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Journey in 2017 : Making A Career Change

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Introduction: I have committed myself to create a “journey in 2017” post at the end of each month throughout this year. This collection of content is to share my journey of trying different things that are aimed to contribute to my wellness and lifestyle as a whole. It can be something small or big, I am just challenging myself to be conscious and aware of the new things I am trying out.

At the start of 2017, I was toying with the idea of a career change. At first, all I could think of was the guilt. As you may know, I was working in a digital marketing agency, and we were still building it from the ground, so the team was very small. Hence, we were a tight bunch. Deciding to leave that job always feel like breakup. With the company, with my responsibilities, with my boss (who become a good friend too), and I felt awfully guilty for even thinking of leaving it.

But after putting emotions aside, I finally made the decision to leave the job on the quest to grow and explore, and also work towards my career goals. And I am delighted to say, as of mid-March this year, I am working in a different company with a new position (however, it is still in the same field) and indeed I am very happy with my decision.

Because I was going through a lot of reflection and thoughts while deciding if I should make this career change, I thought of sharing with you the factors to consider when you are deciding on a job transition or career move.

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All Over The Place

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When I kick started 2017, I gave myself two words I wanted to live and breathe the entire year, and the words are “strive” and “leap”. I wanted to start doing things fearlessly, trying out new things, pushing myself to challenge my very own limits and ultimately achieving the most I can, especially in terms of career and self-development out of these 365 days.

However, it is mid-March right now and I find myself to be all over the place.

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If You Do Not Know What You Want In Life, It’s Okay

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Honesty time. I often automatically compare myself to my peers. It’s hard not to sometimes, when you see people around you doing so well, working in high paying dream jobs, creating businesses on their own, living out a house that shouts #roomgoals and having what seems to be picture perfect relationships. And then there’s you. Somewhat lost, somewhere in between feeling like a little kid but trying to fake it as an adult who got their shit together.

It’s daunting because you feel you should have your life figured out since you have already graduated from college or university, and you always expect yourself to be working in your dream job, living the life you always wanted. But turns out you are lost, unsure of what you want. You even dread the question, “where do you see yourself in the next 5 or 10 years?” Because no, you do not even know where you will be next month, what more about 5 years into the future?

If you are freaking out about not knowing what you want in life, take a deep breath, and read on to know why it’s perfectly okay.

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Journey in 2017: Making In-Between Time Productive

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Introduction: I have committed myself to create a “journey in 2017” post at the end of each month throughout this year. This collection of content is to share my journey of trying different things that are aimed to contribute to my wellness and lifestyle as a whole. It can be something small or big, I am just challenging myself to be conscious and aware of the new things I am trying out.

Before I dive into the content of this post, I would first like to explain what I mean by “in-between time”. This time refers to the time in between important routines or tasks, such as time while driving to and fro from work, time used for taking a short break from your tasks, time while waiting for your next appointment, or even while commuting and travelling.

If you know me personally, you know that I love to schedule and plan excessively. Even when I have a free day, or am on a vacation, I still like to plan out what I want to do. I am not one of those people who can just laze in bed without any plans on the weekends. Even if I want to wind down, I set time to read, watch a movie or hang out with friends. (Some people call this borderline crazy/obsessive, but I can’t help myself)

I cannot bear to accept the fact that so much time is wasted on in-between time. I get agitated and frustrated when I realise I did nothing on a 2-hour plane ride or that 20 minutes I spent waiting for my friends to get ready.

So I decide to take up the quest to fill up these in-between time with productivity. No matter how small the task is, it gives me a sense of comfort knowing that I did not just sit there doing nothing. Oh and to clarify, scrolling social media is NOT considered as productive. Even a nap is more productive than that, as at least I am getting some rest instead of mindlessly scrolling.

So here are some time fillers I have tried out to make my in-between time slightly more productive.

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Personal Sharing: Letter to my Past Self

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Sometimes, I wish I could pay a visit to my past or future self, to cheer myself on or to see if the decisions I make in the present are right for my future.

Unfortunately, at least right now (you never know, with technology moving so fast), we are unable to do so.

But there is a way to communicate with your past self and future self, that is through letters. I have heard about this concept for quite awhile but never actually did it. Until my favorite lecturer in Uni asked us to do so on the last day of class in my second last semester.

It was a random act; he asked us to write a letter to ourselves, five years back (which was when I was about 16 since I wrote the letter in 2015 when I was 21). The most interesting part was, he collected it, kept all our letters in envelopes with our home addresses, and only sent it back to us this year. So most of us have already nearly forgotten this letter altogether.

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Valentine’s Day Special: 10 things I Love

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It’s the season of love! Valentine’s day is here, and it gives us a reason to celebrate love, with our loved ones, family members or even with ourselves.

As much as romantic it sounds, Valentine’s day has indeed become an overly commercialized festival, and it also creates more peer pressure.  Be it to find someone to be in a relationship with, or to outdo each other’s boyfriend/girlfriend in giving the best present or plan the perfect date, it can get pretty frustrating instead of enjoyable.

However, I want to urge all of you, to take a few moments to focus on yourself and your life and celebrate the things you love in your life.

I take this opportunity to share with you, my very own list of 10 things I love (in no particular order) at the moment.

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3 Simple Ways to Make Your Morning Routine Less Stressful

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Are you one of those people that find it hard to get up in the mornings? Or perhaps you dread pulling yourself out of bed in the mornings because you are just not ready to take on the day?

Don’t worry. You are not the only one. Everyone feels this way sometimes, especially when you just wish you could sleep a little extra or just snuggle under your covers without needing to get up and rush to work. You cannot help yourself but to hit the snooze alarm and get a few more minutes of extra sleep, even if you know you will regret having to rush through to get to work on time.

However, there are ways, and I mean simple and easy-to-follow ways that you can try right away, to make your morning routine less stressful.

Let’s get started on how to make your morning routine something that is bearable and even enjoyable.

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Journey in 2017: Starting a Gratitude Journal

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Hey folks! Hope your 2017 is starting out with a bang! However, if it is not, don’t worry, January sometimes disappoints because we tend to set crazy impossible goals we want to achieve at the start of the year, wishing things would miraculously switch for the better. If you are feeling stressed out or overwhelmed, hang in there, look at the bright side, and continue working towards your new year’s resolution. I am sure you will do great.

In 2017, I have made a commitment to focus on the bright side of things by starting a daily gratitude journal. Basically, I incorporated a daily routine to jot down all the things that I am grateful for or what makes me happy.

So far, I find it very soothing and comforting. One month through this journey (and I sure hope I can continue it all through 2017, or even in the years to come), I have become an advocate, and that is why I am sharing this journey with you. Read on to know why keeping a Gratitude Journal changed my life and how it can change yours too.

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Setting New Year’s Resolutions & Sticking To It All Through 2017

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It has come to the last two days of 2016. If you have not done the things you have set out to do by this year, I guess it is a little too late now. But it’s alright, as the cliche saying goes, “new year, a new chance at starting over,” so now it’s time to focus on what you want to get done in 2017.

As much as I had my fair share of failed plans and resolutions that I set out to do each start of the year, there are also quite a few that I managed to accomplish and stick through all year long.

Same goes for you; I am sure there is at least one thing on your list of resolutions you managed to get done or get started on (if there is none, perhaps it is because you have set unrealistic goals that need to be adjusted instead of beating yourself over it).

Hence, even though many people are giving up on the entire idea of setting resolutions because they deem them to be unnecessary and impossible, the optimist in me is still hopeful about establishing my very own set of resolutions and set out to try to fulfill them.

If you are on the brink of losing hope on making resolutions, I am here to cheer you on and perhaps share some tips, while reminding myself as well, to stick to our new year’s resolution all till the end of 2017.

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4 Practical Ways to Overcome Loss of Motivation at Work

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“Starting is easy, persistence is an art.”

Do you remember when you first started working in a new job?

You wake up early each day excited to get to work, looking forward to learning new things and facing new challenges. You are even willing to work long hours and on weekends because you are hooked on that sense of accomplishment and the drive for productivity.

Personally, this is one of my favourite feelings. I love entering the flow, being completely engrossed in work, ticking off all the tasks on my checklist and gaining achievement at the end of each project.

However, let’s face it. We are all human. As time goes by, it can be tiring. It can get demotivating when you are trying hard, but you cannot seem to meet your boss’ or even your expectations. You may feel stuck in a rut without a sense of direction on what else you can do. You may also feel that you are getting a little frustrated at your daily tasks, and you find yourself complaining a lot about work and dreading Mondays.

Before you beat yourself up for losing motivation, do not feel too bad. Everyone goes through these fluctuations of motivation in their work, even if they are doing what they love or working in a company they always dreamed about.

But if you want to get back into the same feeling you had about your work and stop feeling demotivated and uninspired, here is what you can do.

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