About MeA 20-something who's out to explore what life has to offer to her. A life of oxymoron. A dreamer who loves to daydream about the perfect life and her aspirations but yet lack the guts to step out of her comfort zone(for now). A life full of choices and sometimes in the midst of making decisions, she finds herself in a struggle between her identity and her alter ego. The girl at the traffic light junction. And, this is the virtual space where she records about her adventures and journey in life ...
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Working in the highly competitive e-commerce industry has taught me a great deal about online consumerism and the behavioral patterns of these shoppers. Not surprisingly, online shoppers tend to be very price-sensitive and are constantly on the hunt for bargains and good deals. Like any smart shopper (HAHA!), I’m also always on the prowl for the best discount codes … Anything that allows me to enjoy great savings!
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This year has truly been a year of putting my plans and ideas into action. Amidst my very hectic work schedule and new love life, I have also found some time to commit to a new volunteer stint… A social cause that I hold very close to my heart. I’ve been very blessed to have a loving and happy childhood so it is quite disheartening to hear that there are children out there who have been neglected and ill-treated by their natural parents. My new volunteer role will see me befriending a foster child and bringing the child out for meaningful and fun-filled activities. While I’m definitely nervous to embark on this new journey, it is a role I take seriously and I’m raring to share some of my varied life experiences and lessons with him/ her.
This also brings me to the campaign led by some university students whom I’ve met through my course of work. Coming Home is an initiative spearheaded by 4 like-minded final year NTU students and they hope to raise awareness of foster care among young working adults and tertiary students, so as to open their hearts and minds to the idea of fostering in the future.
Their Christmas Art-Jamming Workshop, in collaboration with Gifts of Grace Design, is the first on-ground event, happening 19th December from 2 – 6pm at The Music Salon. For only $80 (usual price $140), participants will get to express their creativity and learn to make cards with watercolour paint. In the spirit of giving, each participant will also get the opportunity to give their handmade card to a foster child under the case of MCYC. Pay it forward during this Christmas. 🙂 Register now: http://goo.gl/forms/GdMizb2jYy
About a month ago, I mentioned about this quarterlife crisis that I’m currently facing as my life felt as if it was fast approaching a standstill. Stuck in a rut and desperate for changes. Yet, life surprises us in its special ways when we least expect it. Just when I felt as if my life has hit the lowest point for this year, something happened – changes – that turned my relatively bleak (work) year the other way round.
A pay cut of a hundred dollars later, I find myself settling for a new role in my company – A job that is not just a job, but one that I can possibly turn into a career. A position in the marketing department dealing with sponsorship, events and branding. Some reckon that I was a fool to have given up on the extra allowance (the allowance is meant for working 1/2 day over the weekend) and the chance of a possible promotion next year for this new position, but (a huge BUT!) should we always make our decisions based on monetary factors? Back to the whole debate about job satisfaction vs money. It’s been a week since I started on my new role and whilst I’m still slowly adapting to the new environment and responsibilities, I must admit that I’m grateful for the opportunity to wake up everyday and look forward to working on things that give me a rush of excitement. Frankly to speak, after all the blabbering about the need to step out of the comfort zone, I thought I was all ready to start this new role with zest! Alas, reality strike and I realised that I was, after all, not immune to the initial stress and anxiety of getting out of the comfort level and that it can ,indeed, be a little overwhelming. To be very honest, my first week was spent worrying incessantly if I was able to cope with the new job tasks and adapting to a new management style and colleagues but as the work week approaches to an end, I realised that I’ll do just fine if I stop being a worrywart.
Speaking from experience, it’s tough to have to overcome the challenge of being pulled out of the comfort zone and step into a fast-paced environment where you have to multi-task and tackle several projects at hand. Yet, changes are inevitable if you are in pursuit of opportunities and growth in life so suck it up, stop the unnecessary worries and embrace these new changes with a positive outlook.
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on”
. Steve Jobs .
With the weekends finally freed from work (hello to 5 days work week!), I look forward to spending those precious time not working or catching up on my sleep but doing what I enjoy. A couple of emails from friends and readers in the past few months reminded me of my hobby to explore parts of Singapore, something which I haven’t been doing since I started part-time studies and dealing with the major renovation at my previous store. I want to get out there, visit the little nooks and crannies, join heritage walking trails and document these little journeys on my blog!
As a working adult dealing with part-time studies, I must confess that it’s been a struggle to maintain this whole work/study/personal life balance. To be honest, I have never been the ideal student, often opting to procrastinate and complete my assignments and projects only at the last minute. Hence, now that I have to deal with work and other commitments, it’s definitely a pain in the neck to have to spend weekends trying to complete my assignments. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy learning more about graphic design and coming up with simple designs but it’s this whole “you must complete your assignments to pass with a certificate” that sorta kills the joy of learning at your own pace. Want to be able to design simple graphics at leisure.
Before I end this long blog entry, I do hope that by sharing my experience of dealing with the quarterlife crisis that it will help to provide you with some insights into new transitions and changes in life. So yes, I haven’t made the life-changing decision to quit my job in pursuit of a sabbatical (yet!) but this move to a new role certainly injects new energy and creativity into my life!
1. Complete my studies in Visual Communications
2. Get licensed to scuba dive (in the planning process!)
3. End the year with a family trip to Melbourne
4. Have the drive and passion for my new role @ work
5. Get in shape
Click for the link to part 1 of the Quarterlife Crisis series