Dr. Hom wrote a nice article interview style which concludes, “Dr. Eng has achieved what few other optometrists have achieved, a life outside of practicing optometry. She has taken an unconventional approach of life after optometry school by basing her new career with a long experience in engineering management. There were no short cuts in her plan and her result is exemplified by the success of her company.”
I have the good fortune to travel around the world for my career. I’ve learned through the years to take the opportunity to enjoy the cities and countries by spending a few extra days absorbing the culture.
There are a few goals that I have when visiting.
- Baseball Parks – I want to visit every ballpark in America. I’m a fan of baseball, no particular team, and I’m fascinated with the spirit of the game. (add check list)
- Chinatowns – I was born in Chicago Chinatown, and I find myself comparing it to every Chinatown in the world.
- Farmer’s Markets / Food Trucks – I believe that we have a responsibility to support the local communities. It’s amazing to see the different markets and foods all around the world.
It’s interesting how people celebrate their birthdays each year. My nine year old was super excited, and relishes being a year older. Our office manager simply says that we can’t celebrate her birthday. And on Facebook, I feel so popular with over 70 of my friends wishing me a happy birthday.
Since I was 21 years old, I have a birthday ritual. I wake up before everyone, and read the letter I wrote to myself 10 years ago. It’s quite exciting seeing the letter and unsealing it. The format of my letter never changes. It is broken into three parts. The first is a synopsis of the past year that includes highlights of my professional career, my personal life, and my relationships with my family and friends. The second part is setting some goals for the next year. And the final section is what I look forward to the most. It is my younger self predicting what I am like ten years later and asking questions to my older self.
The most difficult part of the 10-year letter is waiting for the first time you can open your letter.
My priorities have changed through the years, and quite frankly, the issues that were pressing at the time, I typically don’t remember ten years later. A lot of the predictions that I have made have come true. I believe this is because your behaviors may change over the years, but beliefs rarely do.
Invitation: Consider writing a birthday letter to yourself as a way to document your memories and inspire your future self.
I’m Dr. Karen Eng, and I am so grateful to connect with you. I’m hoping to capture the aspects of my world that enhance my life and to inspire those around me.
I believe that you have to have a balance between your professional, personal, & family life and you are proud and humbled by your accomplishments with a craving to contribute even more for your business, community, city, country, and world…
When I was 10, my parents, sister, and I went on our first vacation to the Hawaiian Islands. This trip changed my life, and I return there every year. One of the biggest reasons we love Hawaii so much is that we acclimated to the lifestyle so easily that the locals believed we were from the island. No where on the mainland had we received that vibe.