Everything happens for a reason. Last year we spent our first Christmas without the rest of my family and we had a fabulous time just the 4 of us in Penang. There was no Christmas Tree and no presents since the girls had decided that they’d give any presents that they’d received to the Children of Myanmar instead. For me, it was bliss. No pre-Christmas stress! The only setback we experienced unfortunately was my cancer scare over the New Year when I was hospitalised for a few days for internal blockages which thankfully God sorted out in giving me a chance in changing my lifestyle habits. Well, change I did and I am still changing. Changing the lifestyles of my immediate family too as we do not want to end up having the deathly C.
I informed my Mom last year that for Christmas 2013, please do not go to Chiangmai as we really could not afford the trip after her matriarchal order that we were not to spend another Christmas away from each other. She agreed but alas, due to Tok2 getting his dates mixed up (he’s such an old buffalo!!) and having a busy schedule juggling his work and commitments, they had no choice but to put their annual Chiangmai trip to spread over Christmas. This meant that if we were to be together as a family over Christmas, we’d have to fork out at least a few thousand Ringgit. I really did not want to go to Chiangmai because we did not have the budget for it. We checked flights and Air Asia had already gone up to RM7,000+ just on flights for the 4 of us!!! That’s more than what we paid for our trip to Australia!!! Oz was only about RM5,000 for flights. After heavy deliberation and a lot of ding-donging checking all airlines, we decided to bite the bullet to spend Christmas with Mom and family, money we could always make back……..
Thank you to those who pushed me towards that direction! *wink*
We finally flew with Thai Airways which cost only RM4,000+ for the 4 of us but this meant we had to transit in Bangkok. The route to Chiangmai was OK. We left the house at 9am and finally arrived in Chiangmai at 5pm but the flight back to KL was horrendous. We left the hotel in Chiangmai at 10am and got home at 11pm.
No regrets!!! Mom was caught smiling so many times over the last few days when we were in Chiangmai. In our last trip to Perth not long ago, we made special effort to give her happy memories and she did smile a few times but over a lengthy period of 2 weeks whereas here, practically everyday we squeezed smiles and laughter out of her. And we were in Chiangmai for only 5 days.
So. Worth. It.
I fully dedicate 2014 to my mother and my family. Then my work which I just have to do because I want to see the company fly. Everyone and everything else will just have to wait, take a backseat. My true friends will understand my calling to put myself first. It is Him who has asked me to do this and I shall obey, Him who has asked me to put myself first. He always has a reason for everything and I am but a humble servant.
When you open your heart to truly give without expectation, you truly get back leaps and bounds. Here’s to all my readers wishing you a fabulous 2014 with something to ponder.
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Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.
Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.
She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.
A beautiful life without limits.
Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.
For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840