Just When You Think 2017 Is Over – Grateful, Success, Growth


Whew, December has passed on! As the year ends, it can be a great time to reflect on what we have accomplished in the past 12 months. This year has flown by rather quickly. I can’t believe that 2017 is almost over. I was just talking with a friend the other day about my famine volunteering only to realize that it was five months ago. It’s crazy how time flies by (when you are having fun), but also when you are busy. I have to keep reminding myself of what day it is because all the days mesh together.

How did my year pass one? FRANKLY…

The year 2017 has been really good to me, I did accomplish almost half of my written goals in action, I grew spiritually with my surroundings and understood that life does not go as planned but I have to work hard on making it happen by faith.

I spend most of my time working towards achieving my growth while appreciating the company of my loved ones with a grateful heart. When I reflected back to how I started blogging in late November 2016, with NO clue to where I am heading with the whole blogging thing or what will I write about. However, the more I ventured into finding my niche, I enjoyed writing and journaling every single experience I had and gave me 100%! I started seeing opportunities knocking at my door. Being an introvert person, I took the bold step into starting my Youtube channel after much encouragement from my loved ones featuring mainly on beauty related sections.

Being a part of the World Vision division, it has taught me to appreciate what we have. There’s a saying that we want what we can’t have. But a smart person would look at those things and be appreciative of what they do have. Moreover, they would look to their experiences that brought them to where they are today. This also comes from volunteering, reading about the news or about experiences of others, which is what I’ve done this year.

From participating in the famine Hunger Volunteering to feeding the Aborigines in the jungle to being an advocate for flood/famine victims that hit my country at Penang, Malaysia and most importantly, being a responsible mother to my sponsor child in India. My advice to you is, if you can find the time, volunteer or maybe just do some research and discover somewhere you want to volunteer in the new year. End the year knowing that you did something good for someone who is in need.

I believe the greatest tool that we have is to learn from one another and grow stronger with this knowledge. Talk to someone new; learn about their story, their culture. Learn the struggles they face. Don’t ever stop learning, and I don’t mean by reading or taking classes.

As we all end our year today to grasp the coming year always be grateful for what you have. I believe in staying in the present moment as much as possible, but it’s healthy to take a moment to acknowledge how much you’ve improved. We’re always eager to jump to the next goal, but take a few moments to think about what 2017 meant to you.

2018 is right around the corner. We all have our “New Year Goals” but instead of adding goals that only benefit yourself, try adding some that benefit the community. Try giving back, volunteering, doing pro bono work. And finally, learn. Learn new skills, new hobbies, and new experiences. Learn from one another and from yourself.

Remember: It’s just the beginning.  Together let’s strive for better.

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Everyday I Wake Up Like A Boss

Every day, I wake up like a boss. It is said that early morning riser has the highest zeal of motivation throughout the day. Their willpower is at the peak. The most inspiring words I’ve come to read from the internet by the late co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, he once told a graduating class at Stanford: “For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

There’s a sense of powerlessness when it comes to getting up. Whatever else we’ve overcome in life waking up early has always been a difficult task for some of us. I was lucky in time, my siblings and I were trained to set off at dawn for family prayers.

But before I was trained, I struggled too. Yep, there I said it. I struggled too.

When I was in my pre-teens, I would wake up by 5:00 A.M to pray as a family before my mother would leave for work. Those days, all I could think off is waking up to snuggle up back under the cozy covers, and continue sleeping. I had fallen asleep too many times during prayer time and my mother patiently would wake me up to say the closing prayers.

I woke up at 5:00 the next morning. I forced myself to just do it – stand up and make the bed as quickly as possible, then run into the washroom for a quick fresh up – no chance of climbing back under the cozy covers and straight to the prayer room. I woke up again the next day, and again and again… I try staying awake. I took little steps of efforts and the more I tried, the more it became a lifestyle.

It felt pretty productive! I felt a deeper sense of clear conscious when I am up early. I get to smell the fresh air of the morning breeze brushing through the windows of our condominium. I get to see the sun rising gloriously lighting up the entire sky, the perfect time for meditation, writing, exercise and some quiet reading. It helped me manage my time much better.

Amazingly, a couple of years later, I still wake up around 5 AM and some days I get up slightly later (5:30 AM) and some days even a little earlier, depending on lots of things that are ahead of me and in fact waking early is one of my favorite things in the world. And till today it has become a positive habit that enabled me to grow wiser and have my morning meditation.

I want to say before I dive into the keys of sharing how I did it, take some time to listen to this you-tuber, he has something important to convey.

Here’s how to finally wake up earlier!

  • Setting your alarm 15 minutes before waking up

I will not say its a snooze method but I set my 10-15 minutes earlier (5:15 AM) to train my body and mind that I will be up in the next few minutes and by doing so I am allowing my mind to stay awake and visioned my upcoming day. I do agree sleeping patterns are difficult to change, and so the gradual method works much better.

  • Have a routine established

If you don’t have something to do in the mornings with the extra time you have from waking up early, you’ll find yourself stumbling back to bed out of boredom. Establish a morning routine that you start as soon as you wake up. It could be as simple as starting to:

  1. Meditate. Even just for 3 minutes. It’s such a great way to start your day — doing nothing, just sitting, and practicing mindful focus.
  2. Write. Or do some other kind of creating.
  3. Exercise. Go for a walk or a run, or do a home workout. Even just 10 minutes.

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  • Sleeping Earlier

It sounds simple but most of us don’t accurately practice it. You can’t just wake up earlier and not sleep earlier. You’ll eventually crash. I always go to the gym during the day so I find exercising helps a lot earlier in the day. It gets my body nice and tired that makes me sleep better. However tho, don’t exercise an hour or less before bed, or you’ll be pumped up.

  • No computers/devices in bed

That means no laptop, no tablets, no mobile phones, no iPad, No TV either. Just reading. In a world that’s filled with technology, we tend to use our mobile phone constantly even while we lay on the bed. Then we easily check our phone on WA, Instagram, and the widely used media Youtube and eventually our plan to sleep early will back-fail on us and our health. So try to put away your devices across the bed to have self-control on your mobile phones.

last but not least…

  • Get excited for the next day 

The night before, think of one thing you’d like to do in the morning that excites you. It could be something you want to write, or meditation, or something you’d like to read that gets you fired up. In the morning, when you wake up, remember that exciting thing, and that will help motivate you to get up.

I hope this article helps you to at least change your sleeping pattern. Waking up early won’t be easy for your first couple of weeks. Your body needs time to adjust to this new routine. Slowly but surely every step results in success later part in life and waking up earlier get you driven to believe from “I’m not a morning person” to “I’m the type of person who wakes up early”! Not only does it change your behavior but it will eventually change you to be a much-disciplined person. Every day is a beautiful day and it is a gift to admire the wonders of the morning so be sure to not miss them out!

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