Thoughts

384 days later…

It’s been 384 days since I left the corporate world. From a full-time employee to an entrepreneur. I must admit that it’s undoubtedly one of the best decisions I have ever made. During this time, I have completed my MBA programme (now waiting for the official graduation ceremony) and I have serviced about 30 clients all on my own. I will be moving to my new humble abode in a couple of months, which will house my humble home office. 2019 is a very exciting year for me, and I just cannot wait for things to unfold!

Through the 384 days, there have been some highs and lows, but on the whole, it’s been nothing short of positive! I have expanded my network by three-folds and I’ve received more appreciation than I’ve ever had over my 15-year-career. I am amazed at how simple things can actually be when you are working on your own. Instead of being reprimanded and being stressed out about not performing, while reporting to conflicting bosses, I now only have 1 focus, and that is to please my client. And let me tell you, it’s way easier to impress your clients than to impress a boss. Then again, maybe I’ve had very tough bosses, which in turn makes impressing clients much easier. So thank you ex-bosses!

I enjoy the fact that I can share what I truly think how a copy should go and I am a lot more confident presenting my ideas. I no longer have to be afraid of getting shot down regardless of how good an idea is. In the business world, there are a lot more opportunities to learn and grow than I could have imagined.

But perhaps the best feeling of it all was to have the liberty to make my own decision where there is no one to blame but myself. If I have made a wrong business decision, then I just need to acknowledge the mistake, learn the lesson and move on. Gone are the days of having to think of tonnes of excuses to justify why I have done something wrong.

I also get to dictate my own time, and I have learned the power of saying NO. No to inefficiencies, no to ridicule, no to unreasonable expectations, and no to things that do not make sense. I have much better use of my time now. I spend time on things that are important to me, and I am much happier because of that.

I have been very lucky, and I am forever grateful to my family and friends who are ever so supportive, and the universe for aligning everything in place. I am counting my blessings every day before I go to bed and I am confident that it will get even better with time.

一个人的旅行

2018年让我在事业上做了一项重大的改变。我离开了一份收入稳定的工作, 决定自己出去闯一闯。从一间私立大学的校友关系部变成一个自食其力的撰稿人。2018年记录很多的第一次。但是每一个第一次都是美好的,每一次都有小小的成长。其中一项就是我自己去了一个我相当喜欢与熟悉的地方 – Langkawi。一般上都是呼朋唤友,三五成群,大家一起去的。但是,这一次我自己一个人去旅行。我其实已经去过Langkawi不少过五次,但这一次是我第一次全凭自己的喜爱来漫游。感触还蛮多的,以下的歌词是借这次旅行自我心底有感而发的:
一个人的旅行
踏上火车 穿过青葱的山边和草原
搭上飞机 穿过漂浮的白云和晴空
抵达宁静的海边
开始一段悠闲的时光
一个人的旅行
让你放松心情
让你放慢脚步
让你停下休息
一个人的旅行
让你时间停顿
让你活的自在
让你活的悠闲
一个人的旅行
不需迁就他人
不需照顾别人
不需委屈自己
一个人的旅行
让你了解自己
让你学会独立
锻炼应变能力
一个人的旅行
会开阔你的视野
了解生活的意义
发现世界的美好
不知道有没有编曲的愿意把它变成一首歌吗?我等你来联系我哦!

2019 Resolution

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!

Kampung Chicken

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.

From then on, all hail kampung chicken!

Happy New Year 2019

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!!

 

Happily Self-Employed

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.

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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!
 

Go where you are celebrated

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.

THANK YOU Y’ALL!

via Don’t stay where you are tolerated

Observation and ramblings of a Wanderlust

  • 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:
    1. 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?
    2. 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

Giving thanks…

Today is the 11th day since I’ve started working independently without a fulltime job. I’ve decided to take the leap of faith of going independent without a day job, after working for 14 years in the corporate world and boy, it was scary and exciting at the same time!
I have so much to be thankful for because life has been quite fun yet challenging for the past 11 days. I have been given some opportunities to try writing something new, I’ve been referred to by friends and family who believed in my ability, I’ve been supported by friends who asked me to charge them for helping them out with some writing and editing, I’m seeing many different sites, links and groups where I could potentially be getting some work from. I really am thankful for all these blessings that the Universe has showered me with as it kept my positive energy up all the time!
Although I could have been wallowing in the negative thoughts and getting worried about where and when is my next paycheck coming in, I chose to stick with the positives, and the Universe is rewarding me with more as I wake up every day to even more positive news. I have had doubts, with some negatives popping up every now and then, but I chose to squash them by thinking happy thoughts and focusing on the little victories that I gained every single day. It requires a conscious and constant effort, but it’s working for me as I’m so much more positive and happier, and I just can’t wait to see what other positivity this will bring.
In the course of looking for more positivity, I came across this video and I think it is a great one to share – it is HARD WORK trying to change from negative to positive thinking, but if we do not consciously train ourselves to do it, then how are we going to get there?

Share your thoughts on how you get yourself unstuck from the negativity in the comments below.