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


  1. I always love those final year reflections, I think they are so important for self growth. Happy new year sweets!

    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

  2. It sounds like you had an awesome year. I hope you have a wonderful 2018.

  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:


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


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