Plank is no prank

We all heard a lot about the benefits of planking. By planking, I mean the exercise version of the word. I saw an article which had the below – a 30 day challenge – which I have decided to start about 30 secs ago. So I did the 20 sec today and spent the next 10 sec panting while typing this. Gosh. I started shaking at 10 sec.. It’s not as easy as it looks man!! The other part of the challenge, which is more important to me, is the discipline to see it through.. So hopefully I get to announce it 30 days later that I really did 5 mins of planking.. And let it be recorded here, that I pledge to start all over again the 30-day challenge if I missed one day.. Wishing me luck… πŸ˜‰

 

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Luxury of Time

 I’ve been blessed with a timely short get-away on a cruise over the weekend. Although it was a cruise-to-nowhere (ie the cruise doesn’t dock anywhere but just make its way to high seas and back), it was amazing on its own and doing nothing and not in need to plan anything was really a luxury for me. I guess I ought to make time for myself like this more often πŸ™‚

It’s yet another full work-week ahead and although every week since my new assignment in Apr hasn’t been that much fun and I have been dreading to go to work everyday, I’ve made a conscious decision to approach it one day at a time and minimise comparisons for each day with another. That way I hope I can come to terms with things I can’t control, and focus on things I can. Then I will reward myself with another 30 mins this week to watch clouds go by πŸ™‚ 
Till the next update!

A Gentle Reminder from Life’s Little Lessons

Today, the guilt of not following up on this blog as I said I would be when I started it finally got me to log back in. And to be completely honest, I had logged in with the intention of closing this blog and perhaps start a new one. Then I scrolled through what I have done so far, and felt a tug in my heart telling me it’s not time to kill this one yet.. For one, I really liked the title of this blog and what it meant to me. Then I remembered, that I started this blog not for anyone, not for stellar blogging statistics or viewership.. I started it for myself – as a sanctuary of my thoughts, a depository of events and happenings that made some difference in my life – a collection of Life’s little lessons.

It was funny how I went to check through the settings that there was no mistake or system glitch, when I saw the first post (ie the latest post) I saw on the page was a Happy New Year post.. that was more than 6 months ago! Wow, I thought.. has it really been that long? Well.. dates can’t lie, can they?

And through this simple exercise of logging back to a blog I had created and had built some content for, and scrolled through a few pages of it, I did learn a lesson today. I have once again lapsed into a very bad habit of mine to keep wanting to wipe out something I feel wasn’t perfect, then attempt a new one thinking it would be perfect this time, and previous imperfection has became non-existent. In this digital age, it is true that deleting something and then pretending it never existed is something extremely easy to do. But what will the outcome be? If we all took 10 steps forward, and then decide to start over again somwehere new, we may always end up only taking 10 steps forward in everything we do.. but if we took 10 steps forward and stopped in our tracks for whatever reason, it is a matter of choice whether we simply continue taking another step in front, to make it 11 steps forward and counting..

I’m glad I took that 11th step today.

Happy New Year, Jo.

Happy New Year.

I’m probably one of the latest blogger out here to write a happy new year post, to be 10 days late. Well, better late than never right?

10 days of 2015 has passed.. how’s your year like for you so far? I wish all of you great health, great luck, and great success in everything you do πŸ™‚

So I started a new job in the last few years of 2014, and that kinda led to a great start to 2015, with lots of challenges to look forward to at work, but the greatest challenge that awaits me right now, is to find that balance back again. When I stopped my full-time work in the corporate jungle 2 years ago, I led a very different lifestyle. It was one that had no schedules, no rules.. almost like a 90% spontaneity and 0% planned. I was happy but being someone who grew up withΒ timetables since the age of 6 years old (don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t abused or something, i just had this colourful timetable that I made for myself that said what time i get to watch tv, what time I get to go out and play.. things like that), it wasn’t easy for me to get used to that much freedom. Freedom was great, but there were many moments, many times, I felt like I wasn’t doing enough. It’s like my time wasn’t well-spent enough. And a part of me craved the routine and schedules of working life.

And now that the routine is back to my life, I crave for the times where I can just sleep in, and wake up thinking just what i was going to do today.

That’s very human right? To always feel the grass is greener on the other side.. but there is one place in the whole wide field of grassland that would not let us feel this way. That’s staying perfectly balanced on the fence.

And that, is my challenge now πŸ™‚

I think I’m lucky to have had the luxury to experience both sides of the fence, to know what works for me and what wouldn’t, what I’d like more in my life and what less. This is indeed a very precious gift that the last two years has given me, and I intend to really make the best use of it. Hopefully I find that right kind of balance soon, and the key to lasting peace within πŸ™‚

Once again, a very happy new year to all reading this! sorry it’s come a little late.. I will try to write as much as I can while I embark on my journey of finding balance in this year. There might be times I’m totally quiet and times i’m totally random – that’s just cos I am still figuring things out – but I’ll make these posts as entertaining as possible :p

Onward to 2015!

2014 has swiftly come to a close. I usually get all sentimental and nostalgic about ending a year and onwards to the next, feeling moments of regrets and remorse over things I ought to have done but did not do, but this year, surprisingly, I’m actually happy to end the year and really looking forward to the next one! It’s not because I had a bad year, so bad I want it to end asap, but rather, i think the year has ended on a very good note.

Regrets, well, I have a few, I mean, who doesn’t? We all will have regrets from time to time, but this year, I learnt a more important – to let go. I have found peace within myself, and renewed confidence, as I learn to let go. I learnt to live with what I have, and what I don’t have or never will have. I learnt to let go of internal struggles and let the nurturing voice calm the critical one inside me. I learnt how important it is to just come to acceptance with things around me, and to focus on what can be done next instead of lamenting what I could have done.. I’m still working on these and can’t say I’ve perfected them but it has been a great journey πŸ™‚

I didn’t make big resolutions for 2014, I just told myself to make it the best year yet. I went with that and although I can’t say it really is the best year yet, it had been somewhat peaceful.. and compared to 2013, I think peaceful is good. Peaceful is probably the best I could do for myself given.. so I’m happy!

Other than feeling thankful over these things, 2014 is also coming to a close with big bangs, and I’ve just had exciting things happening one after another in these last 2 weeks of the year. First.. I got that job! Started yesterday and it’s all good and promising at the moment. I am liking what I am learning and seeing, and pretty confident it’s gonna be a great experience πŸ™‚

I went for a concert which I haven’t been to any in a long time! The concert was amazing, and it was nice that the concert had a lot of audience interaction, and it felt like a two-way connection and that’s really wonderful!

I learnt about coffee along with taking photos for the organizer. She’s been a great inspiration to me for this year, so I’m really happy to be able to be there at this first workshop she’s conducting..

There’s also been a lot of time well-spent with family and friends! Finally pulled through a short trip with a long-time friend, and for 21 years we’ve been wanting to go for a trip together but kept failing.. so I’m just glad we finally did it! Though it was just for 2 days, I felt we did a lot.. well, manicure+pedicure, shopping, massage, great food 5 times a day… not too bad right? :p

So Yes! Bring it on 2015! I’m all ready to rock and roll in the new year!
Here’s wishing everyone a wonderful new year ahead! All the best, and let’s all keep writing! πŸ™‚

[Catch-Up] Photo 101 Day 20: Triumph

* Chariots of Fire playing in the background *

Yay!!!! It’s the last post!! I haven’t posted the photo and I feel triumphant already! Hahaha… Before my photo, I would like to share my thoughts first πŸ™‚ It’s been a great journey so far and I truly feel triumphant in many ways.. Firstly, I think this challenge has brought me falling in love with photography again. I love my photography work, don’t get me wrong, but there always comes a point where there’s little love in work.. doing photography as work can sometimes drain you.. and I was feeling a little bit lost in the work side, so I am glad I fought with myself and won now! Secondly, I feel triumphant that I posted something for all the twenty themes! Some of you might have read my earlier posts to know that I am playing catch-up even though the official close to the challenge was quite some time ago, is because I wanted to combat a bad habit of giving up on something I committed to just because I missed the timelines. I am glad I didn’t give up and have reached the end! Lastly, triumph comes from making so many new friends through working on this challenge! Thank you my new found friends for your support through the likes and comments to my postings! I’m sorry I might not have had the chance to return the favor much during this challenge, but certainly I will find time to do so!!

Ok, back to the topic.. I know my photo chosen for this theme isn’t quite as expected, but what I really want to say is really in this photo. This is a picture of a thriving little plant that is growing out of a crack in a wall. I can just imagine from a little seed landing in the crack, trying to stretch its roots into unusual grounds, to reaching out to sunlight.. I really admire its spirit and might! I have always fascinated myself with all these tiny plants that grows out of cement and concrete. They just prove that life is more than what we see it is. There can be life as long as life choose to live πŸ™‚

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I hope it had been an incredible journey for you as well either reading posts or posting photos! Let us all continue on to next challenges and let our dreams live on… πŸ™‚

[Catch-Up] Photo 101 Day 19: Double

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI had sooo much ideas about this theme but I just failed in the execution so badly, that I ended up with only a very normal reflection shot hahaha. Still, I kinda like this shot of this young couple happily walking along the street chit-chatting, and it is as if I caught their inner mood on the reflection of the puddle of water left behind the rain.

But just what is the real inner mood of these two people at that moment, time and place? It has been a real challenge for me to manage my inner voice, or inner self, whichever way you call it, and the need for me to do so has heightened so much over the last 2 years. The critical voice in me grew really loud at one point, and I had serious problems functioning normally that I had to call it quits at work and to sort my way out.. Today, i am happy to say that this inner voice is more nurtured, and i have many people to thank for this. I only wish that with each day goes by, my inner self and outer self will be as close to each other as situation allows, because I think that would mean I have attained true happiness by truly being myself and facing up to who I really am. I pray the day happens.. one day..