Year of the Tiger

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Welcome to the Year of the Tiger, friends!

The beauty of missing the New Year is that you can hop back in on the Lunar New Year. Praise the East for having our backs and gifting us second chances.

I spent my conventional New Year crying down the phone to an Aer Lingus representative who had stranded me in London. I was also battling swollen lymphoid glands because it turns out that if you get the MMR jab after you’ve already had it as a baby, the body reacts with an almighty swelling of the lymphoid glands.

Did I go a little vaccine-mad in 2021?

However, I did get to spend a wonderful December with my family even when Omicron terrorized the world, and I’m confident I won’t catch mumps, measles, or rubella in my lifetime.


The Year of the Tiger is for risk-taking. I’m pro risk-taking. Not the adrenalin-pumping risk like cliff diving or flouting the speed limit. No, I’m a rigid rule-follower with an aversion to unruly waves.

One risk I infuse into life takes the shape of moving across oceans. It doesn’t always work out, and it doesn’t always last forever, but that risk trickles a healthy stream of adrenalin into your everyday. It also yields some unbelievable domino effects.

Helloooow there, Brazilian husband. 👋

In 2018, we moved to Italy. Not everything was peachy. Nevertheless, I hold only a moderate grudge against the dentist who birthed this blog. A botched root canal convinced me to take a big social risk: putting my voice out there.

I mean unemployment, root canal, isolation = blog fodder.

My blog is responsible for my current jobs, which swung into my design training and has led to an entirely new exploit. Pattern designing. And in the true year of the tigress fashion, I’m soft launching it in the Lunar New Year with a new Instagram and a shop.

To sign off, I’ll leave you with a quote I truthfully pulled from a fortune cookie in 2020. I’ve had it plastered on my planner for 1 year and 1 month.

“It is better to try something great and fail than do nothing and succeed”.

Sickeningly cheesy but oddly wise. And now you know you’re reading the work of a person who starts their day re-reading a fortune cookie proverb. That’s even more reason to press that support button.

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