I ran a glamorous and successful modeling agency in Singapore early in my career. It was a hard-driving life,intensely exciting and very stressful, and I was often on two phones at the same time. It was certainly no 9-5 job!Then my doctor discovered lumps in both my breasts at my annual full-body medical checkup. He recommended they be removed as soon as possible. My whole world collapsed.
The good news was that the lumps were not malignant —thank God annual checkups were a habit with me.
But the incident made me realise that if I wanted to see my two children, 12 and 16 then, grow up I should look after myself more carefully, and that being beautiful is more than external appearances — it is a mindset, a discipline, and we should want to live not just long but,more importantly, live well. So I made changes to my diet,
exercise, and my work. I still work actively and love my daily 45-minute brisk walk after a long day — it is amazing how revitalising it can be.
All this fell into place as I prioritised the most important things in my life. My faith is top on the list. Next is me — I know I am much loved, and when I am feeling on top of the world I am able to stay calm, smile more, return love, share,and just realise how blessed I am. Next comes my husband and family, and my close friends, who bring such joy to my life. Finally there is work, which I still love, but refuse to let it control me the way it did before.
As a bit of a perfectionist, I am still learning to let go of small things after all these years. Remembering how very short life can be certainly helps, and so does seeing my grandchild grow up and hoping for more grandchildren!