Today I’m suddenly inspired to write about the past, present, and future. I’ll start with the past and write the about the other two topics in my next posts.
What about the past?
I started this blog back in 2013, after I finally found the courage to quit my job of nine years which drained my soul. I wanted to practice my writing skills. I thought maybe becoming a writer would be suitable for an introvert like me. I also dabbled into part-time teaching work while I was at home. I taught conversational English and a little grammar to Japanese people via Skype. Basically, I wanted to find a meaningful job I would be happy and passionate about.
Well, what do you know? Looking back by God’s grace, it did come true. I got a full-time job as a snippet writer. It was good enough for me because I lack writing experience and the pay is not so bad. My work schedule was just what I wanted and the office was just a 10 to 15 minute walk from our place. (I hate driving in traffic.) At the same time, I also got a part-time home-based job as a TV program monitor for a Japanese TV network which is more of like a hobby for me since I love, love Japanese food and culture. I was busy living my new life. I didn’t have time to write for this blog.
But as we all know, there is no such thing as a perfect job. Soon stress crept in, mostly from dealing with competition, pressures from management, and clashing personalities at work. During this time, I got into the adult coloring book craze. Coloring pages really helped me transition to a relaxed state of mind and forget about work-related stress when I’m at home. I colored to my heart’s content for 30 minutes every night during weekdays and even more during weekends.
Here are a few of the pages I worked on:
A cousin learned I was into coloring and he gifted me with Johanna Basford’s Enchanted Forest and a coloring pencil set. I was ecstatic! 🙂 Being frugal by nature, I usually don’t buy myself pricey coloring books and pencils. I just go for cheap ones. (These days I’m also learning and immersing myself in Philippine stock investing, which I will write about later.)
There also came a time when I wanted to try and buy more color pencils and books, which I felt did not coincide with the minimalist life I aspire to live. I already had four coloring books and three color pencil sets. I became frustrated after I saw other works of artists online with beautifully blended and realistic colors. I felt my work was lame. But then I realized they were artists and I was just a hobbyist. (I always have to be mindful to control my perfectionist nature 🙂 )
As I write this, the department where I work as a full-time snippet writer is folding up starting tomorrow. But it’s alright. I’ve learned what I can from that experience and met people who I have shared fun and melodramatic moments with. My part-time work and domestic chores keep me busy as well as doing research about motherhood, parenting, and homeschooling. I still color from time to time, but my passion for coloring has subsided. There are still a lot of uncolored pages in the four books I’ve collected. I wish I were more focused like the Japanese. They devote themselves to doing and mastering one thing their whole lives.
But life comes in stages, right now I’m beginning another new chapter in my life. And I’m extremely grateful to God for it. He always makes things happen in His perfect time.