Five Years Later

On this date five years ago, I registered and created this blog. Back then I was a wary eighteen-year-old who just completed her secondary studies and was awaiting for news that was supposed to determine the outcome of my adult life.

I have since graduated from university, actualised my dream of studying abroad Nagoya, tried and failed at a long-distance relationship, climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge, became a legal member of society, found my current job, obtained my Learner’s Permit, and dyed my virgin black hair brown.

This blog has also evolved over the years. At the very beginning, I wanted to use it as a platform to share my restaurant experiences and reviews on beauty products. Later on I wrote about my travels in Asia, starting with a year-long series focusing on Malaysia.  I even dabbled in videography. As time passed, I continued writing about these topics but never forgetting to share my emotional journey towards adulthood.

In all honesty, I didn’t intend to blog today; it never occurred to me that today was my blog’s anniversary. It just so happen I was reading an article through LinkedIn and saw a notification on WordPress.

The blogosphere has transformed greatly since I started blogging at the tender age of sixteen. There used to be such a strong sense of community. Whenever someone comments on your post, you return the favour and check-out their blog. It’s how you make new friends, and it’s also how I met my friend Kevin. (He’s one of the few people who still posts regularly, check him out.)

Now everyone who used to blog have made the migration towards micro-blogs. I’m also a culprit of this act. It’s just more convenient; you can update and share your thoughts instantaneously. Whereas writing a post requires more time and thought. Although my updates are scarcer recently, I still enjoy the process of accumulating my thoughts and reorganising it in a more cohesive way.

Even though I have not met many successes, I’m still grateful to have documented the more significant moments of my mundane life on this site. Whenever I read my older entries, I get washed over with a wave of nostalgia. It’s also entertaining to see how my perspective has changed and how differently I prioritise things in life. There are some cringeworthy moments but I don’t foresee myself abandoning this blog as I have with my previous blog (‘Peach Evolution’ and ‘Carpe Diem’).

So, thank-you for those who have been following along. Here’s to the next five years!

Finding Happiness

It’s the end of another working day which means I’m here to write another work-related post. I don’t want to turn my blog into a rant page but I desperately need to vent and increasing the word count of this post helps ease my frustration.

Continuing from my recent update, my confidence at work has increased fractionally. I’m becoming more comfortable with my responsibilities. However the early starts are drowning my positivity. On top of this, management keeps changing my roster. It is already very irregular but now I can officially bid farewell to my social life. I shouldn’t complain though, at least I get one weekend off every month. I am understandably frustrated.

Whilst I was rolling in bed trying to recover from my upset stomach, I came to an epiphany about my current situation. I was annoyed because I felt like work has stripped me of my time and freedom. This is inaccurate. I have twenty-four hours in the day, just like everyone else. I, alone, determine how those hours afterwork are spent.

If I want to have a more fulfilling life outside of work, I need spend my time wisely and pursue my hobbies; I’d love to work on my writing and improve my ukulele skills. I’d also like to practise more Japanese and cook/bake frequently. I already feel happy thinking about it.

 

Of Work & Things

I came back from Japan two weeks ago. It was a great family holiday and a much needed visit to my favourite country. Each time I return home, I feel more revitalised. However, this short-lived feeling is followed by a sense of longing. I wonder when I can go back again.

Since arriving in Melbourne, I begun working full-time. I’m also looking to receive my first promotion in November.

The hours are long and irregular but the people are fantastic. My company is relocating and upsizing, so we have many new recruits. My current role involves overseeing tasks and training newcomers, which is a nice change from my responsibilities as a casual staff.

Today was a particularly challenging day.

It felt like I was tossed into the deep end of a pool and I have let down my team. I had a list of tasks that needed to be completed, but we only finished half. There are still so many things that I am learning, am I really the right choice for this role? I wish I was better at my job, but I know this will only happen with practice and time.