Thank you, 2021 !

Thank you, 2021!

Despite the setbacks and challenges caused by the pandemic, I’m grateful for what 2021 brought and the lessons it taught me.


  • I’ve made some wise decisions.
  • I started learning Italian with my boyfriend (who speaks it fluently).
  • I made new friends.
  • I’ve only ever drunk alcohol in triumph, never in sadness.
  • Started Forex trading.
  • I’m not sure if it counts as “personal growth,” but I finally mustered the courage to get a “visible” tattoo. Making a total of five.
Serotonin tattoo by The Bossink Tattoo Studio in Pasig, City


  • Quit smoking, March 2021
  • Fully-vaccinated, July 2021
  • Survived Covid-19, August 2021
  • I slept for over 32 hours (not drug-induced). I’m still an insomniac though.
1st Jab
2nd Jab: Fully-Vaccinated, at last!


  • New clients.
  • Despite the pandemic, there are new transactions from current clients.
  • Landed 2 new side hustles.
Thank you, 2021
Post-Client Meeting 2021


  • I easily renewed both my Philippine and California nursing licenses.
  • After a series of grueling examinations and interviews, I was accepted to Stanford Business School’s online program.
  • Finished 4 Online Programs:
    1. Decentralized Finance (DeFi) Infrastructure at Duke University via Coursera
    2. Entrepreneurial Finance: Strategy and Innovation at Duke University via Coursera
    3. Machine Learning and Reinforcement Learning in Finance at New York University via Coursera
    4. International Business Essentials at University of London via Coursera


  • My blog has already had over 2 million views.
  • Made a few affiliate partners with international companies including Japan Rail Pass, NORD VPN, and Agoda.


  • I visited a few local destinations and ticked my 40th Philippines Province off the list of 81 provinces – Masbate, Philippines.
  • I didn’t get to travel internationally this year, but I did get another Schengen visa that’s valid until September 2022.


  • I’ve dated a few men and women, but I’ve never met anyone who would go out of their way to make me happy with no ulterior motive. We celebrated our first anniversary last February 2021.
Christmas Gifts from Grayson: Nike bag, Nike shoes, perfume, Zara Windbreaker jacket, his old pullovers

What are the things that you are thankful for last year? What are the lessons that you have learned? I’d love to know by commenting below.

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Polly Amora

Polly Amora is the general manager of a privately owned corporation in Manila, Philippines. She is a life-long learner who is extroverted to the extreme, knows four languages, is loud and outspoken, and enjoys adventure in the mountains, the beach, and the city. You can throw her wherever and she'll handle it like a pro. Her weaknesses include ice cream and beer.

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  1. Wow!!! Congratulations!! So much to celebrate from last year. I made a year end blog like this but I haven’t had as much accomplishments, especially in the relationship part haha. To a better year!

  2. […] I kind of said yes, because it had been a while since I’d gotten my last one. It’s my first “visible” tattoo, my first colorful tattoo, my first that’s bigger than my thumb, my first that I don’t […]

  3. Jasmine Martin says:

    You accomplished so much in 2021! It’s awesome that you have been learning a new language too. Here’s to more accomplishments in 2022!

  4. Overall a good year 🙂 Well done on quitting smoking – it is not easy but definitely worth it 🙂

  5. It’s so nice to read from someone who hasn’t been just struggeling last year. Although I had some major issues, I also found it more rewarding than for instance 2020 when I was mostly confused.

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