I joined the forums earlier this year.. but totally dropped out of it
Was too absorbed with work and what not. Anw, I've decided to come back to the forums because I want to start again - to live a better life. Better late than never no?
So this year, was a moderately tough one. My boyfriend was overseas for half the year so long distance was a challenge.. but he's back now and we're just applied for an apartment together
Another tough thing was the death of my grandpa.. he had cancer and died within 3 months of discovering it. I guess that really made me do a lot of reflection, and could be the reason why i've come back to the forums... I want to realign my life better again. Hoping that with all the positive people and energy in the forums will help
So that's a short short introduction of me, will post more soon.. on my goals and aspirations. Am glad to be back!
OK here goes:
I am currently doing corporate / marketing communications in the civil service for 2 years now. I would say i like my job... 60-70% of the time. I get confused about this because at times I feel like i like the job security, and the stability of being somewhere comfortable. But at the same time I somehow feel this isnt my passion. I dont see myself doing this job forever. And like steve jobs said - we do spend a large part of our lives working.. so we should love what we do.
So I've been thinking about what I love... and it came to me that I would love to interact with and help people, and also, I love art making and writing. I went for a short course in art therapy earlier this year and voila, I just feel deep down that this is what I want to do. Unfortunately I dont have a degree in Art or a degree in Psychology or social work. My degree is in Business Marketing.
Art is subjective, and some people say im creative.. but i've no technical training. So to be an art therapist basically means going back to school to do a masters. I've been working for about 2.5 years now with a stable salary, and Im doing ok at my job.. so leaving the financial and 'mental' security is just a bit daunting to me. But I really feel that this is what I want to do, and i want to give it a shot.
So yes, my goal is to get into the art therapy course, asap. And I will make necessary adjustments and changes to get in. (FYI: My bf is supportive but my parents arent - they think im wasting my career and earnings potential)
When my grandpa was diagnosed with cancer, I spent the last months of his life in and out of the hospital visiting him and being there for him. We had good conversations, and I was happy to be of some comfort to him. But i really regret the time I did not spend with him - for 'neglecting' him in a way during the past 6 years when I was growing up. So I want to be there for all my family members now. It's not so easy because my family situation is a little complicated, but I want to work on this.
Although im considered on the slim side, I want to be fit. I've recently signed up for a gym membership. My goal is to visit the gym twice a week.. 1 weekday night after work for pilates, and friday nights/ saturday mornings for cardio weights exercise. Have to keep this up!! Exercising also feels good.. from the adrenaline rush.
Another small thing I want to do is to carry a water bottle around with me. So I have enough water daily.
Spiritual and personal development
My mother, who passed away 8 years ago
, was a strong buddhist, and a lot of her values have passed on to me. I want to develop myself and get acquainted with the buddhist values again.. because she led a good caring life and I want to as well. sometimes in life, along the way you find yourself not becoming the person you want to be. So I want to do a check on myself. I will be attending buddhist classes starting in Jan next year with a friend. looking forward to it
I also intend to do a short course in counseling as well in Jan-March. This will be on top of my full time job, so i envision that I will be pretty tired. But nothing worthwhile comes easy right?
I am currently doing a course in western art as well.. drawing/watercolour/oil painting to build up my art skills. It's been REALLY FUN
but tiring of course, as i've to rush to the class after work once a week.
ok that's a long update, that's it for now! Will be happy to hear any thoughts on what I've shared