Sunday, 5 August 2018

My Birthday!

One of the things I love about my birthday month is the fact that it is in the summer season. Daylight, sunshine, long days - the choices of how I choose to celebrate my special day is endless. This year, in particular, we've been blessed with amazing summer weather in London; I guess it also depends on which camp you're in. I have friends who are absolutely done with this sweltering weather. But for me, I choose to embrace this heat as long as the sky is blue, the sun is shining and most importantly, it's dry! I simply don't cope well when it rains because it's just one big mess!

We do love talking about the weather, don't we? Enough of that, and back to my birthday.

Last year, on my birthday, I posted 10 reflection points and if you fancy a read, it's here. I am not sure if this will be an annual thing, but here are my thoughts as I reflect again on my life, as I get a year older (and hopefully wiser too).

1. I have so much to be grateful for and while my life journey has taken a different path than what I envisioned it to be back in my late teens or early twenties, it is still a life that I am proud of, happy to have and to be at. For example, working and living in London was never part of my life or career plan but I took the plunge in 2006. The move was not simply about leaving family and friends, but also, leaving comfort and familiarity behind for an unchartered territory. It was also a move that detoured me from my career trajectory towards becoming a Partner in one of the Big Four firms. But here I am now, calling London home. Initially, I questioned if I had made the right move. But as the years go by, I learned more about myself, met so many inspiring individuals and over time, my outlook on life changed. The move had proven to me that what I thought I wanted was not the only option available and that the world is the oyster.

2. Quality over quantity. There is something very true about less is more and keep it simple. You don't need rails and rails of clothing. There is no point having boxes and boxes of handbags if you only use a handful of them.

The same is true when it comes to friendship.

Trust me, I am a very social person.

I absolutely love to be out there meeting and surrounding myself with people. I am known to be the glue of my social circles. I have a tendency to bring people together - connecting people for job opportunities or simply getting a group of friends who haven't seen each other for a long time together for a cup of coffee or a dinner party.

But when it comes to friendship I rather spend time with people who are inspiring, not judgemental and those who expand me (not size wise) but rather my mindset, my ambition and my self-belief. Those who believe and encourage me to continue hustling so that I can be the best version of myself - whatever that means as it's personal to each and every one of us.

3. Success is unique and means different thing to different people. Not to mention that the path to success is not necessarily a linear line. If you have set up a plan but you don't feel that you are where you thought you'd be by now, never feel that you've failed. I've learnt that as long as I am moving forward, expanding my skill sets, widening my experience, who is to say that I am on the wrong path. Afterall, there is no such thing as the right path, to begin with. You may well have taken a different route than the one you had envisioned, but if it is a more scenic route or a less travelled one, there is definitely nothing wrong with that.

With that, I wish you a very Happy Sunday. May you have a great week ahead. I am off to get ready for a birthday celebration with my squad! x


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