2017 Inspired by Sia

Some people might say I had a disaster year and, honestly, I might have said it too for a quick second. Would you go to that head-space where intuition take you? Any which way, in hindsight, I think I did amazing.

So, what happened?

SHINED BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND, SHOT DOWN BUT JUST WON’T FALL, EVEN THOUGH SOME DAYS FEELING TOMORROW DOESN’T EXIST


JAN

I was out of job for 3 months after the Singapore gig in 2016. Humbled by an executive in an integrated agency, she offered me a head digital role in Hong Kong. Still being super grateful about it as it was an amazing prospect, with me having no agency experience on top of it. But I turned it down as I was given a very positive response in a regional role based in Tokyo for a Fortune 100 company.

MAR

After 6 rounds of interview with some extremely senior folks and having flown to Tokyo for face to face, I got turned down. Feeling baffled by the result but, equally baffled, one of the interviewers recommended me to another role in the organization.

APR

I actually got hired this time round after just 1 additional interview. favorite

MAY

I started flying around between Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, Atlanta, and experienced Shanghai as a place to live and work for the first time. flight_takeoff

AUG

In the middle of an Atlanta trip, I came to know that one of my closest family members was in ER then ICU. My grandma, who was THE closest aside from my mom, prepped me for this a few years back when she passed. I knew how to react and traveled half a globe back home. Still, needing 48 hours to get back door to door in that situation wasn’t cute. I speculated for a few days. I made the decision to terminate the role that took me almost 5 months plus a few twist and turns to have scored.

NOV

It was still the opposite of rainbows and unicorns, but family members seemed to have come to senses on the situation finally.

DEC

A very dear friend of mine passed away at the very last day of 2017. He died too young, but with love and he most certainly left a mark.


All in all,

  • I recovered from physical and mental depletion when I started the year
  • I was ready and showed up to have scored the agency offer
  • I proved myself to have gone to the 6th interview, worthy of the recommendation volunteered by an executive, and scored the Shanghai role
  • I spent time and traveled with family before I committed Shanghai
  • I made a super tough decision that might hurt me in my career for who-knows-how-long
  • I made the right decision and did my best to set my family in the best head space I could have taken them to
  • I helped my brother to shine, as a mentor, friend, family
  • The bond with my family grew even stronger, plus with my close friends
  • At the very end of 2017, I proved myself once more and had a call back from a company that hired someone else instead of me
  • I went through some dark times after August, but I kept the light and endured with resilience; and stayed positive for the most of the roller coaster

Yes I’m bragging a little. I did pretty well and I will do even better in 2018 I promise.

In an era of equality, diversity and love, I shall close with this version of Chandelier, Diamonds and Titanium.


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