What I’m Grateful For 2016

I still can’t wrap my head around the idea that 2016 is almost over. While this year has been quite crazy with all the politics that the world has been dealing with, (as selfish as this sounds) my life has been pretty amazing. There are many times when I feel like I could’ve done so much more with my time, but looking back, I realized that 2016 has been one of the best years of my life. While I was unable to meet my unrealistic expectations for myself, I still think that I’ve done way too much from what I initially planned, and for that, I am extremely grateful. I honestly feel very blessed, and I couldn’t be more thankful for the universe for letting me experience this kind of happiness.

I know that there are still so many things to be thankful for, but I’ll try to compress them here and make a comprehensive list of some of my year’s highlights.

Flying over Hundred Islands

Travel Opportunities

I couldn’t believe it myself but I have actually been to a lot of provinces in the past 12 months! For those who are wondering how I was able to do it, I did freelance work for almost 6 months, and in those months, I did nothing but grab opportunities to travel different parts of the country. Most of them are free, thanks to my gigs, while others are on my personal account. Come 2017, I don’t think that I’d be able to travel this often because I am now tied to my full-time job, but I still hope that I get to go out of town every now and then. I also hope that I would be able to grab the next travel opportunity for this blog (should there be any). I actually got invited for an international trip earlier this year, but unfortunately, I had to turn it down because of my work. It was devastating but I’m still hopeful that something like that would come again next time fingers crossed.

Here’s where I’ve been this year!

Of Monsters and Men


All of these are from WheninManila, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunities to cover these amazing artists. I couldn’t get over the fact that I see some of my favorite artists perform before my very eyes!

  • Boyce Avenue (February)
  • GoodVybes Concert – Stars, Oh Wonder, Chvrches, Passion Pit (February)
  • Nate Ruess (February)
  • Summer Siren (April)
  • Of Monsters and Men (May)

Theater Plays

Some of the shows that I was able to see! Some of my closest friends are fans of the craft, and I’m so excited that I get to infect another close friend (Hello Cza!) to get into watching more plays in the future. Can’t wait to grab those tickets and watch more productions!

  • Three Stars and a Sun (March)
  • The Dressing Room (April)
  • Tatlong Linggong Pag-ibig (November)

LASIK Surgery

Definitely one of the HIGHLIGHTS of my year! I’ve been talking about it on the blog non-stop, and I honestly can’t stop myself from being thankful for this opportunity. Being able to swim and see things in 20/20 vision is just AMAZING. Thank yous will never be enough to express how I feel for this chance. Never ending thank you to the good people of Medical City for being the bridge to this unbelievable experience. Special thanks to my orgmate, Elie, as well!

New Work

While my new work may sound like it had hindered me from doing many things, I’m nothing but grateful to find a team who are nice and fun to be with. I’m still adjusting a lot from doing full-time work, but I’m glad that I was placed in a work environment that I utterly enjoy. Also: Thank you, universe, for monthly paychecks.

Good health for my family

My grandma just turned 91 this year, and my family’s overall health has been great as well. I know we don’t pay too much attention to these things as it feels normal, but my parents and my grandma are not getting any younger, and seeing them in good health is definitely something that I feel happy about. As morbid as this sounds, the past few months had made me realize how life can be taken away from you way too quickly… and knowing that I wake up with everyone alive and well just feels amazing.

Survivor Caramoan Edition 📷: @markcaps

A post shared by Janelle (@jhanzey) on Jun 4, 2016 at 3:07am PDT

Caramoan loves!!!

Keeping old friends and making new ones

I am no extrovert and making friends has always been a struggle for me. Thus, I make sure that every friend that I make, I try to keep it as close as I can. This year, I’m happy to say that my friendships are still intact and that I even made new friends this year. I also get to meet great people on the road (case on point: people from Bohol and Bolinao Falls), so, hooray!

9th Year with Mark

Mark and I’s relationship went through a lot of tests in the past years, and I’m so grateful that this year, we were able to celebrate yet another year of love, friendship, companionship, and partnership. I know I’ve mentioned this so many times, but aside from being my boyfriend, he is also my best friend. I am thankful that we get to be with each other and that despite all the challenges, we’re still making it through. To more adventures and funny stories!


Other wins!

  • Reading tons of new articles c/o Pocket (apparently, everything that I’ve read is roughly around 10 books)
  • Watching movies and reading books. Did NOT meet the target, but I did enjoy every bit of it
  • Being more mindful. To more mindfulness efforts in 2017!
  • Boxing lessons!


How about you? How was your 2016? What are you most grateful about? Share it below and I’d definitely love to read them!

14 thoughts on “What I’m Grateful For 2016

  1. Reminds me that I should start drafting my year-end post! Hehehe

    Your 2016 was really great! Dun palang sa travel quota ka na hehehe

    I would also like to think that my 2016 is great, because it really is, despite of the not-so-good things. You know, nasa satin naman kung positive or negative natin titingnan dba? And I choose the positive. Hehehe.

    Wishing you a more prosperous 2017 ahead! 🙂

  2. Wow. #travelgoals! :p I was not able to travel much last year, but I’m trying to travel more often this year. Wish me luck!

    Before my boyfriend had a lasik surgey, I let him read your blog post about it. He had a surgery last week lang, and he’s so happy with his eyesight.

    My 2016 was so-so! I wrote a loooong post about it. More happiness and travel in 2017! Happy new year! 🙂

  3. Happy 2017, Jhanz! Didn’t realize you have traveled that much last year! Wow. LASIK would be the highlight of my year if I ever go around to having it. Just need to save up for a bit then I’ll go back to your blog posts about it, haha!

    xx, Richel Goes Places

  4. Wow! Travel goals <3 Despite the fact na busy ka na ngayon sa work, at least andami mo na palang napuntahan last year! Haha but wish ko pa rin na more trips to come para sayo this year. 🙂

    Anyway, congratulations on your new job! Plus your successful lasik surgery. Yay!

    Hope to hear from you soon!

    Love, Airish
    Gorgeous Glance

  5. Wow! 2016 has really been an eventful year for you! I’m so happy that you’ve traveled a lot this year and this inspired me that someday I can also do that. Hehe! 🙂 I had my interview in an international company yesterday for a scholarship, OJT and at the same time, a job and I’m being hopeful that they’ll accept me. If I’ll ever be accepted, I’m excited to work and for the monthly paychecks, just like what you’ve said in this post. Hahaha! 😀

  6. Wow, 2016 was a very eventful year and overall a great one for you! 🙂 I’m so jealous that you got to watch lots of concerts and theater shows! I miss performing in theater and watching shows like those. I hope 2017 will give me more opportunities to do that 😉

    Happy 9th year to you and Mark! It’s so nice to hear that your relationship is growing stronger than ever! 🙂 Stay in love guys!

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