Many people were born with a belief that we can't change what will happen to us and destiny is a fixed road for everybody. I used to have the same thinking when I was in Vietnam. I should get married after graduating from school, have kids, and be a housewife like many other girls. A part of me said that this was the right things to do, but the other part kept telling me to go out of my comfort zone. I was so young; I should explore the world as much as I could.
At the age of twenty, I decided to give up a decent monthly paycheck from two jobs: a secretary by day and a dance instructor by night to pursue further studies in Malaysia. Having only one thousand dollars in my pocket, I started my new life in a new country, with no friends, no relatives. Nothing. It was extremely hard at first, but things got better along the way after I made new friends, had a new job, and became familiar with a new lifestyle. But as soon as I had a chance to settle down, that little voice in my head started questioning me once again about what I wanted to do with my life, who I wanted to become, and where I wanted to live. I couldn't find the answer. I just had to keep looking.
From a secretary and dance instructor in Vietnam to a marketing executive and vice principal of a dance studio in Malaysia, I took another leap of faith to start a brand new chapter in a new country: Singapore.
A fashion blog CrystalPhuong.net was born and when it was nominated in Singapore Best Fashion Blog Finalist, I realized that I had to be more responsible for what I wrote every day. I spent so much time and energy on this blog that I slowly gave up my dancing passion. I used to say "Dancing is my life", but now, guess what? Blogging is my life. I can spend days and nights thinking of creative content, attractive visual, and meaningful stories to share with all of you. It makes my day when people tell me that my stories inspire them to be stronger and more confident in themselves.
Is it a final change? I don't know. But I knew that if I didn't make these changes, I wouldn't be as happy as I am right now. I could blame the destiny and feel regret for not making any move, or I could take a risk and be proud of what I've done.
I always believe that we can't change who we are, but we can always change who we want to be. Destiny is not the matter of chance; it's a matter of choice.
I don't know what changes will I make next, but as far as I'm concerned, I'm shaping my life, my destiny. One step at a time. What about you?
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