JULY: Travel Nostalgia and Moving Forward

I've been slowly moving forward from my failed business idea. This time, I'm taking it one day at a time because (as I've previously mentioned) I don't want to burn out and hate the process. I know that it may not always be rainbows and butterflies. But really, what's the point of burning myself out along the way? 

To be honest, I'm NOT planning on building an empire or growing a company. I just want to be working by myself and with myself at least for the most part because it's what I enjoy most. I'm happy to be at this point. I'm not struggling financially - that's important. Because if I am, I wouldn't be able to do this thing I'm doing on the side. 

Anyways, we're kind of back to another season of quarantine and lockdowns here in the Philippines. There seems to be no end to this catastrophe. As we speak, just another variant has emerged from God-knows-where, cases are rising again, and it sucks that we're kinda back to square one. Yup, after more than a year, we're still here. 

I still don't know when I can possibly go home and visit my family. I still battle anxiety from time to time. I'm sometimes still living in my thoughts. It's fucked up. But I try to be optimistic and not think about all these anymore. 

I've never been anywhere outside town for the longest time. It makes me wonder how long will this ordeal be. We never know. 

To battle some of these bottled-up thoughts and emotions, I bought books. I just wanted to bury myself in books and stories. I started re-reading 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson. I've read this book years back but I decided to read it again because it's all about traveling and finding yourself, doing something about your life, and things like that. 

I thought it would be nice to read it right now since I can't travel yet and the book would then remind me how travel feels like. The story revolves around traveling in Europe and a whole lot of adventures and feels. Kind of wanting to feel the nostalgia and everything around it. 

So as I said, I only re-read it which means I've had the book a long time ago. I was surprised that I've forgotten most of the details. LOL. This time around, I noted down all the places that Ginny (the main character) went to. Before continuing to the next page, I would Google the location to view some images so that I'd have a visual representation in my head. Cool idea, haha! 

In the future, when I get to visit Europe, I'll keep those places in mind and hopefully be able to visit them. Now, I'm currently re-reading its sequel called The Last Little Blue Envelope. Back then, I only read the eBook format because I couldn't find a hard copy of it. When I saw on Shopee that it's available, I immediately bought it! 

By the way, I wrote another blog post this month! I got vaccinated for the first dose and just wanted to share that experience. Waiting for my second dose this September 30. :) 

I think that's all I wanna say. Looking forward to seeing an end to the worst pandemic of the century. 

PS: My sister-in-law also gave birth on July 28, which means I have a nephew! And now I'm officially a Tita of Cebu! ;) LOL

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