It’s hard to believe that it’s been 3 months since the big move to Singapore.
I look back on the last 6 months and our life feels like a total blur. One minute I was pottering along loving my life in stunning Vancouver, surrounded my lovely friends, and working with a bunch of champions in real estate marketing, and the next minute I am sitting in a taxi chatting with an “Uncle”, trying to understand his “Singlish” as he fervently speaks to me about his favourite Singaporean dishes at the local hawker food centres.
It’s very easy to get caught up in the whirlwind without taking a moment to congratulate yourself on your achievements. I know this sounds lame, but moving to 3 new cities within 4 years takes strength, perseverance and energy. While it may look like smooth sailing on the outside, you should know that it’s not always sunshine and lollypops, especially for a creature of comfort such as moi.
Although this is obvious stuff, each time requires stepping out of your comfort zone to make new friends, re-establishing both a social and professional network, all while learning your bearings within the city, and in Singapore’s case, understanding the ins-and-outs of an Asian culture steeped in history.
So what’s my point?
Today, Oliver flies to Hong Kong for work and will be there for the rest of the week. Since I have the luxury of a flexible job, I will meet him tomorrow. “But why aren’t you just going with him today Mathilde?” Through my networking I’ve been invited to an intimate gathering, accompanied by cocktails and canapes, on a luxury tallship in Sentosa. If you follow me on Snapchat you’ll know that from the moment I landed in Singapore, I hit the ground running to network and meet like-minded people. I’m focused on building the life I truly want to live. And here I am tonight, going for fancy drinkies on a fancy boat with lovely people. If you know me you’ll know that I am slightly obsessed with luxe boats, and I will never turn down a cocktail. But more importantly, this morning that’s when it hit me – my focus on creating the life I want is working and I’m attracting beautiful things into my life. I am so grateful, but also very proud of myself.
So tonight on the ship I will give a secret little cheers to me, for coming this far.
Now I ask you… When was the last time you took a moment to look back on everything you’ve achieved this past year, and gave yourself a pat on the back? If you really think about it, I bet you’ve achieved a hell of a lot more than you realise.
Remember, they don’t even have to be big wins. Little ripples can turn into big waves, my friends. You’ve just got to keep on swimming.