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We are halfway through 2020! - Say What? #42

Hi everyone! Hope you are all doing fine and staying safe. In a few days, we will officially be done
June 28 · Issue #42 · View online
Say What?
Hi everyone!
Hope you are all doing fine and staying safe.
In a few days, we will officially be done with the first half of 2020. I hope your year, despite everything that’s going on with the world (Covid-19 and all), is still going well.
At the end of last year, I shared with you some of my goals for this year. In this issue, I wanted to touch base (for accountability purposes!) on them and review my progress. This will (hopefully) help me to plan for the next six months to ensure that I can successfully accomplish my 2020 resolutions.

Growing professionally.
2020 is a year that I wanted to dedicate for my professional growth. After all, I started my new job earlier this year, and have a LOT to learn about the industry itself. It’s my first time officially working in a school with younger students, so it was definitely a new experience. So far, things have been going great. I’ve been enjoying my work here so far, my colleagues are great, and I’m looking forward for more opportunities for growth in the next year or two.
One of my goals is also to attend an event for my professional growth. This was, Alhamdulillah, successfully achieved in January 2020, when I attended TalentCorp’s YES-2-Work programme in Puchong. On top of this, I also attended a few more events/programmes, both in-person and online (either through work or personally), such as Hanie Razaif’s LinkedIn class and the Education Canada Counsellors workshop.
This year was also the year I officially started my side business as a freelance career advisor/consultant. This was, honestly, something that I did without any proper planning nor thought, but Alhamdulillah, I’m happy with how it has been going so far. I originally thought I would mostly resume reviews, but this spur-of-the-moment idea in late January bloomed into 3 successful Job Search 101 classes and 1 paid external workshop with UM (on top of a few other non-paid engagements).
Another thing that happened unexpectedly this year was my involvement with TalentCorp’s #KisahSiswa initiative as a career coach. I definitely did not anticipate it, but this is a super great opportunity for me to grow and learn from various professional career coaches and advisors.
My Job Search class on 7 June!
My Job Search class on 7 June!
Taking a look at some personal goals.
I am now on Day 173 of my Intermittent Fasting, with an average of 16-hour fast per day. Honestly, I find it harder to commit to IF when I go to work regularly, since it’s harder when I’m coming in to work at 7:30am in the morning and I don’t eat anything until later in the afternoon (12noon, usually, if I do 16:8 fasting). So I’ve been doing 14:10 IF instead if I go in to work regularly, as I didn’t want to force myself until my body is used to going to work early.
However, MCO actually allowed me to do more IF, as I’m stuck at home anyway (which is similar to how it was when I was in the UK last year). I had to readjust it a little over Ramadhan, and readjust it again after Raya, but Alhamdulillah I manage to continue it for this long.
Another personal goal is to be aware of my spending this year. I’ve been tracking my expenses using the Money Lover app, and in February 2020, I started my monthly expenses post on the blog (none for May 2020, unfortunately, because I’ve been procrastinating a lot lately, sorry!). MCO has unfortunately made me a bit complacent with things, but I’m getting back on track (hopefully soon!).
Some stagnant goals (for now).
Not everything is going to plan though, unfortunately. Being in MCO for a few months put a dent in my goal to run 150km with Aiman this year. Even now, when we are allowed to go out and run in parks and all, we haven’t done much since there are not much safe areas to jog at around our new place in Seri Kembangan (or none that we are aware of, anyway, because we are also still figuring things out here).
And even though gyms would be allowed to operate again, I’m still a bit skeptical (even though it is most probably going to be OK, but, still, you can never be too careful!).
Maybe I can look into starting a home workout routine? There are definitely tons of workout videos on YouTube, and I do have a yoga mat that I took from my father-in-law. So maybe it’s time to revisit that idea. If you’ve done any home workout videos from YouTube, do suggest some easy (and beginner-friendly) ones to me!
Another stagnant goal is definitely the blog. I am (personally) sad that I haven’t updated it as much as I planned to (the last update was my April 2020 expenses update!). My #FreshGrad101 series is also on a long hiatus. It’s not like I’m out of ideas on things to write, but more like lacking the motivation to actually write. But, thankfully though, I can manage to write this newsletter every other weekend without fail, so at least that’s something.
Some interesting stuff I found this week.
One of you forwarded me a newsletter from David Perell, which got me intrigued (thank you Zureesh!). I haven’t had the chance to look through his (many!) articles on writing and all, but I found this one article which caught my attention.
Finding your One Big Idea - your perspective of the world.
One Big Idea — David Perell
This article is a great help to myself (and hopefully, to others!) in finding our voice and passion in this world. With so many different things to think about and do, what is the One Big Idea that we want to hold dear in everything that we do? We might not find our One Big Idea now, but that’s OK. The whole learning process can help us to know ourselves better and help us to focus on what matters to us most in this world.
Want to sleep better? Listen to pink noise!
This article is a great reminder to myself (and hopefully, to others!) in findi
Pink Noise: 1 Easy Trick to Enhance Your Sleep | The Ascent
Honestly, I’m still grasping the differences between white noise and coloured noise (there are pink noise, brown noise, etc!). But I find the above article (where the author tracked their sleep for a whole month with and without pink noise to track the differences) interesting.
I’ve always enjoyed sleeping to the sound of thunderstorm or ocean waves (I use Amazon Alexa to play these sounds as I sleep), but I’ve never actually thought about actually looking into how the noise affects my sleep. Maybe it’d be a good experiment to look into for July/August (if I can at least fix my sleeping schedule, since it’s all messed up due to MCO!).
Signing off for now with a quote.
I think that in order to be successful, women have to figure out what they’re passionate about first. No matter what you aspire to, you’ve got to love what you do in order to be successful at it. - Michelle Obama
I will (hopefully) be running a (free!) personal branding webinar/session for graduates and students in July, where I will share my experience and journey in building my personal brand and how it has helped me in my job search and building my network. If you are interested to join this class (I have yet to plan the exact details, etc), follow me on Instagram to find out when it will be!
Until I see you again in two weeks’ time, stay awesome and take care!
Nazu xx
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