So I’m officially no longer on track with my one post a month goal ๐Ÿ˜ข

Overall, April has been a slow month for most areas of my life since I’ve been focusing all my energy on work. Well, things aren’t always meant to be as exciting and fast-paced, and that’s alright! We all need to chill out and choose which areas to prioritize!

So, here are some April highlights for me:

Work

  • Got to participate and speak up in a team meeting. This might not sound like a big deal to most people, but this is a major step up for me because I don’t usually do this. I’m more of a listener than a talker.
  • A workaround that I proposed a few months earlier is finally on its way to implementation! I finally feel useful in the team!
  • Experienced working from home for the first time. It wasn’t a completely pleasant experience (remote desktops suck lol), but I’m glad we have this option.
  • GOT MY COMPANY ID AFTER 4 MONTHS! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Is it just me, or is it really hard to look good in ID photos?

Personal

  • UK visa approved! ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Yep, that’s where I’m going in June! ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • The kitten we foundย passed away ๐Ÿ˜ข
  • Went out with J 3 times in April! 3 TIMES! Wow, it feels like we’ve broken a record ๐Ÿ˜‚
  • Tackling the Komono category of the KonMari method bit by bit! It’s so hard having to deal with such a large category, but I’ve found that breaking it down into subcategories helps.
  • Finally found a to-do list app that works for me โค๏ธ

101 Things progress

To those who don’t know, I’m doing the 101 Things in 1001 Days challenge. Here’s how I’m doing on some of those goals:

  • #44: My vibrato is starting to show without me having to force it (which is how it should be). But sometimes it scares me and it shows up at the weirdest parts of a song, so I’m still having a hard time to control it without straining.
  • #45: Finished digitizing more than half of our old family albums!
  • #47: Successfully migrated all of my photos to Google Drive/Photos!
  • #55: Went on an unfollow spree. Twitter is starting to annoy me as much as Facebook did, but luckily it’s easier to unfollow people on Twitter.
  • #86: Started my MCU marathon (and now on my 6th movie, Thor!)
  • #99: Still trying to reach that note… I actually managed to sing it once without straining, but somehow I couldn’t reproduce the clarity of that sound.

Others

  • Watched Avengers: Endgame. OH MY HEART. That’s all I’m gonna say. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’”
  • My dad pointed out that I grew taller… and turns out he was right! How did this happen ๐Ÿ˜ฑ
  • I got my parents a Chromecast because I wanted to make it easier for them to watch Netflix and YouTube, but they don’t care about the Chromecast one bit. It’s official: I suck at giving gifts ๐Ÿ˜†

Things I’m looking forward to

1. Finishing the Komono category…

…and moving on with my life.

I know that tidying is a long process, but it feels 2x longer and more frustrating when dealing with the Komono category. That’s why I really just want to get this over with and move on to sentimental items + other things that need my attention.

2. Increased work responsibilities

A colleague of mine is resigning in May, and I’m going to take over some of her tasks, like training the new hires.

Now, I’d be lying if I said I’m not nervous. Of course I am a bit nervous. I’m not even a regular employee yet, but here I am showing the newbies the ropes. But of course, despite the nerves, I’m excited to pass on my knowledge to the new hires. I know that my bosses have faith in me and my capabilities because they wouldn’t have entrusted me with this task if they knew I wouldn’t be able to handle it. I want to show them that they made the right decision. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

3. Writing more

I read and write stuff for a living, so looking at words is the last thing I want to do during my time off. But at the same time, I really miss expressing myself and just writing about whatever topic, so I really hope I can write more and post more on this blog.

Speaking of posting, I still have so many blog drafts from my time in Taiwan (2016-2018).There are so many reasons why I decided not to post them, including but not limited to the following:

  • A long time has passed since the events happened so it’s no longer appropriate to post
  • Lack of nice photos for the post
  • I don’t want to give tips to students when I’m not even a star student myself
  • Events/details not interesting enough
  • The world only wants positivity, and the post doesn’t contain one bit of it

I felt bad not being able to document those experiences on my blog, and I thought there would be no point looking back on them. But seeing Sydney‘s throwback posts about her time in Japan inspired me to do something similar on my blog – I can just make a Taiwan throwback series and maybe reflect on those experiences? I’m not sure! Would this be a good idea? Let me know in the comments ๐Ÿ˜Š


I hope you have a great month ahead of you! Let’s go and make every day count ๐Ÿ”ฅ

10 thoughts on “April 2019: Highlights

  1. Pauline says:

    Sounds like you’ve had a fantastic month, Claudine! ๐Ÿ™‚

    It is still a huge deal for me to speak up at team meetings, even though I see myself as more extroverted than introverted so congrats! You should be proud of yourself. ๐ŸŽ‰ When they take photo IDs at work, they always turn out bad. But thankfully for my current role, they asked me to send them a photo so you bet I picked the best selfie I could find.

    OMG YAY FOR YOUR VISA! When are you around in the UK and where? I would love to see you again if possible. Although I am away most of June to Greece but I’m sure we can try and find some time.

    Haha, yes for MCU marathons! I think I need to do another run through and re-watch EndGame for the third time haha

    Hope that you have a lovely month ahead!

    1. Claudine says:

      Haha I would have wanted to send in a nice photo too, but the ID guidelines specifically said that I must have โ€œa neutral expressionโ€ lol! It would be very hard to look flattering then! XD

      OMG yes I plan on rewatching Endgame after Iโ€™m done with the first 22 movies! Haha!

  2. Megan says:

    The throwback thing sounds good to me. I mean me personally I probably wouldn’t bother with posting them, but that’s me! Do whatever you want!

    Sounds like you had a decent month. I feel you with not speaking up. I hate doing stuff like that sometimes. Also hate training people. I’ve had to do that a bit, and hate it. XD

    1. Claudine says:

      Haha I used to dread speaking up in meetings or at work in general. But now Iโ€™m learning to be a bit more proactive ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Chynna says:

    April was a slow month for me, as well! I also broke my goal of posting every week, but we move. Gotta keep hustling, haha. Glad to hear things are going well at work – it’s always good to feel more a part of the team!

    Ahhh, you’re visiting the UK again? Whereabouts will you be going?

    Loving that you’re doing a MCU marathon. I did a rewatch before Endgame came out and ugh, I love the MCU! I love you, 3000 *heart breaks*

    Hope you have a great May!

    1. Claudine says:

      Yep, haha no use dwelling on the times we didnโ€™t post! Lol Iโ€™d rather delay posting than putting up terrible content just because I have a post goal to meet XD

      Iโ€™ll be staying in London throughout my visit! โค๏ธ

  4. Patteh says:

    This is cute XD
    Hi! I managed to find your blog! I guess you redirected ohacookie.net to this new domain. Keep up the good work in life! :>

    1. Claudine says:

      Thanks for dropping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Nancy says:

    It is great that you had the opportunity to speak up in a team meeting. That is the first step to broadening your comfort zone. I like that your idea is being implemented. Good job with these work achievements! I am sorry to hear about your kitten passing away.

    Oh man, the MCU marathon is a soul sucker! 50+ hours, but totes worth it. I really liked Endgame. They did somewhat of a good job wrapping things up (mostly bc I don’t agree with the Capt America part, hehe). I am glad you are getting to do the things you like! Keep it up!

    Nancy โ™ฅ exquisitely.me

    1. Claudine says:

      Lol I have mixed feelings about the Captain America ending too! But at the same time, from a filmmakerโ€™s perspective, I understood why it all had to end that way ๐Ÿ’•

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