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™‚