Yay, congratulations, happy one year blogiversary! Seems like yesterday when you were just being conceived. I didn’t even know what to name you, or what to tell people about you. Not even a single clue on what your journey would be like. But one thing I’m sure of, is that you’re brave and I’m proud of you! ♥
Your first few months were tough. Just like a child on her first day at school; you were alone, confused, curious, fidgety, and unsure of what lies ahead. You gave it a shot anyway and you were in for a surprise. Through this blog you got to meet interesting people, new friends, expats just like you from different parts of the globe, and the most rewarding is getting acquainted with other homeschooling mums, who have certainly helped you a great deal in ‘filling in your homeschooling blanks’! Whew!
When you left the corporate world, you were suddenly a ‘full-timer’ of almost everything. Not that you are complaining of being such, but you long for a fresh challenge – like a new purpose for your being, something that will detach you from your daily norm, a space that you can call your corner, your ‘me-time’. And so, it’s blog time! Some people blog for the money (and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that – who doesn’t want an extra buck, I do!), but writing became therapeutic for you, an extension of your sanity. And you’re not even a writer! Hahaha! Regardless, I’m so glad you did!
My birthday wish for you? Just keep on writing, make more friends and acquaintances, enjoy your space, and most of all, have fun!
Did you know that your site had been so far visited by 37 different countries, as per your Flag Counter? And as a gesture of appreciation to all those wonderful people, who one way or the other viewed ExpatPinay for the past year, we extend our gratitude by saying THANK YOU in your own language. Some countries share a common or same languages/dialects, hence our thank you had just been combined. A special hug to a good friend, Ms S, who was a big help during the initiation of this blog – thanks for the love and.. , to my forbearing hubby who never complained even during those nights where light has to be on while he sleeps hahahha!
And so, ExpatPinay says thank you.
- In Arabic SHUKRAAN
- In English THANK YOU
- In Filipino SALAMAT
- In Hindi DHANYAVAAD
- In Urdu SHUKRIYA
- In French JE VOUS REMERCIE
- In German DANKE
- In Russia SPA-SEE-BA
- In Afrikaans DANKIE
- In Chinese XIE-XIE (Mandarin)
- In Spanish GRACIAS
- In Dutch DANK JE
- In Taiwanese TO-SIA / KAM-SIA
- In Algerian SAHA / TANEMIRT
- In Icelandic PAKKA PER
- In Cantonese DOJEH / MGHOI
- In Irish GO RAIBH MAITH AGAT
- In Italian GRAZIE
- In Khmer ARKOUN
- In Malay/Indo TERIMA KASIH
- In Mauritius MERCI (BEAUCOUP)
- In Swedish TACK
- In Burmese KYAAYYUUTAINPARTAAL
- In Congo DE RIEN (Ethnic – Lingala)
- In New Zealand WHAKAWHETAI KOE (Maori)
- In Austria MERCI VILMAL (Swiss-German)
- In Turkish TESEKKUR EDERIM
Let me leave you with a statement from one of my favorite authors, Rick Warren. I hope it will encourage you to pursue your goal, the same way it encouraged me. 🙂
God always operates in your life by faith. That’s why you need goals in your life, because a goal is a statement of faith. A goal says, “I believe God wants me to accomplish something by a certain date”. If you don’t have a date, it’s not a goal. It’s a wish. It’s a dream. It’s a desire. But wishes are a dime a dozen; they’re worthless. The only thing that will change your life is setting a goal. You’ve got to wake up from the dream and go to work!