WARNING: THIS IS A LONG, TEXT-HEAVY POST. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. DON’T BLAME ME IF YOU GET BORED.
It is raining again! Just when I thought the skies are looking better, heavy downpour comes. On the bright side, I am really thankful that all three of us, Franco, Aki and I are in one place. The boys are snoozing while I am laptop-ing. I guess this is one of those rare times that I will be able to tackle my blog backlogs..
hmmm. I have a lot. Let’s see. Mutual Funds 101. Mid-year new year’s resolution review. Our Elbi Summer Vacay. Aki’s Dragon Tale. My Father’s Day Philly Cheesesteak Recipe. Mini mini mynimo. Alin dito ang ipo-post ko. Eto oh Eto. Eeeto! The chant has spoken. I will write about my new year’s resolution and some reflections.
Where do I start? What were the things that I want to accomplish this year…
Let’s start with my vanity project. Of the goals that I made this year, this is the one that is most promising. When I make resolutions, I try to accomplish them within the first months of the year. Hightlights of this project would be
– New clothes for me. But I think I need new ones
– The make-up workshop care of The Soshal Network.
I am pleased to report that I am more comfortable wearing accessories now. However, wearing make up is a different story. I know now how to “paint” my face. I tried putting make-up everyday for several weeks. It really is not me. Maybe I just haven’t found the perfect foundation, powder, cream whatever. I like how I look in front of the mirror but I find putting make up at the start of the day and removing it before I sleep is not worth the hassle.
Overall, I give myself 4 stars out of 5
Work. I said I will read leadership books. I think my goal was 4 books per quarter. I read two already. I haven’t finished my 3rd and have no idea when will I get my reading mojo back. Another work-related goal that I have is to make my staff realize how fullfilling it is to be a recruiter. That I am so sure I succeeded at. I am blessed to be working with my amazing hardworking passionate team. With the skills that they have, they could definitely pursue other high paying, less demanding work elsewhere. I actually encouraged them to try out for the other openings within the company but they refused and said they like giving people jobs. Aaawwww aaaww aaaawww to the highest level. When I was a newbie, I used to work 8AM-10PM. I did not notice the time. I was just happy to be doing what I was doing and happy to work with my teammates. I woke up and the first thing I thought about is the exciting day at work ahead of me. I see that same passion and excitement in my team of fresh-grads and career-shifters.
Last Thursday, I was in the office from 9AM to 1AM. Craaaazy, I know. It is alright. I was on leave the next day. Besides, I was able to go home hondadat from Monday to Wednesday so I don’t mind the Thursday OT . I actually prefer it that way. Given the choice, I want to go home early on Mondays and Tuesdays. Go on late shift on Wednesday. And OT to the max come Thursday and Friday, if needed . That way, I know I am able to give my 100% to both my family and work. Anyhoo, so last Thursday, I had back to back to back to back to back to back to back meetings. On that day, I spoke with at least 4 people on this same topic. If you are part of a support group, it is not about the money. Not even about ambition. Not even about getting a pat on the back. If you are part of a support group, you hang on no matter how fast things are a-changing, no matter how tired you are, no matter how difficult the goals are, no matter how tempting it is on the other side of the fence. You work and you support because you want to see things work. If you are a recruiter, you just want to see people get hired and see teams being built. If you are a trainer, you just want to see people get from point A to point B. If you are in IT, you just want the infrastructure to run smoothly. Is this related to my new year’s resolution? Not really. I have known this ever since. So why is this paragraph in this blog post. I don’t know. hahaha, Moving on…
In terms of work-related goals, I give myself 3.5 stars.
Let’s move on shall, we?
For this blog, I was hoping to learn how to monetize it. Since I put a lot of effort in maintaining this site, why not get paid? Well, there are so many things that are stopping me. First, marketing/promoting this blog just does not feel right. To this day, my blog is still a secret. Some family members know it exists but most friends don’t know that I have a blog. I don’t want to invite people to read my entries because doing that would mean I should start feeling responsible for what readers think or feel about what I write. Aside from the facts that I don’t have time to proof-read and that my spelling and grammar suck, I only want to write about what matters to me and not what I think would matter to other people. Yup, I am OA this way. Actually, sometime last May, I shared a post in my Facebook wall for the first time. In 5 minutes, I deleted the link from my wall because I immediately felt uncomfortable. And speaking of uncomfortable, I got invited by this company to participate in the promotion of one of their products. When I got the email, I got really excited. I was being tapped by this big company and I was going to earn. Just want I wanted, right? I dragged my family to Podium for the first time, so I can attend the orientation. We were given freebies which were wonderful, of course. We were given promotional materials. But in the middle of the talk of the marketing manager, I realized something. I am being part of a marketing ploy! Ok, ploy might not be the right word. Campaign is probably a better term. Franco and I are both non-fans of a marketing-lead lifestyle. We don’t go out of our way to taste the newest donut craze. We are rarely loyal to any brands. The only restos that I have featured are the ones in our area. That is because I want to support small businesses. We don’t desire to experience or own the latest fads. We are happy with our app-less, cam-less, Nokia never-heard model phones. I don’t think I am the best person to promote anything cool or in. One more thing that is stopping me from monetizing this blog are the costs. Thank you so much, Leah and Dew, for sharing your experiences! There is the lay-out cost. There is hosting cost. There is cost for the domain name. If I sum all those costs up, I don’t think whatever I will earn from Googleads or Nuffnang ads will be enough to cover.
So for miserably failing to monetize this blog and for parking this goal, I give myself negative 1.1653 stars.
How about you? Where are you at in terms of your 2013 goals?