If there’s one year that I won’t ever forget, it’s 2012. I will always remember it as bittersweet.
THE PEAK
2012 was a good year for Blancnotes. This is the year that I went beyond myself and write more  for and about others.   This has made me more in tune, involved, and responsive to the world. Somehow it has also given me a new perspective,  and has kept me grounded and appreciative of the little and big things around me. This is also the year that I fullfilled my dream for Blancnotes of being the bearer of blessings to others.
I am happy to note also that Blancnotes finally took form and began to have an identity of its own this 2012. For the first time in years, I had a clear vision of where I want this little space to go. Blancnotes welcomed  many opportunities to discover and share the extraordinary things of  everyday life this year. It  also graduated from being just a personal blog and took on the bigger responsibility of informing and inspiring others this 2012.
THE PIT
This has been my personal blog for the past 3 years before it became the Blancnotes that it is today. The one person that encouraged me to take blogging to the next level is my husband. He was my biggest supporter. He encouraged me to make that leap of faith and believe in myself, in my own capacity to move others with my writing. He was there when I was dreaming big things for this site and  he was also there when some of these dreams started becoming realities.
My husband passed away last August. Though 2012 was  great for me at the start, I cannot say the same for its ending. I am usually excited to bid a year goodbye as I am always looking forward to the year ahead with all its unspoken promises. I am having a hard time doing that now. With a heavy heart I bid 2012, the year of many peaks and pits for me, goodbye.  I just can’t see beyond now and into 2013 like I used to everytime a new year comes. If there’s one thing I realized from this experience though, all that’s happened in the last 12 years has brought me to this very moment and so like an obedient child I will just take all this in and believe that the purpose of the Lord will become clear to me in His own perfect time. As I stand at the threshold of 2012 and stare at the face of 2013, I will take another leap of faith and bet that 2013 will be good if not a better year for us.
Happy New Year. Vive bene, spesso l’ amore, di risata molto (Live well, laugh much, love often) this 2013.

About Me

I am better known as Nan’s widow, Bianca Angela’s mom, and Woodrose’s Mrs. Dela Cruz.  I am a full time teacher and mentor, a freelance writer for various print and online publications, a marathoner, and a curator of inspiring faith stories.
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