My secret?

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“How long have you blogged?”
“How can you be consistently posting and updating your blog?”

I was being asked on these questions recently. I think a lot of people felt surprise that I had been doing this since… once upon a time? Is there a secret behind it? Well, not really. I think the main thing is being disciplined and stick to your plan and work things out. It’s not easy, but yet it’s not impossible.

My current workflow is pretty simple:

  1. Write on my phone whenever there’s any idea that come across my mind.
  2. Develop the idea into full post bits by bits. Usually I’ll be doing this when I’m commuting, waiting or whenever I’m free.
  3. Let the writings sit for awhile. Usually a few days. Come back later and read through them again. Sometimes post may get deleted and never see the light, sometimes I may rewrite the whole post.
  4. Once it’s done, I’ll upload the draft post onto wordpress and make further formatting and adjustments as necessary.
  5. Schedule a date and time to post the blog post. WordPress will automatically post on my behalf when the time comes.
  6. The key is to build up backlog of posts, so you can play around rearranging their posting dates, and also it gives you time to slowly think and write about your next post.

Yup, that’s about it. Nothing fancy, and nothing difficult actually. For now I have set my limit to 1 post a week, I “just” need to crunch out 52 posts per year… which I think is still manageable as of now. Will I ever feel tired and wanted to give up? Of course I do, occasionally. During the lows, I try not to force myself to think and write too much. With sufficient backlog, I should be able to get through the lows and start writing again.

What will be the future of this blog? Well, I wonder, but we’ll see how it goes and for those who actually read my blog, thank you. Till then.

Minimalist

I always have an affection in being a minimalist. Imagine living in a room with little furniture, only the basic and essentials are there, with warm natural light flooding through the window… Although I’m far from one at the moment, but I do feel that I tend to gradually bringing myself to that direction.

I don’t like to associate myself to any brands, I don’t want to become a fanboy for any brands, hence I tend to prefer things with minimalist design and even better, without any logo that identifies it. Often you will see fashion brand like to stick their brand name and logo right in front of your face (take a look at brands like Nike and Adidas). As I overhaul my wardrobe, these were the clothes that got tossed out first.

From time to time, I will reorganize my stuffs to ensure only the essentials were kept, the rest will just got threw away. Perhaps living in a rental room for the past 5 years does helped me in reducing clutter. As my mindset and behaviour changed, as my interest and hobby changed, things got reshuffled, reset and restart all over again. I’m still far from being a minimalist. Hopefully one day I can really simplify everything in my life? We’ll see.

33

Just crossed 33 years old mark a few days ago. As usual, birthday or not, it really means nothing to me. Perhaps I had grew too old, too used, or perhaps too tired to bother anymore? I wonder… Recently there were quite a lot of changes and things going on in my life that I need to deal with, to digest, to overcome, and perhaps… to resolve.

New job has started, my lifestyle perhaps will require some adjustment as well, I’m still figuring things out and hopefully things will get ironed out soon. I got my wisdom teeth extracted earlier this year, and I had also performed cornea strengthening operation and Lasik on both of my eyes earlier this month. Hopefully in terms of health and wellbeing, I’ll be in a better position this year. Also, I need to start training harder and preparing myself for my coming trip. Stay tuned for that.

Speaking about trip, I travelled to Taipei at the end of March. Nothing much, just a short getaway to recharge myself prior to my new job. Didn’t shoot much photos actually, I wonder if I had lost my interest to photography or I’m just too tired? Will have to see in the days to come. Overall, it was a nice trip despite I had been to Taipei previously. The people and the food were nice and welcoming.

What else… dropped my phone and cracked the screen, still feeling lost while pondering about my life, got accused and misunderstood on something by someone… I thought all these would bother me much, but in the end they didn’t. I wonder if I had mastered “the art of let it go” or “the subtle art of not giving a fxck”? Perhaps when you get older you do get a little wiser?

Alright, enough of rant and is time to work harder for the remaining days of 2019. Can’t believe April is ending… need to work on the remaining items on my to-do list. Till then.

Grass is greener on the other side

“I feel happy for you for being able to be with someone you love, get married, and live happily ever after.” Said by someone who is single.
“You know what? I envied you for being single and live the life freely as you want!” Replied by someone who is married.

More often than not, we will come across conversation like this, or similar to this. As the old saying goes, “Grass is greener on the other side”, we will always admire what others have and forgot to appreciate what we owned. Same goes to life, same goes to everything else. Friends, family, job, wealth, health, job, gadgets… you name it.

I wonder why? Is it because we always compare ourselves with others in order to benchmark and see if we are living our life well? Is it because we feel insecure, we feel lost, hence we need to see what others do in order to guide ourselves through? Is it because we are not happy with what we have at the moment, hence we want to search for an answer from people around us? Or is it we simply don’t know how to appreciate what we have?

I’m not a saint. I do always ponder about why others are “better” than me in this and that, I do always admire how others live their life, I am guilty as well on this regards. But… what’s next? I think the attitude towards how you are going to react to this is more important. Are you going to just sit there and “admire” forever? Are you going to just complaint about why your life is not as good? Or are you going to do something about it?

It’s something that I’m trying to learn as well at the moment, and hopefully master it in the future. Perhaps first off I need to learn to appreciate more on what I have, this is certainly something that I’m lacking on. Next, if what I have is really not enough, then I’ll need to take some action to make things better. I’m not too worry on this, as I have always been quite adaptive and work hard for things I wanted.

Learn to appreciate, do more and complaint less… perhaps this may not be the answer to all, but this is probably what I’m going to practice and learn for the days to come. Grass may not always be greener on the other side.

Wherever I will be…


“I know what I don’t want, but I don’t know what I want.”

This is a typical answer I have as I’m trying to explore and decide on what’s next for me in my career. I have been working in the same industry but different role for the past 8 years, I was hoping to change both role and industry but I know it will be difficult. Perhaps I should look into changing industry first, and that brings me to the question of “which industry?”

I really have no idea and I’m lacking of understanding on some other different industries out there. I have been trying to learn more about them through the course of my study, but there are still a fair bit of unknown to me.

Perhaps the easier way is to get rid of those that I don’t want, I know I don’t want to go into consulting, I know I don’t want to involve in finance related industries… perhaps slowly from there I can have a list of potential industries that I can consider to move into. In terms of job function, the same applies.

What’s next? I wonder. Let’s see what the future offers. This is a troubling phase, but once I get over it, hopefully things will eventually get better. Till then.