After more than a year in the making & meticulous preparations, our dear Jena’s debut finally came to its pinnacle last October 21. All our hard work paid off, seeing her giddy & happy on her most special birthday celebration. It was a successful night with her intended guests accounted for. All 150 heads, yeheeey! \m/
#JENAsaisquoi Champagne Room, Manila Hotel, October 21, 2017
18 things I want to tell you on your 18 birthday..
1.) Love yourself first. Over & above anyone, especially boys. No matter how much you think you love someone, don’t lose yourself.
2.) Some girls can be plain old mean. Chin up, don’t mind them & just keep walking. They don’t validate you or your worth.
3.) Not every problem is the end of the world. There is ALWAYS a solution to everything. Worrying won’t stop the bad from happening, it just stops you from enjoying the good.
4.) Pick your battles, sometimes peace is better than being right. Also, pick the ones big enough to matter, and small enough to win. Many battles are merely distractions to keep you off course. Learn which ones to ignore.
5.) Don’t compare yourself to others, there will never be another like you. YOU ARE SPECIAL. Believe in yourself.
6.) Learn the word “NO,” and don’t be afraid to use it without guilt. Whatever you do, you can’t please everyone.
7.) You get to write your own story, fill the pages with happiness.
8.) Know your worth. Don’t ever chase a man, the right one will find you. YOU ARE NO ONE’S PROPERTY. Never settle, especially when it comes to love. You deserve the best.
9.) Be nice & gracious always, your actions reveal your character.
10.) Seek beauty in all things. Even at times you can’t seem to find any.
11.) Laughter is good for the soul. But cry when you need to and find strength in your tears. Then move on, never look back.
12.) Home is who you love, not where you live. I hope that someday you will also find the kind of love that will lead you to your HOME.
13.) Be happy in your own skin. You are beautiful, never let anyone make you feel inferior or differently.
14.) You can tell me anything, any time. I will always be here for you. I will always love you no matter what.
15.) Take life one day at a time. Live in the moment. You have no control over yesterday or tomorrow. All you have is RIGHT NOW, so just be happy.
16.) When in doubt, trust your gut instinct. ALWAYS.
17.) Don’t be afraid to fail. That’s how you learn. Also, there is no shame in asking for help when you do. Your family & friends are there for a reason.
18.) You won’t always get what you want. Life is not perfect.
My ever dearest Bae, you’re such a wonderful daughter, you’re very special too. And that’s why it’s so easy to be so proud of you.
You always make my life happier, just by being there. The things you do for me & others, show how much you care.
I wouldn’t be the same without you, for you’re such an important part of all the wonderful memories that are treasured within my heart.
I love you.
and I hope you had a very happy 18th birthday! :-*
Do you know that I loved you long before you were born? When I first held you in my arms, all my dreams came true. I remember staring at your perfect little features, and feeling happy at each sound & expression. A fierce need to protect came to me as I looked at you, and it has never gone away.
When you were a child, I was able to hold you close through illnesses & heartaches. I held your hand as you faced new experiences. My presence & my guidance seems to assure you of a certain level of safety, but little by little I had to let you go & allow you to make your own way.
Every so often I long to shield you & have you stay in the protective circle of my arms. I never ever want you to face any injury or heartache, yet I know that you have to in order to grow.
Now you are starting to make your own decisions, and all I can do is quietly support you. Just remember that no matter what, I will ALWAYS love you. There is nothing you can do that would make me stop loving you. You are the hugs & smiles from my past, and the hopes & dreams of my future.
Take care always my dearest daughter, and know that you are never alone. We are connected by the strongest bond there is -the love between a mother & child.
Sharing with you the director’s cut of #JENAsaisquoi <3 enjoy!