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Journey in 2017: Turning 23

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As you grow older, you will find birthdays to be less of a big deal and you stop having crazy wild expectations of how it will turn out to be. So I turned 23 the end of last month, and there was no big parties or gatherings (not saying that I used to go all out in previous years), but my mum made me an apple pie and I celebrated with my parents by eating pie and having good seafood dinner with some of their friends. And it was actually really nice, and the people that mattered to me spent time and effort to let me know how much they care about me, and that was all I needed. You guys definitely made me feel very special.

Besides my birthday being a day to celebrate my existence (this sounds really self-absorbed), I wanted to just pen a post about some lessons I have learned, or to be more accurate, the lessons I am working on at this moment.

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Living Life Unapologetically

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Here’s me, writing genuinely from my heart. And that means it’s not going to be my usual point formed structured posts. Here’s me, putting my jumbled talkative thoughts into words. And that means there will not be any filters or uncertainty. Here’s me, writing out my thoughts, unapologetically.

It has been a crazy month for me. And honestly, things have been pretty insane ever since I moved here. I know I have said it so many times, but making a big life change does not only mean physical, situational or geographical change. There is so much you need to learn, so much you put to risk, so much you need to let go of. It is a leap of faith, that’s what it is.

It’s been crazy, really, everything that is going on. To say it’s all smooth sailing would be the biggest lie. I have done many things wrong, stumbled here and there, made many mistakes that I cannot take back, and even hurt people that I never thought I would have. At some point, I started questioning myself, if I was being utterly selfish. To leave everything behind and just do what I wanted as I wished. I started to feel this constant nagging guilt, that I put myself before anyone else.

But through time and some reflections, I realized, this is indeed what I needed. I learned that it’s okay to put myself first.

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Journey in 2017: Living Alone

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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.

I know there has been a hiatus in posts here, and there are millions of excuses I would like to make, like the fact that I have been sick 3 times over the 7 weeks since I moved to KL, and how I am still adapting to my new job, and the good ol’ writers’ block getting to me etc, but a commitment is a commitment, so I do apologize.

But I am back now! And I want to talk about one of the things that I am adapting to right now, which is living alone. I know I have lived alone before since I was 18 when I moved to Kampar to study. But this time around, it seems very different somehow, so I thought I would share my journey with you.

So if you are contemplating if you should move out and live alone, or if you are about to move to someplace new to stay, away from your hometown, here is the truth (the very honest truth) about living alone.

 

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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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