I am back in Paris for just a week or more, to recharge my spirit. Love the vibes of the city, light and yet soulful. I take many walks, so that I could take in as much as I can, her scent and her lumière.
Here I found the will to write again. To communicate and to connect. In a deeper way that is. Neither through captions on Instagram, nor via emoji-ranting on Facebook. I am inspired to write, for the one or two of you who are reading this right now.
Some friends told me that my last post “The Art of (Not) Giving Up” was painfully moving. I am glad my words did something for you. The thing is, what one takes away from a piece of confession actually depends on your perspective in approaching the piece. The objective of said blog entry was to motivate people, who like me, found themselves involuntarily stuck in a moment. However it received some unfavourable feedback from my company, who wanted me to be more discerning of what I reveal on my blog, even if it was a personal one.
I guess that was why I was not able to pen my thoughts since then, for I was not sure of what might or might not be acceptable, anymore.
In my country, censorship is evident, whether enforced, or self-imposed. I have long known that I belong to a group of people who feel much more at ease when we are overseas. Our minds thrive in foreign lands, despite the inconvenience, unfamiliarity and sometimes, discrimination. Most people would call us discontented, ungrateful brats, who take our home for granted. I do not disagree.
We all have our own battles to fight, I’ll say.
Together with a group of dedicated colleagues, we have built a brand we are proud of—styleXstyle.com. It has brought me closer to many of you who enjoy sharing personal journeys, and the little things in life. We will soon be celebrating styleXstyle’s 5th anniversary in 5 months time, 15th of November. This lifestyle/fashion portal was the main reason why I had persevered through the entire length of my six years bond. It was not a sacrifice, it was a great learning opportunity.
Never underestimate the power that passion holds over you.
And so I put my heart and soul into building styleXstyle from scratch. Sharon Au was already Sharon Au way before styleXstyle existed. I tapped on Sharon Au to promote a home-grown website that we could call our own. Not the other way round. To accuse me of using styleXstyle to build my personal brand is petty and absurd. It shows how little you respect your own products. Both Sharon Au and styleXstyle are your fruits that serve you in full loyalty. It grieves me that you feel such little pride in both of them.
Why do I need to prove you wrong? I would rather prove us right, that we can do it. I do not want to make you sorry, I want to make you proud. Even though you have hurt my feelings.
Master the art of the possible. Why give it up now? Perhaps we are not good enough, but you cannot say we did not try hard enough?
When you don’t give up, you can’t fail, isn’t it?