Clarisse David

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Year-End Review | Did I Achieve My 2018 Goals?


It feels like I was humming along to Wham's Last Christmas just yesterday. I can barely believe that it's 2019, much less that February is almost here.

This is such a cliche, but where did all that time ago?

Needless to say, it's now time to look back on the goals I set in 2018 and see if I actually achieved any of them.


1. Read 50 books.

What's your favorite August read? August has been an amazing reading month for me. I read 8 books and loved all of them, so I can't even choose a favorite. Haha. #bookstagram #books #authorsofinstagram #authorsofig

68 Likes, 0 Comments - Clarisse David (@authorclarissedavid) on Instagram: "What's your favorite August read? August has been an amazing reading month for me. I read 8 books..."

I didn't read 50 books in 2018. I read 72! *insert smug smile here*

72 sounds small in comparison to people who read hundreds of books every year. I'm still very proud of it. I read more books in 2018 than I did in the last couple of years.

And I'm even prouder because a large portion of those books was diverse. Yes, I mostly stuck to the romance genre, but I still introduced myself to a wide variety of experiences and cultures.

Off the top of my head, some favorite new-to-me authors include R.F. Kuang, Talia Hibbert and Suleikha Snyder.

2. Finish writing two books.

Can we skip this one? HAHAHAHA.

In all seriousness, take a seat. Get comfortable. Here's a cup of chai tea and some gingersnap cookies. We're going to talk about some THINGS.

Depression struck me hard in mid-2017 and has since refused to leave. I questioned every single aspect of my life. What was I even doing? Who did I think I was, trying to write and even attempting to get paid for it?

Needless to say, I could barely write a thing. When I did write, the whole process was slow and painful. I thought every word and idea was crap.

It was even harder because I kept thinking of BEFORE. I kept comparing my current self to the version of me who went to the gym three times a week, had an active social life, wrote almost 2,000 words daily and had her shit together.

Who was that person? Where did she go?

This is still hard to write about because I'm still struggling. Things have gotten better, but they're not exactly amazing, you know?

I am, however, proud to say that I have finished a book. I tried so hard to finish it in 2018 which resulted in a crap ton of mental pressure.

In the end, I decided to let go and just write as often as I could. I finished the book on January 7, 2019. It's still in the revision stage, but it's this fully-formed thing I can rip apart and improve.

I hope you get to read it soon.

3. Explore more.

Oh, wow.

I have definitely explored A LOT since I wrote the original 2018 goals post. Some major milestones include:
  • spending Christmas and New Year's Eve outside of Iloilo for the first time in my life.
  • going to events by myself.
  • moving from Iloilo to Makati. We'll talk about this later.

    4. Save more money.

    *cue the sound of my crying bank account*

    I didn't save as much as I thought I would, but--this is not an excuse, I swear--most of the money was spent on things that make my life better.

    For example, my old laptop broke so I unexpectedly had to buy a new one. I wrote the entirety of my new book on said new laptop, so I don't feel so bad about the expense.

    5. Do something that scares me.

    Homesickness is eating pasta from two different restaurants in a week, hoping that one of them will taste like the aglio olio from your favorite restaurant back home. No dice. Haha.

    41 Likes, 1 Comments - Clarisse David (@authorclarissedavid) on Instagram: "Homesickness is eating pasta from two different restaurants in a week, hoping that one of them will..."

    This is the goal I can say I achieved with flying colors.

    In mid-2018, I moved from Iloilo, the only home I've ever known, to Makati. I quit my job as a Team Leader at a call center to be a copywriter for a digital marketing agency.

    Let me summarize. I moved to a somewhat terrifying city and switched careers.

    It has not been easy, but has it been wonderful?


    During my first couple of months in Makati, I was so excited. It was like being a sugar-addicted kid with an unlimited budget in a candy store. Everything was fresh and new.

    And I was a copywriter! It was job title I never thought could be applied to me for some reason. I couldn't wait to start my new life.

    It took the reality of what I'd done a few weeks to sink in. LOL.

    Homesickness sneaked up on me. Sometimes, while walking in the underpass or sitting at Ayala Triangle, I'd see an acquaintance. Someone I worked with a lifetime ago or a high school classmate I wasn't even friends with.

    But then, I'd take a second look and realize it wasn't them. Just someone who vaguely looked like them. Soon enough, I started crying after video chats with family and friends.

    All those experiences made me value my life here--in this new place--even more. I sacrificed a lot to move here so I have to make the most out of it, you know? Live my best life and all that jazz.

    Despite everything, I'm so thankful I'm here. With a difficult job I'd never trade, new friends and the brand-new resolve that I'm going to be just fine.


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