2019: Onward and Upward

This is the LAST day of 2018. I’m sitting in my mint-coloured lounge chair, listening to Lisa Ono’s jazz tunes and jotting down my random thoughts, in celebration of the new year of 2019.

Part I – REVIEW

Let’s start with a Q&A to capture all the highlights of 2018, shall we?

* What’s my happiest moment in 2018?

A: the moments when I united with my family in Beijing in Feb., when we made dumplings and cooked the Chinese New Year’s Eve dinner together, when I visited the National Art Museum of China with my beloved mom and dad.

* What’s the best news for me in 2018?

A: XiaoYan, my niece, a talented and intelligent young lady was accepted by Tsinghua University this summer.

* What’s my favourite adventure?

A: My solo trip to St. John’s in Newfoundland, Canada. It was a beautiful trip and I met a beautiful couple (Shoby and Mike) from New York at the kitchen party. Their generosity and kindness made this trip a very special one.

* What was my favourite trip?

A: My trip to Paris in Oct.. It’s yet another trip to Paris and it’s yet another business trip, but I don’t care. Paris is and will forever be my crush. Paris is always a good idea, they say.

* What were my favourite activities?

A: Exploring the city of Toronto with my husband, aka, my best friend, throughout the year. Activities includes visiting different museums and exhibitions, watching sport games (we even watched a polo game!) and going to concerts, spending leisure time at the wineries at Niagara-on-the-lake on my birthday and resort in Muskoka in summer, trying out new restaurants with our friends, etc.. Small moments like these are like pearls, subtle but shiny.

* what’s my newly-found guilty pleasure?

A: Confession: I have two. JalapeΓ±o cheese and champagne.

* What is the biggest accomplishment at work?

A: I achieved all the goals that I set at the beginning of the year, through teamwork, diligence, integrity, creativity and courage.

* What is the biggest accomplishment outside of work?

A: I’m an indoor person. What comfort me the most are reading, thinking and writing. I finished listening to and reading almost 100 books this year and launched my new blog, the one that you are reading now. πŸ™‚

Part II – REFLECTION

Reflecting on the highs and lows of the 2018, I come to realize that the five things that matter to me the most in life happen to be in an ABCDE sequence. Here we go:

Ambition. Life is a journey. We need to move forward and onward all the time. A break is allowed so that we can get recharged and refreshed, but one should never ever stop setting the next goal. The ambition and the drive in our heart and head will keep us engaged, inspired and to live a vibrant life.

Boldness. I was very shy when I was young, and I still am. However, this doesn’t mean we cannot have bold ideas and make bold changes. Risk is equal to opportunity. We shall never stop daring.

Curiosity. We live in a huge world, so many things to learn, so many mysteries to solve, so many places to go and so many people to know. Do not stop talking to people, reading books, asking questions, and caring for others. You don’t know what you don’t know, right?

Devotion. Did you notice that I didn’t use the word dedication but devotion? There is a slight difference between the two. Devotion means a commitment or dedication to some purpose. When we have purpose at work and in life, it’s just that much easier to commit and make it happen. Oh… you are asking what my purpose is? It’s simple: to leave a mark in this world, with my smiles and my actions.

Elegance. I’m a woman and I’m a lady. Elegance is a necessity, not an accessory. In my dictionary, elegance means simplicity, quality, style and grace.

Part III – READY, SET, GO

2019 is around the corner.

After a long and restful holiday, I’m confident to say that I’m all set for a challenging and exciting new year.

My plans are not complicated and I do not have a new year resolution.

When 2019 comes to an end next year, I hope I would have proudly accomplished the following goals:

⁃ Have a big celebration of my dad’s milestone birthday with my family

⁃ Continue to practice Yoga

⁃ Travel with my husband to 1-2 exotic destinations

⁃ Finish 100 more books and continue with my blog project

⁃ Be the best leader I can be and do the best I can do at work

– last but not least, spending more time in the kitchen to cook French and Chinese cuisines. Food is always the best way to a man’s heart. πŸ˜‹

To end this post, I’d like to share with you one of my favourite quotes:

Love each day as if it were your last.

Learn as if you would live forever.”

— Mahatma Gandhi

Happy New Year. ❀️

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