I had a plan.
Despite my unpredictable and chaotic life, I always have a plan.
Sometimes things go exactly as I planned.
And other times, Plan A, B, C, and D don't work,
so I've learned to go with the flow
and see where life takes me.
See, coming to New Zealand,
an unexpected trip I admit,
the plan was to: spend 3 months (or 88 days) writing my book,
get the formal paperwork and details
to finally settle down and build
roots in where I hope to live, Singapore,
learn a new skill,
go to services at the local synagogue,
and explore a little bit of New Zealand.
Simple plan right?
Well, as much as I like to write,
from my experience of being an entrepreneur
over the last 5 years, some of the best things
that happened to me and my business
were never part of my initial plans.
If you've been reading my blog you know that
I never really planned to go to Bangkok to start
my business, in fact I wanted to do business in China,
but that didn't work out, I was living in a hostel in Bangkok,
really fell in love with the city, and ended up there for 2.5 years.
I had no plans to "fall in love" with New Zealand,
yes it's a beautiful country, great people, but the longer I stayed
it was hard for my imagination to see myself living in New Zealand :/
So, did everything go according to plan?
First, I didn't finish my book, which I
accept will be a working progress over this year.
And there is no excuse,
I had all the time in the world (probably too much time),
I kept on starting all over, when I should have kept writing
and rewrite when everything was written down.
But I'm confident that I will get it done.
In my experience, my best writing
doesn't come from deadlines, or writing schedules.
So, it will get done (perhaps when I turn 30 next year).
Why I'm writing this book?
I believe my journey as an entrepreneur
is an example that one can really build
their dreams, despite the odds and circumstances.
Plus, I have some unbelievable stories that I want
to share and hope to inspire other would be entrepreneurs.
Somethings I completed
I did manage to get some things done,
like learning a new skill,
specifically supply chain management and logistics,
something that will be very helpful for me in the long-term
to grow my business.
I went on a road trip to Auckland (not exactly according to my plan,
but someone invited me from the local synagogue to drive with her
so it was an opportunity that I took!)
I made friends,
I was able to do a bit of business,
I attended some startup events,
I sharpened my cooking skills,
and many other little things in between :)
Twist in my adventure
Remember how I said everything doesn't always go
according to plan?
Well interestingly, I met someone.
Yes, even when
it comes to my dating life, I like to plan.
But in this case (something I will add to my book), meeting
this person was something I wouldn't be able to plan.
It's actually funny how it happened,
because it's like a Hollywood romantic comedy:
girl travels, she meets handsome boy at party,
she's leaving, they go on a few dates,
and they fall in love (this case has potential)
and they live happily ever after.
My story of this special someone:
It's passover, and I went to both an Orthodox and Reform seder dinner,
my plan was to celebrate with both communities
that I've become part of during my time,
and say goodbye to everyone
as I plan to return to Asia.
The Orthodox seder was great, a bit long (in a good way)
a lot of food, and singing.
Then, the next night, Saturday April 20th, I rush to the
Reform seder, I walk into a room full of people,
and quickly find
a seat as the dinner was getting started,
and for most of the dinner,
I sit by myself and awkwardly
talk to some people nearby my table.
After the meal,as we sing to conclude the seder,
and people with young children begin to leave,
one of the organizers
bring a terribly handsome guest
to sit next to me, and we look at each other,
awkwardly smiling and singing.
Turns out, he's walking back home in the
same direction as I am (Cuba Street)
and we decide to walk back together, as we walk
down this street, a street performer is play
the theme song to the Godfather, we look at
each other and laugh and say what an incredibly movie
the Godfather is, and on the
on the way home we stop at a bar that he works at
to and have a drink of wine and talk about life and
our adventures in different parts of the world (nice to meet
someone that is as adventurous as me!).
We meet each other again and over the next 3 days
right up to when I leave. I even have
second thoughts about leaving New Zealand (not part of the plan)
but I do leave and we continue to keep in touch.
Given that my life is not a romantic Hollywood film,
in my experience, the timing and how I meet
a special someone tells me this individual
has a lot of potential :)
In the meantime
I'm heading back to Singapore,
to set out what I planned to do, settle down and
rebuild my business.
But you know what?
I have a feeling, that my plan won't go
exactly as I planned.
So stay tuned!
As always, thank you for reading :)
So, it's April.
I've been in New Zealand for over 8 weeks,
and I have few more weeks left to writing my book.
I came to New Zealand so I could be far away, and focus on my book.
During my time here, I've had the opportunity to go on a road trip
from Wellington to Auckland, went sailing for my birthday, went roller blading
along the harbor for Valentines Day, and have made new
friends since my time in Wellington.
The only major thing I didn't do since my time in New Zealand
was travel to the South Island.
My goal is to write my book, and keep my travels
to the minimum.
Now that I have this month to get everything done
I'm doubling down on my writing.
I'll be moving again, and given that I'm far away from everything
and everyone, I wanted to share my journey writing my book.
My New YouTube Series
So I created a YouTube series: Writing My Book From My Couch.
I produce 2-3 minute videos about writing my book, stories from my book,
so I can connect with people out there who too may be writing a book.
I'm sure people may be curious what do I do all day?
Or how do I organize my day as a writer?
How do I maintain discipline and balance?
For sure, I don't stay indoors all day, and write for 16 hours!
So, I created this series to share my journey!
Just as I created this blog to share my journey as an entrepreneur
I know people don't like to read...and prefer videos
so I'm adjusting and creating content for you all to
keep up with what I'm doing!
So check out my YouTube Channel: Blair Cadet