Thirty One

August 20, 2013 · 0 comments

in Life

So I’m officially a thirty-something.

Woot! Woot!

If I were a character from Sex and the City, I’d probably spend the day boozing and schmoozing.

Alas, this 31-year-old has an old fogey lifestyle. Proof? Most nights, I’m in bed by 10:30pm.


If you’re younger than me, fear not – it doesn’t go downhill once you hit 30. I’m simply one who needs enough sleep to function.

(Though I believe my years as a teacher has also contributed to this, somewhat…)

Anyway, last year I came up with a whole list, celebrating 30 things I was thankful for. I also whisked my friends away to Phuket for a very relaxing birthday vacay.

There’s none of that this year because turning 31 really doesn’t seem like a milestone.

Still, I woke up this morning, thankful to be given a brand new day where I can experience God’s grace. And I’m thankful for family, friends, colleagues and ex-students who make me feel special; thankful for time off work (even though it was only half a day) so I can rest before heading out for a simple dinner with my cousins.

Yes. I need to rest before going out.

I’m a 70-year-old trapped in a 31-year-old’s body.

It’s gonna be another nine years till I hit the big Four-Oh-My-Gosh-I-Can’t-Believe-I’ll-Be-40. Imagine what that’s gonna be like.

So on this day, instead of getting myself all concerned about numbers or whether or not I’ll be married/have children, I’m just gonna enjoy the ride.

Until 10:30pm, that is. ;)

Thank you again for all your birthday wishes!

Here’s a blast from the past, so we can all laugh at my big head.

Ally at 1


Six months in

July 15, 2013 · 0 comments

in Faith, Work

Exactly one year ago, I was in a place of desolation. I posted this because I needed to remind myself that amid all the uncertainty, I could cling on to the certainty of my Heavenly Father’s grace.

Today, I rejoice. Because the Lord has taken me out of the miry pit and placed a new song in my mouth.

Would I have wanted to go through this change earlier? Not a chance. Because I know His timing is perfect.

I needed to be where I needed to be for all those years because it taught me to love, and to draw strength from Him. And now I am where I need to be because He is teaching me about His faithfulness.

I must admit though that the past six months has not been all rosy. Sure, I’m enjoying the change in pace, the job has been interesting and colleagues have been warm and supportive. Then there are days when I’m swamped by a bunch of doubts and I become unconvinced that I’m where I’m supposed to be. Yet as soon as that happens, I’m almost immediately reminded of His good and perfect will, of which I can place my complete trust in.

I never expected this to be an easy ride. But I’m happy to be where I am.


A Swede Spot

May 29, 2013 · 0 comments

in Decor, Dream Home

It’s official. I’m gonna hire a Swede to design my future home.

Just look at this space.

If I had a space like this, I’d spend all my weekends chilling out at home.

I’d invite my friends. We’d throw dinner parties. We’d have movie marathons. Play some board games (cos I’m a party animal like that).

I mean, seriously?! Would you look at this space?!









You’ll bring the wine? And dip? ;)

(images via Alvhem via Planete Deco)