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On being just a little stitious

  • Life, Work

Well, what a weird month and a couple of weeks it’d been.

My learning journey is nearly at an end (one more week to go!), as is my project engagement in Dubai. These two events have neatly coincided in this specific time period of my life. Assignments are due every Sunday, so with my Friday/Saturday weekends due to working with the team’s calendar, I get to have an ‘extra’ day to think and do it.

It’s also a time period when my manager had gotten laid off. Pretty sure when I look back to 2021, this is all going to seem like several high-speed trains coming together.

But there’s one good news for me out of this time — I got into the leadership initiative that I’ve spoken about before!

It’s strange times, with the huge news and lots of Thinking (capital T, yes). I have been wondering what’s the best decision for me, especially where it comes to my career.

It’s also Halloween today, and while I’ve never really celebrated it, I’m just going to embrace the spoooooky nature. I’m not religious, and I like to think I’m pretty acceptable of the tenets that make up most (legitimized) religions. I read the Bible when I was 14 “for fun”, and a translated version of the Tao Te Ching, aka the religion that my family practises.

Anyway, all of that to say that while I’m not religious, I might be a little superstitious. To quote Michael Scott, I’m not superstitious, but just a little stitious. I’m also a human, or at least not a robot (all the online verification tools have got me convinced), so I also assign signs and meaning to things that happen.

Two years ago I was in a pretty rough spot with my previous work place, with some management harassment over something out of my control. The very next day, the recruiter from my current company messaged me even though I hadn’t made myself available on LinkedIn. I immediately took it as a sign, and quite speedily I got through the interviewing process and landed an offer.

Now, with the leadership initiative gaining in a positive direction for me, I could spin it in a way too. That it’s a sign that I’m meant to do this for the foreseeable future, instead of all the other choices that are potentially out there for me.

But yes, at the end of the day, I just gotta do what I think is right for me in the moment.

Also, I spent the weekend starting a spreadsheet to help me calculate what the most cost-efficient place to get coffee beans is 🤓 Do you have a favorite place or recommendations, if you’re living in Singapore? Comment down below and give me a thumbs up, and don’t forget to hit like and subscribe. (Just kidding, I don’t think video is going to be my medium.)

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