On January 3, ABS-CBN actress Shaina Magdayao uploaded a series of Instagram posts summing up how the past year went.
Her lengthy caption enumerated the challenges she faced, as well as the lessons she learned the past year.
She admitted to "saying yes to every single situation, no matter how hard or great," and leaving showbiz for a couple of times.
The the 28-year-old continued, "Yes, to letting go and humbly learning to accept that growth is key and change is inevitable...no matter how uncomfortable.
"Yes, to every single window that opened after, and YAS to every single person who jumped right in!
"Yes, to my fateful journey as an actress.
"Yes, (after 3 or 4 years) to finally fully embracing my reality and surrendering, that I cannot turn my back away from it, at least not just yet. (ha, you just didn't know...it's been a beautiful struggle though)."
The former child star also expressed her gratitude to her home network for trusting her to lead The Better Half.
Shaina added, "So YES, 2017, ang taon ng aking pagyakap na kay higpit!
"Yes, to seeing this as an opportunity to humbly serve, at least for now...which means showing up every single work day with a grateful [heart], and choosing to see the good in every single person I got to work with this 2017.
"Every workmate that I have intentionally turned into 'family.' Every single set that became 'my happy set.' From co-actors to staff to crew.
"Yes, to fully committing to every single project, to every producer, director, boss who trusted me.
"Every. Single. Character. They. Believed. I. Could. Portray.
"Yes, no matter how overwhelming the schedule. Yes, but HOW? YES, HOWthehelleverrrrr!"
The Star Magic talent also talked about her motivation.
"Basta, ibinigay 'to sa 'kin, kaya YES 'for what's meant for me will never pass me, and what passes me was never for me.'
"...and whatever has been and will be given to me, no matter how big and scary the responsibility especially during days when I myself don't believe I can (madami 'tong mga araw na ito, na itinatanong ko kung bakit ako) is given to me for a reason, for a purpose.
"PURPOSE. Which is what feeds my soul. All I have to do is believe in Him and His ways. Jeremiah 29:11-13."
Shaina went on thanking everyone who became part of her 2017.
"So to every single soul that has become a part of my life, salamat, for saying hi, dropping by, and for being a blessing!
"To every single soul that has lingered and have constantly walked with me, thank you for making my life more colorful."
She ended her post on an optimistic note.
"2018, looking forward to more surprises, transformations, growth, and another purposeful year ahead! Lika na. Sinimulan ko nang panindigan ka. Nice to meet you, 2018."
Happy New Year, Shaina!
This story originally appeared on Pep.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.