“To make an end is to make a begining.” – T.S. Eliot
Here we are, the last day of 2015… I cannot believe that a whole year is already coming to an end. Time really does fly! As with every year on New Year’s Eve, it has always been my personal tradition to take time to reflect on what I have achieved over the past year, decluttering my life has become a yearly ritual, which not only covers my surrounding but extends to my emotional well being as well.
2015 has truly been a year of reflection and self discovery. I began the year with a massive step of moving out of my own studio apartment to a new house. It was the first relocation after 7 years of living in my little shoe box apartment in the heart of Chelsea, where so many memories took place, both good and bad… So many important life lessons presented themselves to me while I was there, the beginnings of so many adventures and self discoveries. This year, my life was at a cross road and I decided to take a leap. I wanted to look after my health better, to grow, to be more aware and take time to assess my directions in both career and personal arenas because so much happened to me so quickly that I never once had a chance to assess. I enjoyed every moment of it of course. The past 7 years have been a complete surprise and quite a ride! It felt as if only yesterday, I hurriedly moved into my little shoe box studio apartment, and within a blink of an eye, seven years flew by with me having successfully established my own design practice, and experiencing the world in a way that I could never have imagined. Who would have thought that a little girl from a humble family who grew up in a small beach town from Thailand would one day ended up on the other side of the world, in a cosmopolitan city like London, pursuing her dreams and living it.
I counted my blessings every day that I am fortunate enough to have found the three hobbies to completely fulfil my happiness and well being… The first and most important being my own property development and design company, the day job which earns me money yet let me explore my creativity at the same time… My second hobby is this blog, where I get to share my interests, thoughts and inspirations with like minded friends, experiment with my creativity in a different medium, and opens doors to so many new faces, experiences and opportunities… Last but not least, I have finally found a balanced routine of exercises and home cooking that are kind to my health while fit in with my demanding daily routine… Something that I intend to carry on into the coming year and beyond, while improving on all aspects so that I continue to grow… 2015 has been all about tying up loose ends and self preparation for the next important chapter of my life from 2016 onwards…
After all these years, I learnt that the power to shape one’s reality lies within oneself. Our life is a reflection of our choices; whether to be humble and face the trials life throws our way then learn from these experiences or to moan and run away. If we run away, the same obstacle will present itself to us again and again until we have the courage to face our fears, to overcome the obstacle and grow into a stronger being. Only then, will our life move forwards to new chapters. So, these days, I learnt to see life challenges as exercises… to let go of fear, to ignore opinions of others, to let go of negativities in all form, to be decisive and just live! Enjoy every moment in life both good and bad because even the bad will eventually lead to the good, if only we have the courage to deal with it… I learnt that if I can embrace everything life has to offer and be grateful for every opportunity by doing my best, living becomes both enjoyable and exciting. There is no regrets because I am mindful that nothing comes easy and nothing lasts forever, be it good or bad. Time flies, as it always does, we will easily surprise ourselves with how far our journey has taken us when we finally find the time to catch our breaths and look back at the road we travelled. In the end, what defines us as a person is how we approach the highs and lows in life.
So, as the dawn of a New Year approaches, I wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous year ahead… Be brave, make mistakes, try new things… most important of all, be true to yourself because that is the surest way to fulfil your dreams and achieve your goals. I read somewhere that Brad Paisley once said “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”
Below are some of my most memorable moments in 2015: