Last Friday, I went to the Socialpreneur Chat at Innovation Works after a long time. Socialpreneur Chat is a weekly casual conversation among local Social Entrepreneurs in London Ontario through which we discuss our challenges and help each other out. I love coming to this chat but this time I experienced an overwhelming feeling of anxiety.
I started working on my business idea in August 2017 and I was working very hard and making a lot of progress. My husband and I went away for two weeks to India to have our wedding ceremony in February. As transformational as this experience was, it was equally disruptive. I was really slow at picking up the pace and making progress on my venture after the trip.
Yes, that’s right. 8 years ago when I got a writing assignment from our English teacher with the topic of “A Letter to…”, I decided to write a letter to my future husband. I don’t know why I choose to do that because most of my classmates wrote a letter to the mayor, a celebrity, or someone like that. But I remember that the moment I decided on my subject, I was very excited and emotional at the same time.
Now as I am reading this letter again 2.5 years into my marriage, I can’t believe how accurately I portrayed the man of my dream 8 years ago! Of course, no one is perfect. Both my husband and I are still a work-in-progress toward our ideal selves, but to me, this is the amazing part – I’ve found a husband with a growth mindset who always helps me to improve.
Please kindly discard the grammatical mistakes and sentence structure issues in writing from the much younger me. I just want to share this piece to let you know that I’ve found the perfect partner and now I am finally complete and truly happy.
One thing that I’m proud of myself is my ability to change. A good example is how I transformed from a night owl to a morning bird. Credit goes to my husband who initially introduced this idea to me and eventually convinced me to “convert”.
Now I get up at 4 AM and go to sleep by 8 PM. This kind of lifestyle is not so common, especially among my age group. Even for me at the beginning, it simply seemed crazy and impossible.
This is to my beloved Indo-Chinese family and friends who accepted me into their life and their culture.
Papa-Mama asked me if I wanted to say something on my wedding day. I knew I wanted to but I also knew that it had to be done right. Luckily, the inspiration came to me right away. One night in bed, I picked up the pen in the hotel room and quickly wrote down the whole speech. It only took me less than one hour from start to finish and I never looked at it again until right before my speech. What I am trying to say is that this turned out to be an easy task and later on a smooth presentation because everything was just heartfelt. The draft that I was holding while speaking was merely a tool to remind me of what was really coming right from my heart.
I have typed it all down here so that more people can share my deepest joy and pride. I hope you enjoy it 🙂