Wednesday, January 4, 2017

What 2016 taught me

I knew that it was just a matter of time before I write a personal note in my blog, saying goodbye to the year that was 2016. Finally, I've found myself sitting in my couch struck by a sudden urge to write again. Thinking about the different things and experiences that I've had the past year, I decided to write those down in here, as a way for me to send some closure to that year.

It is important to start now, wherever you are right now. 
Probably the riskiest thing that I did the past year was to go out on my own and open an online shop. I know it may not sound risky as it may seem to be, but the amount of effort, money, and time that I spent that would lead to that coming to life was no joke. Not to mention, I've gained incredible amount of respect for entrepreneurs who've been managing their online shops respectively. I'm still all new to this, and it's honestly such a struggle to put your business out there, no matter how small it is. I guess what I've learned immensely from this is that you have to start now, no excuses. Oftentimes, I would give several excuses on not accomplishing something, and the truth is,  I think I just lack the drive or the want for that certain thing to happen if that's the case haha! I started from zero knowledge of opening or handling an online shop - from ordering cosmetics online, having it shipped here, to content creation, and so on and so forth. But now, I am learning day by day to improve whatever I can hopefully. Ohhh please follow my shop on facebook and instagram - pigmentmnl :) I basically sell authentic kylie lipkits, and hopefully more brands in the coming months.

Self- pity will get you nowhere. 
Just like any other year, there are so many times wherein I would feel down and just cry thinking - why can others have this and that and I can't? Sounds so shallow, I know. Don't get me wrong, I know that I am blessed with more than I deserve. But oftentimes, I wish to have a good corporate career somehow, or wish I were good with certain things that others seem to be so good at. And whenever I come to this point, I'll just make myself drown with more self pity, which is so bad. I have to constantly remind myself that we all have different journeys and things will fall into place eventually, no matter how confusing it might seem.

Treasure friendships and don't be afraid to make new ones.
I've also learned that it's also quite inevitable for me to grow apart with some friends, and that is okay. It doesn't mean that I don't care for them anymore, there's just acceptance in knowing that you have to move forward and give each other space because it's better that way. Also, I've gained new friendships that felt right in the place where I am now and people who I know would help me grow to be better. But of course, at the end of the day, long-lasting friendships are something that I truly treasure and I make the effort to reach out to these friends.

Believe in yourself in believe in your own capacities.
I surely am not the type of person who oozes so much self confidence in my own skills. But one thing I've learned in graduate school is that I am good in certain things . I hate how much that sounds like a brag, but I have to say it out loud at least in this blog post. I would normally be my shy self whenever someone compliments me and gives credit to my work being well done, but it honestly boosted my self confidence.At a certain point in my life, it's important to believe that I can do a task effectively, I can perform well in this arena and so on because it's very important to have faith in  yourself and what you have to offer.

Your family will always be there for you.
This is not just a 2016 realization, but something to remember always. I'm not the easiest child, I'm so stubborn, and I can be so negative sometimes, and I honestly don't know what I'll do without my family. Throughout every highs and lows in my life, I am thankful for the fact that they are there  to help me wherever I am.

...and I didn't realize until now that i have so much to say in this blog post haha.

Here's to me hoping that I'll be wiser this year and take more risks.

Much love,