"We might be lost at times. But facing these challenges can be life altering if we can find the ‘why’ within ourselves. My why is the fear of regret - knowing that I didn’t give it my all when I had the chance. What’s your why?"
After graduating from college, I became an English tutor in Hong Kong, helping local students prepare for their college entrance exams. The difference my teaching job is from an ordinary day school teacher is the marketing and branding work this industry requires...
My daily routine includes starting off the day with a power breakfast, making myself a refreshing coffee, preparing teaching materials and lecturing until late at night. After class comes meetings and promotional video shooting - I wish there were more hours in a day!
The first year of teaching was so overwhelming that I became disconnected from my social circles, skipped family gatherings and failed to take care of my body. I was constantly sick and fell into a dark place emotionally. That was when I realized I needed to rediscover balance in my life. Basing success solely on my career was not a sustainable way of living.
Instead, I sought for ways to measure my achievements in a healthier way. I picked up running and saw myself participating in my first 10K race in Shanghai. Running was not exactly enjoyable, but it was a challenge I wanted to embrace. My history of asthma as a child didn’t make it easier, but I didn’t let it become an excuse. On race day, I remembered the smog being so intense, but managed to pushed through knowing that if I gave up, the regret would come back to haunt me.
The best thing that happened to me in my first race was my encounter with an 83-year-old marathoner, Papa Xuan. Our brief conversation was inspiring in many ways. Besides telling me about his glorious stories of running since his 30s, he warned me that running marathons is highly addictive - once you start, you won’t ever stop. He was right. I then pushed myself to finish a half marathon in San Francisco and another half in Taipei, ultimately challenging and completing the 26K race at the Great Ocean Road in Melbourne!
During these moments, I witnessed my progress, measured my achievements in small steps and set myself bigger goals to smash. At the same time, I took that opportunity to reflect on what I should be grateful of in life - an able body and a free spirit.
It’s my pleasure and honor to be a Community Ambassador for #TEAMBUSYWOMAN and I hope to spread the love to my fellow Busy Women through this platform. There will be hurdles in life that seem impossible to overcome. We might be lost at times. But facing these challenges can be life altering if we can find the ‘why’ within ourselves. My why is the fear of regret - knowing that I didn’t give it my all when I had the chance. What’s your why?
In my leisure time, I like experimenting with interesting cold-pressed juice recipes. My favorite is ginger, apples and celery. I also like spending time outdoors sipping coffee under the sun. Recently, I’ve been into hiking in Sai Kung and exploring urban historical ruins.
My next goal is to be able to deadlift twice my body weight - sounds cheesy but I’m going to make it happen.