I came across this post on a Friday morning and find it very inspirational. Just wanted to share it with everyone. Take this as an opportunity to rewire your brain on the fear of rejection by reading this very inspirational post.
We are always looking out for recognition and approval by doing what is right. We have been taught and conditioned to avoid doing the wrong things since young. And along the way, we became fearful of rejection. And this fear becomes much worse with perfectionists.
I must admit that I used to be a perfectionist. But the entrepreneurial journey has scrubbed me up with reality. I have had a couple of rejections which I took quite personally, but reading this post really helped me a lot. It’s like someone turned on the light bulb and I can now see why I needed those rejections. They are all part of the journey growing up.
So in the spirit of sharing, I’ve decided to share it with the people around me, which is you. So do take a look and have a read even if you are not an entrepreneur. As I believe that this would apply to all areas of our lives. Hopefully, it’ll give you a dose of positivity on a beautiful Friday morning at the start of the year…and that it will last throughout the year. Here’s the link again: https://contently.net/2019/01/10/voices/why-rejections-were-the-best-thing-to-happen-to-me/
Get inspired today!
I’ve gone on a local road trip recently with a group of friends that I’ve known the past few years. Except for one whom I’ve known for more than a decade. I’ve lost touch with her for a while in between, but we’ve reconnected the past couple of years. It was during the trip that I found out she has stopped consuming chicken due to some hormonal issues she has had. Well, not unless the chicken is REALLY special, or certified to be hormone free. And that reminded me that I bought a locally grown kampung chicken from my longtime trusted supplier – Fruity Wonders some time ago. I happened to visit Connie and Natalie with my Queen of the House. The Queen saw the chicken and asked about it out of curiosity. That’s when we were told that the chicken was truly farm-raised ala kampung style. These are Holland chickens and they were bred in a pretty sizeable area (three acres to be exact) where they get to run about. The sort of food the chickens are fed – grass, insects and worms, sourced directly from Mother Nature. The chickens are harvested only after a minimum of 100 days to ensure that the chicken is matured with good quality poultry. I’m sure all those running in the 3-acre farm helps with building the muscles too. With that, we were sold. We went home with the chicken and made soup with it (anything soupy is my kind of food). The outcomes are shown in the pictures below:
And the verdict of the soup and the chicken are:
The soup is less oily than normal chicken that the Queen buys from the market
The soup is sweet and has a nice meaty fragrant to it
The meat is lean, firm, fleshy and succulent. It gives you great satisfaction by taking a bite from it!
The texture is different from the normal chicken that I’ve eaten. Sometimes when the chicken is not properly prepared, it leaves a weird tarty freezer taste in your mouth. But this chicken does not. In fact, it tasted fresh despite it being frozen when we bought it.
I have had a wonderful and blessed 2018. It was a year with many changes, but a year with all the changes welcomed.
I’ve quit my full-time job, ventured into entrepreneurship and survived for the past 8 months. I am very thankful for all the support and help that I’ve received along the way.
I’m constantly reminded that I am finally living the life that I’ve always dreamed of and I am gloriously happy about it. Here’s how I would sum up 2018 with my little rhyme:
I am finally living the life that I want, But it does not come easy. I have worked hard to build my story, And I’ve cut back on luxury. I’ve travelled a lot more And never left hungry. I am thankful for the opportunities, And the friends that I meet. I may have tripped over some humps and bumps, But I’m full of positivity.
The New Year is upon us, And we have a new list finally. Let’s set some new goals and targets, And see them through thoroughly. My wish for you is to live it happily and healthily. So that we have a reason, To celebrate 2019 with glee.
PS: It’s the first time I’ve attempted a rhyme, and special thanks to my friend Eileen Chew for helping me to perfect it. We had a lot of fun along the way.
So, I’m definitely looking forward to a brand new 2019 and I would like to take the opportunity to wish everyone here HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Well hello there!
I figured it was time to write a quick update about my journey thus far to keep you updated on how I’m doing. 5 months in and I’m glad to say that I’m happily self-employed. I do not use the word freelancing because where I’m located, people do not take freelancers seriously. So I use the word self-employed, and I get a fairer and better treatment (aka being taken seriously).
Over the past 5 months, I’ve been to more networking events than I’ve ever had over the last 10 years combined. I’ve been on both ends of the spectrum of working hard and being lazy. I’ve worked 7 days a week, and then take 1 month off, then worked 7 days a week again. I have had 5 deadlines over 5 days, and I worked till 2am in the morning. I’ve worked at home, worked in different cafes (cafe hopping), travelled outstation to work (for a change of scenery) and back to cafe hopping.
For those who are curious:
Have I made money? Yes.
Did I make more? No.
Have I made enough to get by? Sometimes.
Is the life of a freelancer/self-employed close to what I have imagined? Yes and no. (Read this article)
Am I loving it? Hell yeah!
And is it worth it? Definitely!
I have to say I have been really lucky because I’m surrounded by concerned friends helping me by either giving me work or referring someone who needs my services. I’ve even received free meals from friends knowing that I may sometimes be strapped for cash! I cannot thank them enough, and I vow to thank them more when I make a steady income.
I have had a variety of clients, and I will continue to look out for more. I’m learning every day about how to negotiate, how to manage my time, and how to communicate clearly. It is difficult to some extent, but it is also exciting and I’ve grown to be a better person.
I’ve also met some very interesting people on my journey. Some are weird, some are disappointing, but they all paled in comparison to the many more good people that I’ve met. I’m thankful for clients who are trusting and clients who are willing to give me the opportunity to learn and grow together with them.
Oh, and I must not forget about friends who are still remembering and recommending me to jobs that they think would suit me, or where my skills and knowledge would be useful. Keep them coming as I will never say no to a new adventure! Quoting from Richard Branson – If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!
That’s all for now!
Sending lots of love your way…XOXO!
I’m terrible at keeping my blog alive. I know my blog post isn’t the most consistent, but I am trying. I believe in quality posts rather than just posting for the sake of posting as that means posting about anything and everything. I want my posts to be practical and informative. It is never about selling, but it is about sharing what I learn along the way in my daily life.
So here it goes.
Remember the lovely ladies, Connie and Natalie, who sell fresh and high quality imported fruits? Well, they have expanded to other items such as veg, fish and chicken too!
I am a big fan of fish. I take almost all types of fish with some minor exceptions – such as kembong, keli, and anything that’s too funky. :s In their weekly promotion list, I noticed that they have included tilapia fish (非洲鱼🐟) and that naturally caught my attention. I mean – selling fish under Fruity Wonders makes one go hmmm… Anyway, I thought I would give it a go based on the wonderful experience of dealing with these ladies. For those who don’t know me well – I know how to eat but I don’t know how to cook :p. So, I had to check with the Queen of the House on whether she is happy to cook it. And when the answer was yes, I was literally jumping with joy!
Before I made the purchase, I did a bit of digging from the supplier and asked Ms Connie where were the fishes from and how they were farmed. I’m happy to note that they were farmed locally in pristine waters with clean water supply. An aquaponic system was installed to further remove nitrate, nitrite and ammonia from the water supply too. This provided a healthy balance of water PH and the plants provided extra unique flavours to the fish and its texture.
The fishes are fed with marine pellets (aka animal protein) and plant protein to enhance their sweetness and remove the fishy smell from their bellies. The fishes are also given time to grow up to 7 months before harvesting to ensure that the flesh is meaty and firm. Unlike some of the fishes that we order at the restaurant, either they are too old (tough chewy flesh) or they are too small (light cottony flesh).
I was sold when Connie mentioned that the belly of the fish doesn’t smell. I happily got the fish and went home with my mum. Next, comes the cooking and here are some of the photos that I snapped while the Queen was doing the preparation.
And here are some of the photos of the finished product:
My verdict? The fish was fresh and naturally sweet. The flesh was firm and fleshy, and it does not have any odd smell like what you would normally get in the Chinese restaurants around town. Now, I normally do not eat the belly as it was never properly cleaned, also because of the pungent fishy smell that comes with it. I know what some of you are thinking – that’s THE BEST part! But, this only proves that one man’s meat is another man’s poison indeed. It is worthy to note that the fish belly was nicely cleaned and does not have any of those yucky smell (Queen of the House was very happy with that). It’s the first time that I’ve tasted what a fish belly is supposed to be like, and it’s amazing! So, to all those who love the belly, ok, I admit, I now know what you guys meant when you said it was the BEST part.
So if you are looking for some nice fresh fish, please go contact the wonderful ladies from Fruity Wonders.
Fruity Wonders exposes you to the fruits of the world
In my last full-time job, I interacted with health professionals daily. Doctors, Pharmacists, Nutritionists, Scientists, etc. And I became even more conscious about health. I started reading a lot more about how the things that we use and eat daily affect our health over time. Thus, begin my quest for searching for products and food that are healthier and cleaner.
In the next few posts, I will be sharing some of the products or items that I have found, consumed, and would like to recommend. Go on and read a little about it if you too are looking at changing to a healthier option.
I found this group buy call Fruity Wonders on Facebook and I simply love buying from them! Their fruits are fresh, and they do a good job with their quality control. I started out trying some simple fruits from them but ended up getting more and more. I even spread the news among my colleagues back then so that we buy in bulk to enjoy the free delivery! It was through them that I am now exposed to imported fruits that are fresh and of high quality: – Avocados (my favourite!), Spain donut peach, Turkey figs, US grapes and a whole lot more. If the items are not fresh, they will not sell it. They will call up the customers and explain that to them. I don’t know about you, but I totally dig that! I am happy to know that my seller has a strict QC procedure and I can buy from her without worries.
Photos credit to Fruity Wonders.
So, if you are looking at buying fresh fruits, or would like to try some high quality imported fruits, please do not hesitate to contact either Connie or Natalie from their Facebook page here.
Disclaimer: Sorry guys, it’s for those within the Klang Valley, Malaysia only for now.
My entrepreneurship journey is coming close to 3 months and I have never been happier and more satisfied in my job for as long as I can remember.
Every day, I wake up with a sense of happiness and gratitude. I have received compliments that sounded weird to me at the beginning for I never received any in the past when I was an employee. I love the fact that I am so much more in control of my time, my passion, focus and efforts. I am working harder, but I am happier.
I have no one to answer to except for my clients. I am blessed with wonderful clients who are kind, friendly and understanding. They are the motivation for me to do better each day for them. Every piece of work is something that I’m proud of and it’s even better when clients tell me Thank You, Wonderful, Perfect, Well Done!
The phrase that kept jumping out at me the past 3 months is“Don’t stay where you are tolerated. Go where you are CELEBRATED!”Never would I have ever dreamed that this statement would apply to me. Yet, here I am, giving thanks every single day.
I would like to give thanks to everyone around me! Whether you have been helping me directly or indirectly, your efforts are much appreciated and I will remember it for a long time to come.
We are all a procrastinator deep down. We just need to be more aware of how we can manage the instant gratification monkey so that we get to where we want to be.
Here is a video from Tim Urban about procrastination on TED Talk.
Why is the train still full of people at 9am when they should already be at work or in school?
We are all a slave to our phones. Everyone was staring at it so intently that they ignored everything else around them, i.e. to move over when someone is trying to squeeze into a full train, to move inside a little more so that the rest of us do not need to sandwich near the door.
Have you ever noticed how dirty the handles of the standing straps are on the train? I cannot get past myself to reach out and touch one, let alone to grab it for the entire journey. >_<’’’
For the first time, I have to admit that Malaysia has come a long way in trying to make a reliable public transport system. If you are in KL Sentral, you can move from the LRT to the ERL in just 5 minutes if you have the tickets ready and know where you are heading. Even if you are new, the whole process would not have taken more than 10 minutes. That’s serious stuff by the Malaysian standards!
The tagline for ERL was ‘On time, every time’. It was true and I was truly impressed!
But I also wished that the on-time service, the clean train, and the good quality seats didn’t have to come with such a hefty price. If only the price was 40% cheaper, I’m sure many people will start taking the train to the airport, thereby reducing more carbon footprint.
Air Asia came up with a new process which literally passes all the work of tagging and checking the bag into the cargo on to the travellers. That makes me wonder:
Why are we still paying so much to travel when we are already doing so much ourselves (booking, checking in for our flights, tagging the luggages, and now scanning and dropping our own bags? Should we be expecting even cheaper prices from now on since airlines can reduce the number of staff working?
Who came up with the idea of charging so much to travel in the first place?
Tuesdays are supposed to be the day where there are the least travellers, and yet the airport is full of people. The flight that I was on was probably 80% full.
Why is it that the people from a particular country will keep up a full conversation when one is at the front of the line, and one is at the end of the line…by yelling?
And 3 people from another country, potentially the same family, kept up an entire conversation throughout the flight…when they are seated in 3 different rows!
I am a traveller who likes to just be in my own world when I’m travelling solo. I plunged into bliss when I put on my mega earphones.
Car rental is a very competitive business on an island. They are like vultures, instead of circling above your head, they kept waving their cards at you. It’ll start with just 1 or 2 beckoning you to their counters when you are standing afar, but when you cross over the threshold marked by an invisible line, all 30 people will start fighting for your attention…that’s made me felt like a superstar!
A place that I fell in love with 13 years ago has lost its appeal as development took over and removed its charm.
Nevertheless, there are still little gems that I have found along the way that have made this trip worthwhile.
Have you ever tried travelling solo? If not, try it! You may not like it at first, but if you truly remind yourself to slow down, observe and listen, you will fall in love with it. That’s what happened to me on this trip. <3 <3 <3