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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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