Better 2016

 Taipei 101 before the NYE countdown tonight

It's a gloomy last day of the year. Cold wind blows through my hair, my hands inside the pockets of my coat as I wait at the pedestrian crossing. I heave a sigh of relief. I cross the big intersection and make my way to the office whilst reflecting and thanking the highest heavens for my life, for my 2015- despite its many hurdles and heartaches.

I've made it through another year. How I fared though is another story. I've tried my best to make up for my shortcomings the previous year, but there are times when my best is just not good enough. I fail at certain aspects of my life. I tremble, I fall and it is during this time that I yearn for Him to help me bounce back.

Life is not perfect, no matter how we make it look pretty on Instagram and Facebook posts. Behind those captions and beyond those filters, there are struggles we don't talk about. The problems we have in our own families, relationships, jobs, health conditions etc. give us a reason to grow more in our faith, to strive to be better every single day. And I think that is my yearly resolution- to be better.

I wish you all a brighter, better, blessed 2016!

"Before a new chapter is begun, the old one has to be finished: tell yourself that what has passed will never come back. Remember that there was a time when you could live without that thing or that person – nothing is irreplaceable, a habit is not a need. This may sound so obvious, it may even be difficult, but it is very important. Closing cycles. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because that no longer fits your life. Shut the door, change the record, clean the house, shake off the dust. Stop being who you were, and change into who you are." -PAULO COELHO

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