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Monday, December 30, 2013

Closing Chapter: 2013

This would be one of the rare nights that I would just sit in front of my lappie, not having any contents planed out for the post. I have no idea what to write, no idea what this post would be all about. Which is rare, knowing me, I ALWAYS need to know what I'm doing.

Well, I may not know exactly what to type out, but I do know that this post is stemmed out of a heart overwhelmed with GRATITUDE.

It's the last weekend of 2013. As I'm typing this, it's currently Dec 30, 2013 at 12.02am. Which means we're only 1 day away from 2014! O_O 'Time flies' would be two massively overused words, but I'll still say it nonetheless. Because it's trueeeee. TIME FLIES!

Today was the last church service of the year. I'm a very sentimental person, so dates and special days are significant to me. The first and last church services of the year always makes me feel extra excited and sentimental. 

I still remember fondly the first service of 2013, where Pastor Kevin shared about the 7 F's to FOCUS on in 2013. It changed my year. It changed my new year's resolution. It changed my priorities.

I'm a driven, forward-thinking individual, and when I set my mind on accomplishing something, I sometimes get on it so fast-paced that I forget about enjoying life and people, as well as loving life and loving people. I tend to leave everybody else behind while I hustle on. Well, that was me in the past. I made a point to slow myself down and look around me more this year. And that made me realise just how many amazing people I have around me who loves me and have always been there for me. Slowing myself down to talk a little more, listen a little more, spend time a little more, hang out a little more, and that made me learn how to love and give a little more. It has helped me see the good and beauty in others. That everybody has an amazing trait that I don't necessarily possess, and that everybody should be given a little grace and kindness. Everyone NEEDS that grace and kindness. That would be one of the changes in me for the year 2013.

Took a look at the summary of my 2013, and I realised that,

2013 is the happiest I've ever been.

Some of you might be wondering, shouldn't my wedding year be the happiest of all?

2012 was definitely the most remarkable and unforgettable year for me, and will always be. It was the year that I married this amazing husband who is only getting more awesome everyday, the year that marked the start of this beautiful journey. No doubt, 2012 will be the most epic year for me :)

But if we're talking about the overview of the year, 2013 is the year that I'm mostly always happy, joyful and having peace with myself and the world. It is the most fulfilling year so me thus far.

In 2012 prior to the big day, I was still completing my final semester (which was pure dread to be honest. the only thing that kept me going was to graduate and never go back to those assignments again!), and had to juggle with leading the MINT cluster in Emerge AND going through my internship AND wedding preps at the same time. I don't know how I went through that phase of my life. 

This year, I relived my then-part-time online boutique business Chiq Fliq which I'd been operating on Facebook alone since May 2012. It was quite a crazy idea to start Chiq Fliq when I was still in my final year, with Emerge and internship, and the wedding preps in hand. It went well, but I decided to take it to another level this year, which was when I moved the business entirely to a new website which I worked on for almost 6 months. Finally launching the website on Oct 2013, and it's been quite a ride since then! Enjoying every bit of it. 

2013 is also the year I stepped out to work freelance and from home, doing what I love. Aside from running Chiq Fliq, I blog full-time and emcee part-time. Blogging is my first love, while emceeing keeps me on the edge. And I love all 3 just as much. Having been able to do what I love for this whole year would probably be the reason why I feel so much more fulfilled than I've ever been. And I cannot be more blessed to have a husband and family who supports all that I wish to achieve. Couldn't have done 2013 without them. *oscar speech alert hahaha*

2013 also marks my first year into Marriage. Ups and downs, but we enjoyed and loved our first year as a married couple. I love every bit of it. Which is also why I'm happier than ever.

One of the reasons why I chose to go freelance and work for my own was so that I can have time and flexibility in my schedule. This year, I had brunches, lunches and yumcha with friends during odd working hours more than I ever did. Of course, these people are flexible too la if not how to meet right hahah. But what I'm saying is, I love the fact that I manage and control my own time, and I choose how to use them. Because of that, I'm able to invest in relationships, meet more new people in events (that are during odd working hours), and spend more time serving in church. If I work a 9-5, I wouldn't have been able to lead the MINT cluster in Emerge this year.

These are the major changes in my life that has brought me to another level of joy and fulfilment in all I do. And I can only be grateful to Him for granting me the desires of my heart, always.

2014: A Year of No Repeats.

I'm ready for new challenges, new exploits, new skills, new friends, new experiences, new places, new anointing, new blessings, new giving, new contributions; a brand new year.

My yearly summary blog post will be coming soon (i don't know where to begin huhuhu), but for now, here's some random sentiments from yours truly. 

To my readers and followers, thank YOU for all the support all these years, coming back again and again reading my sometimes useless posts, for following and liking my photos on Instagram hahahaha! Seriously, I wouldn't be where I am without every single one of you who have been there to support me since day one. I may know some of you (who graciously comes up to say hi to me at events, drops me messages and emails to say hi, and made me cards *cries*), and I may not have met the rest of you yet. But do know that from the bottom of my heart, I'm truly thankful for each of you :)

Here's me ending the year with a heart of GRATUTUDE.

Jesus, my 2014 is in Your hands. To a bigger and better year ahead!
xx


love, Careen

2 comments:

  1. Always love reading your post babe!
    So sentimental and heart-filled :')

    To a great 2014!

    Loves ya

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    1. I LOVE YOU TOO ADELE CHOWWWW!

      More random odd hours yumcha in 2014! <3

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