Year 2017 | Reflection on Growth and Seeking Prudence

I’m at disbelief that it’s almost the end of the 2017.

As I close this year’s theme of Choose Courage, I wanted to reflect on what I’ve learned this year. I think it’s impossible for me to list down every lesson that I’ve learned. But if I can summarize it will be because of this Bible verse.

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 
Let all that you do be done in love.” 
1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Being courageous and loving others has been the two most crucial parts of my personal growth. It was with the quote, “choose courage” that I’ve summoned all the strength within me to pursue my passions and as well as to accept my weaknesses. “Choose Courage” has guided my actions, the projects I’ve chosen, and my outlook in life this year. It was with courage that I’ve decided on how to move, with the intention of loving myself and loving others.
Courage to Explore 
With this discovered courage, I challenged myself into a travel project.
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During the end of my 2016, I knew that I wanted to challenge myself. This challenge opened my project 7x7x17 Travel series. I definitely had a lot of support during these travels from my friends and family. To summarize what type of courage I’ve learned in my trips, I’ve listed them below.
San Francisco & Yosemite – courage to love nature & human talent


New York & New Jersey – courage to seek adventure & be spontaneous

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Denver – courage to connect

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Cartagena & Medellin, Colombia – courage to seek purpose



Washington, D.C. – courage to innovate

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Chicago – courage to love oneself

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Bahamas – courage to love others & explore

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This year, including Boston, Key West, Tampa, Orlando, Hawaii – I’ve more than doubled all my goal of 7 travels. It truly has been a great year for travels. I didn’t know what I was getting into planning 7x7x17,  but it really turned into a personal project that I am happy to have completed.

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I want to take this time to thank all those who have joined me in my adventures – Cindy, Tammi, the Squid Squad, Mission C.T.G., and the STAR Center admin team. And to the new friends I’ve met during these trips – Selani, Mel, Jordan, Rommel, and others, thank you. I also want to thank those who I’ve met this year that has really made an impact in my growth as a creative, Kuya Migzilla, Ading John, and Michael. I wouldn’t be who I am today without all of you.

To watch all my travels from this year, here’s a playlist:

or watch my full 2017 recap video:

Pursue Prudence 

With all the movement going on as I choose courage, I noticed that I’ve taken risks and impulsive decisions. Both have it’s benefits and its questionable nature. The travel project (no regrets), sparked expenses. Choosing to explore photography and videography required investments.

The inevitable decision on where I am going to complete my doctorate studies require discernment, wisdom and most of all prudence.

During my search for my next year’s theme, thinking of wisdom, I stumbled upon prudence. Prudence is “the ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason.” It is the guiding or mother of the other virtues, justice, prudence, temperance, and fortitude.

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Prudence is more than an intellectual virtue, it’s morally guiding and emotionally founding. We’re in an age where we have many choices. From what we’re going to eat lunch, to where we’re going to eat (Vicky’s or Palacio de Jugos?), to how we’re going to eat (hands, utensils or chopsticks?) to the movies we watch, to the career we choose… it goes on.

While reading the CatholicGentleman, Sam Guzman names three steps that will definitely guide on how I can pursue prudence:

  1. Learn from my mistakes
  2. Learn from others
  3. Consider carefully 


And as I continue into another year of movement and courage, may my personal and spiritual growth be guided with prudence.

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Let’s grow this 2018,

Jea C. 



For more readings about Prudence & the other cardinal virtues: 



To those asking if I’m going to do a Ate x Eight x 18 project – I’m still debating on this idea – hahaha. 

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