“Open your eyes, look within.
Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?”
I turn 40 today.
As a person who likes to reflect on my life, especially during significant times, such as year end, beginning of the year and birthdays, I have been reflecting on my 40 years of living.
Am I happy with where I am in life at this moment?
Do I have any regrets or unfulfilled dreams?
Most importantly, how do I want to live the next 40 years of my life (assuming I have another 40 years or more)?
In all honesty, I think I am pretty happy with many areas of my life right now. I have experienced many things in life (both the good times and the tough times), travelled to a few countries, have a wonderful family, a loving husband, 3 wonderful children and friends whom I can count on.
The past decade of my life has been spent primarily on raising kids. Half of those ten years were spent staying at home and being there for them during their formative years.
Now that the children are more independent and I have hit a new decade of my life, I find myself entering a new season, where the focus is shifting.
So, I am glad to join this blog train started by Rachel, which has helped me to reflect on the things that I want to do differently this year.
These are the 5 things that I want to focus on in 2015.
I will set aside one day of rest every week in 2015, to be alone, pray, reflect, create, read, recharge.
This is something that has been much neglected and near impossible in my life the past ten years. With 3 little ones to look after, the words “off day” has not been in my dictionary for a long, long, time. This year, with my two older ones in school, with their CCAs, it is now possible for me to have a day all to myself. I am extremely thankful for that!
I am going to memorise and reflect on one Bible verse a week.
As a Christian, I’m going to let myself be inspired by the Word of God once again. One of the best ways for me to do that is to focus on one verse a week, to reflect on it throughout the week as I go about my work and daily life. To dig deep, and let my thinking be changed. Someone wise once said, “Your life can only truly change when your thinking changes.” And to me, the best way to change my thinking is through the Word of God.
Not just any work. But meaningful work.
I want to engage in meaningful work in 2015. Doing meaningful work has always been one of my top priorities in life. By meaningful, I mean making a difference in this world and in someone’s life. I have officially resigned from MOE on the last day of 2014. As much as I enjoy teaching the little ones in school, I do not find it meaningful to teach children day after day to rush through the syllabus so that they can be ready for tests and examinations.
I have started to coach and tutor a number of primary school students this year, with the purpose of building their confidence and helping them to cope with their school work.
Where will this lead me? I am not sure. But what I know is, I hope to play a part in helping these little ones know that there is hope for them in this stress-filled education system. And I hope to do more of such meaningful work this year.
I plan to meet up with one friend per month in 2015.
Being an introvert and someone who prefers solitude to crowds, it is a challenge for me to initiate meet up with people. So, this is going to be something out of my comfort zone.
Finally, I want to find at least one thing each day to be thankful for.
In order to do that, I have to be mindful and present every day. In our busyness, it is so easy for us to be doing something or being with someone but our minds are somewhere else. Putting this in a practical way, I am going to revive my Dayre account and I will post at least one thankful post on it each day. For the rest of 2015. Today is a good day to start! :)
So, there you go, 5 things that I will do differently in 2015.
Do you have things that you’d like to do differently this year?
Do share with us!
This post marks the end of this blog train. Check out what other moms are doing differently this year here. May you be inspired to live purposefully in 2015!