Sol: Gratitude Corner

What have others done that have benefitted my life—even if I don't know who those people are?

Sol (S): I admire people who, despite being poor, are able to pursue or finish their studies, no matter what. This became my guiding light to work hard to achieve my dreams and then help other people to do the same.

What relationships am I thankful for?

S: I am very thankful for my family, my husband, my children, my sister, my nephews and nieces and my relatives. They make my life colorful. I am very grateful for life-long friends and colleagues. And to my former and current angels (angels are my household employees), thank you so much for making life easier.

How can I be thankful for the challenges that I've experienced? What did I learn from them?

S: Problems and challenges make my life exciting. There were events and problems that came into my life wherein I felt I couldn’t go on anymore. But thanks to my family, I am still here, and those problems made me stronger.

What about my surroundings (home/neighborhood/city/etc.) am I thankful for?

S: Our present home is so nice that I now don't think of flood. I can even come home more quickly compared to our house in Cainta.

What opportunities do I have that I am thankful for?

S: I always welcome opportunities wherein people ask me for help. Although I can't help them all, I can give my opinion or pieces of advice that I hope can help them eventually.

How can I help people more?

S: I help most people by sharing my thoughts and experiences. I help them through my friends. I am so thankful because those friends are also willing to help others.

How can I say thank you more?

S: I say thank you more by helping others, not necessarily the people who helped me before but also other people who need guidance in this life. I believe that life is a cycle and that helping others will bring world peace, in its own way.


Photography: Mad Minds Photography
Makeup & Styling: Ada De Pedro & Kath Eustaquio-Derla
Studio: Toasted Mallows


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Make A Colorful Impression

Philippine Copyright © 2016 by Katherine C. Eustaquio-Derla

Kath C. Eustaquio-Derla is a journalism graduate from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. She wrote Bedroom Blog by Veronica, a relationship blog for Cosmopolitan Philippines from 2009 to 2011, which covers most of her single dating life. In 2015, she published her first book Before I Do. She’s passionate about coffee, red wine, books and Mad Men. She stopped collecting hearts when she got married in 2013 and went back to collecting Archie Comics ever since. Send the author a tweet @kceustaquio.

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