Goodbye 2019, and oh hello 2020

Here we are again; the New Year’s Eve. What a year it has been (again and again). With only a few hours left remaining before the official end of 2019 in Central Standard Time (go Chicago), here is my high-level recap of 2019 in my life:

  1. Health
    A major shout-out to the Giver of Life who kept me in good health all throughout the year. Not only that, I realized how important sleep is to me and made a point to get 7 hours of sleep consistently every day. My gym attendance lagged (yet I haven’t yet cancelled my gym membership, holding out the hope that in the upcoming year I will go more consistently). My last check-up at the doctor’s also tells me that overall I am still doing pretty well. Enjoyed good, ample amount of coffee each and every day. Oh yeah, and I ran a marathon this year.

  2. Work
    Work continued to keep me busy all year around. A major blessing in my life it is as I can confidently say I had a job that is very enjoyable and worked with people who were spectacular human beings. I am super-grateful for my job both in the advertising world and in the church. Getting to lead 2030Conference was once again a blast. No regrets here.

  3. Calling
    This one was tricky. With every step of progress that I felt was getting me closer to getting this figured out, I found a handful of reasons to pause and think. One step forward and two steps setting me back again (maybe the question of “calling” was never meant to be fully answered). If anything, I gave far less attention and obsession to it this year than ever before; instead, I pushed forward to get done what was ahead of me, one day at a time. In hindsight, I do think all of this year has helped me figure out who I am, how I am wired, and where I am headed next: teaching, strategy, and communication.

  4. Study
    I am officially a Master now. I finished my masters program at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) with a focus on theology, cross-cultural work, and leadership development. In less formal settings, I continued to study music and analytics. I read voraciously on issues that related to church planting, missional life, biblical theology, and youth ministry.

  5. Relationships
    Friends, friends, and more friends. Grateful for all the many relationships that have been newly initiated and/or been flourished. Got to go see one of my best friends getting married and caught up with others in Southeast Asia for the first time in my life. Visited my family for a short while and gave myself an opportunity to look back on my relationship with the people closest to me in my life (yet one that I often overlooked). Super grateful for the team spirit developed at work — both Performics and the church. No significant others in my life yet!

Looking to 2020
Where does this all leave me today as I prepare for a new year ahead?
Laser-focus is the word that comes to mind. De-cluttering ruthlessly what is not essential to my life calling so that I can devote fully to what I’ve been called to do. Expecting to be surprised yet preparing faithfully and diligently to the best of my abilities, day in and out. Making sure that I am finding time to sit back, relax, and yes, play more guitar. Eat better, sleep more, drink more, and laugh more.

“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”
(James 4:13-15)

Living life one day at a time, nested in Chicago, IL.

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