Summary of 2016 – A Year of Ups and Downs

Written by Katherine

December 31, 2016
Last Updated on June 7, 2023

Time flies and it’s time to review my 2016. 2015 seems so recent and I can’t believe we are already on the last day of 2016. For me, my 2016 has been full of ups and downs. It has been a very challenging year for me. A year full of tears but also one that is full of laughter. 

Earlier this year, I had wanted to go on sabbatical leave as 2015 had been a way too tiring year for me and the load didn’t manage to come off even after the peak period was over. Let’s just say it almost felt like a peak period all year round for me so I needed a break. Not just a holiday but a break when no one will look for me even if I am not at work for one week. Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances, this didn’t come true.

As much as I love everyone in the office, as much as I love what I was doing, I couldn’t breathe when I was there. I was suffocating almost every other day. A lot of things happened along the way and that was when I think it was time for me to say my goodbyes with a heavy heart. I was thankful that I was able to stay for just a few more months ‘cos that’s when I had another mentee under me and both of them were and will always be the joy of my heart. They lifted up my mood every other time when I needed to breathe. They cried with me when I was at my lowest. They were almost like my pillars of support in the office as much as I am their pillar of support at work. For this, I am thankful. I named our group chat “The K Mentorship” using the first letter of my name. So thank you, my K Mentees. Let’s continue keeping in touch always as friends. 🙂

For everyone else in the office who has been mentoring me and supporting me since my first day in the office, thank you for everything as well. Without some of you, I most probably will not be where I was before I left.

With such a challenging year, there is one person in my life who I can never thank enough for being the strongest pillar of support in my life and that is non-other than my husband. Thank you baby for always being there for me through my ups and downs, through my tears and laughter. As I always said, “What will I do without you?”. You were always there to listen to all my complaints. You were always there to wipe my tears away. You were always there to cheer me up. Thank you for always holding my hand and telling me that everything will be okay and you will always be there by my side no matter what. I owe you that much and I don’t think anything I do can ever make up for all the lost time with you but you always tell me, as long as I am there with you even for a second, that’s all it matters. 🙁

Aside from being a challenging work year, this year has given me a lot of FIRSTs as well.

For our trip to Japan, this year was our first time seeing the sakura trees in full bloom and I was like an excited little kid when I see the sakura everywhere I go! 😀

For work this year, it was my first time going overseas to manage an event on full scale and I was able to bring Feng along for R&R!

For the first time and hopefully many more times to come, I am finally able to donate blood since I am no longer too light! This was an exciting thing for me as I have been planning to donate blood for years but was not able to since I was always underweight. Now that I have been working out a bit, the muscle build-up has helped me to gain weight which in turn made me healthy and better for blood donation. Yippee to that!

For the first time in my life and yet another item off my bucket list, I made a short solo trip to Taiwan. It was one that started with anxiety but ended up quite well in the end. Though after this experience, I still think that I prefer travelling with Feng. I miss having someone beside me to eat the things I eat, see the scenery I see and share the memories I have. 🙂

And with lots of time on hand, after I left my job, I finally had time to make something for Feng for our anniversary. An explosion box card, a DIY box card that is just oh-so-pretty once it is done. Even though it took me longer to do it, I had fun doing it and it was nice to include memories of us in a simple box as a gift.

2016 has been a tough year but I think it has made me stronger. Forward and onward to better things in life and may my 2017 be one that will be great! 😀

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