2017 was a wild ride for many of us, lots of ups and downs. In reflecting back on my year, I am tempted to say it wasn’t very productive. I still have not launched any of my businesses. I still have no settled on a single career. I am still very broke. That is my pessimistic self speaking. I am sure we all have two voices in our head. My optimistic self, however, would say, “This year, I have achieved a lot. I learned some new skills, like coding. I worked really hard on improving my photography skills while learning associated software. I started to seriously develop my written voice. Most importantly, I managed to stick to my own values and principals. So maybe I should cut myself a slack. I am not Elon Musk, but maybe I should give myself a little more credit.
In 2017, lots of people have inspired and helped me to become better in what I am trying to do. They are all creative minds who are willing to share their knowledge generously with this world. I am one of the millions who benefit from their generosity. I own an enormous thank you to them.
Here is a partial list: Seth Godin, Malcolm Gladwell, Tim Ferriss, Lewis Howes, Marie Forleo, Debbie Millman, Elizabeth Gilbert, Garance Doré, Chris Do (Youtube: The Futur), Marty Geller ( Youtube: Blue Lighting TV), Gareth David (Youtube: Tastytuts), Travis Neilson (Youtube: Devtips). Of course, there are more people I left off of this list. I just want to say thank you to them all for doing what they are doing and sharing their expertise to help others grow.
In the end, time moves on. Goodbye, 2017. Hello, 2018.
(Photo by Allef Vinicius)
My friend, “Expert”, told me a story.
When she was wandering in a small farmers’ market that day, she saw a vendor’s sign saying, “Today is my wife’s birthday. Everything 50% off.”
(Photo by Elena Hruleva.)
Dear Little You,
Did you have a good day? Laughed and danced a lot like usual. I bet you did!
I videoed chatted with your uncle yesterday. Yeah. When he was working. I am not so sure if he is really enjoying his current job. But he definitely enjoys more than his last one. Anyway. We talked about you a little bit!!! He said you were getting cuter and cuter. He told me when you visited him last time, you told him that your little aunt ate your lollipop. My god, I am sorry about that. But I am glad you told your uncle about that. You can always trust and go to him for help anytime. He will always be there for you. Of course, you can also always come to me too! Not matter where I am, I am there for you.
Two days ago, your mom sent me the video that you were playing in the snow. You seemed so excited! I am proud of you that you said thank you when your little aunt handled you the snowball. You are such a polite person. I couldn’t remember I said thank you to others when I was a kid. Back then I was very shy. But to assure you, I am a very polite person now.
Your mom said you often gave your little brother lessons. Um… See, you are a big sister now! But please don’t be too hard on him since he can only say a few words so far. I am sure you love him a lot. And I know you guys are a great team. Do you remember how much you missed him when you went to the beach last time? That’s really sweet. You will become a much better sister than I was. When your mom and I were little, I didn’t want her to follow me. I am sure she would complain it to you one day.
Oh, you must wonder what book I am reading now. Albert Einstein’s biography! I am still at the chapter which he was struggling looking for a job. I want you to know we all have difficulties in our life, even people who have genius minds. Never give up and look forward. Always try to do what you love. That’s the lessons I have learnt so far.
Ok. I really don’t want this letter to bore you. Will write to you next time.
Your cool aunt
（Photo by Jay Mantri. Thank you, Jay!)