I surprised myself many times this year, when...
- I went for, and stayed for The Alpha Course at a time when I was seriously considering dropping out of church altogether. And a couple weeks later, I started co-leading a post-Alpha program.
- I approached two sisters - now dear friends - whom I barely knew and asked them if they wanted to co-organise a very ambitious event in collaboration with Global Entrepreneurship Week and we planned CultureRun's Big Idea, roped in sponsors, speakers, and participants in under three weeks.
- I joined - and stayed in - the currently ongoing Your Big Year global competition. I've had to commit way more than I expected to when I first joined, but it's been such a learning process and I've had the opportunity to do things I never thought I'd do.
- I decided impulsively to climb Mount Kinabalu three weeks before, with no proper training (unless you count climbing 51 flights of stairs - once). I bought my plane tickets the day I decided, and there was no turning back, even when I only slept an hour at the midway point, and was feeling nauseous and dizzy as I completed the last leg of the climb. Made it all the way to the very highest peak!
- I survived half a year in the corporate world, and looking back, it didn't really feel that long!
And looking back, I realise those are achievements to be proud of. Especially when I know how far I've come from being a shy, nerdy, self-loathing tomboy who'd rather do anything than God forbid, talk to people. Who would've known I would actually find my niche in communications and writing?