Twenty Seventeen

by - January 02, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR, MY DEAR READERS!

I am rather slow with this post as everyone has already written their own reflections & resolutions even before New Year's eve or even on New Year's day itself. As for me, a few days before New Year's, I told myself that I needed to get all the backdated videos and blogposts published. However, I only managed to do so for my YouTube channel, but there are still a couple of blogposts that are left undone and unpublished for now. Hopefully I'll get them up on my blog soon as I do not know how much more free time I will have from tomorrow onwards.

As cliche as it may sound, but here are some of my highlights in 2016.

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WORKING EXPERIENCES

I started working more throughout the year, both full time and part time. All these job opportunities had helped me financially as I got paid pretty well in every engagement. Throughout my 2 months tenure in Reebonz, it gave me more than just work experiences. I was able to expand my network and met all sorts of people, both good and bad. Most importantly, I was glad to be given these opportunities to improve myself, to grow and to learn.


Reebonz Malaysia


Tag Heuer Ambassador

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TRAVELS

I was able to travel to 3 different countries within the year - Hong Kong in February, Bangkok & Singapore in November. As traveling may seem rather difficult when I begin journeying into my career, I do wish to be able to do so as much as I could when everything is still a lot more simpler in life.



Hong Kong Disneyland


Chatuchak Market, Bangkok


Orchard Road, Singapore

Also in between, I had a few local trips to Penang with my boyfriend to visit my grandmother, as well as to celebrate our first family Christmas together. In November, the KL Kakis made a trip to Malacca for a short getaway.

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BUILDING FRIENDSHIP

After going through 4 shitty semesters, we finally found each other. These girls here turned my university life around. We are always there for each other, and doing assignments and projects together are less stressful because of them. They are one of the most capable ladies that I have known and will surely succeed in life. Makeup, relationships, fashion, studies, you name it. We are always able to share just about anything with each other and we know that it will only stay between us.


From left: Jxhia, Melanie, Sabrina, Jessica & May.

Of course, not forgetting my super close and good high-school buddy. Yes, you're still my best friend - if you know what I mean. Thank you for always cherishing this friendship.


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TURNING 21

The idea of throwing a 21st Birthday party is always fun, but growing up and walking into adulthood has so far been bittersweet for me. It was really silly of me in the past that I wish to grow up as fast as I could and now, I miss my teenager days - where stress level were at minimal when I thought I was about to die from it, and the type of worries I had back then was seriously just peanuts.



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I don't exactly have a 2017 resolutions but there are a few things that I wish to be better at.

BALANCING RELATIONSHIPS

I am constantly torn between spending time with my family and spending time with my other half. Being someone with a clingy personality, being apart with my boyfriend seem to be a tough thing for me to do. However, I am slowly realizing that I have not been balancing my relationships with everyone well enough. I lack so much family time that it has come to a point whereby I would get homesick easily - even by just the thought of it. At the same time, when it's time for me to leave KL to see my family, I would feel rather heavy hearted as well to part ways with my boyfriend. I believe when I am able to find the balance, it would be healthier not just for myself, but for everyone else around me.

SPENDING WISELY

One of the worst habit that I have picked up in the past year was impulse purchasing. I spent more than I should and I had a difficult time stopping myself from doing so. Also, I have a habit of buying because of quantity, but not quality. To make matters worst, the quantity buying habit of mine comes with expensive purchases as well. When I reflect back on my expenses, I would really question myself on my actions and it's not that I don't know why. I have channeled my sadness into impulse purchasing than to actually reflect on the issue and improve myself. I know this can't go on forever and it has to be stopped as soon as possible.

WORK HARD

Be it my final semester in March, my upcoming internship (which starts tomorrow), or even after graduation, I want to give my best in everything, and to continue improving. In the past year, I encountered rather many changes in life planning and it frustrates me every single time. There was even one point whereby I thought to myself that I will no longer plan, and just 'go with the flow'. Well, sometimes 'go with the flow' brings a person no where. Everyone needs to have a goal not for anyone but for themselves, for what's best for themselves. And that's what I need. To discover what I want to do in life, my area of interest and my future not for anyone, but myself.

BEING HEALTHY

Besides hoping to exercise a little bit more, perhaps I should start consuming more greens in my meals. Day by day, I hate my body even more because of the amount of weight that I have gained from living in an unhealthy lifestyle. Especially when I start working, I would be sitting even more which would lead to less movement, and then weight gain, etc. My posture has gotten worse as well and I have become so lazy is moving. Hopefully I'll find my motivation soon to be healthy and to overcome my medical condition one day.

TO GROW MY BLOG AND YOUTUBE

Not really my main priority, but hopefully these platform accounts of mine would go somewhere this year. Also, I wish that people would stop misunderstanding me for doing so because of money, but mainly because it's what I love doing. At this point of time and perhaps a few years from now, I won't be able to survive completely based on writing and making videos. Even if it does, how long will it last me? What if one day the trend starts to die off? These concerns will always be in my mind and perhaps there's a certain extent of truth when people say 'it's not a proper job'.

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These may be just words, but I really wish to turn them into actions and make them my goals for the year. I really hope to see change in myself for the better. I hope all of you readers had a good start into the year and I wish you all the best!

Signing off. xx

Sincerely, Mels.

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