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To sum it up succinctly, this year has been a good year. It is a year of finding the right work life balance I have been looking for.
In retrospect, 2011 was not-so-good year for me. I suffered greatly and mainly because of my highly demanding but never rewarding job. I was working as a real estate agent and although it’s lucrative, the job demanded most of my time and barely allowed me to have any time for myself or for any thing else. I was practically working 7 days a week, at least 16 hours a day. It was during that year I became physically drained and ultimately led me to my being a sickly person.
In early January I resigned and I started looking for another job and luckily after a little over a month, I landed an awesome job in a great working environment, not to mention having the best boss ever. This job allows me to have the balance I was seeking. No more overtime work. Just regular hours and days of work. I now get to do whatever else I wish during my free time, meaning my weeknights, weekends and public holidays.
So here I am today with a more balanced life. I work but don’t really need to work that hard. It pays good enough and it’s an easy-paced job and I love that! I am now more than ever able to do what I love to do. And traveling is one of them.
This year, I got to travel to Bangkok, Bali, Krabi, and most importantly I got to visit my hometown Manila to be with my family a few times. For sure I’ll be doing more traveling next year. In fact, I will be in Boracay for my birthday and I’m visiting Cambodia come February and Hanoi in April.
I just feel so blessed. I am at a very happy place right now. I realized it’s never worth punishing yourself just for the sake of keeping a job. If it makes you unhappy and miserable, drop it. Walk away from it. And move on. Trust that there are better options, always. If I were to advise anyone about life, I guess that would be it.
A new year beckons in a few days. So here’s to good life and hopefully a better year ahead! And perhaps I’ll get lucky enough I’ll finally find the love of my life!
Enjoy the holidays and happy new year everyone!