This morning I decided to do something different. I mean, since everyone's been saying that I'm rude by showing them pictures of sunshine and beaches... *smirk* So I trekked up a hill instead. So here it is. A panoramic view of my hometown. Picture doesn't do it justice.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” ~ Jer 29 : 11-14
I can't wait to plant my feet in the warm sand, getting sun kissed, on the shores of Sabah. And sing to the winds of my motherland while I'm at it.
This year I decided to take a "gap year" for myself. I had to push for many things to make my gap year fulfilling. I must say, sometimes I feel that I've not achieved much. But when I reflect on the things I've done, I surprised myself.
This was my 2013...
was hurt by someone I trusted. Many were supportive and caring in that period of time. Thank you.
graduated with First Class Honours of Business and Commerce in Monash University; GPA 4.0 and Best Thesis Award. Thankful for my family.
went to America to work and travel; visited many places, met many amazing people. [this was indeed the highlight of my year]
taught myself to ride a bicycle and fell on my second attempt of riding on a trail. Didn't know riding bicycle is so painful on the buttocks.
sang a cheesy song in Times Square New York City. Just couldn't resist.
ran and fell because the Golden Arches distracted me
ran a 5k race and got a medal
was awarded at work as Favourite Cashier
jumped off a plane with a stranger at 12500 ft
conquered many world-class rollercoasters. The art of riding a rollercoaster is simply to relax, scream and laugh.
watched fireworks at the Disney castle instead of seeing it on tv
gained 5kg in 5 months of being in America by doing this 6 days a week #win
went to a pumpkin patch and embraced halloween culture
travelled alone and met very lovely people
got 8th place in a 8km race in Melaka
got job offers and picked one
finally managed to do double unders! (After 1 year of trying)
sang to my heart's content in December with great musicians.
I look back at my 2013 and I can see how truly blessed I am. Meeting the right and wrong kind of people made me realize what kind of friends will build me or cause me to stumble. If I were to benchmark my achievements against others, I would never be happy because there will always be someone who is better than me out there. But when I focus on myself and see all that I've succeeded and failed in, I deserve a pat on my shoulder.
With that, I close 2013 and welcome 2014 with head held high, arms spread wide. Hope you had a great 2013 as well.