My heart melted immediately for beautiful scenery and nature. It is a new "living and natural" gotta catch them all pieces that make my life more perfect day by day. These scenery some of them are static, same like when you are at level 5 and below, they don't know how to run away; there are certain one, where they disappear when you try to reach them and there are some that takes so much effort just to see them. The most satisfying is when you hiked to the top, it is another bright sunny day with cloud, nice terrain and you set the camera right. #turninganewleaf from an indoor to an outdoor person. #photographyaddcolortomylife #hikeaddexcitementtomylife #peoplebrightensmyday -to all that have supported and believe that I can do it
Since my mum passed away, I realized how meaningful it is to live at the moment, the wrongs I have done in life and what it really matters to me!
Some things became not important any more and suddenly, I am relieved from that burden. Now, I can live with multiple stack of papers on my desk. That is what I called achievement -being able to let go.
I see no added value in continuing the same routine voluntarily that doesn't help me in reaching my career goal when I could be using that time to do and achieve what I want in life. So, I made up my mind to study again and devote extra hours apart from 8.5 hours of working and weekend hikes to study for what I want.
I will do what it takes to reach my goals and I am sure my mum would be very supportive of my decision.
I am writing this post in memorial of my mother, someone whom I really proud of how strong she was battling with life, relationship and leukemia. Until the day she leave me, she was strong and persistent that she could get better.
She supported me since I was a child, teenager and when I grew up, every single decision of mine, she has no objection. She endlessly care for me till before she passed away. I lost her to cancer, a disease I have no control over its complication and how fast it spread. Even supplements couldn't help. She was proud of having me as a daughter but I did nothing for her. At home, you see my belonging was well organized. She keep it so neat and tidy.
Her last wishes is for me to take care of myself and visit my family once a while.
Everything in the world we live, there is nothing called fair. Job that we do, wages that we earn, lifestyles that we have and health -they aren't equal.
There is no secret formula that one can follow to reach equality. The amount of work that you do is not indicative of your achievement. Some people have better health than others, better skills than others etc.
All we got to do is to do what you want in life, right now and don't wait because you never knew something unfair going to happen and when it happens, you don't want to regret that you never live it before.
I made a lot of mistakes focusing on school and career but I am different now because a single person that is suffering from unfairness that I didn't knew anyone to blame. I cannot do anything to remove the unfairness but just hopeful to reverse the unfairness. This unfairness is likely stay with her for the rest of her life.
I found writing gave me the felling of peace. Everyone can write but do not necessarily like to share it with others. So, I thought that I write an article to help my “reader” to write a self-directed letter.
A letter to “yourself” is a letter that is unique, written by you to yourself. Of course, you may share it with the one you trust. It is a piece of writing that you can freely write without concern for how others would view your thought. You are free to write what is on your mind.
It is one of the most powerful tools to rediscover myself and to a certain degree, admitting the truth about things that I like or dislike, my true personality and setting goals for 2016.
I have read many articles about goal settings but nothing is as powerful as making a committed goal from your inner heart and writing is the best way to write down your inner voice.
2016 -I want to be a writer -write and share thoughts, opinion and knowledge. And when I come back to this article on Dec 31, 2016, I foresee I am spreading impact for the food industry, the customers and people I work with.
So, what are you waiting for? Unleashed your mindset and be truthful of what you want in 2016.
Tuum est. It is yours.
About the Author:
Felicia Loo is a food science graduate from UBC. With an interest in food marketing, she explores how food products are created, marketed, and distributed to an end users.
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It was the best stay home experience I had this year, considering I have been filling myself with adventures -lots of them. I made my parents worried and at the same time, I am enjoying the best of the world. I am happy to return, to a place I never thought of the stay would be so long. And hopefully, soon it would be forever.
I free myself from blame -myself and also, others. I learn to appreciate not only what others have done for me but also, what I have done for others -for the past year. I am able to find achievement for the first time, after graduation and am confidence I can do better, spreading knowledge and passion in a more effective ways and it is all made possible from a truth, that came out from an argument.
The first time, I am not suffering from depression from rainy weather. I see light despite I know the end result is going to be ugly. I pride myself over having this positive moments in my life. I am glad to say "I am making impact everyday in my life".
I am grateful that my mom is recovering soon and her health is better -She finally promise to give it a try to come and stay with me -meaning no hiking but I like her to come.
I am grateful for the things that I need to learn and will be learning to make myself a better person. I am grateful that I am able to hold up with unreasonable blame, not by responding equally but feature them in a positive learning experience. This state of mind give me inner peacefulness.
I am very weather-dependent person :) Just don't want to get sick -looking at some others that do get sick at work, the feeling is miserable. Tried to reschedule slight timing for St. Mark Summit for the next day but ended up cancelling it. I just don't get the respect I needed when I ask for rescheduling. If I am not needed, I don't feel a point to stay. Well, next time for St. Mark Summit.
Sunday (Oct 25) - I am on a canoeing -hiking trip. That was exciting. I never thought I would do Widgeon Falls because I am afraid of water and I don't know how to swim. So, I drop my fear, put on the yellow life jacket and paddle my life off against the strong water at Pitt River and paddle through the slough, which the water became calmer. Fish began to exhibit their playground with algae and clear water. I am very amaze of their playground -so lively. My thought started to wonder what if I could look at it, in a closer look. Yet, reaching the point where the water is too shallow that we have to push our canoe was the climax of the trip. The canoe can no longer move due to insufficient buoyancy from the shallow water. Got myself wet. Luckily, MR. Google told me to bring extra clothes for canoe trip.
About 2 hours with the strong waves and shallow area, we reach our destination. The hike was easy with just an hour reaching Widgeon Falls -we are the only human there when we reach. The trail is quite cut off from the normal hikers due to the need to cross Pitt River. We had our lunch and quickly head back because we are running of daylight.
We paddle so hard during the way back but the canoe kept sticking together too.. We love each other so much. Nevertheless, we make thing interesting by racing the way back. Of course, I lose but I think it helps to bring us back by 6.30pm -20 min after the sunset. Wow, the day gets dark so quickly.
Ended up with amazing sushi dinner because our thoughts are with the fish underneath the water -they were so huge
Last Friday, after a mentoring meeting, I decided to go slightly further -to Kitsilano beach. It was so chilly and the sunshine was amazing. Thought to do some work at the beach but I couldn't because I am completely distracted by the beauty of the beach.
That's me having fun at the beach. It was quite a walk about 1.5 hours and I am so into walking by the beach that I can't find way back to the city. #that's how nature is so amazing
It was rainy throughout this weekend except Sunday. Our plan to camp got cancelled -again :( . The double rainbow made its appearance after the rain storm on Saturday -the biggest and fullest rainbow that I have ever seen. It choose to disappear rather quickly
Sunday morning walk to Steveston was blessed with clouds at the very least. The sun made its slight appearance through the cloud and we walk from Garry Point to Richmond Oval and back.
We have some fish and chips at Steveston and I had the kids meal. Probably the best for me- the way I ate. I would be wasting food that I ordered.
We had very nice Thanksgiving dinner, pampered with food and wine prepared by our friend. Fantastic dinner ended with playing with mahjong and nice night photos.
Felicia Loo is a food science graduate from UBC. With an interest in food marketing, she explores how food products are created, marketed, and distributed toward an end users. Blogging about food became a must when she encounters interesting ideas about food products. She seeks for ideas and opportunities to work together.