My 2016 Annual Report

Hi there!

As you can tell from the title of my post, my transition out of the corporate world is going really well 😉

2016 is my second year as a full-fledged writer and storyteller. Most of my work this year has been outside of the public realm, so I thought it would be good to share a little bit about all the weird and wonderful projects I’ve worked on over the past 11 months.

Before I bore you with my ramblings, a big ‘Thank You’ to all of you who read my blog. I’ve had very little time to update it regularly but it has managed to garner over 20,000 hits with visitors from nearly 140 countries. Your support is very much appreciated!

Here’s a quick look at what I’ve worked on in 2016…..

  • Spent months writing my first ever grant proposal, to a certain very prestigious society but did not get any love back from them. My thanks (& apologies!) to all who spent their time and expertise guiding me through this process. I’m not going to let this minor setback stop me from taking the idea to others who might be interested. It’s at the top of my 2017 To-Do list.
  • Wrote a key feature story for a leading airline magazine (all very hush hush right now)
  • 4 articles for PASSAGE, the bi-monthly magazine of the Friends of the Museums Singapore, making it a total of 10 pieces printed in this magazine, since end-2014. One more piece in the pipeline for the Jan-Feb 2017 issue. Couldn’t have asked for a more supportive mentor and Editor!
  • Did my first set of submissions to international writing competitions and braced for an onslaught of rejections 😢:
    1. A short story competition (Have never written fiction before, so NOT A CHANCE!)
    2. An anthology call (not selected)
    3. An art essay competition (not shortlisted)
  • Then there have been some other wonderful experiences:
    1. Being accepted as a Fellow by the International League of Conservation Writers – my commitment to do more nature and conservation related writing
    2. Spending a month with the fabulous Seychelles Island Foundation and its wonderful team in Mahe and Vallee de Mai
    3. Finally getting around to photographing birds – in Singapore, Sulawesi and Seychelles
    4. Momentarily overcoming my irrational fear of being underwater and attempting my first scuba lessons (still a long way to go here!)
  • And last but definitely not the least, my roles with the Friends of the Museums Singapore, as Co-Head of Docent Training (2015-16) at the National Museum of Singapore, followed by the Communications Representative responsibility in the 2016 FOM Council. So fortunate to have this community of erudite women around me!

There you have it – my 2016 in a nutshell! And while my life and social media profiles MAY look like a lot of fun and travel, there has also been a ton of work (and agonizing!) in the background. Couldn’t have done all of this without the support of my biggest fan and critic, my husband.

Also couldn’t have done it without a whole host of people around the world who I follow on social media, and who inspire me with their purpose and passion. I’m confident our paths will cross soon.

There will be no dearth of adventures, new experiences, and lessons in 2017. The important thing is to remember to put yourself out there, and the ideas and opportunities will find you.

Thanks for joining me and No Roads Barred on this journey.

Anne

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10 responses to “My 2016 Annual Report

  1. I love it Anne! You have come such a long way. It’s inspiring!

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  2. Ditoza

    You have come a long way darling. God bless and keep writing

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  3. Sarah

    Way to go Anne! All the best for 2017.

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  4. C.Rodrigues

    Hi Anne just to wish you a wonderful and successful 2017 and beyond. Non-acceptance or rejections are a part of your journey for a better future and your resolve to succeed. All the best. May God bless you.

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  5. shivangiparikh

    Anne, I’ve enjoyed reading your stories and following your journey! But most of all I loved your honesty in this annual report…you are a talented and hardworking person and I’m sure 2017 will be even bigger and brighter for you xoxo, Shiv!!

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