Since the start of the year, I’ve dedicated every day to living life as awesome as possible. In some areas of my work, I’m officially known as the ‘Chief of Awesome’ but I wanted to take that concept a little closer to home ground and make it personal. I know, I know, ‘awesome’ seems to be that phrase that everyone uses but how many of us take the meaning on literally and then choose to live it out?
Looking back, this is some of the ‘awesome-ness’ I’ve been up to! Each day, week and month I’m always on the lookout for how else I can make awesome happen. It’s been incredible being able to experience and inspire others via social media to personally reflect and see how they can live out their own lives of awesome.
1. I inspire the sweat out of people at a boutique fitness studio in Tanjong Pagar.
What this has taught me: Everyone has bad days and their own set of struggles to deal with. My role is not just to make clients do a million squats and burpees (or want to make them feel like throwing a kettlebell at myf ace). My ‘job’ is to make sure that each and every person feels validated (awesome) and that they can take on the World the minute we wrap a class.
2. I’ve been granted the amazing opportunity to share the latest tech and lifestyle news.
What this has taught me: Even when you’re headed into uncertainty (like a casting call), just give it your best shot and you won’t look back with any regrets. It’s also okay to have a co-host who has an extreme love for all things cats and kittens.
3. I was thrilled to be part of a global Nike social media campaign. We shot in some of the most amazing locations. From ruined, ancient temples to running up a million stairs or running across a rickety bridge in a remote village. #runjavaisland
4. I was introduced to boxing and while I’m the only girl there most mornings, it’s super fun getting up at 5.45 in the morning just to get a good punch in.
What this has taught me: It doesn’t matter what gender you are, just give things a go and have fun in the process. Everyone you meet wants to cheer you on – no matter what the inner voices may want to make you think. Oh and that I sweat just as much as anyone else in the boxing gym – #sweatissexy.
5. I was hospitalised more than a couple of times. Okay, so this isn’t very awesome but you’ll get it in a minute.
What this has taught me: Even the most awesome people can run out of….well, awesome-ness if not careful. From a tiny mosquito that can put you out for weeks or simply not having enough personal time can see you being rushed to the emergency ward. In short, we need to each re-define our meaning of success in the World.
6. Discovering the potential and connecting with people are my absolute fave things to do in the World! From rallying 8 tonnes worth of relief supplies to the Philippines to running 3 social enterprises that work with youth everyday.
7. Travel. Make time for it or you’ll never have time to go. A Euro Trip, Melbourne, Sydney, Java and many more places charted out (Umm….hello, Malaysia! I was born in KL!).
What this has taught me: The World could be a better place if we traveled more, took the road less traveled and were more open to other cultures and ideas. Oh and there are more socially awkward turtles out there like me than I thought.
8. Returning to my all-girls high school where a few years were tainted with awfully mean people (Bullies, I’m looking at you!)
I may be halfway through my #YearofAwesome but something tells me that at the end of the year, I’ll look back and realize that I’m just getting started.