Time Travelling and Reflection: 2012-20149:10:00 PM
Hi everyone :) This is my first proper post of the year.
While I was writing this, I found an old and very long unpublished post titled "Highlights of 2012 and 2013" in my draft folder. I wrote it towards the end of 2013 or early 2014 (I can't remember) to reflect on what has happened over the past two years. I wrote so much but for some reason, I did not publish it. And now, it is already 2015. So, I decided that I can't do the same thing again! Discovering that old post pushed me to write and finish this!
But reading back on the unpublished highlights of 2012 and 2013 post has just made me realise how so much has changed. I've moved on to other new things and doing new things which I never would have imagined before.
In summary though, 2012 started out with me just being made a partner of a law firm at the age of 27. It was a nice reward for an extremely demanding 2011 in terms of work as a cross-border financing lawyer which brought me to travel to London, Jakarta and Singapore. For 5-6 months in 2011, I barely had anytime for my husband and family and hardly ever saw them. Yep, crazy. So in January 2012, the whole family went to Yogya for a much needed family trip. I also bought my own house and went to my first umrah trip in June 2012 where I made new friends with the Usrah Fitrah group. And then I got pregnant almost immediately after I returned from umrah.
In 2013, I became a mother to an angel and things just weren't the same anymore. I slowed down my practice as a lawyer after almost 6 months of medical and maternity leave. I focused more on blogging and accepted jobs promoting fashion brands which also helped to bring more recognition to this blog and opened up a lot of opportunities and friendship. I also went for vacations in Redang with the husband and Jakarta together with my dear Ruzana. It was in 2013 that I slowly got involved in the fashion industry when I set up a fashion company. That was my first exposure which I really loved, but in the end it didn't work out. I was also featured in a few magazines: Nona, Hijabista, Wanita, Jelita and Aquila. Oh, my short story was published in a book called Travelscapes too.
Quite a lot happened, right?
Well, we haven't even reached 2014 yet.
I realise that it took me quite a while to write a proper post this year. Truth be told, I wanted to do my reflection or highlights of the previous year post since the end of 2012, but it has been difficult. But, when I look back at my unpublished post I realise that there are so many blessings and gifts this past few years. My perspective on life has really changed after I went for umrah that June 2012. Of course it not all roses and rainbows as I had to go through storms, heartbreaks and the rain just like other people. But, the beautiful thing is that there are a lot of things that make me laugh and smile and keeps me going throughout the years too.
We cannot run away from hardships as it is the thing that will make us grow and be mature. So, other than being thankful for the blessings and gifts we have been blessed with, we should also learn to be thankful for the hardships and the heartbreaks which will teach us the important lessons in continuing our journey in this temporary world we live in. At the end of the day, when a hardship occurs it is not the end of the world. Even if it is, this world is not the end. Our goal is to attain happiness in the eternal life after death. May we constantly be reminded of this.
Now then, back to 2014... It's pretty surreal that I couldn't see at all in 2012, where I would end up today. I believe I am in a much better place than that time before I went for umrah in 2012. That umrah trip was a turning point for me. It took all sort of unexpected twists and turns to get here today. So trust in God's plans. Enjoy the journey and allow yourself to be constantly surprised.
The major things that happened in 2014 was me travelling, switching careers, starting up my own fashion label, taking blogging more seriously and finally moving in to the house that the husband and I bought together in 2012. We finally made it a point to spend more time together. After 6 years of practicing law and prioritising work above everything else including family and my own health. I finished watching all 6 seasons of a series with the husband. It's the first time ever! I also started to do yoga and eat cucumber too! (Something I hated before)
I will gradually share my 2014 stories that I haven't shared in the blog but I am going to divide into categories because otherwise it is going to be a super long post if I don't do that.
Oh and maybe I should finally post the unpublished 2012 and 2013 highlights too even though the circumstances have changed because all the twist and turns of life has led me to where I am today. I must warn you though, it is a pretty looonggg post.
Since this is my first heart to heart post of 2015, I would just want to express my gratitude to YOU and all my dear readers for reading and taking the time to visit my blog. I can't believe it has already been almost 6 years since I started to write on this blog. I really didn't think that it will be such an important part of me today. Thank you so much for reading and for the support throughout my ups and down this past few years. Nothing beats the feeling of knowing that you clicked "read more" on my recent blogposts or getting notifications of a new comment. Hehe. I love you guys :) Thank YOU. From the bottom of my heart.
PEACE & LOVE!