“love is where the anchor drops”
Happy V-Day!!! Please forgive me for my lack of consistency and posts on this blog since October. Honestly, I don’t even know from where and when to start! I’ll try my best to keep it short and concise. It’s been a mini roller coaster of emotions mixed with the good and bad vibes. More like an eventful end to the year filled with accomplishments and lessons I’ve learnt. Shall we start with the positives?
1. I’m a certified PIMP!… No just a PMP
I spent most of my days in November ’15 studying for a designation that I’ve been working very hard in the last few years for, The Project Management Professional credential. To many out there, this is just another piece of paper that another organization invented for profit. But to me, it means much more. I actually really love my job; besides the fact that it directly matches my personality, I do enjoy every part of it (..ok maybe except all the reporting involved). The exam was at the end of November and being measly 4 hours long, it required the studying of a stack of books. It was very nerve wrecking since a lot was happening around me that I couldn’t focus 100% studying and anxiety built. I went into the exam with a light heart and loads of pressure – but it’s all over now, YAY! If you are still wondering what it is, I don’t want to bore you with the real meaning of this designation but …just sum it up – “yes, this means I have the knowledge and experience to manage any projects”.
For those who also have interest in this field, feel free to contact me if you want to know more about it or the exam itself. Good luck fellow pimps! I mean PMs.
2. Having a place called home
Shortly after the exams, my house was ready for occupancy!! Ok, let me rewind…My boyfriend and I purchased a home April ’14 somewhat on an impulse. Fortunately, we are so glad and excited to finally get the keys to it and build our home together. Seeing how the housing price keeps increasing in Toronto, this is definitely the best, biggest, and most worthwhile impulse buy.
I can’t wait to finish furnishing the place and reveal it to everyone! Since I’m such a perfectionist and picky person, it’s taking much longer than expected. My friends keep questioning when the housewarming will be but I’m grateful for their understanding. It’s really just sound the corner, I promise!!
3. I said “Yes”
I’M ENGAGED!! It really took me by surprise yet to find out he’s been planning it for a year now. It happened shortly after we moved into our home on a random Thursday. Actually it wasn’t random.. More like intentional. I am not gonna give the details but this shall sum it up – on our 100th month, with 100 roses, loads of post-it, 1 ring, 1 question, and my definite yes. It was especially meaningful since it took place in our new home ^^
To many around us, it came as no surprise since we’ve dated almost as long as a decade. We’ve been through a lot of challenges, obstacles, and especially in the past year. I’m glad we’ve made it this far and going stronger into the future. Honestly, I’m not the most effectionate or expressive kind of chick. But I’d like to take this opportunity to express my love, gratitude, and tell you how lucky I am to have you grow old with me. Sarangheyo!!! (Means I<3U in Korean)
A closer look at the ring…
After the engagement, he told me how nerve wrecking it was to get me the ring because I kept changing my mind on what I wanted/liked. Thankfully, he stuck with my first pick since I was indecisive myself. Please bare with the photo quality since they are taken on my iPhone. Still finding it awkward to refer to him as my fiance, I’m sure it will get better over time.
4. No Regrets
And I guess with every positive, there are negatives associated. On the same day of my engagement, I got news of my grandpa’s deteriorating health. I knew I had a handful of tasks to do for work since it was year end and an even more abundant of action items for the new home. Time was limited and I had to make a decision within 24 hours; whether or not to fly to Australia and see him for the last time. I’m grateful to have a supporting fiance and close friends whom I consulted and gave me honest and the wisest advices. There was one thing that someone said that really made me decide to pack my bags and book the flight – “if you think you will regret it if you don’t go, there is your answer”. Thank you Emily!
When I landed, my mom was tearing when she saw me at the airport. That was when I knew I made the right decision, she needed my support there. Several days after seeing my gramps, he passed peacefully in his sleep. Just remember, everything happens for a reason whether it being good or bad. But, we must always remain optimist and not regret it later. We will all reach a point (definitely more than once) where we will have to make decisions. As long as we don’t regret it later, any decision is the right decision.
To me, family and friends are the most important. Their priority goes above all and if I neglect this blog, that only means I’m spending precious time with those that mean the most to me. However, I do update my Facebook page and Instagram frequently so make sure you follow and stay tuned!
Isn’t my grandma so adorable? I’m missing her already.
… And that’s a wrap!