Recently the internet has been flooding with the 10-year challenge that has been going viral. Watching all the photos pop up on my wall (whether they are fun, serious or just a random post) has been inspiring. Looking back at my life over the last 10 years, I realised that I had not only managed to get out of the negativity in my life but I had also successfully managed to turn my entire life around. So here’s my take on the 10-year challenge.
In a summary…
2009 – This was one of the worst years of my life. I went through a very toxic, emotionally-abusive relationship. I ended up dramatically breaking up and that resulted in me losing contact with many people in my life.
2010 – I was just trying to rebuild my life post-breakup but had to face many challenges at work. Even though life was a rollercoaster I ended up loving my job. I kept a very low profile this year, as I basically just wanted to be invisible.
2011 – The challenges at work increased, and no matter how much I loved working at this organisation it was time to move on. I found a new job and it perfectly fit my background. I finally felt like I had found my place.
2012 – This was the year of financial difficulty. I was buried in debt. I had loans and credit cards, and I had to take more loans to pay off the existing loans.
2013 – This was a controversial year for me. I started dating again (after a long break) and due to many pressures, I ended up getting engaged in just a few months. If you all have already read “The Maze” you know what I went through. I ended my engagement by the end of the year just 1 month before the scheduled wedding date. However, post-breakup I took on photography. This was the best thing I did that year. Unlike other people who go through breakups, I rebounded on photography!
2014 – I was buried in a pile of more debt. Especially after investing in a wedding that never happened, my financial status was driving me crazy. I still went ahead, got another loan and bought my first car (it didn’t take me long before driving with loud music became my therapy). This was also the year I applied for the Australian Migration. It seemed like a far fetched dream at the time as I had no idea how I was to pay for it, or even if I was qualified enough.
2015 – I started a new job, not because I disliked the last one but simply because I needed a fresh start. This was the year I started practising the Law of Attraction. I strongly believed that reverse psychology worked very strongly in how I saw the world. On the 31 December 2015 (the last day of the year), I received my permanent residency in Australia! I had to borrow money from a few people for the visa process. My faith in humanity, life, God was restored and my method of exercising the Law of Attraction was validated.
2016 – I was so excited to migrate to Australia. I left all the negativity behind and left my home country with an open mind. But life didn’t exactly happen as I had wanted. “The Maze continued“. I was jobless for 6 months and I had to move states, but Praise the Lord I found a job before the end of the year.
2017 – I was performing well at work. This was a significant year, as within 1 year since starting the job I managed to pay off all my debts! This was the year I climbed out of the deep dark pit I had been stuck in for years! This is the year I became completely 100% debt free! It was also the year I started travelling. My surprise visit to Sri Lanka marked the perfect closure to this year.
2018 – I had my ups and downs this year but looking back now, for the first time in my life I see more positivity than negativity within this year. I started the year and ended the year with travel (began a travel blog) and I felt like I finally have the inner peace I was struggling to find years ago. I believe in 2018 I was the best version of myself I had ever been.
2019 – I have nothing but positivity in my heart. Looking back at the last 10 years I know I wouldn’t have done anything differently (yes, even the bad memories). I am who I am today because of what I went through and I don’t regret anything that once made me smile. I can happily look ahead today with so much positivity and good energy around me. Today, I can finally say, life is good!