Learnings, moving forward

I wish I could end 2012 with a high note like I did 2011.  But the last quarter of this year hasn't exactly agreed with me and left me spiraling down a hole full of self-doubt and confusion.  Normally, I'd just hold my chin up, flip my hair, and strut like I owned the world.  But the successive blows I've received didn't really leave much room for me to get up and prep myself for that catwalk.

So in a last ditch effort to find inspiration before the year ends, I popped onto one of my favorite author's blog in hopes that his usually cleverly written New Year's wish would lift my spirits.  But one day before New Year's Eve, Neil Gaiman hasn't posted anything yet.  Bummed, I checked his 2011 New Year's post and found the inspiration I've been yearning for:


"I hope that in this year to come, you make MISTAKES.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.

So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life. 

Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever."


And then I realized, that's exactly what I have been doing.  I have been making mistakes.  Glorious mistakes, as Gaiman puts it.  I could dwell on the pain and the frustration of those mistakes but this coming 2013, I am choosing to dwell on something much better : the LEARNINGS.

I remember always telling the younger members of our team at work that during my short stint in the corporate world, the thing that stuck in my head the most were the three words that we abide by after every glitch we encounter:

"LEARNINGS, MOVING FORWARD."

Words that, to my joy, they never forgot.

And now, it's time to practice what I preach.  2012, I am ready to move on from you, learnings in tow.  And 2013, I AM ready for you.  LET'S DO THIS, BABY!

For luck!  During our February 2012 trip to Taiwan, our tour guide made us ring this
bell in a temple in Keelung.  He said it's for luck.  While I am yet to decide if I believe in luck
or not, I am channeling every possible good vibes that I could to join me
in this new journey called 2013 :)

Oh, the holidays!

Who says Christmas is only for kids?  Definitely not me!  Sure, we don't get month-long breaks like we used to nor do we get to open as many gifts from "Santa" on Christmas Eve, but there's just something about the December breeze, the Christmas carols echoing through the night, and the smell of mom's special dish wafting through the air that keeps the Christmas spirit alive for me.

Christmas (aside from my birthday!), is the one of occasions that I refuse to be diluted by stress, worries, and all the other adult stuff.

And on this note, I hope everybody's enjoying the holiday cheers!  'Coz 'tis simply the season to be jolly :)



Christmas greetings from Kourtney the, um, pugdeer?  Ho ho ho.

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