To my dearest:
Happy New Year everybody! Thank you for sticking by this year! 2017 has treated me well and was definitely a year full of challenges and changes. So today, I just wanted to take the time to get personal and share with you all a little about my 2017 and my goals for 2018!
Let’s back track a little and let me tell my background story. The summer of 2016, I relocated to Hong Kong to start my career in the entertainment history and after roughly a half a year of hustling there, I was offered a ten year contract to sign with a record label and YES become a C-Pop Star! (Imagine K-Pop star, but in Hong Kong…) It was a dream come true for me, who yearned for performance and spotlight – someone who worked her butt off her whole life learning music and spending four years in college getting a degree in Music!
I was given a grace period to come home to make my final decision, and this was during the latter half of 2016, which rolled into 2017. My biggest dilemma was leaving my home, friends, and family for ten full years and having no private life of my own. I always thought I was a career driven woman. I spent the first half of my life running non-stop towards one goal. However, when I reached the top, there was actually more of a hurdle than before. I became depressed and torn. I felt like I didn’t have an option. It was either happiness in my career or happiness in my private life and that the two could not co-exist.
I found out the hard way that I was actually more relationship oriented than career driven. I couldn’t be worry free and just leave my family behind. They were supportive yes, but if I just left, I would’ve been too selfish. The decision was not easy and I had a time of depression and eating disorder because I felt no motivation in life. I always had a goal and something to work towards and suddenly, life became idle and nothing mattered anymore.
Thankfully, God is good and 2017 was a brand new year for a brand new me. I knew I couldn’t sink any deeper. In February, I decided to find a new outlet for my creativity, new passions, new goals for myself. I decided to start a blog, where I could share all of me and help others. That’s when I relaunched my blog and started blogging as a profession.
I am so happy to have started this for myself. When I first started, I didn’t know anything. I took a month to learn the logistics on how to build my blog from scratch, SEO, content creation, editing and more. It was a new field for me, so I made sure to do my research before jumping in. After, I took another month to create content that would last two months, so that when I launch, I could focus on growing it, instead of just creating content. And so, I successfully launched on Monday April 3, 2017!
During this year, I kept trying to improve myself and my content. I tried to make new connections with my readers and followers. Although, slowly, I’m proud to say, I have reached an estimated following of roughly 50,000 by the end of 2017! And all this could not have been done without you! Thank you so so much for supporting me all this time!
For 2018, I’m looking to bring more and more improvements to my blog as well as myself. 2017 created a new path for me, and I’m hoping 2018 will as well! This February, I will be doing my last pageant in San Francisco as a farewell to my pageant life. This November, I will be heading back to Hong Kong to negotiate on a new music contract, for online music publication. This is something still pending so fingers crossed it will work out, so that I can still keep my passion for creating music on the side!
For 2018, I am hoping to commit to a job other than blogging. I’m currently a full time blogger, while teaching private piano lessons on the side and my family has indeed been supportive of me. However, to lighten the financial loads of my family, I think it’s time for me to find a job (be it full time or part time). This is all to aid for a better future for myself, my family, and the blog. I always put back a good chunk of my earnings, back to making the blog a better place for all of us. Because of this change, blog posts will be weekly at one new post per week and will be posted by Wednesdays of every week! #HappyHumpDay!
In 2018, I also have the goal of launching my own Youtube Channel. But, again. That’s a whole different field. I will have to take time to learn video editing and also balance my schedule to create content and the process of doing the editing! Though this is tentative, and I hope you will all support me in this future endeavor.
Aside from these, for 2018, I want to travel more and open my eyes to many worlds unseen. I want to love more, criticize less. I want to mend broken relationships. I want to be fearless. I want to grow stronger. I want to become a better version of myself.
I don’t believe in New Years resolutions, as I believe each new day is a brand new beginning for you to keep striving on. But on this day, this is my sharing for the blueprint of what I’ll be hustling for every day. I believe people need goals to flourish. Without improvement, all that’s left is regression. How about you? I’d love to hear what goals you’re working for! And I’d love to hear any comments! Write back and let me know. Thanks again for reading this long sharing of mine and supporting me this year and in the future!
For reference, I am 5 feet 2 inches. I typically wear XS/S or 0-4 for apparel and 6.5-7.5 for shoes.