2015: A Year of New Responsibilities
It's been almost three years since I left the corporate world and it's been a heck of a roller coaster ride.
In the span of almost three years, I went through months of doing completely nothing to going on last minute out of town escapades with The Memet. I joined bazaars and held garage sales, I even went around coordinating events for family and friends. Oh, and not to mention the handful of freelancing gigs that I did on the side.
This year, it seems like I'm going down a different path. It's nearly the end of the first quarter, and I think it's a good time to predict what I'll be doing for the rest of the year.
1. Marketing Assistant
I studied Clinical Psychology in college and after I graduated, I went on to work for a call center - for eight years. In the call center world, I experienced being an agent, a quality coach, an English coach, and an English specialist (kind of like a supervisor of English coaches).
Just recently, I started working as a Marketing Assistant for a company in the US. My boss is that company's VP for Marketing. While I know next to nothing about marketing, my boss seems to like what I'm doing because last week, he gave me a bonus just for going above and beyond. Hehe! I'm so glad my boss appreciates my efforts.
My responsibilities as Marketing Assistant includes managing the company's social media accounts (which is a bit more complex than I expected) and maintaining the company's blog. I recently gave the company blog a makeover. Here's the URL: http://blog.easy-commission.com/.
Please feel free to give me feedback, since I'm still quite new at corporate blogging. :)
Anyway, the social media and blog management are just two of the things that I do as a Marketing Assistant. So far, I'm finding it a fun and challenging role and I'm enjoying learning new things.
2. Blogging Community Administrator
I've been a blogger for God knows how long. Haha! I've always loved writing. As a kid, I kept a journal, so it was all but natural for me to try out blogging when it started becoming popular in the early 2000's. Or was it in the late 90's?
Anyway, I've been blogging for about a decade now, but I believe I'm still an amateur blogger. Unlike the many popular bloggers out there, I mostly blog because I want to get my thoughts out there just for the heck of it. It wasn't until late last year that I started attending blogger events. But even then, I still strive to stick to posting only the things that I believe in. If you noticed, I also started posting more about travel and food - because it's something that The Memet and I both love.
Sometime this month, one of the administrators for Bloggers ng Pinas messaged me on Facebook and asked me if I wanted to join their team of admins. It felt like a big responsibility because Bloggers ng Pinas isn't that big of a group yet. It's more like a small business that's just starting up. So the pressure is there to grow it and help it become more successful.
I think I'm becoming more mature, because I didn't commit right away. I thought about it for a day or two, and this is what happened:
I'm now one of the 11 admins for Bloggers ng Pinas. We have so many things in the works, but our members would be happy to know that one of our priorities is helping them become better bloggers. I'll stop there, because I don't want to divulge too many details before the General Assembly actually happens. Hehe!
3. Bigger Responsibilities in Church
I'm an active member of our locale's Secretariat Department, and with all the movement that happened early this year, I sort of got "promoted".
I can't get into too much detail because it can get a little too technical, so let's just say that I now spend half my Sunday in church - I'm not a morning person, but I wake up at 4am on Sundays and stay on until around noon. That's aside from my regular worship service duties as a secretary. (I'm not writing all this to brag. It's actually more for reference so that I have something to look back to in the future. Haha!)
To be quite honest, with everything that's going on, I sometimes feel overwhelmed. I work as a Marketing Assistant from Tuesdays to Saturdays and my Bloggers ng Pinas admin duties are interspersed with everything else during the week. But no matter how hectic things get, I make sure that my church duties come first and The Memet and family comes next.
The Memet understands this as he shares the same priorities with me. God and church duties above everything else. After all, if not for God, we wouldn't be blessed with all our responsibilities. Our church responsibilities help keep our faith strong and keep us away from sins - as much as humanly possible. Hehe! (The Memet is an active member of our congregation's choir). My work responsibilities on the other hand give us additional funds, and it couldn't have come at a better time. Our house is still under construction and we've had to tighten our belts a bit over the past few months. A construction loan is no joke, and we've already started to pay for our monthly amortization while the construction's still ongoing.
Even though I feel tired most days now, I thank God every single day for keeping us blessed. In December and January, The Memet and I started feeling the weight of the financial liabilities that our house's construction was costing us. It was during that time that I prayed really hard for something more stable than my old freelancing gigs. Come February, I was hired as a Marketing Assistant, and things just started rolling from there.
Every single day, I thank God for always giving my life direction when I feel lost. It might've taken me almost three years to get here after quitting my job, but the wait was most definitely worth it. And no, I'm not saying I'm already "there", but I'm happy I finally got started. Hehe!
Next up? The baby. I'm confident it'll be soon. Maybe when we move in to our new house? Hehehe!
What about you? How's your year shaping up?