I was supposed to meet my colleague for a cup of coffee. But she died before I could.Read More
How time has flown! This year has been year of such massive change for me. I finally packed up my former identity as a journalist and stepped into the corporate world as a content strategist for an insurance firm. Then New Malaysia happened, and I think, like the rest of Malaysia, I've been devouring the news. I think Malaysians are still in shock over this new found freedom and transparency we have.
Change is hard. So hard.
But change is also good.
1. Outlook emails
Corporate culture is SO different. I discovered the art of email. Maybe it's just me, but journalists don't use corporate emails the way corporates do. We'd rather stake out an interviewee/subject's house than send an email because we have learned that emails are ignored. Well, it doesn't work that way in corporations ;) I struggled with the Outlook monster for the first few months, but finally got the hang of it. My email-fu has gone up a huge notch this month!
2. Facebook Notes
So this is a major DUH moment. I remembered that Facebook has a blogging function: Facebook Notes. This is going to solve a major dilemma I’ve been wrestling with for some time (and of which I’m going to be obtusely vague).
The potential creativity it will open up for me is leaving me SO excited. This whole thing made me think about another thing...
3. Creativity is not limited to one place
Being creative is a big deal for writers, artists and other creatives. It's like breathing to us. It's our soul food. But life isn't perfect. Sometimes you don't have the opportunity to exercise creativity where you want to. However, we must remember that there are many ways, places and opportunities for us to exercise that gift or personal value. Write that novel in your spare hours. Draw that portrait or organise with your prettied-up Bullet Journal. We make do with what we have.
I've been more and more aware of what hormonal fluctuations can do to a female, and it's really fascinating. Did you know these hormonal fluctuations can cause bloating, gut issues, back pain, joint pain?
Early 2017, I started to track everything: from the food I ate and the symptoms I have.Read More
Shifting careers is a scary thing. I know, because I have done it a few times. I started out in advertising, then went on to journalism, then briefly to digital marketing and then to nursing and then back to journalism and now I am a content strategist, which I believe is the dream career for me. (Are you dizzy yet? Did I tell you that I also thought of being a massage therapist?)
Each time I made a shift I was terrified, because frankly I am a risk-averse person. However, what really helped me was having my No.1 fear addressed: the fear of ending up under a bridge eating out of trash cans.Read More
A few weeks ago, I did something I never thought I'd ever do: pay top dollar to move into an apartment to live on my own.
I've been sharing flats and houses with strangers (mostly) since 2012. My move to share apartments/houses was a deliberate move to downsize; I wanted to live more frugally to pay down my housing loan. I did live on my own for a few years before that and enjoyed it, but it was expensive to live alone. With the financial benefits I was enjoying housesharing, I didn't think I'd ever go back to living solo.Read More