I literally feel how fast the time goes and see the change cause it’s just too obvious on these kids. So I get anxiety if I waste time because time just passes too quickly .
We overestimate how much we can do in a year but underestimate how much we can do in a life time. So I write down a list at the end of jan this year about what are the things I want to accomplish this year . It has been 7 months now.
1. Finish the whole Toastmaster speech Manuel .
Evaluation: I won the Best Speaker Award. That’s even better.
2. Back to dance flamenco .
Evaluation: I am still dancing every Thursday night. Still have trouble remembering choreography and never seem to know what I am doing. But I am still hanging there.
3. Start drum lessons .
Evaluation : I am still learning every Tuesday. Now at grade 5 syallbus. TICK! There is never a single day pass that I do not practice at least 5-10 mins.
4. Start Hapkido self defence.
Evaluation: I passed the grading and going for the next one. Still at training every Saturday . Even though it hurts when they twist my hands I am still there. Every sat I drag myself to go. But then when the training is finished you are so glad you are there.
5. Finish Reading a book once every two weeks
Evaluation : sometimes I do it less than a week, some book I just can’t finish it. I am establishing a habit of reading before bed.
6 Journal /blog
Evaluation: I want to establish a habit of starting something and never quits. My writing habit is one of them. People often ask how do you have time to do all these. I need to set priority and find time. And train myself to have the discipline and routine. I like the feeling of tapping myself on the back and say Susie well done being persistent . It’s actually quite empowering .
I used to be the person who never finish things. Those days are gone.
Being able to do all those is not important. But being able to continue establishing the habits is what I want myself to do.
Today is quite a full on day. A friend of mine and I had a big cht about finance and investing . I thought I am number savvy enough but he is really on top of this game.
I couldn’t help but amazed on the commercial property he purchased last year. In Just one year the evaluation can go up the roof like that. Of course there is lots of factors But I got inspired in taking different directions and actions.
When I catch up with my grown up students I always tell them to save early and be financially smart to invest early.
You can’t beat the power of compound interest. The earlier the kids know the better.
lizzie always wants to be a model. Since she was young I knew this is her dream. And she is a model now. I am always very proud of seeing her beautiful modeling photos .
I always remember what the kids wish to be when they grow up. When I was a young teacher at Montessori school I remembered Nicolas said he wants to be a pilot. He is now really a pilot.
Some kids told me she wants to be a chef , a designer. To be honest I really wonder where they are now.
I have a student saying she wants to be an actress. I saw her poster near wynard station she is the leading actress of Netflix series.
Good to see these kids doing what they always want to do.
Keep going kids!!
My life is quite chaotic these days.
Concert is coming up so I spend quite a lot of time organisimg everything.
1. Talking to the theatre to get the website on Ticktek
2. Talking to charity that we will donate the money to
3. Cutting students backing track
4 program arrangements
5. Collecting photos and work on PowerPoint project so when they sing the have cute photos behind them on stage.
Those are on top of teaching, arranging and choreography too.
There are only 4 weeks to go before all the exams and concert stuff need to be done. It’s stressful indeed.
And then comes refinance.
I noticed my 2 investments loans have such high interest rates so I have been speaking to morgage brokers. These days loans for investment properties are not as easy as before so the bank needs to see so many documents. Finally I found a good broker to get everything done.
How amazing is that just by switching banks I save nearly $10000 each year for the interest. It’s insane. The chaos is certainly worth it.
Still have kids doing speech eisteddfod this sat. When there is competition I feel more alive. I love it .
Another 4 weeks I am off to Dubai. This year really goes incredibly fast.
Don’t you love the kids cute baby photos on big screen? Look at all these faces. Then you see what they are now and how they sing, even I go “awwwwww”
i actually have a lot of habits and routines . A very left brain person who really is too logical for creative art industry. I believe good routines and habits are foundations for successful mindset. Everything I do has a system. I don’t like surprises.
Good time journal is one of my routines in a day.
Everyday before bed I write down three best things happening. There are usually quite a lot of interesting things but I choose 3.
There are often lousy annoying things but I never write them down . This exercises has way more benefit than just feeling grateful . You should try.
For example in my diary today
What’s the first positive thing today?
1. Sheraton hotel buffet with Jenny for her birthday .
Why is it good?
The food is amazing
I can pay for it easily and I am happy about that .
Jenny is so happy
We had such good time .
2. Picking up Megan and cristian from after school care and go to chatswood for dinner then off to Isabelle’s house to play and have supper.
Very fun to be with family, lots of chatting and laughters
The kids are sooo happy
We had such good meals in chatswood
3. Gretel, Brandon and zetongs lessons are so fun
Best work ever
We got all the concert items sorted
These three have been with me for a long time now and we all have such rapport together . Productive lessons with laughters.
Alicia has the top score for year 12 HSC TrialExam (singing ). She keeps it low key but the problem is that I -am -a -show-off-I -can’t -control- it -and -everyone -knows. Oh and I really didn’t do much I just yell at her on a regular basis and she does all the brilliant work herself . Awesome work .
Saw the speech from Jim Kwik the other day. It was indeed an amazing speech.
He was talking about 10 things that will improve your life straight away. I was quite fascinated with what he said and pull over the car and note down immediately.
1. Good brain diet
Avocado, salmon, tumeric tea ..etc
I noticed since I have been ordering in youfoodz/lite and easy I am really not eating enough of fresh veges and fishes. Look like there is room for improvement.
2.Automatic Negative Thoughts.
How good are you managing your self talk. Do you say, I look too fat? I am ok on this one. I always think I am pretty awesome (while others just roll their eyes haha)
Actually I said I have bad memeory all the time which is really not very helpful.
This one i am good. I dance, Kungfu and Hopkido I can fight like a soldier. Plus swimming and walking. I do think my massive energy comes purely from all these physical exercises.
4. Brain nutrition
I only take lutein for the eyes. what about you?
5. Positive peer group
oh yes. i have the best people around me
6. Clean Environment
I am an organised freak. Its good. And we are in Sydney. We are very lucky. Its the best in the world.
7-8 hours a day plus 30 min nap daily. I don't think anyone can beat this record.
But when I am stressed I have trouble sleeping. These days I found the track of weightless from spotify is very useful .
8. Brain Protection
turn off your phone when you sleep. Protect your brain.
9. New Learnings
I have quite a hunger for learning. This week I go to Drum lesson, podcast production training, flamenco dance class and Hopkido workshop. That's probably enough.
10. Stress Management
I like the book I read recently called "The one thing". only focus on one thing at a time.
Sell your cleverness for bewilderment~ such a wonderful quote from him.
The standard/quality of my students is very high. Especially in the age group of 13-15. They all have been with me for many years and every single one is strong in different way.
When you are very good, there is a problem.
The fear of failure. Everyone wants to be perfect in front of others. So when there is a concert or competition everyone is searching for the PERFECT song.
Week after week there will be rejecting from the previous choice, indecisiveness and frustration.
I told the kids, there is no perfect song. In fact, there is no perfect life, perfect job, perfect man or perfect age, perfect circumstances or perfect opportunity.
You pick one song that you reasonably like and believe you can do well. Use your technique, use your skill, love it with all your heart and do the best you can. You develop silent confidence to it then you nail it.
Suddenly that becomes your perfect song because everyone likes the way you do it and you think it's perfect.
There is no perfect song. Only you can make anything almost perfect.
I am going to do a shorter smaller concert this year with less people and only one Act.
It’s Sunday 21/10 2-3:30 pm. Still in the Zenith Theatre and tickets will be selling on ticketek next month. Still all profit goes to the charity of “kids giving back” if no one comes and I will just pay.
You kids just give me a world class quality concert so I keep my good reputation in the industry .
I need your baby photos so when you sing I will have it on big screen on stage with your name on it and hopefully everyone will be awwwing and wowing (no printing of programs. Too much work for susie).
If you don’t give me your photo by the end of the month , I will put my photos there when you sing.
OH TRUST ME I WILL.
Recently I have been quite addicted to this music channel from ABC kids.
ABC kids is for kids? No no no the selections here has the best soothing music for night time and they are the best classical pieces that combine together . I can’t speak highly enough for this.
I always have it on at night when I read or write journals every night. It doesn’t disrupt your thoughts yet it’s calming and soothing. And trust me I normally never switch music on after work.