Weekly Writing Challenge: The Day I Decided To Quit

I used to work in a BPO company for six years before I decided to quit. It was not an easy decision to make because I enjoyed my job. We provide services to a number of US companies and serve either as the customer care, billing or technical support department. I loved my job because I am given a chance to help people and make them happy. Pressure and stress are both much present in the job but when you are motivated, you get by and you are able to cope. But something has to give. I wasn’t happy anymore and the stress is taking its toll on my body. It took me awhile before I finally decided to quit because I didn’t want to get out of my comfort zone. But I did quit and I felt relieved and scared at the same time. Relieved that I won’t be suffering anymore and Scared of the unknown future ahead.

Then I began to explore my options, I could apply to another BPO company or change my career. I decided to do the latter. I decided to continue my pursuit to get a second degree. It took some time and I was beginning to get impatient. But I have to stay focused on my goal. I was extremely happy that I was able to finish my second degree and get my license as an educator.

I am currently working as a teacher and I am glad I made the decision to quit my previous job. It is true what they say that if you love what you do, you don’t have to work a single day of your life. I urge you to find your passion and to follow your dreams. It may seem scary at first but it is all worth it in the end. ♥

Weekly Writing Challenge: The Photo

It was autumn of 1942, it was Dad’s birthday and Mum took a photo of us before going to church. Life was good back then when we were all together. Dad would go to work from 8 to 5, Mum would stay home, my brother Nick was going to school and I stay at home with Mum since I was too young to go to school.

Everything was perfect until Dad was drafted to fight in the war. A few months after, he died. This photo is the last one I ever had of my Dad. It reminds me so much of the times we spent together as a family. Life was perfect.

Everything changed since then. Times were tough and we tried to survive as a family. Mum was devastated of losing Dad and wasn’t able to recover from the loss. My grandmother came and lived with us. She took care of us.

It’s been 70 years since this photo was taken but I can still remember that day so clearly.

Why I Photoblog

Photoblog is a form of sharing pictures using the format of a blog. I initially didn’t plan to do a daily photoblog on my website. My plan then was to blog about my travels and the photos that comes with it. I still have the same goal as of this writing. However, it was pretty challenging to me to come up with a whole article in one sitting so I ended up only posting a couple of blogs per month. I am that slow in organizing the write-ups even when I have tons of idea in my mind.

A Turn of Events

After I posted My Sahara Desert Experience, inspired me to be more creative because I got motivated when fellow bloggers would liked my post and leave a comment. Then a brilliant idea hit me. I can continue blogging without stressing myself too much by posting a photo daily in my website. It started the ball rolling!

Challenges Along The Way

I didn’t say it was too easy. There missed posting on some days because I was traveling (I don’t have wifi all the time). There are days that I don’t know which photo to post. Or that it takes me a long time to decide which one to post. And a much longer time to come up with the story that comes with the photo. But it did work and I still continue to photoblog up until this day (hurrah!). Comments and likes from fellow bloggers still makes me smile and I feel lucky that I belong to the WordPress blogging community. 🙂

Upping the Ante

Now, I am challenging myself to post an article weekly to stir up my creativity. This week I joined the Weekly Writing Challenge for inspiration on what to write (yey!) and I’ll think of something creative for next week. Cheers!