This time of year, I like to think back on the year we’re about to leave behind, as well as the possibilities of the one ahead. A few years ago, I started a tradition that has stuck with me: to choose a theme word in the beginning of the year to guide and inspire me as I pursue my goals.

2019 has seen big changes in our family, with our oldest daughter moving to Sweden in January. The rest of us went back to Sweden in the summer to attend the wonderful wedding ceremony and reception as she married our dear son-in-law, and then we went to Boston to help our youngest daughter settle into her five-week Berklee music college program. My husband and I also bought a new house in our hometown, before going back to Malaysia after an intense summer! The end of the year finds us all reunited here in Kuala Lumpur for the high school graduation of our youngest and to celebrate the holidays together.

We just came home from spending a couple of days in Pangkor Laut, a tropical island just off the Malaysian west coast, which is one of our favourite places to unwind from the stressful city life.

My theme word for 2019 was “work”, which served me well as I worked hard to finish my book manuscript in between all of these happy occasions and travels. With this latest manuscript, I have reached my goal of writing one book every year for these past four years. Which brings me to my theme word for the next year, which I have decided will simply be a repetition of last year’s: work.

I feel that after a few weeks of recharge during the holidays, I am ready to dive back into writing and editing with all the passion I have for this wonderful craft that I love. Yay! I can’t wait to tell you more about my latest project, but this is all I can share for now…

One thing that I can share, is that we are preparing to move back to Sweden in the spring, which will be a huge change for us after eight years in Asia. I am a bit anxious about the move, even though I consider myself a veteran of moving overseas at this point… I am very happy that we already have our new house in place, so that one big thing is already taken care of.

We are all looking forward to seeing our friends and family back home on a regular basis, as well as enjoying Swedish food and nature, both of which we have also missed dearly.

Wishing you joy and health in abundance in the coming year, with strength and energy to fulfill your dreams,