As mentioned in the beginning of this year, my word of the year is JOY.
I am constantly reminding myself to choose nothing but joy.
And, above all that, little statements popping in my mind like daisies reminding me what true joy is all about.
Mercy over judgement. Faith over fear. Love over selfishness. Joy over anger.
If I were to sum up the month of January, it would definitely be the joy of relationships.
To reunite with my family in Malaysia after two long years had definitely brought felicity. I missed my parents. I missed my little brother – not so little after all.
It was such a sweet delight to hug and kiss my maternal grandmother. She raised me for many years when my mother was a working mom.
It never felt better to be in this familiar side of the world. I was born here. I was raised here. I graduated here. I worked here. I knew this place through and through.
Oh how good it is to be back in Malaysia.
Family. Joy. Relationship. Connection. Love.
All these little words popped up when I celebrated Chinese New Year with my dearest family.
My children were extremely excited to be with their grandparents – and my mom got to meet my sweet Asher boy – FINALLY!
Besides my family, I got to reunite with my besties and friends I have dearly missed when I am halfway across the world.
Y’all. This is pure joy.
The joy of reunion. The joy of family. The joy of friendship.
Whatever conflicts or disagreements may come, nothing is more precious than the joy of a solid relationship. Cherish that, folks. I am constantly reminding myself on that.
Choose joy, choose love – ALWAYS!
For now, I will cherish my remaining days in Malaysia.
Editor’s note: This post was originally written on February 1st but all the pictures were processed many weeks later. I apologize for the date discrepancy.