, however, I would get pretty self-destructive, but only for a while. I learned later on that it’s not a good way of dealing with problems. If we always try to escape every time we’re facing a huge dilemma, it will never stop. In the end, it will only create more problems.


The past months were very emotionally exhausting, but one day, being the amazing partner that he is, my boyfriend told me the most wonderful thing. I am far from perfect but he said my best trait is I learn from my mistakes. When I was a kid, my mother would always remind me and my siblings the importance of chances, so I suppose I got that trait from her. Yes, I would often mope for a day or three, but I would certainly bounce back better and wiser. And I guess it’s because I give myself time to reflect. When we make mistakes, we are only given very few chances, if we’re lucky, of making things right so it’s important not to waste them.


A lot of us can be quite reactive too when stressed and angry. While I do understand that it’s a way of “getting it all out there”, sometimes they cause more harm than good.Β You see, when emotions are high, our judgment is clouded by unpleasant things it’s impossible to be rational. SoΒ  when I’m in that situation, I would clear my mind first, ask for a time out before saying or doing anything.


Even though I had numerous challenges this year I can say that I’ve successfully overcome them. Right now things seem to be going very well again for me. But you know, life never fails to find a way to shake us once in a while. But when you have a calm, positive disposition, you will always find a way to move forward. Keep in mind also that there are people who love us unconditionally, willing to listen and help. I’m honestly grateful for being surrounded by my wonderful family and friends. Although I usually keep my problems to myself, these people are always ready to cheer me up and support me when I need it. My boyfriend has unfailingly been my constant source of strength. This person is the only guy who took the time to really get to know me despite all the negativity surrounding us and I really appreciate that. The last time we were together was almost a year and a half ago (boy, time does fly) but we make sure to be ‘present’ for each other. I feel very lucky to be loved and understood by him. I honestly can’t wait to be with him again, hopefully before the year closes.


My relationship with Chad and my family and friends are perhaps the only things that are consistently positive in my life. And that’s okay. I think, as long as we have love and positivity in our hearts, things will always work out. πŸ™‚

SM GTW dress | Twinky pumps | MANGO quilted shoulder bag


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  • badudets

    Hi Daphne, we met at the Brow Studio. Love your dress!

  • Hainrihi Rhine

    It’s good to know that you still stand up despite the hardships you experienced. I hope I can do that too because I am bit depressed. Thanks for this post πŸ˜€

  • Didn’t expect the post to have a sad undertone (but inspiring in the end) because of how bright you look on the photos! Your smile just radiates! πŸ™‚ Anyway, I admire your tenacity, and especially your principle on chances. There are many people who can’t bounce back, or worse, don’t learn from mistakes.

    PS: Loving your outfit. Such a classy and timeless look! πŸ™‚

  • Rochkirstin Santos

    I think we all do have terrible days and some people are even suicidal. But there are good days as well, and we are healed. You look great in that blue dress! The cut on the neckline fits you well.

  • Go ahead with your life wearing those beautiful blue dress.

  • leirs

    I love your look!! The dress looks great on you..

  • EdZee

    They say . . . “Experience is the best teacher and learning from mistakes is the best practice.” I say, when the going gets rough, only the tough gets going.

  • papaleng

    Your bf is so right. Learning from mistakes is a trait of witty person. Ganda mo sa get up mo Dapne. πŸ™‚

  • Jonas Labagala

    I also learn from my mistakes and make up with it and actually do better than before. And blue happens to be my favorite color! πŸ˜€

  • Joshua

    it is important to get back up from any kind of adversity and learn from it to become a better person.
    -Wanderer Juan

  • An inspiration. Many people will learn from you. Kudos!

  • You have a wonderful support group who will always be there for you, through this roller coaster ride called life. And you already posses the right quality when facing tough challenges so if I may borrow Bob Marley’s words from Three Little Birds, “every little thing gonna be alright!”

  • Isabel Rodriguez

    You’re blooming, Daphne! Ganda! πŸ™‚

  • That’s the exciting part of life. There will always be challenges to overcome. Anyway, you look like a cross between Chrisitine Reyes and Marian Rivera in your blue dress.

  • That is the right attitude. Maintain a positive disposition in spite of challenges. You see how blooming you are now.

  • Algene

    I love the color of your dress. It looks great on you! And yes, I’m happy with the title of your post as well as its content πŸ™‚ We all must learn to move forward πŸ™‚

  • you look different! nice outfit this because of the fiber? its been awhile.


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