Hi! I’m Felicia. Welcome to No More Know More.
I’m not sure how you got here – that’s a modern miracle in my books considering all that compete for our attention – but that’s less important to me than making sure you feel at home while you visit. I want you to feel comfortable around here. I want you to enjoy your time, and I hope you leave encouraged, rested and refreshed.
Do not lose yourself here.
These are essays, not expectations.
There are stories, not standards.
So when you leave, click “X” on this window and let it be.
I am just your simple, everyday woman offering a small sliver of herself to humanity through this space. Think of me as someone who is ever-failing, ever-learning and simply sharing it along the way.
“For just one second, look at your life and see how perfect it is. Stop looking for the next secret door that is going to lead you to your real life. Stop waiting. This is it: there’s nothing else. It’s here, and you’d better decide to enjoy it or you’re going to be miserable wherever you go, for the rest of your life, forever.”- Lev Grossman
Last year, my life looked very different. I was your quintessential Type A corporate workaholic, and I’m not going to lie, I love it! I was – and still am – a marketer by trade and enjoyed being in a nanotechnology start-up and a manufacturing multi-national for 5 years in Singapore before moving to Tucson, Arizona with my husband as newly-weds in January 2018.
This year, I am living in a new country as a military spouse and stay-home millennial. The move from the tropics of Singapore to the deserts of Arizona feels a little like stepping into a world that was created for me, and stepping away, briefly, from the world I have created for myself. The absence of a full-time job and income can on somedays be unnerving for me, but I’m also grateful in many ways to be in this season of life and could not have imagined a more lovely way to get acquainted with married life.
Here are 10 things about me you won’t find on Google:
- Some days I eat salads + dress professionally + work like a maniac. Other times, I have several roti prata all to myself + refuse to get out of my yoga pants + dance like no one’s watching. It’s called balance.
- I hate it when I eat the last bite/piece of my food and didn’t notice, so I couldn’t mentally prepare myself and get closure.
- Organising complex ideas and reframing challenges in ways that are simple and actionable is my super power.
- I’m a natural planner, obsessive list maker, avid check-marker. Sometimes I jot down a task I’ve just completed just so I can get the immediate satisfaction of crossing it off.
- I believe afternoon naps are underrated and people should take it more seriously.
- My professional experience and interests include all-things marketing, strategy, corporate communication, public relation, events management, branding, business development, innovation, technology and start-ups.
- I like to use my marketing skills and creativity to inspire others to get off their couch and into a full life, which often simply involves having more fun.
- I can’t remember a time in my life when I had no hobbies. These days, I enjoy catching up on my ever-growing reading list, traveling, hiking, rock-climbing, running, dancing, cooking, arts-and-crafting, playing strategy boardgames and being ‘in the zone’.
- I have a hypothesis: Resilience is what makes everything in life possible – from creativity to marriage, entrepreneurship, parenting, happiness, mental and physical health. Hypothesis testing in progress daily…
- I’m still learning to celebrate and love the part of myself that no one claps for.
‘Purpose’ is a big word.
These days, it is often followed by even bigger words like to ‘inspire’, ’empower’ and ‘change’. If otherwise, one may be tricked into believing that their purpose is less significant and worthy of pursuing.
I do not have a pithy line for why I started No More Know More, only that the timing feels right and I’m convinced that saying ‘no’ to more and ‘yes’ to knowing more is how I want to live the rest of my life. A humble reminder to not go through life thinking my way is rightside up and other people’s way is upside down. To always explore a different rightside up. Because there will always be one.
For me, that is purpose enough to start a blog.
As a marketer, it’s an occupational hazard for me to immediately think everything I do must start with a clear target audience. That a blog is no good without first choosing an audience, then finding out their every like/dislike/obsession/idiosyncrasy, and then writing for them. Writing what I know to who I know.
I’m going with a different approach with this space.
I’m going to find my tribe by writing not what I know, but what I want to know. I will write what I want to learn. Write what keeps me up at night. Write what’s not making sense and adding up in life. Write what I’m hung up on. Write because I have something to find out, not because I have something to teach.
Because perhaps we grow wise not through knowledge but through wonder.
Because perhaps maturing means becoming childlike – to always be in awe at our perfect smallness, to realise that sometimes life exists in the questions not the answers.
The broadness is intentional.
Thanks for being here. It’s a treat to have you.