On leaving to live

It’s 11:01 PM and I just finished packing my bags.

To where? You might be asking. Are you leaving?

Good questions, reader. Ladies and gentlemen, your blogger is in for an amazing and liberating adventure – the one that she has envisioned even before when she was twelve, and the one that she has prayed for.

And there will be no more turning back.

To all those who didn’t know, I recently changed careers. It has been a month since I left my job as a chat specialist in Alorica, which was my home for the past seven months. It was a hard adjustment for me, mostly because I sincerely loved all the people I worked with there. It wasn’t my first company, nor my first BPO experience but the whole Alorica journey was, indeed, one for the books. (See proof.)

I started my first day in International Care Ministries last April 3. Now, I’m pretty much sure if you’re reading this right now, you haven’t heard about it before. Let me tell you a little bit about ICM.

It is an organization that targets reaching out the poorest of the poor in the Philippines, primarily in Visayas and Mindanao. We hold values, livelihood and health training programs so that they can start rebuilding their lives, basically first by teaching values and conduct, and then begin small businesses which can help them support their own families. It is a donor-based international organization, that is why across the Philipppines, we have communication officers who interviews and takes photos of what’s happening to these communities that we’re handling. These are our proofs and our accountability to all the companies across the globe, to inform them where their donations are going, and what is being done to these lives that they volunteered to transform.

My job, as the Manila-based reporting officer, is to collate all these reports made and gathered by these communication officers from Visayas and Mindanao, and write and proofread articles and choose the best photos that come along with these reports before they get to our layout and graphic artist. The finished products will be distributed to our company partners.

Well, it is a fun job, for me, though, ’cause I love writing. I am now beating and meeting deadlines instead of stats and numbers every single day, which is cool, ’cause I know that my four years of labor in college is now being fully utilized. I will also have travel privileges in the future around the Philippines (and soon, in Hong Kong) as a reporting officer, which is a bonus, because who doesn’t want to travel for free, right?

Apart from the career switch, there will also be one more thing that’s gonna happen starting Monday: I will be moving out from my parent’s house.

Well, not permanently, for I will still be going back to Bulacan from time to time, preferably weekends, because weekends in Manila’s still far from weekends spent in Bulacan, but majority of my days will now be somewhere in Pasig, near my office. Energy and money-wise, it’s better.

When I was a kid, the idea of moving out was kinda scary. I am an only-child, and for all my life I was raised and lived in Bulacan, with my parents. We all know the perks of living under your parents’ roof, right? Before, all I give was a share for the bills, but now, I need to pay my own rent and bills. And to me, it may seem to be new as of the moment, but I realized that it doesn’t seem too scary at all. In fact, I’m actually excited to try to live on my own.

I don’t know if it’s because I craved for change so much, or it’s just that I have no other choices apart from that, so I might as well have fun with it and enjoy the ride. You see, I know the next chapters of my life won’t be easy, now that I have decided to switch paths, but I believe that if God is really calling you to do something, He’ll be able to sustain you and provide for everything that you need.

It’s like regardless how rough the road will be, you never get to travel alone if the One who owns the land is with you, right?

That’s exactly how I feel right now.

Everything’s new to me and sometimes I get tired of taking the bumpy road, but I am being reminded about my destination, and above anything else, I got the One who owns the whole land with me, leading my and guiding my way. I don’t have anything else to be afraid of.

Now when I am with Him.

So I finished packing my bags with a smile on my face. I’m in for the greatest adventure of my life.


*Photo not mine.

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