Take a Chance

Doing something new gives me a sense of adventure and zest for life. That said, my version of doing something new is coupled with a sense of purpose that brings about positive impact. Here is what I have learned about the adventure of trying new things!

You discover something new about yourself, or at least you owe it to yourself to take embark on that experience.

Raised in Malaysia and born to a Chinese family, nurturing creative skills are rarely a priority. In general, Chinese Malaysian families would spend a large part of their savings on their children’s education to become a doctor, engineer or lawyer. Parents hardly show interest in their child’s creative development.

Recently I had the appetite to explore my artistic side (or the lack thereof) by joining a community of art enthusiasts who meet a few times a month to join classes such as water color painting, classic and modern calligraphy, flower arranging and even acrylic painting.

Yours truly joined a class that taught me how to make leather travel notebook and a travel bracelet. It was an interesting activity and I surprised even myself with quite a satisfactory outcome (check out the picture below).

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Learning new things open doors to other opportunities.

If you have ever watched the chick flick comedy, ‘White Chicks,’ you will definitely know who Terry Crews is. A former American football player turned actor, he said the following statement during an interview which I thought to be motivational: “… as I kept trying new things, new doors kept opening.” After retiring from football, Crews did security for a while, went broke for a while and people thought he would fail. He then moved to Los Angeles and become an actor and has been doing that for 15 years. He has indeed made a name for himself as an actor in Hollywood.

Trying new things shows that you are open to growth.

More than coming out from the comfort zone, trying new things conveys the message that the individual is open to growth. Willingness to try new things (i.e. activities that bring about positive impact whether to the individual or people around) can be life-giving and refreshing.

If you ask me why should we be intentional about trying something new on a regular basis, it’s because life is too short for us to succumb to mundane, repetitive, boring lives. The Bible tells us that Jesus came to give us life and to have it to the full (John 10:10). What does living a life to the fullest mean to you?

If I may suggest, try doing something that is out of your ordinary routine this season. Perhaps learn a new skill set? (e.g. cooking class, painting, pottery) or maybe embark on a fitness journey? (Pilates, running, jungle tracking, strength training) or being intentional in showing kindness to people around you by bringing a family member out for coffee to catch up, paying for a meal for a homeless man, or sign up to be involved/ serve on a consistent basis in a charitable organization.

I pray that the Lord will guide you in your endeavor in trying something new that would change something within you and impact the people around you.

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timmie-liew Timmie

Hello, my name is Timmie and I’m from Malaysia. I am a lawyer by profession. I am a charismatic, passionate person and enjoy beautiful things in life such as travelling to different cities to appreciate the culture. I love fashion and appreciate ‘coffee time’ with people to talk about life and build meaningful relationships. I’m passionate about the things of God, the Church and authentic leadership. My deepest desire is to embrace all that God has called me to be and be a blessing to whoever that God has placed in my life past, present and future. Our God is a GREAT God, and the best is yet to come !🙂

Fear, Joy, and Change

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This year, 2017, has set me on a journey of newness. Ever since I was a senior in high school, the thought of becoming a counselor entered my mind on and off. I made the excuse that becoming a counselor wasn’t my calling. Yet in reality, it was my fear that kept me from pursuing my calling.

Last year, God confirmed to me in different ways that it was time to start the journey to becoming a counselor. I couldn’t shake that this was where He was leading me—my weaknesses and all. With excitement and a tinge of nervousness, I made the plunge into graduate school this January. I survived my first semester of school while also working full-time.

He’s put a renewed spirit within me, and I’ve found tremendous joy in this new journey and reflecting on where it will lead. I look at the number of credits needed to complete this program (60!), which includes an internship and practicum. The number of credits and the amount of time it will take is daunting, but I also see grace. I see the reward beyond the trial.

This new journey creates a path for me to lean on my Savior even more strongly, an adventure in which I will discover even more the person He created me to be.

The end of the journey will bring fulfillment into my own life. Eventually, I hope that it will also allow flexibility to have a career and take care of a family. This new career will allow me to journey with others on the road to healing, one of my heart’s greatest desires. The tremendous need for counselors is evident to me, especially counselors rooted in Christ. New options are opening up with this career path, new ways to serve others.

This “new thing” in my life is definitely out of my comfort zone. In every way, I am stretched to greater trust in God and even faith in my God-given gifts and capabilities. Trying a new thing or changing course in life can come with great fear. Some stay put where they are simply because the thought of venturing into the unknown is too uncomfortable. Change is not comfortable. I’m learning the true meaning of “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” The path is long and overwhelming when I don’t focus on Him who called me.

In this new adventure, I’m trusting in the Lord’s goodness and His grace. I can’t wait to continue on this new journey and to discover where it will lead.

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lianna-headshot Lianna

Hello! My name is Lianna. I am 28 years old and live in Cleveland, Ohio. I am a case manager for refugee mothers. My favorite things are traveling, learning other languages, singing, and journeying with others. I blog and hope to inspire others at sunflowersojourn.wordpress.com.