Learnings, moving forward

I wish I could end 2012 with a high note like I did 2011.  But the last quarter of this year hasn't exactly agreed with me and left me spiraling down a hole full of self-doubt and confusion.  Normally, I'd just hold my chin up, flip my hair, and strut like I owned the world.  But the successive blows I've received didn't really leave much room for me to get up and prep myself for that catwalk.

So in a last ditch effort to find inspiration before the year ends, I popped onto one of my favorite author's blog in hopes that his usually cleverly written New Year's wish would lift my spirits.  But one day before New Year's Eve, Neil Gaiman hasn't posted anything yet.  Bummed, I checked his 2011 New Year's post and found the inspiration I've been yearning for:

"I hope that in this year to come, you make MISTAKES.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.

So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life. 

Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever."

And then I realized, that's exactly what I have been doing.  I have been making mistakes.  Glorious mistakes, as Gaiman puts it.  I could dwell on the pain and the frustration of those mistakes but this coming 2013, I am choosing to dwell on something much better : the LEARNINGS.

I remember always telling the younger members of our team at work that during my short stint in the corporate world, the thing that stuck in my head the most were the three words that we abide by after every glitch we encounter:


Words that, to my joy, they never forgot.

And now, it's time to practice what I preach.  2012, I am ready to move on from you, learnings in tow.  And 2013, I AM ready for you.  LET'S DO THIS, BABY!

For luck!  During our February 2012 trip to Taiwan, our tour guide made us ring this
bell in a temple in Keelung.  He said it's for luck.  While I am yet to decide if I believe in luck
or not, I am channeling every possible good vibes that I could to join me
in this new journey called 2013 :)


  1. what a great blog entry, thanks for the good vibes! sending smiles+postive energy your way from thailand! I really enjoyed the inspirational lines of Neil, thanks for sharing them:-))) indeed, mistakes are simply part of our life! big warm hug and happy start in the new year...btw, I would love to dive once with u!

    1. A warm hug to you too, Jana! Yes, mistakes happen for a reason. Sometimes we're just too short-sighted to realize why.

      I'm glad you're enjoying your Thai adventure! And I'm wishing more adventures for you in the coming year! And maybe that would include that dive with me ;)

  2. Koryn, I'm so proud of you for having gone through all those trials. You're a better person now because of it. And even if you may not have ended the year with a bang, it doesn't matter. What matters is you keep growing and learning. I learn a lot from you, alam mo ba yun. And this coming year, because of your post, I am excited to make a lot of mistakes too... glorious mistakes as Neil puts it. Happy new year my doe-eyed pretty friend. Miss you!

    1. To hear you say that you learn a lot from really warms my heart :) Hindi ba it's the other way around? ;)

      Nevertheless, I never stop being grateful that I have a friend like you who supports me all the time, mistakes and all!

      Love yah girl! Looking forward to our hello-2013-we're-back sleepover!

  3. 2012 is indeed a year of mistakes. :)) Glad you're getting back on track. May 2013 bring us possibilities we never imagined. :) *hugs*

    1. Ready for 2013, mother? Let's do this!!!! *warm hugs* back to you!

  4. i had posted his quote recently on facebook! so glad you found it as well! for some reason, i had never imagined you as the type of person who could relate to self-doubt and confusion. it appears short-lived though, so...yay!! lol!

    have a sweet year ahead, koryn! and keep the beautiful imagery coming!


    1. Isn't Gaiman a genius? ;)

      Oh I have my moments too haha. But yeah, I'd rather not dwell on them ;) Sending you loads of awesome vibes for 2013!

  5. Wishing all the best in 2013!

  6. What an inspiring post! Wish you all the best this new year, Koryn.

    Happy 2013!

    I will print this post. :)

  7. Amen about making mistakes! I would even go as far as to say, make a fool out of ones self whenever possible B-)



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