31 Dec Embracing Change, My 2016
Posted at 22:43h in Story
What a year 2016 has been!!! I have been thinking about the last 12 months the last few days wondering what have I achieved this year. In the past, my definition of achievement has always been financial performance of my company; how close it’s getting compared to my ‘ideal’ etc… Well, if I purely base my ‘achievement’ on that, I would not be doing 2016 justice.
2016 was all about change and taking one step at a time, trusting things will work out in the end, and they have!! These are changes that I didn’t set out at the end of 2015; these changes were opportunities that I would never imagine to have got. These changes were things that were way off from what I’ve ‘planned’. Here’s a few things that I think are worth celebrating in 2016.
Changes in Healthy Energy
Two years into the business, I finally faced the issues that I didn’t want to admit this whole time. Without going too much into it, changes happened and we turned things around within 3 months. The couple of months leading up to it were very painful. I felt like a failure, I failed because it didn’t work out the way I wanted. I was so stubborn that I just wanted to keep going and hoping things will work out. It might work out but probably won’t be the smartest way to do it. The only way to save the business was to change the way I run it. To do that I really had to change my mindset. And without the support from my mentors and family, I don’t think I’d ever wake up or have the strength to do so. After all, resistance to change didn’t get me anywhere. Thankfully Healthy Energy is running better than ever and I can’t wait to see how things going to unfold in the new year.
One of the reasons I didn’t give up Healthy Energy when it’s going through its rough patches was the nomination of the Telstra Business Womens Award. Man, that meant everything to me! Yes, I love that fact that I can call myself a TBWA alumni but more importantly, going through the application made me realise why I started the business in the first place! Joining other remarkable women on stage was such an amazing experience. Worth every single cent for me to fly back all the way from Europe in the middle of my honeymoon.
Changes in my career
For the last six years I have been mostly consulting as a nutritionist and didn’t know I could do anything else. Until this year, after a photography workshop in Daylesford I discovered my passion and a little side gig as a food stylist and photographer working with different brands and for my own blog. It’s been so much fun to discover there’s a creative side of me. If you haven’t already follow me, follow me on @capturingyumminess on Instagram and check out all my foodie adventures.
Another change in my career was getting involved with La Trobe Uni. It was a few weeks working on a unit delivered in Chinese University, Hong Kong. I’d never imagine myself getting involve in an academic course given the type of student I was at university.
Finding my happy place in retail
For the same reason of feeling changes were needed, I started working at Gewurzhaus mid 2016. I am a spice girl on the floor two to three days a week submerging myself in over 400 types of spices and herbs. Besides working for Koko Black for a few months seven years ago, I’ve never worked in retail. Working in Gewurzhaus is great! Happy customers, nice people to work with, getting inspired by smelling, trying and reading about what spice goes with what. It’s also my first time working over Christmas period in Chadstone (out of anywhere), crazy crazy crazy!!!
One thing lead to another, mum now teaches dumpling classes in Gewurzhaus and I will also be taking a few low FODMAP classes next year. And because of getting to learn about different spices and flavours, that all helped with a new range of products that I am going to focus on next year.
You’d probably ask if I have any time spare? Well not in the last two months. While I understand something’s got to give in the very very near future, I’m so grateful to have done everything that I have done by just taking one step at a time, take things while they come and trust that everything will be okay.
These all sounds very career focus but personally, the highlight was definitely our honeymoon to Europe and Morocco which you can read all about on the blog!!!
There’s so many other things to make 2016 a truely amazing year while I have just as many challenges then wins. I don’t have any new year resolutions because I believe everything is in progress and you just keep doing it until your master it, all I want is to keep focusing on incomplete projects and ace them all. Bring on 2017!!