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Goodbye 2016; Hello 2017

January 4, 2017 63 Comments

On the night of 30th of December 2016, an email notification pop up on my computer While I was working from home on the last Friday before 2016 wrapped up. It was from a dear friend, who has experienced some big changes and Challenges in life, and that email was the entire reason that inspired me for my post blog for 2017. So Goodbye 2016, and Hello 2017!

 

Jen unveiled the curtain of her email with the biggest changes in her life and her adventures during 2016, but what inspired me the most was her shared goals for 2017 and her top reads for 2016. For Someone is an entrepreneur who quitted a very rewarding full time job to take challenges for a start-up, her positive vibe and energy made my start to wonder: am I doing enough for my life, am I achieving enough for someone who is at my age, and how have I inspired others in my day to day life.

 

2016 was wrapped up with some big changes in my life. Starting this blog was definitely one of them. I have no shame to admit that I have struggled a big time to manage between my 70+ hour work week on top of this blogging life, at the same time I was trying to fit in my workout schedules, social life and my 152 flights I’ve had for 2016. My biggest learning from that was to prioritise and to have a routine life during the days that I didn’t travel. I have assigned certain times to blog each day and I always put my phone away during work and the time I spend with my family and friends. I have even turned off my Instagram notifications so I won’t get distracted while doing other things. Being focused at each  thing I do important to me. On top of the new blog that I was started during 2016, One other exciting journey that I’ve started for 2016 was my newly founded nutrition business – Taki Mai – it’s a supplement drink for people who suffer from insomnia, jet lags, help them to distress and manage their stress levels. What motivated me to start this business? As many of you do know that I’m actually fitness addict. Given my long working hours during the day, sometimes I don’t get to hit to the gym till like 8 – 9pm at night. Most of the time I struggled to sleep after an intensive workout session, especially after my Muay Thai classes. I’m sure many of you probably have shared the same experience  as I do, and that was one of the main reasons why I started this Taki Mai business – I want help people to calm down and chill before you head to bed, whether it’s because they have a tough day at work, experiencing so hard time with their personal lives or just simply because they had a very intensive workout session at the gym. Either way, Taki Mai is there to help people to have a good night of sleep and they will wake up fresh without feeling any drowsiness. Not mentioning all the small and big milestones I have achieved throughout 2016, along with all the adventures I have shared with my friends and the loved ones. 2016 has been a year filled with explorations and achievements. I hope you too had some good memories they you can hold onto for 2016.

 

As for 2017, I’m looking forward to another awesome and definitely a better year for my finance career ( I don’t want to bored you, but I’m writing this big thematic report on the energy sector in China, and providing investment advises on which energy sector among the traditional coal, oil and gas, nuclear , hydro, solar and wind, would be a better short-term or long term pick for the equity holders) and step up with my blogging work. I feel honoured to begin my 2017 with a collaboration with Tom Ford for their newly launched 23 additional boy name colours. Attending Calzedonia’s SS2017 fashion show in Verona has been another event I’ve been looking forward to for 2017. Taki Mai is going to my baby project for 2017, although that I have only soft launched it on the website, I’m planning to excel it with full speed for the upcoming year. I have started a media champion with the Cathay Pacific pilots and Taki Mai will fly with them to every Corner of the world with a snap with some magnificent landscape as the backdrop. (Follow the Takimaistore on Instagram for some of the most amazing and exotic travel destination snaps).  What excites me the most are the adventure trips I have planned for 2017. Beginning with a ski trip in Austria in January, followed by the London visit to celebrate my birthday with my bestie from Melbourne and her birthday ( Aries babies), and we will be heading to Iceland for the best northern lights in 18 years! As many of you may know that I’m someone who is always up for impulsive trips, so here’s another: camping and road trip in yellow stone national park and Zion national park. Tanzania is also in my plan for 2017 to watch the great migration. Hopefully by September I will still have enough leaves for another 10 days in the wild wild Africa!

 

A year cannot be well planned but lacking of goals. I’m actually writing this post during my flight back to Hong Kong from Melbourne. As I watched the calmness of the blue sky and bed of clouds, I have actually drifted far for a while and sink deep into my thoughts. There are many things I want to achieve for 2017 as for self-improvements, but let’s be real, people often are so ambitious at the beginning of the year with the thousands of ambitious goals they have set, nevertheless, how of those they have actually achieved – I would say probably only half of that, or maybe even less. How many of you actually said to yourself you will excise more and eat heather for the upcoming year and how long did that motivation last ? I guess, most people won’t go last beyond the first quarter. Instead of ambitious sky high goals, let’s be realistic and set goals step by step. In that way, we can give ourselves a pad on the shoulder for everywhere small goal and it feels good to tick off something on our list! Here are some of my goals I want to share with you for my self-improvements.

  1. learn how to prioritise. In a fast paced city like Hong Kong, it is filled with temptations and distractions, it is important to know where to drawn the line. Of cause we all need to have fun in life and it’s a way of helping us to distress in life, however, where do you draw the line? Do you want to call in for a sick day just because you’ve had too much to drink the night before? As for me, my biggest weakness is that I struggle to say no to people. My recently read ‘the ‘The Essentialist’ by Greg McKeown has taught me that people who over committed themselves have often stretched themselves too thin then they ended up disappointing everyone for not being able to deliver their promises or commitments. So be selected and only commit to the things within your actual capacities. It’s okay to say no to people if you feel like if you won’t be able to fulfil your commitment. That is definitely something I have to learn and polish in for 2017.
  2. Being more present! This might sound very easy to achieve, but when you actually start to practice it, you will find it it’s not as easy as you thought. ‘Being present’ is the concept first introduced to me via Eckhart Tolle’s ‘The Power of Now’. I was very confused and lost during the first 3 chapters. That was also during the time I was very sick in the Hospital waiting for multiple surgeries. ‘The power of now’ has taught me how to see life from a different perspective and angle, and it has brought me enlightenment when I was going through a tough time life in lying in the hospital bed feeling helpless. So, what is the power is now? It is about being present, being focused about your present moment, be aware and appreciate your present moments, without be held back with your past or to concerned about that your future. Nothing matters more than your present moments. One way to help you to focus on the present moment is to meditate. Have you ever walked into a meditation workshop and have your instructor to tell you to focus and not think or judge? I have tried it, but most of the time I can’t stay focused for more than 2 seconds before my mind start drifting and saying things to myself: ‘why is this room so hot?’, ‘what shall I wear for tonight’s dinner’, ‘what exactly is zen’, ‘atop thinking, you suppose to focus and meditate’ … our mind is constantly occupied and hence why we struggle to sleep at night, because my mind is filled with unnecessary thought. My goal is try to meditate either before I go to sleep or after I get up at 6am for my work – to train my mind how to being focus and being present.
  3. Be wholehearted. I do appreciate things people have done for me. But I want to broader it to the next level. There was this Ted Talk I watched on the Ted Talk, it was ‘the power of vulnerability’, the content is actually not like what the title sounds. It is actually wholehearted people often feel so contained and happy in their lives. Many people often shut their feelings because they don’t want to get hurt because of the pain, but at the same time they have shut their feeling for joys and happiness. It is impossible to shut one out and still letting the other one through. People who are wholehearted they give love unconditionally without expecting any returns. Because of their positive vibes and energy, just like the law of attrition mentioned in the book of ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne, they often live a very loving life. It’s hard to be forgiving and loving everything and everything knowing that some people might be hurt your feeling regardless and expect no return. A kid grow up in a wholehearted family most likely to achieve more in life than the ones who are more self-focused.
  4. Stop procrastinating. Just like most people, I procrastinate. I don’t say that I procrastinate a lot giving the high intensity of my job, but I tend to procrastinate on the big and tough tasks, and I often fill my days with smaller tasks that are lower on the priority list because those ones are easier to be done. I wrote a post on How to Stop Procrastinating a while back inspired by the book ‘Eat That Frog!’ by Brian Tracy, and this is something I need to polish on for the upcoming year.
  5. Be early, rather than on time. Given the busy schedule of my daily life, I’m not doing the best in this department. I feel like that I’m almost running behind with my schedule or cutting close to my appointment time. For this upcoming year, I’m going to try to allow myself  with sufficient time for getting ready, preparation, commuting, etc. It is always handy to arrive somewhere early, in case you can’t find your way; to prepare or to brainstorm for an important meeting; also you will feel less stressed and more confident arriving to an important meeting or event early and prepared. Even if it is just a dinner date, you date will be appreciated if you show up early and feeling that they were important to you and you take everything very seriously.

 

Handing over to you! What are some of the goals you want to achieve or some of the personal qualities that you want improve for 2017?  I hope you have aimed high for 2017 and wish you all have a spectacular year ahead. Life is too short, instead of draining yourself with miseries and abusing yourself with all the numbing activities so you think you could feel better, it’s time to step up, get out, inspire each other, and push each other up in the ladder! Go live your dreams and never give up on it! Sky is your limit!

 

(Photos by Cathie)

 

 

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Dress: Magali Pascal

Shades: Xylvester Madrid (Use 4evajessie for a 20% discount)

Clutch: TDE 

Shoes: Adidas Original (On sale on ASOS)

White Henna: Steph (Her IG: Henna_mamasita)

December 23, 2016

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63 Comments

  1. Ravayna

    January 12, 2017

    You are such a boss! You had such a productive year and I know there are big things coming for you!

  2. Katya Bychkova

    January 12, 2017

    It was such a wonderful decision to start your blog! I love reading it!

    What a gorgeous dress and sunnies! Also your body looks amazing – all of those martial arts workouts really pay off!

    All the best in 2017!!

    http://stylesprinter.com

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      January 12, 2017

      Thank you for your warm supports babe! I can’t wait for 2017 to unfold with all the excitements… Xx

  3. Hadasah Love

    January 12, 2017

    Hi babe, this has been one of the most inspiring posts I’ve read in a while, I love that you’re filled with dreams but also plans on how to achieve them…Wishing you the very best on your business, studies and everything you do..Warm hugs from Miami..
    xx Hadasah Love | http://www.StyleToLove.com

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      January 12, 2017

      Thank you! that’s so sweet and kind of you! I hope you will have a fabulous year ahead for 2017 as well! xx

  4. Thomas Falkenstedt

    January 11, 2017

    Wow sweetie! I’d say we’re quite the same to when it comes to trying to manage a full time job with full time blogging with working out to actually having a social life. It IS hard at times, but we’re apparently doing a good job at it. 🙂
    I like the goals you’ve set up! I need to learn how to say no too, big time. I’ve gotten better, but I still say yes to way too many things I’m actually not really interested in doing at all so thanks for a great post reminding me I should really keep doing what I love, but living in the present.
    xoxo
    Thomas

    http://thomasfalkenstedt.com

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      January 12, 2017

      Would love to read how do you manage your times on a blog post!

      yes that’s so right, we only have 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, so we should prioritise and devote our time and energy to the things and tasks that we love and will lead us to success. Glad that my post was a good reminder for you. I will be expecting a return!!!! I will be looking for motivations from your post next time! xx.

  5. Rachel Holliday

    January 11, 2017

    Firstly this dress looks amazing on you and these photos are so gorgeous! It sounds like 2016 has been awesome for you- congrats on starting your blog- you’ve achieved so much in such a short period of time 🙂 The best of look with Taki Mai, it’s so cool that your product is going to be flying around the world with Cathay Pacific

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      January 12, 2017

      Thank you so much babe! I really hope Taki Mai will have a great journey for the upcoming year =)

  6. Tandya

    January 11, 2017

    First off, I love your dress! Your pictures look amazing! Congratulations on conquering your challenges in 2016. 2017 is going to be a great year and it looks like you already have some amazing things planned.

    Best of luck! Xo

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      January 12, 2017

      Thanks Tandya! I really hope 2017 will be an amazing year! so far, it has been great and may the journey continues.

  7. Manda Lee

    January 11, 2017

    First congratulations on all of your recent success! That is so amazing! These images are incredible cute and playful and of course gorgeous! Love shots like this! Also, I definitely struggle with juggling it all. For me it’s more of a mental thing. My mind is always going and on business and it’s very difficult for me to turn it off! For 2017 I don’t ever try to overwhelm myself with too many goals. Right now I’m just focusing on completing task before moving on to the next so that I can be present in the moment when I really need to be! Thanks for sharing!

    Manda | http://EvocativelyChosen.com

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      January 12, 2017

      I know right! it’s hard to instruct your mind not to think! In this busy world, we are constantly doing something and our brain is constantly processing something…one of my other goals that I forgot to mention in my post is to meditation. To have a calm and a mindful mind.

      Great idea not to overload yourself babe! Finish off what you have started and maybe by end of that, you will have discovered something new for 2017 🙂

  8. Darlene

    January 11, 2017

    I loved reading your goals. You are very blessed in life and wow 152 flights?? that’s amazing. My goal for this year is to focus on my fitness and to travel more. I’m gearing up for a big travel this May to South East Asia so I need to be fit. haha, Now I wanna write something like this in my goal! Do you mind if I do?

    Thanks
    Darlene
    http://www.thenwgirl.me

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      January 12, 2017

      South East Asia is amazing!! and it’s so fun!!! enjoy the sun and beaches there during May girl!!

      Feel free to borrow my inspirations babe! the whole purpose of this blog is to inspire others! =)

  9. Maryam

    January 10, 2017

    Happy new year darling! It sounds like you had a busy year and much luck to you to an even busier year ahead! xx

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      January 10, 2017

      Hope 2017 will be less busy for sure =P Happy 2017 babe!

  10. Maggie

    January 10, 2017

    I can’t believe you work 70 hours a week, fly 152 times a year and still have the time to write and update your blog. I work part time from home and I still find it difficult to blog consistently. On top of that, you also started your own company? Dang, can I just say #girlboss?

    I think one of my goals this year is just to be more present instead of focusing so much on picture opportunities.

    xoxo,
    Maggie S.
    ❤Clothestomidnight.com

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      January 10, 2017

      hahaha I flew 52 times last year, not 152. If I did that, I was probably on the plan every second day =P I guess time management and prioritisation is the key. Hope you will have an amazing year ahead and also be more ‘present’ =)

  11. vanessa troset

    January 10, 2017

    Happy New Year 2017 Jessie. This is such an absolutely gorgeous backless dress babe! I really loved reading this post with all your goals and resolutions! Very nice post of motivation! Kisses

    http://www.vanedresscode.com

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      January 10, 2017

      Thanks babe! hope you a fabulous 2017 year ahead =) xx

  12. Lisa Linh

    January 10, 2017

    What a gorgeous dress and I love that you styled it with sneakers.

    Lisa Linh
    @bylisalinh
    https://www.bylisalinh.com/blog/2017/1/7/saving-time-costs-money

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      January 10, 2017

      Thanks Love!

  13. EVA

    January 9, 2017

    Hello Jessy!!!
    Congratulations for your goals. Love this post is very detailed with motivation and job perspectives.
    wish you a great 2017!!
    sending love from Italy, xx
    Eva
    http://www.themermaidfashion.com

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      January 10, 2017

      Thanks for sending me love all the way from Italy babe! I hope it’s not too cold over there now and wish you a warm start for 2017 =)

  14. josie

    January 9, 2017

    Wow, you surely have priorities and management skills to have been able to do all of this! Congratulations on your newest venture! I wish you nothing but a huge success!

    Funny enough one of my resolutions this year is to be “present” as well. I did not do enough of that last year and felt like I missed so many precious moments.

    Bisous, Josie
    http://www.petiteandbold.com

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      January 10, 2017

      Thank you babe, I was just trying to make the most of my 24-hour day =P
      Great minds think alike, girl! I didn’t learn the concept of ‘being present’ till the recent years, and I’ve discovered that I enjoy life a lot more and cherish life a lot when i’m being present =) Hope this upcoming year will be more present for you babe!

  15. Kelly

    January 8, 2017

    Thank you for your raw honesty in this post. You not only have the looks of a model, I am serious your body is OFF THE HOOK. And your style? Girl please, that dress is phenom and I love how it shows off your back. Everything about this is perfect…. You also have a beautiful mind! Please keep it up.

    XOXO
    kellmenow | http://www.kellmenow.com/blog/2017/1/7/it-ends-or-it-doesnt
    Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/kell_menow/
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    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      January 10, 2017

      Thanks babe! you are just too kind!
      Btw, I love your blog! So chic and stylish!

  16. Jessi Malay

    January 8, 2017

    Such an absolutely gorgeous backless dress hun! I love how feminine and chic it is at the same time! Hope you are having an amazing 2017 so far girl 🙂

    Would LOVE for you to check out my new music video!
    Xo Jessi,
    http://www.mywhitet.com/body/

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      January 10, 2017

      Thanks Jessi! Btw, I love your new music video! your voice is so angelic and those outfits are so stunning!

  17. Aldora

    January 8, 2017

    Happy New Year 2017 Jessie! And yup it’s often a struggle when you have to juggle blogging with a full-time job like myself. Life gets so chocked up with distractions that its so hard to even be present for our loved ones. Awesome post btw, and I love your dainty dress here!

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      January 10, 2017

      I know, right?! We faces prioritisation everyday in this busy society given that we are always short of time of doing something. Prioritise and focus on the most important things in my life is going to be my main focus for 2017 🙂

      Wish you a fabulous year ahead for 2017 babe!

  18. Emily Suresh

    January 8, 2017

    Firstly, that dress! OMG! Magali Pascal do the most beautiful pieces!
    Secondly.. girl, you are amazing! So many incredible achievements for 2016, and 2017 is sounding like it will be even bigger and better for you! Thanks for sharing your goals for the year, you have inspired me to look at how I can improve myself this year too!
    x Emily
    http://shedoes.com.au

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      January 10, 2017

      I love the resort collections from Magali Pascal =) Thank you babe, hope you have an amazing 2017 as well =)

  19. Open Kloset By Karina

    January 8, 2017

    Hey Love,
    First, Wish you Happy 2017:) You really had a very Busy 2016, but i am
    Sure 2017 will bring you Amazing Success:)Wish you all the Best:)
    Loved your Photos and that Super cute Dress:) Totally My Style;)
    Love Kisses
    Open Kloset By Karina
    New:http://openklosetfashion.blogspot.pt/2017/01/tama-budapest-restaurant.html?m=1#more

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      January 10, 2017

      Thank you so dearly Karina! Yes, 2016 was indeed a very busy year and I’m hoping that now I have laid enough foundations for my little castle, 2017 will be a better and easier year =) Wish you a fabulous 2017 babe!

  20. Ana Vukosavljevic

    January 8, 2017

    This look is amazing! Im in love with this dress and bag!

    Sounds like a great year! Our goals for this one are pretty much the same!

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      January 10, 2017

      Great to hear that we share some similar goals! I guess great minds think alike! Hope you a fab 2017 babe!

  21. Lily Rose

    January 8, 2017

    Such a pretty dress on you. You’re like a doll, dancing in the sun. I love the open back and the details on this dress. Hope you the best for 2017!

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      January 10, 2017

      Thanks Lily!

  22. gina diaz

    January 8, 2017

    Beautiful dress sweetie! the first scene that opens with you sitting at the beach, I love it!!! you look wonderful. Xx. Gina

    http://www.artsyrunway.com

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      January 10, 2017

      Thanks babe! hahaha.. was hoping that to symbolise me looking into the future =)

  23. Everest

    January 8, 2017

    Happy 2017 Jessie!!
    I love your pictures which depicts so much freedom and space, something that we really lack of in Singapore.
    I love reading through your resolutions and the living in the moment one is definitely something that resonates with my personal resolution as I really see the value of being able to enjoy every moment right here right now.

    Much love,
    Everest
    http://www.everestsays.com

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      January 10, 2017

      Thanks babe.Space is definitely something I miss from home, given that I’m now based in Hong Kong work. Can’t wait to move back to Melbourne in the near future. Happy 2017 babe.

  24. Amy

    January 7, 2017

    Happy New Year!! I have no idea how you do it all… but it’s amazing!! Hope 2017 is the best yet.

    xx, Amy
    http://www.theluxilook.com

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      January 10, 2017

      THank you so much babe!! Wish both of us an amazing year for blogging for 2017!

  25. Diana

    January 7, 2017

    Your year looked super busy but good job in your blogging adventure! 2017 is going to be awesome! Love the romper babe!

    http://www.queenhorsfall.com/

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      January 10, 2017

      Thanks babe!!! Hopefully my 2017 will be less busy =)

  26. Helen Chik

    January 7, 2017

    Loved reading this post honey and I told you this when I met you in Honkers that you are crazy for juggling all these competing priorities! I’m excited to see what else you get up to this year and we will need to catch up when I’m back in HK early Feb!!

    Helen xx
    https://ch1k.com/shadesofyou

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      January 10, 2017

      Thanks girl!! Ha, when we first met I just knew that we are two like minded spirits!
      Btw, when are you in HK during early feb? I’m in Austria till 4th of Feb, hopefully will be able to catch up with you this time!

  27. Christine Kong

    January 7, 2017

    Wow, Jessie, you never cease to amaze me. I knew you had a demanding career and traveled all sorts but I had no idea you launched your own company and had some amazing opportunities with Tom Ford and Calzedonia Fashion Show as well. I am so impressed with you and inspired just reading this post. You are incredible! Keep up the amazing work and I can’t wait to see all of these unfold. xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      January 10, 2017

      Thank you Christine for those cheerful and kind comments =) Hopefully 2017 would be more of focusing and developing of what I have started, and maybe I will see some fruition. Wish both of us a fab 2017 ahead!

      Btw babe, you blog is doing so well!!

  28. Jennifer Quattrucci

    January 7, 2017

    Wow ! The drink sounds truly amazing and I wish you the best of luck with your business! You are truly inspiring with these gorgeous pictures and your goals for 2017. I am working on prioritizing and being present as well.

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      January 10, 2017

      Thanks Jennifer. I guess the start of every business is tough. hopefully I will start to see some results later this year =)

  29. Ellese

    January 7, 2017

    wow! you had an incredible and busy year. I love the business that you started to help people sleep better. I suffered from insomnia for a very long time and took horrible over the counter sleep aids that left me groggy. I lucky have found meditation to help, but these drinks sound incredible! Thanks for sharing how you balance everything! You are one strong lady! XO, Ellese

    Rock.Paper.Glam.

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      January 7, 2017

      Thanks babe. Meditation is something I want to make a start of for 2017! do you have any good apps to recommend?

  30. Mainou

    January 6, 2017

    Great post & love the dress!
    -mainou
    http://www.looksbymc.com

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      January 6, 2017

      Thanks Babe!!

  31. didier

    January 5, 2017

    That dress is super cute!

    -Didier
    http://www.didieryhc.com

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      January 6, 2017

      Thanks Didier 🙂

  32. Jen

    January 5, 2017

    You have really wonderful pics, I enjoyed reading your resolutions, hope all the best for the 2017! ♥

    http://www.heresometimes.com

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      January 6, 2017

      Thanks darling! wish you a fabulous 2017 too 🙂

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