A Clean Slate, Again
I’m sure i’m not the only one that looks at the new year as a chance to wipe the slate clean and start afresh. But the thing about resolutions is… it means nothing if it’s just going to fall by the wayside by the second month. Some of these spiels might sound familiar: I’m going to… get fit, lose weight, get more organised, save more money, spend more quality time with family, travel more, read more. All being said and done, resolutions would have more staying power if we set goals the SMART way—which is to give yourself realistic and attainable goals within a time frame, with specific tasks to ensure the outcome. In this issue, we speak to four individuals who have each inculcated positive, enduring habits that began with a simple need. In Creatures of Habit (page 138), we have Claire Sancelot who lives with zero waste, Gurmit Singh walks the talk of reducing carbon footprint, Jenn Low goes on a digital detox with regularity, and Didie Nasir practices self-love and body positivity. Read on to get inspired (I know I was—and I might take a leaf out of Jenn’s and Didie’s books) and you might gain some tips on how you can be a better version of yourself this year. Speaking of, we begin 2019 with a pair of personalities who will certainly pique your curiosity. Our cover stars Datuk Seth Yap and Datin Lea Chan are the epitome of the perfect partnership—in life and in business. But what makes them simpatico? Find out by turning to page 130 to take a peek at the life they have built together, and what they think of second chances. This year indicates a continuation of the challenges brought on from the previous one, but such is life, it’s a never-ending loop that reminds one of the theory of the universe’s cyclic tendencies to repeat its own history, but that would be a story to be continued for another day.