We took several family trips this year, ski trip to Verbier in Jan, London/Milan in Feb, Bali in April, Summer in Provence, mid-autumn trip to Hangzhou and we just returned from Tokyo Disney. We began to explore Taiwan as we want kids to learn and appreciate local culture, we went to Taitung, Hwalien, Kenting, Yilan and we took several day trips to nearby “must-go”. I personally took several trips to Shanghai, seems like a list we got but not enough, its never enough for me, travel is my passion, travel enriches my life, travel is the best education one can give the kids. I long to do more and more as the kids get older and as long as we can afford! Im planning more for 2011, I’ve decided to give myself 1 or 2 sole trips just to breath and rejuvenate my body and mind! It shall benefit both myself and the family!
“The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude” Aldous Huxley. I felt strongly when I came across this quote!
Hubby has been struggling for a career path in Asia let along what he has in Europe, the market has been tough, economy has been fluctuating, horrible stories and all these swindles we heard have made us more and more conservative and cautious on investments. Hubby took a new position in Shanghai which gave him less time at home. Do I like it? Do we like it? We miss him tremendously whenever he is away. Do we have enough to live? its always enough and never enough, isn’t it? We are just trying to aim at a good amount of savings to semi retire in a few years so we can enjoy the globe as kids will be older and more independent.
As for myself, I’ve officially stepped away from a family business position after 15 years of more than a full time devotion, has it been easy? only god knows! will I go back? only god knows. I’ve decided to let go of planning after we passed 2/3 of 2010, I can no longer keep up with the changes in life, they whirl into my life like a thunderstorm, suffocate me and tangle my surroundings, too much to handle, to0 much to swallow, I’ve decided to let time and space pave out the road ahead, it was a struggle, I must confess it was not an easy process and I’m still adjusting to it.
Kids, my 2 beautiful devils from heaven! Sabrina will turn 5 next year, quick and smart and mature, she is in a rebel stage, drives me nuts….Chloe will turn 3 next year, she just started school and is picking up all the bad habits instead of the good ones! We are a family of 4 bonded by lots of love and passionate gestures, I only wish hubby can be around more! Victor and I have decided to send kids to local elementary school in the neighborhood instead of the prominent private school once they reach 6, wishing them to grow up being happy and understand the meaning of value, life is not what it seems to be, you just gotta earn it with hard work! As for their childhood, there is no need to worry too much about academic before they know the real meaning of it, life=the simpler the better, have a happy healthy one!
I shall continue my online holistic studies, yes, I’ve been tempted to just let go of it many times but “age” and “kids” have kept me going. Knowing that several people around me are still struggling with cancer, health is of utmost importance, happiness is meaningless without it. As for now, I still pray for my dear friend Aggie who is still in bed struggling with kidney cancer with doesn’t know how many months she has left!
Kids gave me the strength and determination to be healthy and even healthier, mommy cant afford to be sick, knowledge on how to maintain and pursue our well-being is important, my studies shall continue. Victor managed to lose over 20 kg and he has been able to maintain his weight with his personal diet plan and pure walking routine.
Life, what is it? I’ve question it many times. Im still seeking the answer but Im coming close to it. I strongly believe it is to lead a simple life with loved ones with a healthy body mind and soul! As a quote I happened to come across on twitter : “Take care of yourself. Good health is everyones major source of wealth. Without it, happiness is almost impossible.”
2010, I spent the entire year learning to let go, some say holding on is what makes you strong, but sometimes it takes much more then strength to just let go & move on, I cant agree more with this saying. The strength is to think that letting go is the beginning of a new life. Perhaps moving to Shanghai is the right choice for us.
2011, wishing everything will be better in all realms……..we need it!