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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. You see, when emotions are high, our judgment is clouded by unpleasant things it’s impossible to be rational. So  when I’m in that situation, I would clear my mind first, ask for a time out before saying or doing anything.

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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.

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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. 🙂

SM GTW dress | Twinky pumps | MANGO quilted shoulder bag

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Dress Up Sunday

I’ve been really stressed with school and work lately. So when the opportunity to travel presented itself last week, I grabbed it and packed my bags without much thought. I missed home, so much that I didn’t mind spending the weekend only there (usually when I visit, I clear my schedule for a week). Despite the short amount of time I spent in Naga, I was happy. Coincidentally it was my little sister Denice‘s birthday too and I never wanted to miss it for the world.

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I think we’re the closest in the family. When we were kids people actually thought we’re twins. But of course, like any other siblings, we’ve had our own share of squabbles–but that only made us closer. Until today we still borrow each other’s clothes, laugh at silly things, gossip, and spoil each other. I always thought of her as a fragile being, so I didn’t like seeing her hurt or sick–I still don’t, but I’m confident she can now handle every obstacle thrown her way. I can’t believe she’s grown to be a tough–and very stylish–young lady who is great at what she does. She also likes cameras so when I’m home she takes my pictures for my blog. 😉

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We took these photos at the iconic Basilica Pavilion located within Basilica Minore, home of the famous Our Lady of Penafrancia–Bicol region’s patroness. I’ve taken so many pictures for this blog but I only have very few from my hometown so this time I made sure I was able to take some before the Sunday mass began.

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Hence the people at the background. 😛

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Before we got there though, my sister was laughing at me because I looked too formal for church. Lol I’ve always been the most maarte in the family so they’re kinda used to me being so dressed up all the time. I was actually going to wear heels but I didn’t want to be teased again so I opted to wear my chic pointed flats instead just to balance things out.

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Didn’t wear much jewelry too because the collar already has gold sequins. Adding more accessories is overkill. And I’m not big fan of jewelry too, except for these gold earrings my dear grandma gave me for my college graduation years ago. 🙂

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EZRA dress | Mendrez flats | MANGO quilted shoulder bag

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