my take on 2017

December 31, 2017

It’s the long weekend now, the last one for 2017. The fireworks will start in about 2 hours and I will either be asleep, or… at my parents’ house. #wild #alwayswasalwayswillbehaha The clock will strike midnight and that’s it – goodbye 2017, hello 2018.

2017 passed us in a flash. Summing up my own; I renovated my house, my Daniel went to big school, I had the second season of my reality show, I won a lot more business and social media awards, I was named Forbes 30 Under 30, I was on the cover of Prestige and Tatler magazine, I went to Stanford, I opened more stores, I started a cosmetics line, I collaborated with the Crown Princess of Brunei, I represented the youth in front of the Prime Minister, I was more active with public speaking, I got a verified blue tick on Instagram, I reached a million followers on Instagram, I celebrated my 11 years anniversary with Fadza, I started my YouTube channel, oh, and I turned 30 earlier this month.

This came out yesterday, to my surprise – I was picked as a “Malaysian champion” amongst Olympic medalists by The Star newspaper! Thank you so much for the honour. Note to self: must learn a sport.

But you all know all the above anyway! Because that’s what is shared on my social media – all the good memories.

What you probably don’t know, 2017 also saw me get a lot of rejections, met a lot of a few bad people, had a few heartbreaks (Daniel held a girl’s hand #idied), made a lot of difficult decisions, said a lot of goodbyes, had the worst tech crash that affected sales for the week, closed down a couple business units that didn’t make financial sense, and quite honestly – grow up a lot more. The old Proudduck would’ve told you so much when the things actually happen, but because what I say gets quoted, it’s hard for me to be brutally honest, you know? Oh, if only you knew what I experience with some leaders/celebrities/fashion designers/people in general.

But you know what the good thing is if I don’t write about it? That I forget about it. Like I’m sure I had a lot of bad memories of 2016, 2015 so on so forth, but now I just can’t remember it! When you only remember the good and cherish the good, life just becomes so much calmer and so much more beautiful.

I truly feel 2017 was a year of Grown Up Vivy, which is perfect because the closing dUCk collection for 2017 is The Butterfly dUCk collection which is all about growing up. I’ve learned to say no and not be scared of anyone, I’ve learned to be tough and move on faster, I’ve learned to not be emotional and use logic a lot more, I’ve learned to be more confident when speaking in front of 500 people, I’ve learned to let go of a lot of my fears. #excepteatingvegetables #thatonemaybe2020ok

To sum up, 2017 was a bittersweet year that taught me a whole truckload of valuable lessons and I weirdly loved it. It was a tough year for a lot of people actually, my friends went through breakups and divorces, a lot of companies closed down, there were a lot of unfortunate and horrible incidents happening all over the world, everyday there is bad news in the media. I don’t know if you feel the same way, but if you did, you’re not alone. It was just a very gloomy year that even when things were going well for me, it’s just almost wrong to celebrate.

I can’t predict 2018 will be better, but I know for sure 2018 will see a better me. With all the courage and lessons that 2017 equipped me with, I’m ready for the challenges and happiness and excitement that 2018 has in store for me. It’s all about how you handle situations – never run away, take em by the balls. 2017 was like a tough dad teaching me life lessons to carry me far. #daddyisthatyou? Hehe.

I hope you are pumped up for 2018 too. And remember that no matter what happens, everything passes and as long as you remain positive and only fear in God, ain’t nothing can break you down girlfriend (and boyfriend!).

2 hours to go!