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Sunday, 31 December 2017

2017 | Looking Back and A Year in Review


This is it. The last day of 2017 and I can't possibly put up a post on the very last day of the year without doing a year-end review.

A part of me feels that 2017 was a blur because the year really flew by very very quickly. Before I know it, here I am typing the last post for the year while trying to recall how the year had gone. The other part of me thought this is going to be a short entry because I didn't think a lot had happened. Oh boy, how wrong was I! Having done a recap to help me write this post, I can safely say that A LOT happened during 2017.


On the personal front, it was my 12th of living in London. That is a long time and an achievement on its own. I also feel that 2017 was the year when I feel most comfortable with myself. I no longer care as much about what people think of me and how I am viewed. I am totally comfortable being on my own, in my own company (a little too much at times) and no longer wait for others to do something. I have watched movies and musical productions as well as gone on holidays on my own because I now subscribed to the notion that life is too short to be waiting for others. I've also become less obliged to saying 'yes' simply to please others. I am OK with saying 'no' without the feeling of FOMO.

Career-wise, I succeeded in finding a new role in my company, albeit it is only a temporary one. I am currently being seconded to a different team. I feel the change was very timely and what was needed as I've been in the previous role for a good three years and I am ready for new challenges.

I read the Marie Kondo book around April this year; I started and finished it in one sitting. While I do not fully implement every. single. method that she promoted, the book has been instrumental in curbing my spending habits. I've become savvier in terms of what I buy and keep in my space. I used to simply buy, buy, buy every time there was a sale, but nowadays, I only buy things that I really really need. I have also become better at getting rid of things. While I don't classify myself a minimalist and probably will never become one, I've become really good at decluttering, especially in the clothing and admin (utility bills, old statements, catalogues etc) department. I could do better in the make-up/beauty space, but they bring so much joy so I guess I get to keep them, yes?

Fitness and health wise, currently, I am definitely at my fittest. I now weigh the same as when I graduated and size wise, I am at the smallest I've ever been. I achieve this without following any fad diets. I basically made a lifestyle change whereby I try to eat clean 90% of the time and I incorporate exercise as part of my lifestyle. I don't cut any food category from my diet, I simply make sure that I eat more of the good stuff and if occasionally I crave for any naughty treats, I will have it - in a small portion - to satisfy the craving. It's amazing how these changes have a lasting effect on my well being.

I consider myself lucky because every year I get a chance to get away from London, to either revisit places that I've been before or to explore new places. This year, in particular, I was in Kuala Lumpur to see my family, then in Melbourne for a friend's wedding. It was during the same trip that I went on the Great Ocean Road tour where I saw the Twelve Apostles. I also managed to squeeze in two short breaks to three places that I've not been before; Florence & Pisa, and The Algarve, Portugal.

London is definitely one place where you will never be short of things to do/see. This year alone, I went to three concerts - The Piano Guys at the Royal Albert Hall, John Legend and Mariah Carey, both at the O2. I also had a good laugh when I watched The Kinky Boots Musicals in summer.

I cannot end this post without mentioning the three side hustles that I am so very proud of. Firstly, as you may well have read previously, I passed the ABRSM Piano Theory exam with a Distinction. Secondly, my love for blogging returned after I purchased this Montaigne theme from pipdig and since then I have been blogging consistently on a weekly basis, which is something I'll continue in the new year. Finally, I have taken my love for Pilates to a new level and direction by taking up a Pilates Teaching Training course.

So yeah, these are some of the highlights of 2017 for me.

I still can't believe tomorrow will be 2018! A new year, a new beginning, an opportunity to start afresh. 
So what's next? 
Career wise, I definitely want to make the most of my secondment. I want to expand my knowledge and increase my skillsets. I still very much so in love with the corporate world, the fast pace and ongoing challenges still give me the buzz and it's the reason why I wake up every morning. It is also the reason why I have been so consistent with my workout routines. They are my outlets to let off my steam and to wind down.

Corporate world aside, I do want to expand my creativity. I used to think that I have no creativity in me. But over the years I've come to a realisation that I do have some - I am good at styling, I am great with makeup, I absolutely love photography, I truly enjoy writing and most definitely I really really enjoy playing the piano (although I am still relearning). I am itching to try out hand lettering and modern calligraphy which I am sure stem from my childhood obsessions with stationery. Insta Stories has also sparked my interest in videography so who knows that could be the space where I dip my toes in next.

The Pilates Teaching Course made me realise that there are only so many hours in the day. Between self-practice and teaching practice, there was a period of time that I had to give up other things to focus on Pilates. At times I felt it got a little too much especially during the period leading up to the festive season. Don't get me wrong. I absolutely enjoyed the learning experience and am definitely up to becoming a movement ambassador because trust me - pilates is amazing! But I think for 2018 I really want to slowly hone my teaching skills while continuing my self-practice, instead of jumping straight into the Reformer Pilates Teaching course.

Travel wise, I don't have many on the cards at the moment, other than Kuala Lumpur to see the family and potentially Adelaide to tag along with my sister who will be attending a wedding there. But as with previous years, my travel plans tend to unfold as the year goes by and I myself is looking forward to seeing the places where 2018 will take me to.

Last but not least, as much as I am grateful that I have a roof above my head, a place that I own, it would be nice if the London property market moves a bit so I can look at options for my next home.

With that, I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you a Very Happy New Year and may you have a great start to 2018! xx
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  1. I always love those final year reflections, I think they are so important for self growth. Happy new year sweets!

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    1. Absolutely, it is easy to forget how much we've accomplished and how far we've come along in this day and age when everything is moving at the speed of light. Have a great 2018! x

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  2. It sounds like you had an awesome year. I hope you have a wonderful 2018.
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    1. Thank you; may you have a great 2018 too! x

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  3. Such a cute reflection, I can't wait to see what successes 2018 will bring you! Also, for some influencer tips/resolutions for 2018, check out this article I found on The Newsette: https://thenewsette.com/2018/01/02/5-tips-influencers-successful-2018/

    xx

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing the influencer tips! May 2018 be a great year for you too. xx

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