Monday, January 7, 2008

Renew, Rekindle & Relive...

Last weekend was refreshing... I led my first worship with the children, and I heard the Holy Spirit's gentle voice of assurance..
As a business woman and a wedding planner, you always have a plan.. and this year, 2008 began for me with many unexpected news, and for the first time, I did not have a plan.. that's when my inner voice asked me, Hannah, what do you want for 2008, I said : I am not sure, my mind is blank, just like a blank of paper...

And then I heard God just spoke in my heart "Hann, that's how I want you to live for 2008, gave me your 2008, like a blank piece of paper, and let me unfold the stories I have created for you..." I teared and I was also relieved.. No planning, simply resting and enjoying...

I know it's a year of renewing my social life, other than merely working for others' weddings.. rekindle my other passion, training my vocal and travelling once again around the world.. and finally relive the meaning of a good balance of rest and work.. All work and play makes Hannah a sane planner.. I still want to create the most beautiful weddings I can ever imagine, ones that I love regardless of age..and just like this White Tree wedding I have created 2 yrs ago, till today, I still love...







A new hope for a new year...

Last weekend was a refreshing moment for me.. I have not penned down any New Year Resolutions.. as there were too many unexpected news for me at the start of the new year.

During my usual worship rehearsal, I heard an inner voice asking me, "What do you want for 2008?" My answer was "my mind is blank, an empty piece of paper..." The voice continued, "Hannah, likewise, I want you to give your 2008 to me, just like an empty piece of paper, and let me pen down your story for this year.." I was reminded abt Jeremiah 33:3, Call unto me, and I will show you great and unsearchable things you have not seen...



I did my first Barnabas club children worship after so long a break.. and I was touched to see the kids worshipping again.. at the same time, I decided I am just going to train my voice.

This year, I am not going to strive to get as many weddings, but rather I want simply to enjoy this yr of Sabbath, rekindle all my other passions that is close to my heart : Renewing some very close friendships, Rekindle some personal hobbies, and relive the pleasure of rest and work at the pace I have always wanted... so that I can be better at what I do, and create more beautiful parties and weddings I ever can imagine...just like this white tree wedding I have created two years back.. and till today, I still love it...

Friday, January 4, 2008

Thank you Nicole & Jiawei

Just came back after a dinner with my couple, Nicole & Jiawei... this was the couple that allowed me to create the theme Childhood Fantasy, for their wedding with touches of Hello Kitty, since Nicole is a fan of Hello Kitty...Love this wedding, so simple and yet so personal...

They gave me a Champagne glass with my name engraved on it, so apt.. I love drinking champagne. Today I was simply myself, sharing my encounters, joy and woes I have as a planner.. and they laughing over some of the silly things our jobs can encounter..
We had a good time sharing, and somehow I realised I missed travelling.. I realised I have not travelled as much as I used to.. and those fond memories came back when I shared abt the places I have been too.. it's time for me to travel again...

Tomorrow, I am meeting some ex-couples of mine.. can't wait to catch up with some of them.. for some, they have become friends.. and I can be simply myself with no pretense.. and that's the part I love most..

Thursday, January 3, 2008

2008... it's a new year

I have been silent since the trip back from States, and indeed Dec was a busy month for us.. but I must also say I have a great Dec month.. in fact, the past weddings since Sep-Dec were some of my best weddings of the year...

At the dawn of each new year, I will always ask myself what do I seek for in 2008.. but this yr I was pretty silent... unexpected news, and unexpected emotions..and it left me wondering what a start for the year...

Pastor declared this year as the year of Sabbath.. a year of rest and a year of drawing intimacy and consolidation and I was expecting the year to arrive with great excitement..
But now looking back, the year has begun with me wondering what to do and say...
There were much dreams and plans.. but at the same time, I was put into situations where I simply decided to just be resilient and be slow to react. Maybe this year is a year I simply have to trust that despite whatever appears in my eyes are different from what I have envisioned.. in that quietness and trust, I will see things begin to craft into the plans that meant well for me..

I was reminded of Jeremiah 17 : 7-8
I will be like a tree planted by the streams, I am bearing fruit and my leaves are green.. whatever I do, I am prospering.. I simply put my trust in the Maker.