This past decade? Absolutely smashed it. Yes, I might not remember everything that I have achieved but I know that I’m going to be ending it on a high doing everything I love (i.e. watching Mock the Week with my hubby and my cat, maybe). I definitely do not have 20/20 vision – see what I did there – but I know that this next decade is going to be amazing. Why? Because I said so! And there’s tremendous power in speaking things into existence.
So to tie the end of the decade nicely, I have decided to write the top things that I have achieved (and remember) from the last ten years. Here goes!
I found out about Gyaru
It happened when I realised that Lolita fashion (another subculture in Japanese fashion, with no connections at all to the book) was not really my thing and I stumbled on this picture of “hime gyaru”. They were so beautiful, and I loved their makeup! And the rest is history. You can read more about my journey (and flick through embarrassing photos) right over here.
I achieved First Class Honours and became a graphic designer
My university years were challenging, but I smashed it and got a First Class Honours in graphic design, and a few months later started a three-month internship at a design agency before landing a permanent role there. People have told me that adult life was hard and it is! But I’m getting there. I got promoted back in August so I’m now a mid-weight champion designer. Woohoo!
I travelled to Japan
I knew I wanted to go to Japan as soon as I accepted the fact that I, Lizzie, loved all things Hello Kitty and cute anime art. I had spent years trying to hide this part of myself to fit in at school but when I started college I put my foot down and was like NOPE, I am not going to hold back any more! My hubby and I went to Japan a couple of years ago, and one of the highlights was going to Sanrio Puroland (which is basically a Hello Kitty resorts world)! Unfortunately I got really ill after a few days in Japan so couldn’t enjoy the food or sights as much as I wanted to, but this just gives me more reason to go back.
I turned my love for writing into blogging
Though I might not be the author I wanted to be when I was 14, I have channelled my love for writing into this blog. I love that I can document my life in these (internet) pages and how I can just write as if I am chatting with my friends (because you are my pal, my friend, as cheesy as that sounds). Hello Lizzie Bee has been through a lot of changes since 2009-early 2010, and has become a huge part of my life.
I went to my first (and defo not last) int gal meet!
And gosh I was a nervous wreak but I had such an amazing time and it was the beginning of many trips abroad to gyaru meets. Travel definitely makes friendships stronger, and I’m going to be super soppy when I say that I’m so happy that I travelled with Chewiee because she’s a great pal and I love her!
I’m living my dream life
When I was 11, I wanted to be a fashion designer; 13, an author; 14, a model; 15, a linguist; 17, a graphic designer… So needless to say, I was a multi-passionate person! And you know what? I became all of those things! I am working my dream job of being a graphic designer and a hobby as a blogger, which involved writing and dressing up all nice and pretty. I am slowly going back to my roots by learning Mandarin Chinese at university and I cannot wait to speak it fluently.
I met and married the one I love
I wanted to save the best to last – but over the past ten years I have met, dated, and married the one I love. I’m currently batting away the baby questions because we’re not quite ready for that, but I’m so happy knowing that I’m spending my life with him!
So, 2010s, you’ve been a treat! Yes, I’ve been through some really tough times but I managed to keep my head up and trudge through it all. I cannot wait to see what 2020 will bring (and will most definitely write up all of my goals for the new decade!)
What were your highlights from the past decade?