This is the most amount of work I’ve done for something that is barely graded in my subject. But because I’m so proud of the end product, and the amount of independence in making this, that I wanted to put it up here.
As well as walk through the process:
I got my very helpful boyfriend to model for me
2.Drawing the picture
I actually first drew it in broad pencil, later on outlining it with an outline pen. Followed by erasing all the pencil marks.
3.Scanning the product
4.Editing it on photoshop
I generally get my two amazing sisters to do anything for me when it comes to digital products. So yes. Most of my digitalized designs, I would say ALOT would be credited to my sisters. Who are masters at the photoshop and illustrator game. But this time I managed to handle it on my own! Which is a huge stride for me. Anyway, I used color range, selected the whites, and deleted the whites, followed by increasing the black and white levels, sometimes I would do minimal clean up with eraser and cloning tools, lastly saving as PNG transparent file. I’m sure there are other ways to do this, but I felt this was the most simple and “cleanest” so to speak.
5.Arranging it and designing it on canva.com
So repeat this process. I then chose a template on canva, uploaded all my PNG files and designed this. I also love having PNG files because I can use it on my presentation slides regardless of the background.
Hehe! Despite the marks and the amount of time to do this (literally a whole day), I think I loved making this. Generally because I learned alot of new skills. Even if you find “training chopsticks” of not a great importance, you can use these tips for other drawings. I was very inspired by one of the books a friend of mine just bought “Occupational Therapy Toolkit” that is filled with pictures like these. And trust me, when you’re in a country that speaks many languages, pictures are the way to go.
Hello! I feel that this is a much desired write up of the national Malaysian Occupational Therapists National Conference of 2017, dedicated to all the beloved students who couldn’t make it.
I also wanted to note, this is the most number of pictures I ever had to manually edit. so, *achievement unlocked*
Upon registration you get the schedule, booklet and a fancy bag of the notes of Prof Matthew Yau, one of the key note speakers.
The whole talk consisted of four plenaries, and you get to choose between three different concurrent sessions that would take place for as long as three days on the topic of (outcome measure, interventions, and sharing experience)
Supported Employment Program
Well! I was honestly very interested in Pain Management, because pain is the number one concern of many patients, however! being the fact that Sexual Rehabilitation was the “up and coming” area of occupational therapy, as well as the fact that the speaker was Prof Matthew Yau who was a specialized sex therapist with foundation in occupational therapy, who graduated from the United States of America, practiced and taught in Australia as well as Hong Kong. I choose based purely based on the opportunity of listening to a speaker with such amazing and diverse experiences.
But I’ll get into the topics later, here are some of the other interesting things and highlights of the conference.
As well as many exhibitions, show-casing many interesting OT related inventions. That’s the best part of being part of an OT conference, in which the exhibitions are catered to your needs and line of work.
Yeong Shyuan (my friend) loves trying out these splints because she thinks it looks like a ninja costume (hence the pose above).
I kinda freaked out internally trying out all these splints, because they are actually alotmore comfortable than than the thermoplastic splints that we are trained to make, and they are actually alot cheaper in comparison. All I thought was “these people are going to run me out of my job”
You actually can observe the competitiveness of companies and the variety of their splints (and prices!)
Take a look at this interesting work of art! Its a “flexible” splint, in which you can have multiple splints in one! It comprises of multiple components, and according to how to manipulate the components, you can turn the splint into a Extension Splint, Hyper Extension Splint, Ulnar Deviation Splint, Radial Deviation Splint and others.
This is another interesting contraption, in which these rubber bands allow you to have extension of your fingers (as often, after lesions, your fingers would be in a flexed position). What makes this “splint” so special is that its flexible, where the patients are allowed to bend their fingers, practicing grasping movements.
And I saved the best for last!
The first question we asked was, where’s the meter?
This brand of products have digitized our pinch tests and grip strength to allow all data to be instantly recorded into a computer. But besides that! it also allows you to play games with the assessment tools
It’s truly occupational, as they in cooperated games into assessment tools! That made it really fun.
It was really fun and interesting to look through the wide variety of options of these aids for clients, as well as try them out.
Besides the exhibitions, there are also the poster exhibitions
Not to forget the verbal presentations of papers!
I generally really enjoyed listening to the paper presentations, because I am also in the midst of preparing my own paper to be verbally presented in the ASEAN Healthy Ageing Conference. So it was really great being able to expose myself to the types of papers presented, manner of presenting, and questions that people may ask.
In addition to the plenary talks, and workshops, there was also a workshop on photography.
You see everyone starring at me, yes that’s me trying to take a photo after being instructed to. It’s one of those, can we get a volunteer from the audience please? And I just had to. Some interesting things I learned that in a photo class: you need to make things three dimensional, be daring to try different and extreme angles, orchestrate your photography, you need not only your subject in the picture, but the context of the picture. For example, if you take a picture of a man with a microphone, what is he doing? Is he an MC, is he a speaker? What talk is it?
Putting those tips in mind, I tried a different approach to my photography after that,
Not a bad improvement, if I do say so myself. 😉
Also, we had a photography session to follow up from it.
Now let’s get into the topics shall we!
We had four main plenary lectures:
Supported Employment Program
The main message was that sexual satisfaction was a right, for anyone regardless whether they were disabled or etc. In addition, there was also a controversial topic, in which there are countries in which, where disabled individuals obtain sex or lose their virginity in brothels because they are unable to get sexual satisfaction from anywhere else. To be fair, it is a lot harder for them to find a partner, if not due to discrimination by potential partners, but also discrimination by parents of potential partners. Not to say you need to apply this in your practice! (especially since it’s still illegal in Malaysia). But the point being in that despite disability, humans still experience sexual desire, and just because you’re disabled does not mean you are unable to fulfill those needs. Secondly, the most important message was that sex was not just penetration. Your skin is the biggest sex organ. There are so many different ways of expressing sexual desires, such as hugs, kisses, and touches.
I think what I loved about the concurrent sessions was that Prof Matthew conducted it in a workshop manner, he didn’t even use the stage because he wanted to be closer to us. You can ask as many questions at almost any time you desired. He made the topic so interesting, and he was beyond helpful in answering any questions or inquiry that you may have.
Intervention wise, there was a large focus on basically sensate focusing. Other than that, its counselling and education that you are still able to have a sex life after your accident or injuries. Many people ask “how do you even start this type of conversation with your clients?”, the main answer is that you don’t just say “Hey! How’s your sex life?”, the more politically correct answer is that you say “How is the relationship between you are your partner after your accident? Is there anything you wish that was different?”, and you can eventually ask about his/her sex activities. If the individual does not want to talk about it, it’s okay. Then your next step would be to educate the patient “If you don’t want to talk about it, that’s fine. However I would just like you to know that if you wanted to talk about it, or you are facing difficulties, we can help you. Help is readily available if and when you need it.” You need to allow your patient that education that help is available. You do not need to require for your patients to tell you about it. Which brings me to my next point, if your client is perfectly happy not having any sex at all, it’s also alright. If he/she lives life having zero sex in the year, and is perfectly happy, there is no need to intervene as if oh you need this to be happy. You need not ensure that your patient hits a certain requirement of sexual pleasure to be happy. The point of intervention is that it is still highly client centered. You do what your patient wants, at his/her own satisfaction level. In addition, you also need to look at the needs of the patient’s partner. For example, if the client is happy, however the partner is not, it is probably better to talk about it. For example, “I just would like to bring to your attention that your partner feels this way.” Again, if your client chooses to not deal with the situation, it is still their decision.
This is mainly focusing on OTs and hospitals dealing with acute pain management. I think my main take-away was the acronym: PAIN. P for position, “where is the pain occurring?”; A for aggression, ” is there anything that you do that cause the pain to get worse?”; I for intensity, “what type of pain is it? throbbing, stabbing, prickling? what is the pain score like at rest and at movement?”, N for neutralization, “is there anything that you do that makes it better?”. In addition, I learned that now pain is categorized as the fifth vital sign, after body temperature, pulse rate, respiration rate, and blood pressure.
Supported Employment Program
The idea of the talk was mainly to push patients from rehabilitation into a form of occupation, to a form of work. In a certain hospital, they take pride in return the patient to work within a week. There are multiple benefits to this, such as you allow the individual to be part of competitive employment, they then would like to push themselves to be better. Furthermore, it has be evidently proven that employment programs improves their condition, emotional satisfaction, as well as cognitive levels. I was pleasantly surprised knowing, that they provide the individuals with the mediums of starting their own catering business, in which all comprises of clients that is supported by the hospital. So for example, if there was a talk or event held in the hospital, the “patients” would prepare the food. There have been many articles and journal published that supposedly won a competition regarding this program of supportive employment, I haven’t read them yet, but here are some that I found: Employment program for patients with severe mental illness in Malaysia: a 3-month outcome; Functional remission and employment among patients with schizophrenia in Malaysia. My favorite thing said was,
You don’t wait for a patient to get better to start occupation, but use occupation to help the patient get better.
Put that on a T-shirt yo.
It was a very basic introductory class. Debunk-tifying the myths of hyponosis, such as it isn’t used for evil, and you don’t use it to make your patients do whatever you want. In addition, it isn’t magic, so it doesn’t mean that you try it once you immediately get it right. There are times, you need to say the same thing to the patients for 4-5 sessions to get it into their subconscious. This is one of the best explanations for hypnosis, you know the feeling you get when you just wake up, that drowsy feeling, and you hear things. So this is a common example, say your mom tried to wake you up 5 times in the morning, but you don’t remember them at all, at that moment you heard her constant nagging, but you just drift back off to sleep. Hypnosis is like that, you are in between consciousness and unconsciousness, and you don’t exactly remember everything that went on, however your subconscious does. If you make your patient fall asleep, then that means it went too far. Also, hypnosis doesn’t necessarily mean you need to see a pendulum like you see in movies, Prof Matthew stated you can even use your fingers. Hypnosis is a mixture, of the script you say, how you say it and the tone of your voice. Best part!!! He gave us a taste of self-hypnotherapy for relaxation. This is to help us to get patients to relax, pain management, and help with their insomnia. I now like to say, I was hypnotized before! (and it was cool! 🙂 )
That’s all! It was such a great opportunity to learn and PR in the conference. I will say take opportunity to shine in front of others, because the people in the room would be your future employers and employees one day. I had the opportunity to involve myself in conversations with the president of Malaysian Occupational Therapy Association, as well as discuss my potential thesis project with experienced occupational therapists. Also, I had the wonderful privilege of having lunch with this amazing individual, Prof Matthew Yau (we have the same surname!) Thank you for taking the time to answer my many many many questions regarding your line of work, and being so encouraging of my journey as an OT.
I learned so so so much, and am so grateful for the sharing the speakers took to explain things. Thank you again to Malaysian Occupational Therapy Association for planning this wonderful conference (as well as providing the students with a student discount! hehe!) It was a great experience.
Starting out your morning at 6.00am in the morning, to go for a health talk discussing about “Creating Urban Happiness” at Health and Living by AIA Vitality at Sime Darby Convention Centre bought by BFM (The Business Station) 89.9.
I think I’ll start out by saying I was extremely disappointed that I did not get the chance to bring out my camera, so you might have to bear with me and my sub-par pictures that I took with my camera phone and via WhatsApp photos quality.
I volunteered to help out Malaysia Healthy Ageing Society with their booth for the particular talk. So the morning was pretty much setting up the booth, having breakfast with my course mates, and getting briefed about what to do.
“Hi! Could you spare a few minutes to hear about our conference? We’re having an ASEAN level conference, and even though it’s ASEAN level, we have international speakers coming from the USA, Japan, Philippines, talking about a wide range and variety of topics! Sexual education for the elderly, laws to protect you, financial management, exercising, maintaining healthy body, or preventing neuro degeneration! If you’re a student or you know any students, we’re also calling for papers, and if you qualify, you can try to get the Young Investigator Award where if you’re eligible and receive the reward, you can have your registration fees weaved as well as travel expenses subsidized!”
So putting on my best professional smile, and professional voice and walking about crowds to promote the event! It was generally very entertaining. I got to practice my speaking skills and articulation, rapport building, and being as thick-ed faced as possible to approach just about anyone who moves. I also had to endure being rejected a few times when people either walked pass me, or said “no not interested”.
I think the most entertaining speech was when I was speaking to someone so enthusiastically about the conference, then I was showing him the speakers, and he was like “wow! that’s my name!”, then a few people around me started laughing and explained to me that he was not only one of the speakers, but one of the committee members of the ageing society planning event, and my future lecturer. All I said was “….. so……. did I promote the conference well enough?”
You can check out the program of the event here, and take a look at all the wondering and amazing speakers that spoke.
So it was designed in such as way that allowed a lot of discussion and question taking (which I took full advantage of).
I learned so much from the talks and it was so entertaining to be part of. It was not one of those serious lecture, of symposium form, but this was more of a “talk-show” type of feel, with a live audience.
And true to what I wrote, I absolutely love advocating occupational therapy every chance I got.
Every time someone took my question, it gave me the chance to say “Hi! My name is Annabelle, and I’m an Occupational Therapy Student, I’d like to ask about …. ” and I was so excited for some people to come up to me talk about occupational therapy. Some came up to me saying
“hey my sister’s an occupational therapist!”
“I love occupational therapy, if I could choose my life all over, I would seriously do occupational therapy”
“So tell me what occupational therapy is about?”
Overall, it was a great talk where I learned so much. There are multiple booths from organisations whom I respect so much such as BeFrienders Kuala Lumpur, Maaysian Mental Health Association, Alzheimer Disease Foundation Malaysia, Malaysia Society of Clinical Psychology and Persiaran Parkinson Malaysia, (do check all these organisations out on facebook to be updated on their events and conferences!) where I got to share ideas, and talk about the common goal of improving the well being of people.
There was also free health screenings, as well as lucky draws.
I got to bring home a little something!
Thank you to AIA Company, Sime Darby Properties and BFM Radio Station for the wonderful talk, as well as Malaysian Healthy Ageing Society for the chance to be part of this wonderful experience.
When the two worlds of my loves collide, performing arts and therapy.
Some time ago, some friends and I went to watch this show about therapy by EJA production. It more of cognitive behavioral therapy. We were also fortunate enough to be part of the Q&A that was held after the show with Dr Chua, the founder of RELATE Malaysia.
Dr Chua Sook Ning is a lecturer and clinical psychologist at National Institute of Education at Nanyang Technology University. She graduated from McGill Universitry, Canada, with a PhD for Clinical Psychology. Her main research interests are developing accessible prevention and intervention programs and examining optimal support styles.
Due to as always, a lack of time to blog on my part, I just wanted to write about some highlights that I learned through watching this show.
They talked about an issue that was very relate-able to us all, which was big transitions in life, making big decisions such as quitting your job and following a different path of life. From my own personal experience, those transitions have never been easy decisions, needing to deal with backlash, anxiety of whether it would all work out, relearning things you didn’t know before, and submitting yourself to a different culture altogether.
Personally, I was more curious on the aspect of what do you do as someone in the receiving end, what if your own friend was suffering through these things, what can I do to make you feel better, what can I do to help you through this, what can I say to say to make you happy?
For a while now, I’ve always questioned myself and God. I don’t believe I am someone who can give good advice for your life. When I have problems, there are so many individuals and figures that I go to, and honestly they help me put my life into perspective, help give a mental slap to get a hold of myself, or just cheer me up in general. Despite my efforts, I never believed that I was someone who could do the same for others.
Moses said in Exo 4:10
Then Moses said to the Lord, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”
Through this experience from the show, I learned some things, in such that you don’t always need to fix someone’s problems. I love the language of therapy, they would use words such as
“It sounds like you’re experiencing ….”
“I’m detecting that you feel …. does it sound true to you?”
“What about ….. does it sound like something that you can relate to?”
“Is this very important to you?”
“Why is this important?”
“Why do you feel the need to do ….”
I’m not suggesting that these are answers to problems, however, it’s the form of language that I particularly take comfort in, in which you’re not explicitly trying to provide a solution, but helping someone to discover themselves, their intentions, trying to understand a certain individual.
Ask the individual, what are your intentions? As your friend, would you like a listening ear, or would you like my advice? Because sometimes not everyone wants a solution. I love example that was given by Dr Chua
A wife would tell her husband, “I feel fat”. And the husband of a stereotypical problem solver would say “alright, let’s go exercise tomorrow morning”, but the wife would respond with “so you think I’m fat?!”
I then started to understand men’s dilemma in understanding the language of women. Just kidding. However, I did find that to be a great example. Applicable to everyone. Not everyone wants a solution at that particular point of time, sometimes you just need to be a listening ear, or help someone guide through their problems.
Second highlight was the stereotype of mental illness and therapy. When someone asked the directors of what is your main message of this show, what are you trying to advocate?
A great example that I got from them was
When you’re generally sick or not feeling well, you would go see a doctor. You wouldn’t wait until your illness developed into something serious like lung cancer before seeing a doctor. Similarly with mental health, you shouldn’t wait until you have a serious mental illness to see a need for therapy, when actually you can just go if you generally feel unhappy or you can just go get some help if you needed to.
A great problem in society now is the stigmatization of mental illness. We look down on people who we see might have any form of mental disability or illness, deem them as individuals who bring problems in society, which shouldn’t be the case.
An interesting contribution by Dr Chua
The most common mental illness is actually depression and anxiety. Through a study it shows that 80% of people will experience some form of mental illness in the span of his or her life. To be okay today in today serious, fast-paced and busy environment is abnormal.
It is basically an advocacy that “it’s okay”. If you have a problem, it’s okay. If your friends have a problem, it’s okay.
As an occupational therapist, I believe that we always look at an individual as a whole and strive to find ways to provide the means for an individual to be as independent and functional as possible, including issues with mental illness. Dr Chua puts it
For the case of schizophrenia, as therapists we don’t try to help you to get rid of the voices, instead we tackle with how do you deal with these voices?
I think similarly, as an OT, we don’t always try to “get rid” of your disabilities, but instead “how do you live with your disabilities?”. Which I personally believe is a problem in Malaysia. When in an unfortunate event, you obtain a disability, it honestly doesn’t mean that it defines an end to your life causing you to be a “vegetable” forever. In many cases, you can still do the same things that you wanted to do, you just need to do them differently. Don’t look at it as an “inconvenience”.
In conclusion, it was a great show, and an enjoyable time with my friends. It touched upon issues that are and should be greatly discussed today.
Hello! Sorry for the lack of update! I’ve been pretty busy lately. Even though I promised myself I would write more during my holidays. I was pretty busy during my holidays. I volunteered for National Stroke Association of Malaysia (NASAM) as well as for the ASEAN Conference on Healthy Ageing 2017. There is actually so much I want to say about the experience, and so much I want to reflect and write about, however, as I have been sick for the past two days with a viral fever, I have some serious catch up I need to do on my studies. So I’m here to share with you guys my welcome present to one of my OT friends!
I did a personal project during the holidays as a gift for one of my friends in Australia who is also studying OT. What I did was take OT quotes and plastered on some photos (which I took myself) to give it some Malaysian flare (she’s Australian, and I’m Malaysian, so it wouldn’t be a souvenir if it didnt have Malaysian flare.)
That’s the few of them. I actually had so much fun in this project. Occupational Therapy quotes with a twist of Malaysian flare. Credit goes to my younger sister for editing the photos for me.
It’s 2.18am in the morning, and I’m awake. T-minus 4 hours till I am supposed to be awake to start my regular morning routine. I just wanted to come around to write a few words about how I feel, pre-clinical.
I’m going to start my first clinical placement tomorrow (today), at Hospital Rehabilitasi Cheras as a student in Occupational Therapy. It lasts three weeks, and I clock in hours from 8am-5pm. I often tell people that, basically I’m working without getting paid.
How I feel?
I am an Chinese ethnic young woman in a multi-cultural country. I fear that my Malay (our national language) wont be strong enough to communicate comfortably with ethnic Malays, and ethnic Chinese would refuse to speak to in any language besides their dialects, which of none I speak besides mandarin (it has happened. Senior Horror Stories 101).
2. Real World, Real Lives
Although I admit that my influence on people (especially as a student) would not be as impactful as a doctor or nurse, I still look at my profession as one where I’m coming out into the real world, with the very limited knowledge that I have, and am allowed to immediately use my knowledge to help (and hopefully not harm) others. It’s the same principle, as an architect graduating and allowed to design a building right off the bat that will be built in the city for all to see and live in. It just freaks me out that I’m at a point where my actions and decisions will impact lives and other people. I literally could get sued if I make mistakes. I mean, I signed a contract of ethics and everything! It’s honestly something everyone has to face, as one comes out to work in the real world. However, to actually come to this point, still feels like I’m on the edge of the diving board about to be pushed off.
3. Case Study and Clinical Reports
As much as I do love reports (I really do), this would be the first time where the majority of our grading will be influenced by people out of my schools’ power. We would mainly be graded by other therapists based on our attitude as well as case study in which we have to prepare a powerpoint in front of all the occupational therapists of the hospital and a few of our lecturers. Again, I repeat the fact that my knowledge is limited. What if I do not provide good reasoning for the choices I make?
4. “Someone is always watching you”
How does that not freak you out? It is literally a line out of horror movie. However during our introductory classes, it was emphasized that we have to be on our best behavior, because we are always being watched. Again, that line is just scary in itself. Nuff said.
Well! On the bright side, I know that it will be a time of learning, making mistakes (hopefully, not big enough to be sued), and learning again! I just hope to be a sponge and soak it all in. I remember that I chose this line of field because I wanted to help people, and that’s what I need to focus on. Which is to help others, or better myself to help others in the future. I am reminded that I will humble myself to learn, to better serve others in need.
Matthew 23:11 (NKJV)
But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
To be honest, majority if not all of my year resolutions had to do with spiritual growth. So I would like to take the time to review those goals and hopefully figure out how I can improve in the future.
Read the Whole Bible
DONE! Following the Professor Horner’s Bible Reading System
Read a Book every Two Months
The books that I managed to cover were “Out With Doubt”, “A Matter of Fact”, “Muscle and Shovel”, “Woman After God’s Own Heart”, “Sex is Not the Problem (Lust Is)”, “Beyond the Daughters of Sarah”. I was supposed to finish up “Churches in the shape of the New Testament”, however I am currently in the midst of reading. But that’s a 90% completion.
Share a Devotion
I shared my very first devotion on “Sacrifice” to the ladies of S17 CoC.
It was my very first time teaching a group of people publically.
Hopefully not my last. 🙂
Finish Two Bible Correspondent Courses
In the end, I only managed to finish one.
This is something I definitely could have done better with more discipline in my time management and passing up my papers on time.
Study the Book of Corinthians
In the end, I only managed to finish thorough study of 6 chapters of the book.
It was also due to the fact that in the second half of the year, we stopped doing lessons on 1 Corinthians and we cancelled our 1 Corinthians quiz.
Finish at least 2 Bible Projects with my Boyfriend
We finished one of the projects which is “Watching the Song of Solomon Series taught by Patrick Swayne”. It was a 10 part video series on the lessons we can learn from the book of Song of Solomon. It’s a wonderful series on the topic of dating and marriage, taught by a wonderful brother in Christ.
We are also in the midst of our second project which is “Teacher-Student Project”. (very creative, I know). Which is basically training me to teach prospects, where I will act as a teacher, in which I have to prepare 1 hour lessons for my boyfriend who acts as a student. Sometimes he may act very difficult, sometimes he may act very odd, sometimes he may act very obedient. Its basically a simulation project. There is a long range of series of lessons we planned, and to be completely honest, I have only taught one lesson so far, but prepared/midst of preparing two more. It’s a very long way to go, and it’s very dependent on me.
Memorize 200 Verses
Only managed to memorize 38 verses
This was admittedly quite a disappointment to me because the year before I managed to memorize 100.
It’s definitely due to the lack of discipline on my part.
Teach a Ladies Class
I have not done this yet
Although the plan I assumed was I was going to teach a ladies class on the topic of “Reverence”, due to the series a sister in Christ was teaching. However, due to circumstances, the series came to a cease and I did not take the initative to teach anyway.
This is actually very different from devotions, because a lesson can be as long as one hour, however, a devotion is only 30 minutes.
Watch Kent Hovind Videos
Did not even start
Thorough Study on Dr Mark’s Lessons on Grace
Did not even start
In conclusion, I only managed to complete 3/10 of my Spiritual Resolutions. However, I will say that eventhough I did not reach the moon, I managed to hit the stars. Despite the lack of achievements that I’ve done, I also still feel that I have definitely grown so much more spiritually in comparison to the year before. In comparison to the year before, I attended alot of camps, lectureships, extra Bible Classes as well as attending Four Seas Bible College for 2 weeks (the amount of information you learn in 2 weeks in Four Seas is equivalent to 2 months of studying on my own), however I believe that this year is very dependent on my own initiatives, and I managed to kick myself to grow on my own.
Extra things I’ve done in relation to my spiritual growth of 2016:
Organize a church event with three other devoted church members – Healthy Choices, Healthy Relationships
Managed to gain my first prospects for Bible study
Attended and sat in Sunday School for the first time
Grew closer in relationship to people in the church
Writing devotions online for Kota Kemuning Church of Christ
Started a Bible Reading Whatsapp Group (which kinda failed in the end, but at least I did start it!)
Brought a friend to church
In 2017, I hope to keep growing more spiritually. I am so blessed that God has watched over me through my growth, and made me go through all that I needed to go through, to be ready for all that I need to be ready for to work in His Kingdom.