2016 Highlights: Everything I Have Achieved

As this will be the last post for the year I thought I would hop on the bandwagon of reflecting on the year I’ve had. 2016 has proven to be such a turning point for my life – an abundance of exciting experiences have been thrown at me, people have come and gone (mostly for the better) and I’ve had some positive self introspective moments that have helped me understand myself better this last year. I’ve made huge life changing decisions and travelled to so many new places and made so many new friends that I wonder how I survived so many years without these people in my life. Whilst not everything in my life is sunshine and puppies, disappointments and heartbreaks were rife, setbacks have happened but the encouraging part of that is valuable lessons have been learnt.

    Chichen Itza


So what is it that I’ve done this year you say? What’s happened this year? Let me give you the list of my top 10.

1. Crossed off Mexico on my list of places that I’ve always wanted to visit and spent my birthday swimming in the most amazing natural cenotes in the Yucatan province and exploring the grounds of Chichen Itza.

2. I’ve met the most amazing and supportive partner that I could ever wish for who has moved states to be with me – both him and his two precious whippets. I’ve also spent an amazing Christmas and holiday season with him in Bali chasing waterfalls and fiery sunsets.

3. Quit my job and left my life in the corporate finance industry and chosen a path of being my own boss.

4. Worked with some amazing brands that I would have only dreamt about otherwise – Grazia, Estee Lauder, Cointreau and Sunglass Hut to name a few.

5. Been to the snow for the first time this winter and attended my first Melbourne Cup.

6. Finalized my divorce that ironically happened in the same week as I attended a wedding and watched a new couple enter a new stage of their blossoming relationship. What was more surprising is that I couldn’t be happier where I am at the moment in my personal life despite being able to class myself as a divorcee.

7. Attended my first fashion week and what an experience it was trying to juggle that with full time work and fumbling my way through an impromptu SBS interview.
Read about it here.

8. Been a key speaker at three events and conquering my innate fear of public speaking. Yes it’s true, I’m a glossophobic – I am deathly afraid of speaking in front of a group of strangers. And as Jerry Seinfield puts it – according to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.

Helen Chik Grazia Grand Central Rachel Sharp

9. Been featured in one of my favorite magazines as a teenage girl – Girlfriend!

10. Receiving the continued support of such an incredible community of friends!

I can’t stress enough how grateful I am of the continued support that everyone around me continues to provide me. This year has been one to remember and I am so incredibly excited for what lies ahead in 2017!! 


Helen Chik Sri Pan Wa Phuket