Sunday, January 19, 2020

I'm 27!

(Posted on the 25th of January but have dated this to be on the 19th just because)

I'm 27, guys!! 

My birthday was almost a week ago now and no, I did not go hiking.
But I did have a bunch of my close girlfriends over for a small-ish dinner party! I find that I have a love-hate relationship with hosting parties. It's the unspoken pressure that gets you, really. I was pretty much stressed about it in the 2 days leading to it. I've been pretty swamped at work that I didn't get to do much preparation for it. Atleast not as much as I did last year. Maybe it was because I knew I wasn't going to invite too many people. It was a conscious decision to have a birthday party of just girls. I had boys over last time and they were fun but I figured I'd try something new! I loved every part of it. Thank you to everyone who came, love you all very much!

My family and I went out for a quick brunch out before the prep for the party began. We went to Blonde and I had a cute birthday cake for it. Missed Iman though! She had an exam the next day so wasn't home for the birthday weekend. 

I had a pretty great day and night and WOW I AM 27 YEARS OLD!!!!!!!!!

I think I've grown a lot in the past year. I've come to appreciate so much more and to be more smart with how I work and how I live everyday. To not be so stressed with the little things and that everything that happens, it happens for a damn good reason. I came across something that I absolutely loved and it really put things into perspective for me. It's about rezeki.

"The concept of rizq is so beautiful. Even when you eat a piece of fruit, it was always written for you, from the moment it grew from the tree, it went though all these people and travelled all this way until it was in your hands. It was always meant to be yours"

So that's how I'm taking things this year! Whatever is meant to be, is meant to be. You work for it and you do all you can but at the end of the day, it's up to Him to gift it to you or not. And regardless of what happens, it's always for the greater good. Whether you know it or not. And when you have that in you, you kinda go through life more bravely and more confidently and you're more trusting of yourself. Atleast that's how I feel. 

Thank you to everyone who's made an impact in my life. For all 27 years of it. For better or for worst, it was meant to be. It's shaped me and moulded my values and has resulted into the lady I've grown to be. All the experiences and moments in my life that has led to this point in time. I'm all the more grateful for it.

Thank you, love you.


Wednesday, January 1, 2020

It's 2020


I genuinely can't believe it's already 2020 and that I'll be 27 this year. This decade has been so great, alhamdulillah.

1. I got to go to KYUEM where I made just the most precious group of friends who I will forever treasure. Ever since I heard about it, it was the only place I ever wanted to go after high school. And I don't regret it one bit. It remains to be the best experience I've ever had ever. 

2. I went to the UK to study! A dream of mine since a young, young girl. And I'm so blessed that I ended up in Bristol. It's a place I've built a home out of and I'm so indebted to it for being so kind and so wonderful to a wandering and enthusiastic 20 year old grow independent. 

3. I worked my first job at Nelissa Hilman - where I learnt so much from a creative and inspiring lady boss and a team of the most fun and hardworking colleagues. And I also met my best friend Anis there so I'm so happy that I took a pretty unconventional path to a first job. It's helped shape my work ethics that I have now.

And the small in betweens that I'm just equally proud of but the three things above are my big highlights of the decade. I'm forever grateful for all that has come my way and for all the things that didn't. If anything, this decade has taught me that what is destined for you is also what's right for you. Take it in and accept it as it is. So here's me, taking it in and accepting as it is. 

I spent my New Year's Eve with my high school sweethearts and we had a nice, lowkey Mexican dinner at Fresca. We attempted KLCC but it's like.............. hell so in this next decade and the ones to follow, I hope to never go to KL on NYE ever. We then walked to the Airbnb that Debra had booked and spent the night chilling, playing games, eating chips and watching the fireworks from our unit. I loved the night so much and I can only look forward to more and more of these together with them. They hold such a precious place in my heart so I'm so happy I got to welcome 2020 with them.

My New Year's resolution is to read more books, practice more Korean, do yoga, travel more and work smarter and to have more fun, damn it! I will also blog more in this new year. I'll be sure of it! 

Thank you so much to everyone who has been part of my life this past decade; whether you were with me since the beginning of it or if you've only just known me 2 months ago. Thanks, really. Whether you liked it or not, you have helped define me as a young lady and in all that I do and for that, I am endlessly grateful.

Have a great one, guys! Love you.