During our Philippine vacation last year. @ Calaguas Island. Vinzons, Camarines Norte
Happy Thursday, everyone! I hope you had a great and safe July 4th! We stayed home yesterday and on Monday night we also had fireworks that our daughters enjoyed so well. We’re been very busy these past couple days and it won’t die down until Sunday. I’ll have a radio interview this morning about finding host families for my exchange students and they will also incorporate some stories about my book. Then we’ll do groceries afterwards. And tomorrow, I’ll have doctor’s appointment. On Saturday, we’re planning to go at The Farmer’s Market to sell my book and hopefully, find host families! Next Saturday is The Nebraska Book Festival in Lincoln where I’m a part of “Good Books Fast” program where seven of us—Nebraska local authors—will present our work to the audience, then a book signing will follow.
That’s my schedule looks like…for now.
Anyway, what I really want to blog is about reminiscing the decision I made last year. It was a big decision, yet not hard to make. A year ago, I quit my job as a school custodian. I had to call the superintendent to tell him I was quitting because I want to pursue my writing career. That was the time when I was rewriting Pesos to Pennies, my first book. I had to because my husband found another job (he was terminated from the school as a custodian two month prior). And taking our girls to daycare or paying a babysitter to watch them wasn’t a smart idea, money wise. I worked part-time with my other job as a local coordinator for exchange students and I spent the rest of my time with my family and rewriting my book.
It was an adjustment for me to stay home because I’ve never done this before since I lived here. I had 10 months break from work when I came over here because I couldn’t take any job for not having a working permit. After I worked as a receptionist in 2010, I didn’t stop working full-time (although I changed jobs!) until last year as a school custodian. Parting your ways from co-workers sometimes could be hard, but it wasn’t that hard in my case because I only worked there for one year. Part of it was part-time and the rest was full-time position.
Waking up in the morning and not hurrying (or dragging) myself to go to work was one of the good things of staying home. I had to plan something what we can do for the day or go somewhere anytime we want. Staying home for a year also gave me time to pursue my goal of publishing a book. I’m so happy that I made it happen.
Staying home has disadvantages too. I love being around my daughters but too often I found myself bored. To suffice that boredom, we do other things like visiting our neighbor, going to the park, riding bike, I go for walks, library visits, spending more time on my computer (writing or navigating), cooking, etc., and I found a part-time job as a sub-librarian.
Quitting my full-time job crippled our income. I learned that budgeting can be a beautiful skill to have. We can be creative too! I enjoyed the time I gained after quitting my job last year. I learned more about myself. It gave me time to focus what I really want to do with my life. One of the reasons why I’m so busy lately is because I keep checking school information about the possible American degree I want to pursue. In my book, I once wrote that I didn’t want to go back to school anymore, but a few weeks ago, like a lightning bolt, a new idea hit my head. I know I love writing and being an author is one of my ultimate goals in life. But I found out I want there’s another interest I’m wanting to pursue. If everything’s work out, I’ll go back to school to pursue a career in dietetics. I want to be a dietitian. Living a healthy life is a topic that’s been interest me these years. I want to guide and help people about healthy living. Maybe that’s the reason why—for some reason—I decided to think that my second book should be about health. I have a lot of ideas to share but gaining more knowledge about it will help me more. I’ve been calling schools to ask questions about the process. Even though all the information is on their websites, still, as a new student with foreign credentials, things can get a little complicated. Knowing how I would pay for my education is one thing and all the pre-requisites the university needs are another thing. “Do I need to take ACT or SAT or TOEFL to get accepted to your school?” was only one of the questions I asked from a college career advisor.
A year from I quit my janitorial job, I enjoyed my family more and I found out that I have another thing to pursue in life. Like a blowing wind, our decision can change at any moment. But for now, this is what I have. A new goal to reach and hopefully, my gut will guide me whatever decision I end up to.
I hope your day is filled with positive energy!