For the first time, I’m sending out a Lunar New Year e-greeting on behalf of my company. This reminded of the Diwali greeting cards my father used to send to corporate clients every year. It was always the same pattern – a stark white, glossy background with an image of Goddess Laxmi in the center, flanked on each side by a globe which were parts of the company logo. As a young girl, to me these cards always looked very official, stately even. And now, here I am with my own festive greeting card, white background and all.

It’s a simple idea, especially now with e-cards and templates, yet I never thought about sending one before. I decided to do it this year, because not only is Tiger my year (for those of you doing math in your head, I’ll be 24 soon?), but it’s also the 3-year anniversary of my company, Unlocked Ltd.

In Feb 2019, armed with only a Level 2 coaching certificate and just as many contacts in a new industry, I registered Unlocked with the Companies Registry. What followed was a highly unsettling year of doubts, uncertainties and missteps. And that was before the pandemic started.

So, it gives me great pleasure to write that in the three years since then, I have racked up a few hundred hours’ coaching experience and another couple hundred in delivering corporate workshops. While my current clients include senior executives from multi-national organizations in diverse industries such as luxury, manufacturing, hospitality & legal, it wasn’t always like that. There was a time when I was coaching ex-colleagues in exchange for a cup of coffee at Starbucks – a group of people I’ll always be grateful to for trusting a hopeful novice. In light of these developments, the act of sending an e-greeting this year, while small, somehow also feels exhilarating, as if reaching a milestone.

The truth is, I still make mistakes, but I cannot remember the last time I felt this invigorated. So, in the coming Lunar New Year, this tiger looks forward to roaming old lands and new, and hopefully earning a few more stripes along the way.

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

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