There's always something about December that makes me wax nostalgic.

Is it the weather, cool and crisp and slightly tinged with the smell of bacon and gift wrappers?

Is it all the food my mother plies me with?

The late night parties with friends you only see once a year?

Maybe it's because it's my birth month and every year forces me to look back at what I've managed to accomplish.

Maybe it's all of these things. December is tricky that way.

This year has been such a rollercoaster ride, and it continues to be. It's crazy how so many things can change. What's crazier is that you don't even realize they're changing, no?

Crazy Highs

I shot Fayette's birthday this August. Yeah, I'll post it, chill :)

This year, I quit my job (scary!) and kind of took a leap of faith as a writer.

I keep talking about it, I know, but it actually still hasn't sinked in. It was insane, but it ended up opening lots of doors for me. Doors that I'm thankful for. I got to know many new people and experienced new things. It made me want to be better at what I do, and it opened my mind to new possibilities.

Sure, there are some tough days, but most days, it's like an answered prayer. I get to do what I love everyday and it's exciting.

Deep Lows

Some days felt like I was hitting rock bottom

This year also almost pushed me to quit blogging here. Ironic, I know. I realized that there was such thing as creative burn outs. Thankfully, there are many people out there who encouraged me to continue and I'm thankful for them, too.

What's Next For KFTI

This year, I want to krishafromtheisland to be more. For so long, I've been trying to become "that lifestyle blogger" and I think it was just the wrong path for me. I'm not going to aim for free stuff and event passes anymore.

This coming year, I want KFTI to go back to its roots: a blog about growing up in Cebu. A cookie tin full of fanciful things. A place where you can read stories, not ads. It doesn't mean I'm closing my doors to opportunities to collaborate with brands I love, nope. If they come, sure, I'm a yes girl now. But I don't want that to be the sole purpose of this blog. My book blog, thirdworldbooknerd.com is not doing too bad, if I could say so myself. I'll pour my technical knowledge of the internets there. Here at KFTI, I wish to pour out my heart.

How's that for char! :) But I mean every word.

Right now, I'm answering reader questions about writing and stuff. It thrills and humbles me that some people actually ask me for advice. I'll try my best to share what I have. I can't wait to write more adventures for 2018 and beyond!

Here's to the year that was and the year to come!


K x

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