Embracing Work

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I’m adding a blog category on WORK.  Here’s why.

I enjoy blogging.  I already dedicated a couple of entries on why I blog, and I’d like to believe that everything I write here is real and authentic.  However, I couldn’t help but feel that something was missing and for the longest time, I couldn’t quite pinpoint exactly what it was.

And then it dawned on me: I never write about my professional life.  A blog should be able to reflect who the blogger really is — and this blogger is, among other things, a working girl.  I do spend at least 10 hours a day, 5 days a week in the office so I couldn’t discount the fact that my work, my job, my career are indeed part of who I am.

I’m turning 30 next year, and I’m (hopefully) pretty much done with the self-discovery journey in this particular phase of my young adult life.  All that journeying, soul-searching, and answer-seeking have led me right back to where I am:

1. I’m a corporate employee with a ladder to climb, businesses to grow, passions to fund, and a future to secure – and I still believe that it is possible to find meaning, excitement, and fulfillment in this so-called corporate jungle.

2. At the same time, I also find meaning in traveling, building passionate communities, and sharing inspiring stories.

I’m starting to embrace and take charge of these two sides of me that I’ve somewhat neglected in my mid-twenties.  I’m now working on integrating or at least aligning my work with my passion projects — but more of that on another entry.  The “journey” led me back to the exact same place, yes, but the difference is that I’m more grateful for that “same place” now.  The quote by some guy named Henry Miller, “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things”, couldn’t be more true. :)

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So yes, my work is a huge part of me, and that’s why I’m adding a WORK category on my blog.  So what exactly will this category contain?  I won’t bore you guys with the stuff I do at work, but I’ll most likely be sharing lessons I’ll be learning and stuff I’m trying to do to make work more meaningful, enjoyable and fulfilling.

Do you, like me, have a day job but also pursue your “passion projects”?  How do you view your work? :)

Have a nice weekend ahead!

6 Comments on Embracing Work

  1. Celine
    July 24, 2015 at 1:12 am (2 years ago)

    Oh my, I remember myself in you when I was your age! ( yikes, I feel so old! hahaha) I’m excited to read more about your “work” section! Somehow…I do miss my corporate life. But I wouldn’t trade it for what I have right now. Being in the corporate for more than nine years taught me a lot…a lot that I apply some of the things I learn at everything – home, business, people interaction etc. Enjoy this corporate journey…it may be a junggle out there…but it will teach you a lot about life. At the same time, continue to pursue what you love (even though on the side) …. as it will bring enthusiasm and excitement in everything you do! 😉

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    • Carmel David
      July 25, 2015 at 12:42 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Celine! Ano ba, you don’t look old at all! Haha. I agree with what you said — I don’t see myself leaving corporate just yet, but pursuing what I love does bring excitement in everything I do! :)

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  2. Glaiza Villanueva-De Leon
    July 28, 2015 at 10:06 am (2 years ago)

    Congratulations on your new job! Like you, I also have a corporate job and a few passion projects on the side. Aside from funding the passion projects haha, corporate life helped me grow in so many ways. It is really a character building experience. I got to know myself better and I met different kinds of people. Looking forward to your posts under this new Category! :)

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    • Carmel David
      July 30, 2015 at 2:54 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you, Glaiza for the kind words! I agree with everything that you said haha. Hope to meet you soon!!! :)

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  3. Chrissy
    July 29, 2015 at 8:01 am (2 years ago)

    Hi Carmel! I’m Chrissy from the MIB Bloggers Mastermind group :) Like you, I also have a day job. I’m also a Mommy to a precocious 5 year old boy. I haven’t been blogging for a while because honestly I was torn with my dreams, passion and my current reality. I have been longing to be a work at home Mom since 2012 but circumstances (not just my own) are delaying me otherwise. I must admit that I got bummed for a long time. But just recently, I started to really accept and embrace my current state. After all, I named my blog Changing Nappies in High Heels! :) Now, I’m truly embracing it. I will also be posting about semi-work related stuff (and same as you, of course I won’t be divulging all aspects of my work) Anyway, I hope to meet you soon in one of the workshops or MIB gathering :) All the best!

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    • Carmel David
      July 30, 2015 at 2:49 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Chrissy! Yes, of course, I always see you at the MIB group! :) Yaaaay I’m happy that you get what I’m saying, haha! Given this new development, I’ve started contemplating changing my blog name, but maybe for another time. :) Hope to meet you soon! Please stay tuned for upcoming event announcements! All the best to you as well. :)

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