In Her Suitcase is an interview section on the blog that turns the spotlight on women who inspire me, who can inspire you, and who try to create their best lives by coloring their journeys in their own unique and remarkable ways.
Before the year comes to an end, I thought I’d publish an interview with Audrey Angcos who has been a huge part of my blogging life this year. Audrey, like me, has a full-time job and is also a blogger. Aside from work and blogging, she also has a few other passion projects that she does really well. It’s apparent in the interview that Audrey pours her heart and energy into everything that she does, but what I admire most about her is that she’s grateful, real, and humble. No wonder she’s been receiving so much blessings this year.
Read on as she talks about her cheerful journey. Enjoy!!!
Thanks for your time, Audrey! Tell us about what you do professionally. What made you decide to pursue your job, and what is the most fulfilling part of it?
Hello! I have a full time work at the Senate of the Philippines. I work as Legislative Staff Officer from Monday to Thursday. I’ve been with the Senate for almost four years now.
I’m glad that I landed on a job that I enjoy. I have the nicest boss and officemates. and we are like family in the office. There are also instances when I am tasked to work for Senate-related events such as the yearly State of the Nation Address (SONA), the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption, and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). These are the instances when I have to step out of my shell and interact with parliamentarians, senators from other countries, and diplomatic core groups. I enjoy the resiliency of my work. It gives me the right amount of challenge that pushes me to grow and learn more.
Now, tell us about your passion projects, i.e., the things that you do on the side. What are they, why do you do them, and can you tell us about your journey to discovering these passions?
READING ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILIPPINES
Oh, passion projects! Aside from my work in the Senate, I am also one of the board members of the Reading Association of the Philippines. This NGO helps promote literacy throughout the Philippines. I remember the time when I went to Tacloban to represent the organization. It was months after typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) badly hit Tacloban. With the help of International Book Bank (IBB), I went there to help rebuild the libraries of 25 public schools.
It was such a pleasant surprise to know that Duke Maximillian (the first cousin of Prince Charles) and Archduchess Valerie of Austria were also part of the mission. They went to Tacloban secretly and wore regular clothes to avoid media attention.
I cried and smiled as I listened to the stories of Yolanda survivors. One of the kids approached me and told me “I miss my mother so much! Even though Yolanda took her from me, I will still do my best to make her proud by studying hard.” He then smiled and said, “I also lost my older sister who was about your age. Could you give me a hug?” That made me speechless for few seconds. It was such a tiring yet very fulfilling experience! As I handed the books to the teachers and students and saw their happiness, oh, I can’t help but thank God for giving me the opportunity to do these things.
I blog at cheerfuljourney.com and am a contributor at makeitblissful.com. I love writing! Blogging is like sharing a part of yourself to your readers. It is such a delight whenever I receive a letter or an email from readers informing me how they love reading my blog and how my blog became a part of their lives. It is like communicating to friends that you haven’t personally met.
I also love supporting local entrepreneurs and local products. Through blogging, I was able to meet several entrepreneurs with different brands but all with inspiring stories to tell. It is such a privilege to be a medium for these brands to share their stories to the public.
Through blogging, I was also able to meet new friends! How great is that?!
COLLABORATIONS and EVENTS
I started doing collaborations and events this year (2015). I always have the desire to organize meaningful events. Last June, I went out of my shell as I co-organized a Blissful Blogging Workshop with Carmel, the first public Blissmakerie last September, and most recently, two Luminisce events last November and December! It was a whirlwind romance between me an events organizing.
Audrey with Maggie Wilson, Stella Pastores, and Bea Santiago during the Luminisce Skinvestors’ Treat, an event she organized
There was a lot of pressure and yet, I was able to learn how to handle it and how to work efficiently under pressure. Honestly, I love the challenge of organizing events. When the event turned out well and the participants informed you that it was such a meaningful and intentional event, then that makes all the work, pressure, and sleepless nights worth it!
Are these passion projects helping you in your professional life, in any way? How?
Yes, they train me to become more professional and efficient. I used to rely on the deadline of submission of reports. Now, whenever I receive the work, I would start doing it right away to avoid procrastinating. (more…)