I can really say that this period in my life, my NOW, is definitely the most growth-intensive time of my life so far.
It all began when I was hired in my current job only a month ago. I was adjusting to my non-teaching officer role in a university when I discovered I have enough free time to pursue my passions. I am a bibliophile, so I immediately signed-up for a staff library membership and devoured books one after the other. It was a blissful beginning, but I felt that I could use my downtime at work in pursuing my other passion, writing. I still had no idea how this would go about, so I went on Instagram and visited my friend Airees' online page.
Airees is one of my favorite people in the creative industry. She is a mom and social entrepreneur, and I recalled having read that she took a course with Arriane Serafico. From her testimonial, it seemed that this course propelled her to pursue her passion full-time without compromising her other priorities. I then visited Arriane's site and was blown away by her diverse channels of teaching goal-setting, creative entrepreneurship, and simply going after your one true passion. I started with her podcast, The Purposeful Creative and I was hooked. She spoke in practical terms and shared a lot about her personal experience of leaving a job she loved at one of my favorite social enterprises, Rags2Riches, in order to teach the principles of passion + purpose full-time. I joined the podcast's Facebook group and discovered this sisterhood which allowed me to immerse myself in an environment that fosters new ideas and creative pursuits. I enrolled in Arriane's Braver Goals, a goal-setting e-course which changed my life to say the least. I found myself actually accomplishing the workbook, religiously updating my Courage Journal, and doing the exercises. The curriculum is manageable and did not interfere with my work at all. I then realized that this is it. If I can complete an e-course while balancing my full-time job and well, adulting, then I can write again.
I decided to join 15 Days of Writing True, a writing course facilitated by the awesome Sofia Cope and Camille Pilar. Sofia is a self-branding and artistic expression teacher, while Camille surfs, teaches creative writing, and makes badass coffee in La Union. I loved their combo so I enrolled in their course. I was initially skeptical about the curriculum. I mean, how could 15 days change my writing trajectory? Man, I was so wrong.
By the first week of #15DaysOfWritingTrue, I was hooked. The Facebook group was the ideal venue to share my assignments and everyone was so supportive. I put up this website to house my written output and it basically solved the classic new blogger's dilemma of producing the initial content. I was so into it, that I even shared my work on The Purposeful Creative's Facebook page. I enjoyed writing everyday and like Camille, I commenced my own 100 Days Project, which I have also included in this website. I committed myself to produce one written work for the next 100 days. The best thing about putting up my own website is that I have a sense of accountability because I have my own venue to present my work. It's no longer a free blog. It's already a paid site, which gives me the adult feel. Turns out, acquiring my own domain has solved not just my self-perceived writer's block, but also my fear of sharing my work to others.
I found out by accident (on Facebook's recommended events) that Testify was hosting a talk on snail mail. I grew up collecting stamps and sending out letters by mail so OMG I was so attending this. Turns out, my teacher Camille was the speaker! Fate brought me to this event on a Sunday night, and it turned out to be a charmed one. I wrote my blog entry while Camille and the cafe's owners were speaking on the importance of writing letters, and I was inspired. I did tell Camille during that night that it was weirdly good to meet her in person, and that sharing my work has helped me write like clockwork. I left the cafe knowing that I was not alone in this creative magic.