Every year is a rollercoaster ride, offering different challenges and whatsnot which lead to growth. 2012 is no different. If I were to choose a keyword to represent my 2012, it’d be I’MPOSSIBLE – where the word IMPOSSIBLE reads I’M POSSIBLE.
1. We started to collect oldies stuffs – not antique, but stuffs from 80′s and below which brings back the childhood-good-old-days. Aside for personal collection, we rent it out under WB.
2. Launched BC on early 2012. It’s the best thing that ever happened to my career! In one year time BC has grown from a side project to a main business for us. #dreamcomestrue #hardworkpaysoff
3. Limit the number of client-work per month, also able to decline some client-work which didn’t fit us well. It leads to a happier and more stress-free life. If we were to decline some client-work last year (2011), we’d be hungry ghosts already.
4. Have a chance to meet up with a long time client from Netherlands, a client from the US, prospect from Australia, etc. It’s been great cause working from home with international-client-base means we rarely meet face-to-face with our clients.
5. For the first time in my entire working life, I get to travel without worrying about work/deadline/email and really enjoy the break. Usually I might be physically abroad but my mind still in the office.
6. Travel to HK and Macao with the girls on early April – weather is around 20°C – 25°C; came back with beautiful pictures and memories – of staying in the smallest room ever in our entire life, hiding in the closet, etc. So much fun!
7. Had a
post-wedding anniversary photoshoot on May, at the paddy field of Sekinchan – two hours drive from KL. Just got the album yesterday. The whole experience is so bad, another story on another time.
8. Met a real-estate agent from hell (not honest, so pushy, so bossy) while we were looking for house casually on January. From there on, we learn how to see real-estate agent’s attitude and not to fall in their sugar-coated words.
9. Bought our first house – it wasn’t our ideal dream house, but it’s our home sweet home now. Not as large as oak island nc real estate but fits a small family and home office. Seal the deal with the house owner (no real-estate agent in between) on February. Wasted the first one month cause the house owner was playing hard-to-get; seems like he was waiting for higher deal and/or 3% earnest deposit without black-and-white agreement. Fortunately we engaged a reliable solicitor to settle everything for us. Received the house key on late of July.
10. Had our house renovated on the second week of August, the whole process took three weeks, but the aftermath of cleaning and fixing (by ourselves) took months. Follow the backward stories here. So much lesson for us along with disappointment. #BiggestRegretOf2012.
11. Move out from the rental apartment at the end of September. Packing took around two weeks, have everything wrapped nicely and brought a few boxes back from hubby’s hometown (it’s hard to get a free boxes here). Had a few friends come over to help us, it was tiring cause they need to go back and forth from apartment unit -> lift -> lobby -> lorry. It’s an easier process when moving in to our terrace house, from lorry -> house directly.
12. When we hand-over the apartment’s keys to the landlord, she was surprised at how clean the unit is. We do our best to be a responsible tenant by cleaning up the unit after moving out and patch the wall (where we hang frames). Happy landlord, happy us.
13. Had a several road trip to our fave town Melaka, Mantin to visit hubby’s friend, S.Tenggiri (awesome place in the concrete jungle of KL) on my birthday. Went back to each of our hometowns and went to Langkawi on our anniversary.
14. Get ourselves busy with more DIY and home decor stuffs, which includes: experiment with homemade chalkboard paint, paint the wall shelves/shoes shelves/stove table/gate white, DIY wooden skirting and painted it white, painted the store-room floor in white/gray stripe pattern, and many more.
15. Experiment with baking; started with M&M’s cookies, muffins, pizza and chicken wing. So much fun, another activity where hubby and I can spend time together.
16. Bought our first Christmas tree and started advent calendar’s tradition but only last for a week cause we were too occupied with the upstairs-flooring project.
Lesson of the year:
1. I don’t believe what you say, I believe what you do.
We have engaged quite a lot of service provider on 2012; from buying smart-phone to house renovation. Basically what they say is one thing, what they do is another thing. Before the seller seals the deal and we hand-over the money, everything is “Can do”. They can even bring the moon for us as the customer. After we pay, thing turns 360°, it becomes “It is like that one”, so take it or leave it.
2. If possible, try to do things by ourselves first.
We have tried to delegate work to others (from dry-cleaning the sofa slipcover to painting house interior), thinking it’s their profession so they should know how to do the job better than us, but what we get is a disappointment. Yes, it’s their job but they don’t do it wholeheartedly with responsible. Like a friend says,”Some people go to work only waiting for the time to go back home; after all whether they do a good job or not, their pay is still the same and it’s not their own business, so they couldn’t care less.”
3. If we need to commission a friend for work, hire him because of his capability and past work. If we hire just because he is our friend, that means we are no different with the government – passing the project to their colony #KKN.
4. Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle. And, The only person you should try to be better than.. is the person you were yesterday.
Father, I want to thank You for Your goodness to me this past year. I confess that there were times when I focused on the storm instead of on You. I allowed fear to overpower my faith. Please help me begin this New Year in faith, with my eyes on You and my glance on the circumstances. I want to face every giant in Your power alone, walking straight through my fear in faith. Right now, Father, I surrender to You and the plan You have for me in 2013.
As for 2013 goals, I don’t have any list. All I can think of is to grow our business and push them to the next level along with travelling to our dream destination. Aside from that, I’m welcoming 2013 with open heart and mind to see what’s in store for us!