[I Love Mondays] Triple Treat

Monday, September 30, 2013 0 Comments A+ a-

First, I would like to thank the slight, almost unnoticeable pain in my jaw that I felt when I got home tonight. I realized that I have been laughing and smiling most of the time for the whole day as my officemates and I talked about the wacky and catastrophic episodes during our company's team building that happened just last Saturday. Well, we all had a blast and we definitely have something fun to talk about. Two days, and we still can't get over it.

Second, who wouldn't love it when one of your bosses comes over your desk to give thumbs up and commends you for a job well done? It feels oh so great!

And lastly, an officemate brought a box full of mango squares and it was my first time to eat one. I'm not really into sweets, but this one takes the cake. I got one happy tummy, yay!

I love Mondays. And this Monday has really been good to me... it's definitely a triple treat. September has been awesome. It started well and it ended well too... Thank you Lord! :)


Changing Lanes

Sunday, September 15, 2013 9 Comments A+ a-

Everyone who knew me and those who read my blog know that I've been working at home ever since I got my first job. July this year, I was quite devastated when I heard the news that the company I work with (and came to love) has to put me from full-time to contractual work since sales and AU dollar rate have been declining. Meaning, I only have work to do and get paid when the need arises.

It's actually the biggest heartbreak of my career because: One, my bosses are really nice. You will seldom see nice (and forgiving) foreign bosses like them. Two, I had a great team. A project manager and developers that I can collaboratively work flawlessly with, beat that. Three, it's the highest paying company I've ever been to that my salary as a designer can equal to that of a developer (or even higher compared to other companies).

I admit it, I know it's shallow, but the last one bit me the hardest.

I guess blessings in disguise can come in many forms and one is losing your job. I ended my full-time contract with my previous company in mid-August, and I got hired and started working on the first Monday of September in the BEST freakin' office ever. E-vuur. Well, it's God's way of saying, when He takes something away, He will indeed replace it with something much better. And I never expected it would be this soon.

Here's to why I think it's the best:

1. I have the best view. Overlooking the serene view of Davao, the gulf, and Samal island is just half a glance away from my desk.
What a beautiful distraction. ♥_♥

Transitions

Sunday, September 1, 2013 3 Comments A+ a-

September marks the month of transition. Well, to most Pinoys, the start of BER months mean a transition from the ordinary days to the festivities of Christmas. As early as the first day of September some friends are already posting Christmasy statuses on Facebook. So if you're getting a Christmas greeting in social media as early as the first of September, we have not lost our minds. It's just a culture thing.

Well, yeah, I feel the transition. But this September begins a bigger transition in my life. Starting tomorrow, I will be a WAHM (work-at-home-mom) no more. Yep, you heard that right. I will no longer be waking up at the heat of the sun on my face, turn on the laptop and work on my jammies. Starting tomorrow I will have a new routine which includes dressing smartly, beating the rush hour, getting stuck in the traffic, going up the elevator, and checking in.

Not only that, I will also be transitioning from being a Web Designer to a Design Engineer a.k.a. someone who designs software or apps for ios and android. Well, the tasks are not actually far from my previous work as it uses the same software and media, and it's still digital designing. It's just that I have no experience for this and unlike web design I still do not know the essentials of designing apps, you know, functionality and performance-wise without compromising aesthetics and stuff like that.

My training will start tomorrow. I'm not afraid on jump-starting into a new challenge. What I'm more afraid of is the change. The fact that I will no longer be working from home. Meaning, I will no longer be the one to feed my son, get him to take his vitamins, prepare him for school, review and help him with his assignments and so on.
Note to self.

Well, I shall bless the day I get through this. So September, please be good to me.

And Merry Christmas by the way. :)