Can you believe it is middle of February already??? Since we have JUST celebrated Chinese New Year, and I AM Chinese, I can still claim to be in “New Year mode” and think about resolutions and plans for 2017. So, I thought I take a couple of minutes to share with you what’s in store for me for the first part of 2017:
Ministry Engagements: In addition to helping out musically and leading worship at my church (The Bridge Markham), in April (April 22/23) I will be travelling to London Mandarin Alliance Church to speak about my journey with depression, promote my book, and to perform musically. In June I have just committed to 2 concerts at 2 different churches to share about my journey of fatherhood, within the context of my experience with depression. The title of the concerts is “爸爸不易做” which means “It is not easy being a Dad”. The shows will be in Cantonese. I will post more details as they become available.
Training: Since committing myself to race in an Olympic Distance Triathlon at the Toronto Triathlon Festival this July (1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run), I have been in training mode ever since I recovered from my collarbone surgery late last year. At my old age, I decided to enlist the help of a coach to help get this old bag of bones across the finish line. Currently I am training 6 days a week, and playing hockey on my “day off”. I am feeling stronger than ever, and race season starts in June! In addition to the Olympic Distance race, I hope to compete in at least 3 more races this season.
Personal: I am as committed as ever to be a voice raising awareness and reducing stigma about mental illness this year. To that end, if you feel my experience can be of help in anyway to your church/group, please drop me a message and let’s talk. At work, I told my colleagues this year I want to intentionally cultivate a culture of learning in our team, with the ultimate goal of all of us learning to become better people. This year, you will also (hopefully) see a brand new website to promote my blog, my book and my appearances. Stay tuned!!! 🙂
Well, that’s about it for the first half of 2017. I am trying to build more meaningful connections this year. So, hopefully I will run into you sometime, whether over a cup of coffee, at the gym, in the pool, or at one of my events. Here’s to making 2017 the best year ever!! 🙂