在2018感到感恩的事 – what I’m grateful for in 2018

So here we are. 2018 is ending soon and my head is about to explode! So many things have happened within this year and I still cannot believe this.

There were few things that made me not even unhappy, but just not satisfied like I didn’t achieve all I wanted to. I let my blog live its life, despite I love writing it even just for myself. You reading this and actually dedicating your time for me is just making it more special to me.

I also had to verify few people in my life, I had some tough decisions to make, and my health wasn’t as great as I wished but overall it wasn’t a bad year at all. That’s why I want to finish it on a positive note and focus only on the good things, good changes and move into 2019 with happiness in my heart.

I am so grateful for the chances I got this year [prepare for some self-love below, I simply just want to remember the good things that happened this year]:

  • My definite number one: my dad’s surgery was successful and now he lives a slightly better life with his ICD. I haven’t mentioned that before, but he actually was brought to life in the operation room. His heart stopped during the surgery, but I got the greatest gift of all and my dad is still here with us. Everything else below is a cherry on top of the cake of happiness.
  • I would never expect that in few years a little blog I wrote out of loneliness and boredom got me on a TV (which was watched by Momzilla despite not letting her know about the appearance! I guess some mystical Mother-force told her to turn on that specific channel guided by the gentle voice of her Little Treasure). The whole experience of the lovely crew we worked with, seeing how many people are behind every shot was absolutely phenomenal and I’m glad I could be part of it (even a tiny one!). That’s something to tell your grandkids!
  • My career grew faster than before. I project manage the procurement activities for global account, I got in charge with enterprise orders and our number one customer.
    It wasn’t easy, I cannot count how many ‘charity hours’ of my life I gave to this, how many late-night conference calls I had, working all around the clock with suppliers from Taiwan, Finland, Israel and US – all within one day for two weeks, pulling in the materials with extended lead times. Challenge after challenge, but I made it.
    On top of giving 100% of myself to work, I pursued my degree and procurement and supply chain. My assignments and exam scores were a surprise even to myself – I was so worried that the fact that I’m not a native English speaker would be a disadvantage, but I got better results than my classmates. I’m still so proud of myself, and I really hope this will only make finding a job in Hong Kong easier. Hong Kong is heaven for those who work in supply chain and I look forward to the challenges I can encounter in future work.
  • I realized this is what I like to do: so many of us wonder what could they do for living to enjoy it? I like to be challenged, I like that supply chain can be unpredictable and how you need to be flexible, agile and adapt to change quickly, always having a back-up plan in your pocket.
    It puts huge financial pressure on me as decisions I make can cost hundreds of thousands, but I just treat it like any other challenge. This resulted in few interview invitations from large corporations despite my not-so-long experience. I cannot tell you how proud and motivated it made me feel.
    If we weren’t moving I think I would give it a shot – what would be the worst thing that could happen? Just the fact that I impressed someone enough to reach out to me and offer me an interview was a real delight.
  • I think I grew as a person, especially in terms of awareness for environment – I can’t change the fact that I need to use an airplane to fly back home, but I can produce less plastic waste, I can give up fast fashion, turn to second hand clothing, choose more sustaining solutions. Even for the little things – instead of foam container for street food, I can have a reusable plastic or glass container in my bag, I can use metal straw instead of one-time use ones. I can plan smarter to reduce the food waste. It’s not much, but it’s better than nothing. If we all do a little bit to help the Earth with so little effort, then we can make it a slightly better place for everyone. There’s still so much to do and so many bad habits to change, but I’m glad I started doing something toward this direction.
  • We settled down our move back to Hong Kong. There’s still so much more to do, but the tickets are purchased, Biscuit got her travelling documents and pet passport settled. And most importantly – we got support from both of our families. We set up plans on when to see each other, and hopefully everything will go as planned.
  • I had so many occasions to travel – for work, for pleasure and leisure, to be with my family. I loved the snow in Sapporo, hot springs in Noboribetsu, Lunar New Year in Hong Kong, Easter in Poland, then another trip to Poland, warm Summer in Ireland (yes, this is something to be thankful to, weather here can be very depressing with content rain and grey sky), lovely family trip to Barcelona, swimming in hot sea and eating tapas all day. I went twice to UK, I got to see Sing’s favourite team live (and the atmosphere was amazing!). Then we went again to Southern Spain for a road trip, visited three Christmas markets in Berlin and finish off the year with my parents in Poland. I’m so happy I could experience so much of this wonderful world. Every travel, every local cuisine, every interaction made during these trips made me look at my life little differently.
  • I committed myself to help more: own less, give more. Donations, charity events, even such little things as spreading the messages. It feels so good to help, to see my donation helped to save a dog or passed the information about cats for adoptions that was spread even further. Few furry friends found their dream home!
    And finally I formally agreed to donate my organs – in Poland it’s assumed that unless you officially disagree, your organs will be donated. I wanted to make a sure my will to donate is clear in case my loved ones disagreed for me, for whatever reason. I will also additionally register in Hong Kong once I get my HKID.
    I’m happy I finally made it official – when I was a newborn I had so many problems with kidneys and who knows, maybe if it wasn’t diagnosed at the right time I would need a new kidney myself? I’m so lucky to have a healthy organs at the moment and if after I’m gone they can help anyone, I would gladly make one more use out of them.
  • Last, but not least I’m glad that I learned how to ignore the negativity from others. I’m already negative to myself most of the time, I always have ‘buts’, however I went so far in my life – with my parents hard work to make me who I am, with my husband’s help to move through life, finally with my own strength to achieve what I did. I don’t need someone else’s negativity in life and neither do you. Don’t get into useless arguments, these people do not live your life. If you don’t hurt others just continue doing what you do if it makes you happy.

I hope this year was as good to you as mine was. And if not, I hope the next one will only be better. To you, to myself, and everyone.

I hope you can enter 2019 with a smile on your face and in your heart, even for the smallest things.

At the end of this post, I would like to thank you all for being with us for over 5 years now, for all your comments, time spent online and in real life. Thank you for all the kind messages and support we received. For every post card, for every minute you dedicated to us.
Hopefully going forward I will be able to bring you more interesting, Hong Kong and Poland related content, as well as have you with us during our new chapter in Hong Kong.

Please let us know your best memory of 2018 or something you’re grateful for that happened this year, I just want to share your happiness because happiness multiplies when it’s divided.
I would love to hear about your highlights!


14 thoughts on “在2018感到感恩的事 – what I’m grateful for in 2018

  1. It sounds like a many good things happened this year for you, Lina. So happy for you and Sing officially moving back to Hong Kong! Looking forward to see where that takes you 🙂 Like you, this year I learned to ignore negativity from others. Sometimes you can’t changes someone’s opinion and they will try to impose it on you…and I just tell myself that is their opinion and their problem, and just go on living my life. Congrats on five year of blogging and many more to come 🙂 ❤

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  2. Congrats! I’m so proud of you 🙂 I knew that one day you would become exceptionally successful!
    I wish you all the best and hope that next year you’ll be even more happy than you are now.

    P.S. first photo is soo trippy

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  3. Your blog is one of the first ones that I ever followed. It has been an amazing journey for you and your husband. Thank you for sharing it with us, with me. I am glad your father is doing better. This sounds like it was a wonderful year for you. Congratulations on all of your successes. I look forward to hearing more about them in the future. I am sure there will be many more for you to share. Happy Holidays. Blessings to you and hubby, Biscuit too.

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  4. What a hectic year you had! I’m glad to hear about your dad. I should also get my “organ donor card” in Spain, in China I am not even sure this idea exists but I already told my husband I don’t need any of my organs if I die. BTW Spain is the country with most organ donors per capita in the world, at least one good thing we are leaders on, ha ha ha.
    Also good to hear you found your calling in procurement. I worked in something similar before but I hated it, I could not stand people not delivering what and when they promised.

    Good luck with your move to HK and I am sure you will find a great job there!

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