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Hello 2016! Plus Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Giving Journal 2016 Giveaway!

Every year, for a couple of years now, Ryan, Mai and I get together around the end of the year or at the start of the new year for a planning session. We like to sit down and talk about our adventures for the year with our planners on hand. 

I actually like setting goals and planning. It gives me a sense of direction. 

Allow me to share with you my goals and plans for 2016:


I still want to travel this year. Nakakaganda ng Instagram feed din kasi! Ha! Ha! Seriously though, there's still so many places I want to explore whether it's with my mom or friends. This 2016, I'm aiming to visit a country with visa. I figured it's about time. Wish me luck!  


As I've shared on a previous post, I got promoted. The past four months last year I honestly sometimes felt like I was running around like a headless chicken. And I found myself going home really late from work. This year, I want to change that. 

This new year, I'm making it a goal to be more organized. I must be more diligent with note takings. More diligent with reading - whether it's email, a press release, or whatnot. This year, I'm making it a goal to write down meeting schedules and not be super dependent on my Outlook calendar. 

I want and need to be more organized and more on top of things. I believe the saying "As above, so below" see? And if I expect the other AEs to be more organized at work, I need to set a great example. 

I also shared on a previous post that I started another blog, a collaboration among friends. Well the goal for that blog is to earn on the side. It's still a baby but we hope that in due time we'll be able to grow it enough that it can start bringing in traffic and attracting brands to work with us.  


In my 20s, I was very carefree when it came to my money. I shopped - a lot! Shoes, clothes, accessories. And when the item was too expensive for cash, I made use of my credit cards. I even had a gym membership that I rarely used. And I had no savings. There were attempts to save but I also cleaned that up. 

Well a couple of years ago, I decided to put a stop to that. I'm no longer an impulsive shopper. My friends can attest to that! Yey! This year, my goal is to really grow my money: savings + investments. 

Health and Fitness

I know a lot of people out there have a goal like this! Well I've honestly been writing this goal almost every year and I have been successful in kick starting it. But this year, the goal is not just about starting down the path to healthy living. This 2016, the goal is to stick to it. I'm already in my 30s after all. My body's not as young as it used to be. So I want to really take better care of it.  

I also do have some mini-goals I set for myself this 2016. Such as:

Read more.

Last year, I barely cracked a book or a magazine open. That's why I failed my GoodReads Reading Challenge too. I let work and TV rule my life last year. This year, I wanna change that. I love reading. I love getting lost in the story of the book. Or even just sitting down and reading a magazine. 

I actually set another GoodReads Reading Challenge for myself this year. I'm making it a goal to read 24 books again. 

Write more.

I don't just mean blogging. Though that's a part of it. But I mean write as in go back to writing stories. When I was younger, I used to write a lot of them. This 2016, I want to rekindle that passion. Actually this goes hand in hand with my goal of reading more.

Become a domesticated diva.

Okay maybe domesticated diva is quite strong. I just really mean learning to be more handy around the house starting with my room. Cleaning my room once a week at least. Organizing my accessories, my shoes, my clothes etc.  

And I also want to learn to cook real dishes. The only things I know how to cook are hotdogs and instant noodles. Ha! Ha! So this year, I'm challenging myself to cook maybe a pasta dish, rice and one or two other dishes.  

Well what better way to achieve these goals than by writing them down right? That's why I love planners. And I know there's so many to choose from. But I'd like to tell you the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Giving Journal is a very nice one especially since every claimed 2016 CBTL Giving Journal you are helping out the scholars of Real Life Foundation. 

I have my own Giving Journal for 2016 already but since I love Coffee Bean so much, I got an extra one to give out! Do you want one? Then join my giveaway with these simple mechanics:

1. Follow me on social media. 
2. Tell me what are your goals for 2016? Comment it below. 

P.S. This is only open to Philippine residents. (",)


Mich Santillan said...

My 2016 goals:
1. To be more Spiritually healthy. I think this year should be more about God not just about myself only. I will try my very best to make it a habit to attend mass every Sunday so I can thank Him for every blessing he is giving me.
2. To save more money this year. I have spent some money on purposeless things last year and I need to be wiser this time around.
3. To be able to sleep and woke up early to be productive. Live life to the fullest!

melissaungco said...

Hmmm nice goals! Mine are also kinda the same.

1. I want to travel with my family. In a family of 7, it's so hard to organize outings and getaways but I hope to change that this year. We are not getting any younger. Hehe.
2. Improve my writing and craft. Study hard.
3. Volunteer and donate blood.
4. Buy investments and stocks.
5. Help others achieve their dreams :)

Happy 2016 and I hope we both get to achieve all of these this year. May you have a memorable year ahead of you! :)


Clarice said...

My goals for 2016 are quite realistic (i hope)

1. Open a bank account with enough deposit to support our housing loan by 2017.
2. Open an events rental business here in Bacolod for DIY parties.
3. Write at least 100 blog posts for the year.
4. Be happy. Have fun and make sure to take breaks from work.

Unknown said...

My Goals for 2016

1. Start being thrift and lessen the shopping thingy.
2. Update my blog every week.
3. Finish all my stories that have been in hiatus and make a new one.
4. Audition for the junior jock before I graduate.
5. Be fit.
6. Be happy. Live life to fullest.

Anonymous said...

There are way too many things that I need to get figured out. I really do not know where to begin and could use help. Some of these are to get rid of candies and soda, be able to plan meals, mindful eating, get rid of a number of fears, get out of a plateau, get back on track with tracking my food, improve with my sleeping, better organization, improve in confidence, reduce the amount of negative thinking, better patience, eat more fruit (usually only at 1 banana a day), have more faith, be able to keep my emails reduced, better prioritizing, increase my immune system, better hygiene, remember to write my feelings, work on the 12 step program steps, improve communication skills, improve in balance, improve posture, control the tensions, be able to control myself from bingeing, reduce the amount for my credit card and pay off some of my student loan, be able to deal with the government better, and keep the depression from occurring.

HK said...

My goals are to study hard, worry less, and spend time with loved ones. My niece passed away from cancer on November 9th and I left law school for two weeks so that I could attend her funeral in England. I came back and studied harder than I have ever studied before. When I finished my last exam, a wave of grief, fatigue, and depression sank in. I want 2016 to be a year where I remain focused but also remain in the moment with family and friends. Life is too short to hold grudges or to stay angry at someone for too long..

David D'Angelo said...

My goal for this year is actually to live a healthier lifestyle. I think that it is about time to do that. I am not getting any younger so I would try to keep my body fit and healthy.

Another one would be to travel more and perhaps experience delicacies from other places in the Philippines./

Unknown said...

Hello Ms. Liz,

Happy New Yr!!
My ultimate goal for 2016 is very simple. And that is.. to ALWAYS stay Positive. As much as I can I will dedma the bad vibes. Thanks for the chance of owning a CBTL journal ;)

Unknown said...

My goals for 2016:
1. STAY HEALTHY, of course to be able to do and achieve all my goals.
2. Be productive and never lazy.
3. Spend more quality time with my family :)
4. Focus more on my studies- to graduate on time.
5. Don't forget god. Either in good and bad times.
6. Learn how to save up so i could travel at my own expense :)
7. Continue to learn and explore new things: :)

Unknown said...


Unknown said...

Well, here are my 2016 goals:
1. Stay healthy! Of course, to be able to achieve all my goals :)
2. Focuse more on studies - so i could graduate on time
3. Be productive, never lazy
4. Spend more time with family :)
5. Never ever forget God. Both in good or bad times.
6. Continue to learn and explore new things
7. Learn to save money and travel at my own expense :)

Unknown said...

My Goals for 2016

1. Track my expenses everyday.
2. Open a mutual fund account for my long term goal.
3. Minimize buying things that I don't need.
4. Attend seminars that empowers and educate individuals financially, morally, spiritually, physically and emotionally.
5. Start my blog.
6. Stay fit and Healthy.

Living It Up said...

I'd like to start with my long overdue fitness discipline and everything else on my list will follow. Happy 2016!