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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

2011 Reflections

I honestly cannot believe it’s already the end of 2011. It kind of depresses me to realize how fast time goes.

It’s habitual for me to reflect on my life at the end of every year. I like to summarize what had happened, what I learned, and what I need to improve on. It’s rather liberating to see everything I have accomplished and what the future looks like.


  1. Being #1 Sales Associate in Cosmetics at my Nordstrom—It was amazing to realize how persuasive I can be. Hard work pays off. Hours of research on product information and makeup techniques improved my selling ability and credibility. 
  2. Landed a great job with another great company—The name of the company shall remain anonymous because we all know how scary internet can be. I’d like to retain some privacy. However, it has absolutely NOTHING to do with cosmetics/beauty industry. It’s so rewarding knowing that my education and skills are needed. Not saying that working at Nordstrom wasn’t great, but I do have to think about why I spent the time and got a master’s degree instead of working right out of high school. 
  3. Got my mom her first Chanel all on my own—I know she’s always wanted a Chanel bag, so for her 51st birthday, I got her the Caviar Jumbo Flap Bag with silver chains. It took some serious saving, but it was all worth it to see my mom so happy and proud. It’s kinda funny to see how much she treasures it, which is another reminder that I need to be successful in life/career so I can splurge her with presents like that.
  4.  Got through 7 years with Nathan—Maintaining any relationships is hard, especially when both people are working full time. Everything is unicorn and glitter when you first started dating, then real life sets it. It’s so easy to let romance die and just live a mundane life, but happiness can be found in the littlest and simplest things. Take a walk in a near-by park, go grocery shopping, walk the dogs together…the list goes on and on. Be mindful of your surroundings, simple pleasure can be found in the most unexpected places.
Lessons Learned:
  1. Enjoy the awkward silence—We’ve all experienced that situation. All were going great at the party/dinner/any social gathering, then suddenly all conversations come to a halting stop. For several minutes, all you would hear were silent eating and drinking (well, occasionally people clear their throats, but that just makes everything more awkward). I’ve always been the one who say silly things to try to break up the silence. However, when you desperately try to come up with topics to talk about, the plan usually back fires.  Sure, people laugh, but you come off as silly and ditzy. I’ve learned to enjoy that awkward silence. Why do I always need to be the one who break up the silence? If others can tolerate it, so can I. I guarantee that someone else will think of something to talk about. 
  2. Keep in touch—I am forever guilty of not keeping in touch with people. I have period friends. I categorize them by time periods. Highschool, college, co-worker, etc. Once I’m out of that period, I no longer stay in touch. I’m sure many of you who read this had experienced that from me as well (sorry Sue Lynn, I am really going to get better at staying in touch). I don’t know why, but I’m really lazy when it comes to networking and socializing. The less I have to do, the better. In my perfect world, all communication would seize to exist except internet (for some reason I don’t consider that “communication” but it’s the quintessential form of communication) and Netflix. Yet with my new job, I HAVE to start to get better at it. Anyone has any tips on how to do that? Please let me know because I need all the help I can get.
  3. Take care of your body—I have to admit with shame that I’ve gained 10 lbs in the recent months. With the stress I’ve been under lately, it seemed natural to me to stuff my face and watch The Biggest Loser. As a result, my skin condition deteriorated, my clothes don’t fit as well, and my mind has been hazy. Mostly importantly for your guys, since I feel/look like crap, I make less videos/take less pics of myself for FOTDs. It’s amazing how alert and energized I felt when I ate properly and exercised. I really need to get back on the wagon once I get to Atlanta. I think being by myself with me-time would do me some good. Hopefully.
  4. Reduce, reduce, reduce—I simply buy way too much. I come across this problem EVERY. SINGLE. TIME I move. It’s not just makeup; I have way too much of everything. It’s a pain to pack everything. It’s frustrating to see everything that I bought thinking I’d use yet never did. I seriously need to shop my stash more and stop watching Youtube videos. I swear, that place creates so many lemmings for products I didn’t know I wanted. Hopefully this will help me to save enough money for a down payment on a place for Nathan and I.

With that being said, 2011 was a great year. Hopefully 2012 will be better. I will post a list of plans for 2012 shortly. Stay tuned!

Have a happy and safe New Year!



Jacq said...

I can really see you acquired a lot in 2011 - I don't know you're top sales in your department store! yay and I know your secret employer in point #2 ;)

For your keep in touch part, I rely on technology to "keep in touch" with people. sometimes it is ridiculous that even HK is such a small city, people can be so x#$%^&x busy that we never meet and greet, esp when we left school and all have their own goals and agenda... but I think facebook and IM on phones (whatsapp/bbm) are helping out a little bit... by sharing pics and short chats I still keep in touch with secondary school friends - and also use these social media to nail down gatherings/dates/events, etc..

Hope you have a beautiful and fruitful 2012.

Love you!!!!!!!!

Askmewhats said...

Happy New Year! this is such a great year ender post :D

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delicate hummingbird. said...

i enjoyed reading this post so much - you have a beautiful heart. i look up to you saving for your mum's own and first Chanel.
i wish you, your family and your beloved a very happy new year of 2012!


Jamilla Camel said...

So happy to hear that 2011 was a great year for you in many ways! Here's to a great 2012!

Maria said...

TAO!!! you are really my inspirational! so happy for you that you got a new job. is it ok that you do an advise blog post in the future about finding job in different state.

because i graduated with my bachelor degree in 2010 and i have been yearning to find a job in different state. i'm residing at nyc. im aftaid to apply the job outside of nyc because im afraid after the interview, im not qualify and i wasted my airplane fare.