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念過我舊文章的朋友,應該會想知道為什麼我重新開始寫文之後,方向跟之前如此的不同。以前的文大部份都是在介紹紐約,食物,還有我喜歡的小東西或是我很喜歡的設計/藝術。而現在,我比較頻繁的寫心裡話,還有生活上可能遇到的種種事情。當然,遊記/選物/設計絕對是我會持續記錄的三樣東西,而且我正在計畫一系列關於學設計、做設計的文章。但因為我以前真的蠻少寫真心話,所以我相信有許多人很不習慣。

If you’re a reader of mine years ago, you might wonder why I’ve changed the tone and content of my writing so much. Most of my old blog entries were about what’s hot in New York, food, objects I like or design/art that inspire me. But now, I write a lot about my feelings and about the things I’m dealing with in life. Of course, travel/products/design are three things that are very core to my personality, so they will never go away. I’m even planning a whole series of writings just about learning and working in design. But perhaps I used to not really write about my personal feelings much, so a lot of people are just trying to get used to it.

誠實的說,就是我的生活及想法都改變了。我以前寫文比較像是為了別人寫,我會在意大家喜歡什麼, 我該想出新的關於紐約的東西來分享。但隨著工作繁忙,我不再到處啪啪造,紐約成了穩固的家,不再是一個我一直在摸索的城市之後,我反而比較想寫一些關於旅居國外的生活,還有小家庭的事情,好的不好的都會想誠實分享。

To be completely honest, I’ve just moved on from my old mentality and lifestyle. I used to write more for others, I cared a lot about what people liked, I tried to squeeze out eye-catching new content about New York for everyone. But as work got demanding, I no longer had time to cruise around New York so much. New York has become my home instead of just a city I was still exploring. So I wanted more to write about the life of living abroad as a married lady, the great stuff and the not so great stuff.

我記得蠻久以前,在酪梨壽司還沒有生下兩個可愛的寶寶之前,她非常認真的紀錄製作便當以及家管時處理繁雜事務的生活。而在更久之前,她也曾經紀錄和大白在紐約求學以及戀愛的故事。有人質疑過她為何要轉變方向,我記得那時候她的答覆是,生活中專注的東西不同,她寫的東西自然會轉變,她不是故意要從紐約MBA生活轉到日本主婦生活再轉到育兒生活,而是她非常誠實的紀錄下了她人生中的每一個階段。我相信她的粉絲也有許多人也是從小姐成為人妻再成為媽媽,我自己就是(雖然還沒當媽),我一直都很欣賞她真實的紀錄生活。其實寫文真的不是讀者想看什麼作者就能寫什麼,因爲寫到最後會沒有靈魂。

I am a loyal fan of this well-known Taiwanese blogger living in Japan. She had become a mother of two in recent years, but before that, she used to write about cooking, bento making, and the ups and downs of making a home in Japan as a foreigner. Even before that, she used to write about life as a MBA student in New York and how she fell in love with her now husband. Some people asked her why she changed the content of her blog so much, I still remember her answer. It was something like this: “as I grow, the focus of my life changes, so of course what I write changes with me. I’m trying to record my life with honestly, right now, my focus is on my kid, before I had a kid my focus was on running a home. It’s really that simple.” As a loyal fan, I grew from a student to a wife and hopefully to be a mother in the future, so it was actually fun for me to see her growth, and I always appreciated her honesty about life. What I’m trying to say is, writing is not just to cater to the readers, If it is, the words will lose their souls.

我目前的情況也是相同的,曾經我非常在意的很多事情,我現在比較沒有這麼在意了。從穿梭於設計公司、猶如空中飛人般出差的生活中退下,開始準備自己創業並把重心放在家中,很多想法已經不同。所以沒有錯,這次的重新出發,其實就是從心出發。

I am going through something similar right now. I happen to not care about a lot of stuff I used to care about. There has been a dramatic lifestyle change, I went from from running in between design offices and traveling all the time for work to trying to start my own business and focusing on making a home. A lot has changed, what I am thinking daily has changed. So yes, I’m starting new again, this time I want to start from within, following my heart.

今天,我只想說聲感謝。感謝新朋友、舊朋友持續的來按讚,謝謝你們在我沈寂已久之後沒有捨棄我,還是持續讀我的文字。從小就出國,所以我無法用艱深複雜的文字敘述許多事情,但我寫的每一句話都是來自我的內心。

So today, I just want to say thank you, really. Thank you new and old friend who stop by this page to leave likes and comments. Thank you for not leaving me after I went MIA for 3 years, and for your continuous support. I might not be the very best writer and articulate matters with the best vocabulary, but know that every sentence I write is from deep within my heart.