#last90days: Starting the journey!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

I’ve always found “challenge” type things rather fun, and after reading Girl, Wash Your Face (NYT #1 best seller), I was enamoured by Rachel Hollis and her perspective of life. So here I am, diving into her #last90days challenge, which was set up with the intention for us to end the year strong.


5-to-Thrive


In essence, the challenge is built around something called 5 to Thrive and being committed to these five practices over the rest of the year is just the kind of thing that’s meant to help turn us into the best versions of ourselves. Whether or not we believe that’s true, certainly the pursuit of these 5 things are bound to yield something good out of it. Or, even if you’re just planning to revisit your New Year’s Resolutions, those work as well! Use these final 90 days of the year to really realign yourself to what you had planned to do this year.


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What I scribbled in my notebook.


I’d like to write a little more about each aspect of the challenge in another post, but for now, here are the 10 things I was grateful for yesterday (1 October 2018).


  1. The white shirt I bought from Lazada for a mere RM17.30 was not see through and made of very soft, comfy fabric. Score!
  2. Came back to work after a long weekend (took some time off for a mini-vacation for my birthday) and no work disasters awaited me.
  3. A healthy lunch which I packed from home came out super yummy. I was really just guessing when I put the ingredients together.
  4. Although I ate the abovementioned lunch early cause I was hungry, I think it’s filling enough for me to not want to snack.
  5. I made a good suggestion at work about a contract which was considered and taken on.
  6. A proposal for work-life balance at my company was approved organisation-wide last week but launched department-wide today. I’m so excited by all the flexible opportunities!
  7. I got hungry despite my optimism at item 4 above, but found a spoonful of rice leftover from my lunch flask, which was just enough to satiate me! (LOL this is a bit pathetic but about an hour later I also had an Oreo)
  8. I’m grateful that I had a delicious dinner at Way Modern Chinois, recommended by a friend and made better with a discount app I’ve been using.
  9. Signed up for the Private Retirement Scheme (PRS) which the previous administration set up to encouraging saving for retirement. Putting in RM1,000 entitled me to a free RM1,000. That goes a long way in the long term.
  10. Grateful for my mom making dinner, which I’ll bring along for lunch tomorrow at work. Fantastic!


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Shots from dinner at Way.


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Part of my fun long weekend involved a little bow and arrow adventure which reinforced that I’m better off working a desk job than living in the outdoors.


Because I wrote these as the day went along, it’s interesting to see that although I was grateful in the afternoon for feeling satiated, I ended the evening wanting to snack again. Well then! Thinking of 1 thing to be grateful for a day can be fun, but thinking of 10 is a lot tougher than I thought it’d be. I think it’s an attitude, so hoping for a more steady attitude of gratitude by the end of this year. And if it means I’ll be writing more, then that’s a good thing too!


See you tomorrow!

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