24 & Counting

Life has really picked up since my last update. In the past eight month, I have gained a lot of confidence in my work and personal life.

Speaking of which, today I received a promotion. I successfully passed my probation period, resulting in a minor pay rise. It was unexpected but much welcomed as I will be travelling in November. No surprise, I am going to Japan.

I’ll be travelling for a month with my boyfriend; it is our first trip together. There are some concerns but overall I am feeling rather optimistic and excited.

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Here I Am: 2016

Since creating this blog five years ago, I started a habit of writing reflective pieces on New Years Eve. It lets me gather my thoughts and reflect on my achievements. It also allowed me cherish the better things in my life.

This year was the exception, where I wanted to unwind from a stressful six-day week at work and enjoy the company of my family. I’m here to make up for it now.

In a nutshell, 2016 was a momentous year in my life.

This was the year where this blog reached full circle. I started TWINS as a means to pacify my irrational fears through writing. As a teenager, I was haunted by the uncertainty the future held. I was never the type to have strong aspirations and my interests were always changing.

I believed things would be clearer by the time I completed my tertiary studies. Well, October 2016 was the big moment I graduated from my undergraduate course.

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On that overcast day, I wore my black UNIQLO dress from Japan and had my hair in loose waves. I was seated in the very front row along with the friends I made during my course. This was the culmination of four and a half years of work, sweat and tears. After the ceremony, we celebrated at Nishikian.

With some consideration and well-sounded advice, I accepted a full-time position at my current workplace immediately after finishing my exams in July. By October, I had already been working for three months.

I admit this was not a part of the plan. Then again, I never had a plan – or at least one that I stuck with. It was only supposed to be a temporary measure so I could save and travel abroad to soul search.

Honestly speaking, I still don’t know what I’m doing with my life and I don’t think I’m the only one. Perhaps the decision I made was the most convenient one. Whatever it is, I am currently content.

After the notions of 2016, I feel a little braver; I feel like I can take on whatever the world throws at me.

Resolution-wise? I only have one: to take life by the horns. 

That time of the year

Christmas is days away but I’m not feeling very festive. Things have really picked up at work this month. My floor manager was transferred to another branch and as a result management reshuffled staff between floors – myself included. I’m a firm believer that change is good but I couldn’t help feeling somber when the day came.

It’s been two weeks since I moved. It’s been a steep learning curve and I really struggled initially. Everything was so overwhelming compared to what I was used to. Now I have bigger responsibilities and manage an even larger team. I was so stressed I would dry-heave, although that has stopped. My colleagues have also commented on recent my weight-loss. I do not feel any resentment against management for moving me. I understand that this was necessary and the overall experience has assisted in my personal development.

The only thing I really miss is my old team. They were the people I worked with since relocating to the new site.