Hi! My name is Jennifer.
I have to be honest. I think I’m probably a bit of a workaholic and at times, you could even say that I’m even a bit of an overachiever.
Well, that’s what I get for growing up in a Chinese-American family – one of three sisters who all have the same qualities (Yikes!)
Since I possess both of these endearing qualities, you can then imagine that I’ve always been obsessed about reaching a certain goal or achieving results. I think I subconsciously thought to myself that if there wasn’t a goal to attain, then what was the purpose of doing it?
A few months ago, my 7 year old daughter came home and showed me how she did “finger-hekling”, which is finger knitting translated from Norwegian. You essentially take yarn and use your fingers as the “needles” and you create one continuous rope until you run out of yarn.
What to do with this rope? Well, you could maybe use the rope for a key ring, a belt, bag handles, etc. But, basically, the kids were just taught to continue knitting the rope and then ball it up together. The end result was a ball of knitted yarn.
I totally didn’t get it. What was the purpose?
My daughter kept asking me to try it and I resisted for a long time. But, then, being the supporting kind of mom that I am, I gave it a try. (Read: she kept asking me until I gave in) And to my surprise, I found that it was really relaxing.
Hmmm…must have been a fluke….
Then, I heard about adult coloring books at a birthday party. These adult coloring books were all the rage and that they were supposed to help relax you and bring out the more creative side of your personality. What the heck, I like relaxation as much as the next person, so I tried that too.
It was fun and relaxing…until I got carpal tunnel syndrome from doing it for 6 hours straight two nights in a row. (Hmmm..there’s that overachiever thing again. I just had to finish the drawing, didn’t I?)
In these small snippets that have nothing to do with my day job, I got a glimpse of another part of life and realized that if I’m too goal focused, it’s very easy to lose sight of what is really important – and that’s the pleasure of learning – of enjoying life’s journey.
It’s not always about the goal
If I take a moment think about it, there are a lot of things which are right under my nose which are absolutely lovely. I’ve only barely skim the surface of something because I usually see it as just a check-mark off my busy to-do list and I’m off and ready to tackle the next thing on my list
This purpose of this blog is to keep me accountable to the journey — of focusing on the creative side – of exploring and learning about topics which really interest me – writing, fitness, nutrition, and learning how to focus on the moment.
This blog will share my journey of discovery and I hope that you’ll find some inspiration from it also.