@MusingMutley: 5 things I'm thankful for...

The power of gratitude

@MusingMutley: 5 things I'm thankful for...
Norman Tan muses on why gratitude is the cure for our perennial discontentment

New year, new you.

Did you just roll your eyes at that opening statement? It's been bantered around like stinky tofu at a Chinese family gathering — ever present, painfully predictable, and never truly appreciated.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for self-improvement and setting new goals — my keyword for the year is 'balance'; was at the pool over the holidays and realised that I'm undoubtedly and, irrefutably, a pasty skinny fat Asian — but, all this taking stock and resoluting for a better tomorrow had me thinking about the hallmark of our current generation: Discontentment.  

To quote the lyrical wisdom of our former #WomanCrushWednesday, Tori Kelly (pictured above, and Grammy nominated this year for Best New Artist, may I add):

Everybody's talking ‘bout the next thing
Feel like what they got ain't good enough... 

Such is the zeitgeist.

So, in attempt to stem the toxic spiral of self-comparison and the hamster wheel of one-upmanship, I encourage you to write down a list of what you're grateful for today. Right here, right now. Do it. You'll realise that you're not just keeping up with the Joneses, you are the freaking Joneses.

Here's my top 5 list: I'm grateful for... 

5. The fact that reading fashion magazines and visiting street style blogs is actually part of my job
There was a time, in my former legal eagle days, when I had to sneak in some Tommy Ton action inbetween reviewing IP contracts and filing motions. Now? The desk is crowded with glossies and my search history is populated with candid shots of Mira Duma, Tina Leung and Justin O'Shea

Tina Leung

4. Being able to attend fashion weeks
And witness the future of fashion unfold as it's paraded on the catwalks of Milan and Paris. What a rarefied privilege.

3. Having a platform to express my point-of-view
Whether it's highlighting a talented local designer, forecasting trends or me ranting on about how to deal with awkward family scenarios, the beauty about working in media — besides the press trips and sweet sample sales — is the opportunity to inform and entertain. Thank you for your patronage.

FW15 Trend - 50 Shades of Grey

2. Working in digital
A progressive medium that's transforming the publishing landscape with fresh ideas, innovative story-telling, and redefining social connectivity. There's a real adrenalin rush from knowing that you're in the vanguard of media development. I know: Sounds like self-promotion, but hey, it's just self-actualisation y'all. 

1. Getting to do life with 7 brilliant ladies
All respected in their field. Committed and passionate. Super talented. Top-class? Yes. Classy? Hmmm... circumstantial.

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