Reflecting Back on Q1 2015

Time flies pretty fast, it’s like in the blink of an eye, the first quarter of 2015 is gone. The relentless pace of modern life today can be daunting and we do need time to slow down, relax and catch up. There were many times during the past few months when workload was heavy and at times overwhelming, along with personal matters.

Now as I sat down and reflect on my past few months, it’s a journal, a collection. For my work, doing work in a family business has its own unique challenges and stress; it can be very different from working as employee in another organisation. I have to play leadership role, management role, support, administration and clerical role. This is probably something that people around you may not, will not and do not want to know and understand. Time management is another aspect that has got me looking into it a lot more; this gets even more important when you take on leadership role in work and areas outside of work.

I am now going back to my books again, reading my personal development and leadership books again such as Dr. Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and Principle Centred Leadership, for honing my leadership in work and outside of work. There was some pretty down period and reading the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People again helps me to pull myself out and re-align my thoughts, thinking and emotions.

Photography for me, took a back seat for the past few months, ever since I came back from my Hokkaido Photographers Invitation Program 2014, a huge travel and photography portfolio for me, it was kind of hitting a peak and now I have to relook at myself. I am looking at not just improving myself, at the directions that I plan for my photography. I cannot deny the fact that my job commitments prevented me from carrying out my photography that I would like it to be.

I picked myself up again, started my own personal Hokkaido Black and White Landscapes Photo Book. At this junction in time, it is in the final stage of editing before making an appointment to visit the printer and get 50 copies printed (very special and limited edition). There was also a plan to hold my own photography exhibition and I held to push it back due to financial constraints and time constraints. Nevertheless, it’s still in my radar and I am looking forward to do it together with my fellow photographers who went with me for the Hokkaido Photographers Invitation Program. There’s still a lot of work to be done!

Photography for me today is likely to be heading in the direction of quality instead of quantity, whether it is in the area of assignments or personal projects. Time will tell what I am doing or going to do.

I wrote something about Fate on my 1st January 2015 post. So mysterious, so magical, what is the Fate for you and me? I think I just have to leave it to Fate.

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