2016: A Year In Review

2016 is not a good year for me. It’s not the worst for me, but still, it is not a good one just like 2015. This year gave me too much lessons and too much disappointment. I feel like nothing good really happened to me this year except that I became more active in this blog.

From January to June, I self reviewed for my Radiologic Technologist board examination. Yes, that’s 6 months. I decided to start reviewing early since I won’t go to a review center and just review all by myself. Then on July, I took the examination. On the same month, the results came out and I still failed the exam. I admit, I got my hopes high and I really got disappointed with the results. I lost my confidence.

After the results came out, I worked at a hospital. I was happy when I got the job since my boyfriend works there too. It was the first time we worked together and on the same department. We didn’t become classmates in college so I got really excited that we’ll work together. The hospital wasn’t far from my home. At some point, I thought that was a blessing since I failed the exam but I still got a job. Unfortunately, no matter how hard I try to be patient, I can’t stay on my job because of some reasons. I didn’t feel welcomed after quite some time. I also didn’t get along with my boss. He was too controlling and he even commands me to do his works even if it is not on my job description. To me it is very unprofessional and even the way he speaks. No wonder most employees of that hospital always resign after just a few months. The working environment is not very healthy for some reasons. I don’t want to elaborate more of it though. My boss didn’t even want to talk to me or have my exit interview. He always reasons out that he’s busy even though he is not. He even doesn’t want to give me my last salary because of his bullshit reasons. So in the end, even though I like my job, I had to resign just to save my sanity. I swear I didn’t know where my confidence went after all the disappointment that happened to me.

After my resignation, there are so many questions in my head and I even had doubts if I still want to be a Radiologic Tecnhologist as my career. I feel that the board exam is holding me back to pursue the career that I want or getting a stable job. I still haven’t decided on what career I want to pursue. I am thinking of taking my blogging career to the next level or have photography classes. I can still remember when I was in high school. My hobbies are photography and writing. I even wrote stories on Wattpad and online I just don’t know what happened to me now. I stopped with my hobbies when I was in college. Photography and writing is not related to medical courses. I enjoyed my college life though. Now I really can’t decide which career to take.

It is so hard to decide what I want to do in my life since the culture and perspectives of the people here in the Philippines are different. They will judge you no matter what you do especially if your job is different from your degree. I heard so many criticisms about me getting a job that is not related to my degree or a job that is way to low for their thinking. Most of my relatives just want me to have a job so I can be financially responsible with my Aunt. Life is so unfair. I am stuck with a life that I didn’t want.

For the positive ones, I can say I achieved some of my blog goals this year. I bought my own domain and I became active this year. Yehey! 👏 So far that’s the only achievement I received this year, I guess. Hahaha! I also learned so much about blogging this year. It helped me do much in my blog. I improved in doing my makeup as well. Haha! I still need more practice though. And by the way, I also bought a new phone this year. Yaaas! Oh and I got new friends too! I found a true friend during my past job. Shoutout to Ma’am Venus! She’s so supportive of me and I found a true friend in her. I met some of my favorite bloggers and vloggers too. 

With all the disappointments, I learned so many life lessons. It’s okay to lose some of your friends. We can’t please everybody. Not everyone deserves to know everything about you. You don’t have to explain yourself in anything you do or in whatever you decide. You don’t need toxic people in your life. Be with the people who will support you and will make you happy. Focus on creating yourself. Think of your future. Those are just some of the lessons I’ve learned. Haha!

I want to redeem myself in 2017 and be closer to God again. I haven’t decided on which path to take but I will get there. I just lift everything to Him and I just hope my 2017 to better. I am tired of all the disappointments already. I am thinking of posting a 2017 goals here on my blog so I can elaborate each of them more.



8 thoughts on “2016: A Year In Review

  1. You’re still young and have a long way to go! Believe me, in my age, I still don’t have a clear vision of what I really want.

    I have a friend who failed the Nursing Board Exam three times! Imagine? As a friend, I find it really difficult to comfort her each time she failed. But it is more difficult for her to accept it. But you know what, she didn’t lose hope. On her fourth try, she finally passed! Just think that God has reasons why things happen. Just believe and trust him! When it’s the right time, you’ll also pass the board 🙂

    I am currently in the same situation with regards to the work environment. I feel like I made de wrong decision. I don’t have friends at work and my boss is.. nah. Don’t even wanna start with it. But slowly, I am accepting things. I am just motivating myself to go to work everyday and tell myself I am not going to be stuck in the corporate world forever. Goodluck to both of us! Hehe

    Again congrats on having a domain! It’s a good achievement after all! Hope to also meet you in one of the blogger events hehehe

    1. I am thinking.. What if I passed but I don’t want that career anymore. I am so confused. Anyway, thank you for this comment. I really appreciate it. ❤ I hope to also meet you one day. 😘

  2. As cliche as it may seem, everything does happen for a reason. Keep the faith, Elaine! It will all get better. Maybe this doesn’t make sense right now, but hopefully someday, it will. I had some reaaaally low moments this 2016, and I’m still surprised up to now how I got through it. Let’s just claim a better 2017! Happy holidays!

    xx, The Diary Queen

  3. It’s really hard to work when you have a horrible boss. I had to quit my first job, which btw I really loved because I have made such wonderful friends there, because the management sucked! Every day it gets harder for me to deal with the bosses so I finally quit, it wasn’t worth it anymore. I guess it’s true that choosing your boss is more important than choosing your job.
    It’s just part of life, no matter how crappy our 2016 might have been, there is always a better tomorrow for us!
    Let’s have a good 2017, yes? 🙂

  4. It’s really difficult to decide on which path we should take. Just remember that the only thing that really matters most are the things that make us happy. People will always say something, especially when we can’t meet their expectations. But don’t mind them, and just do what you want to do. 🙂 it will take a lot of time, but I hope you’ll figure things out. Just take your time and enjoy the moment.

  5. I honestly think all of us are a little lost; some are just better at hiding it! I’m staying at my current job mostly because I’m scared of the uncertainties if I move on! I’m sorry your boss was an arse, but I’m glad you found the courage to leave that toxic environment. Hope 2017 will be a lot better! Happy new year, Elaine!

    xx, Richel Goes Places

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