Happy New Year 2019! | What I learned from last year and how it changed everything

Happy New Year, from my little family to yours.

Are you ready to rock 2018?

Well, you have 365 days to bring your dreams to life, and to become the best version of yourself.


Today,  I’d love to share some of the important things I've learned from last year, and some of my realistic New Year's resolutions other than to EXERCISE (my right to eat) MORE.

According to the Chinese zodiac, 2019 is the year of the Pig. So on this first day of a brand new year, I want to encourage you to be like a pig. Not the lazy and pig-out part, but the determined, gentle, kindhearted nature that Pigs possess.

Last year, I was living a "muted" version of me. I had a hard time saying NO, trying to get approval from others. But sometimes, some people ignore my efforts and make me feel like I'm not good enough, and then still feel the need to give my all for others. Sometimes pa, the people you're expecting to make you happy are the ones that make you sad and hurt you the most. 😞 Like there's always something missing on virtually every level. Um, hi. That’s how I felt almost every day last 2018. So this year, I'll try my best to live out loud like a pig.

1. Unleash the PIG!

I've learned that I can be loving and generous, but unapologetic. It's okay to say "NO" to others and not feel bad about it.

To say "Yes!" to myself. Yes, besh! You don’t need anyone’s approval but your own, because life is too short to always worry about how others think and feel about you. I want to try hard to understand that I AM ENOUGH, and so are you. So when making tough life decisions — be strong and determined like a pig— and accept the reality that you won't always be at your best, but it doesn't mean that it's not enough.

It's what I like to call "unleashing your inner voice" because you have everything you need inside of you already. All you have to do is unleash it and discover every piece of who you are. And that, my friend, is when you'll be able to truly make an impact and shake the world!

2. I learned that stress is a FACT of life. There's no avoiding it. So learning how to relax and letting the GOOD VIBES in are some of the ways to fight against stress. I've had a hard time putting the stress away in my life and adapting to changes. My temper has been short and my patience thin. That to me, are just a few struggles in motherhood. BUT this 2019, I want to find my inner peace and start taking care of myself. To keep calm. In Tagalog, kalma lang besh! It's okay to pause and rest. Relax. Get a massage. Dance. Chill. Breathe.

3. I learned that it's one thing to earn money, and another to hold onto it. I’m honestly the last person who should be speaking about this as I'm really bad at saving money (to be fair, I always spend my money on my kids' needs and rarely buy something for myself) But I realized that in order to build your savings account, you need to pretend you never had some of your money in the first place. That's if you want to achieve the stability in life, especially financially. So today, I know that I have no money and I also know that I still have to work hard to earn, save money, and build a solid ground to build my own empire. Ay wow! LOL Work hard and dream big!

4. I also learned that if you're working as a freelancer like me, ONLY YOU (yes you!) can dictate your worth. So, it's important to KNOW YOUR WORTH. I used to have a hard time giving my rate card to clients because I don't know what to charge. But now, I always ask questions and it's a LOT! Like for instance, what are the deliverables, how soon they need it, if they're covering the transportation cost (because GAS and GRAB is super expensive and TRAFFIC in Manila is really BAD) and how long will it take to get paid. That said, in order to get the right rate, you need to ask the right questions, in a nice and polite way, of course. :)

Last but not least, I believe that if you're good at something, never work and do it for free.


5. I learned that LIFE is NOT EASY! Mahirap sya, besh! But FAMILY, LOVE and LAUGHTER will get you through. Kahit na mahirap, we still want to live longer because we want to see our kids grow. We want to see our family happy. We want to be with them even at the hardest part of our lives. And that's exactly how it should be.

6. I learned that GOOD SLEEP adds years to your life and, over time, increases happiness as much as winning the lottery. Nabasa ko lang yan, momsh, and I believe it's TRUE! That's why I promise myself to get a full night’s sleep for the sake of my own happiness and brain health. In effect, para na rin ako nanalo ng LOTTO! :) Seriously, all I



7. I learned that a simple gesture of saying thank you builds bridges and makes stronger connections. I want everyone who's been there for me to know that I'm very thankful. That being said, thank you to each and everyone who has made 2018 so special. Thank you to my fellow Bloggerbabes and Pink Girls for the gift of friendship.

Here's a link of some of the gifts that I received last Christmas. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2001480659934321&type=1&l=df3dfe50b2

I'm posting this not to show off, but to say "THANK YOU" to all the brands and PRs who know how to value give-and-take relationships with bloggers like me. Pasasalamat po para sa tiwala at mga bloggermails, campaigns and projects last year. This is my way of showing them my appreciation and all-out support. Of course, I always share these gifts as giveaways with my readers na all-out din ang support sa blog ko and #BloggerBabes.




So join na kayo sa mga VLOGmas Giveaways namin ha. haha Salamat po! Let's spread love, not hate.

Get a chance to win prizes! :)

Happy to report that I'm feeling the good Christmas vibes and just wanted to say thank you for your light. For that I am so grateful.

That's why I've partnered up with my loves and favorite brands for this incredible 12 Days of Vlogmas Holiday giveaway! There will be one lucky winner for each day of my vlogmas. So total of 12 winners, mga momsh!

All you need to do is:

1. Watch until the end of my Vlogmas video. The prize for the day can be found within the video. hahaha Akala nyo ha! Finders keepers pala ito. hahaha Just kidding!
2. Subscribe to my Youtube channel. www.youtube.com/rockstarmomma
3. Follow @r0ckstarm0mma on Instagram. www.instagram.com/r0ckstarm0mma
3. Like and leave a comment on my videos.
4. BONUS point: Share my video on Facebook and Instagram with the link  and hashtag #RockstarmommaVlogmas2018 #VlogmasDay1 and don't forget to tag me @r0ckstarm0mma and  tag two friends.

The winners for VLOGMAS Day 4 to 12 will be announced after my VLOGmas Day 12!

Btw, the winner can join and win again and again... so just keep on sharing guys!!! :) Thank you so much guys for watching! Hope you can watch my next video tomorrow!

Vlogmas Day 1: MBP at the Movies #MBPChristmasParty2018   https://youtu.be/ARECJ4JEYyk
Vlogmas Day 2: Soothies Foot Care Review + Spa Date + Bloggermail  https://youtu.be/9VDuirpIx3I
Vlogmas Day 3: MOMOLAND Presscon + Bloggermail and Holiday Gift Ideas! https://youtu.be/p8joRBZ6DaI
Vlogmas Day 4:  Top Potluck Picks for Christmas | Giant Big Guys Pizza, Tokyo Tokyo Party Trays and More! https://youtu.be/APwmrABMd7k
Vlogmas Day 5: Honestbee x The Marketplace by Rustan's / Luminarc Giveaway / #SarapNgPamilya Jollibee Family Bundle https://youtu.be/Kot6akiq6I0
Vlogmas Day 6:  Tokyo Tokyo’s Christmas Trays and Party Packages    https://youtu.be/yytyfuPSc_8
Vlogmas Day 7: Pasko na sa Guevarra's!  New Christmas Dishes at Chef Laudico Guevarra's  https://youtu.be/NJG-n8Qw7h0
Vlogmas Day 8: Skechers Kids Holiday Collection 2018 | Barbie #WrapTheHolidaysInPink    https://youtu.be/TOg9A3IxuT4
Vlogmas Day 9: Kiss the Tiramisu + NMI ART Gallery Media Launch
 https://youtu.be/hf6NMoJ6Gvs
Vlogmas Day 10: Pasko sa Balanga! + No Bake Macaroni Recipe https://youtu.be/PkXc_M-F7qM
Vlogmas Day 11:  Pink Christmas party https://youtu.be/E_tySrDvIEA
Vlogmas Day 12:   Opening of Gifts https://youtu.be/XdYiNoa_N3c

VLOGMAS Prizes and Winners:
Vlogmas Day 1: Joanna Gavina (Hanabishi Flat Iron plus Dermcare GC)
Vlogmas Day 2: Jaymee Palanca (Probibears + Paymaya gift box)
Vlogmas Day 3: Hershey Gercio (Megan Beauty Box plus Girlstuff Nail polish)
Vlogmas Day 4: Complete AU Natuel collection of Girlstufforever
Vlogmas Day 5: Luminarc Smart Cuisine Baking Dish
Vlogmas Day 6:  Php5000 worth of Dermclinic services
Vlogmas Day 7:  Php1000 worth of Rustans GC
Vlogmas Day 8:  Skechers Kids Holiday Collection 2018 | Barbie Wrap the Holidays in Pink at SM Megamall
Vlogmas Day 9: Barbie Bag and notebook
Vlogmas Day 10:  P2k worth of Esfolio products
Vlogmas Day 11:  BDJ Power Planner 2019
Vlogmas Day 12:  VICE Cosmetics Velvet Lipstick Lip Kit

I would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year! May 2019 be a new year full of joy, new adventures and a chance to spend more time with all your loved ones.

Much love from our family to yours.❤ Cheers to a NEW YEAR! 😊🎆🎉