"For I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you hope and a future." - Jeremiah 29:11
2015 is the year I found a true home in Singapore. As the country celebrated her SG50 Jubilee Year, I marked several major milestones on my journey to becoming Singaporean. From the citizenship ceremony in January, to voting for the first time in September, to collecting keys to my own HDB apartment in December, it has been a truly remarkable year.
Some other highlights include:
- Completing a career break from January to June 2015, which allowed me to travel extensively to meet family and friends, as well as explore the world of technology start-ups in Singapore. It was inspiring to meet so many smart, energetic young people who are out to make a difference. They were generous in sharing their vision, teaching me about new technology, patiently listening to my old war stories, and open-minded when collaborating to solve real world problems. Very privileged to be mentoring some of the most promising Singaporean entrepreneurs in this space.
- Starting a new role in Mercer, which specializes in HR Consulting. It's good to be back in the heart of the CBD with lovely offices overlooking Marina Bay. After spending the last 12 years in corporate roles, it's very interesting to be able to study the latest research and trends in the world of HR and think about where my future contributions will be. Especially keen to explore developments in the area of the aging workforce and Uber-ization of the workforce.
- A dream trip to Japan in spring to see cherry blossoms in bloom. Those beautiful moments will continue to feed my soul for many years to come.
- Welcoming so many people to Singapore including my parents, my best friends - the Chattertons, my godkids and other amazing individuals I'm privileged to call my friends
For me, this year has been filled with much grace, blessing and answered prayers. I can only conclude that His plans have indeed given me much hope and a future - in a world that has also seen too many dark moments. And I pray that you and your loved ones will continue to enjoy the best of what's in store next year.