I have participated in an awesome writing online course by two very talented Filipinas – Camille & Sofia. It is called #15daysofwritingtrue. It’s honestly been a year since I last wrote on my blog, and I feel that I found this course for a reason – to be inspired again 🙂
The last two years have been crazy, we moved countries twice, I had a miscarriage (it’s been a year now, and we’re sustained by His perfect peace), worked in a start up again, and I’m now planning to have a side hustle…
For Day 2 of #15daysofwritingtrue, I decided to “recycle” my very first post in Medium, which I posted last month. I chose a photo of my work desk which includes two powerful quotes “Be Here Now” and “Do What You Love” and I honestly thought of the way I felt when I was writing my first Medium post.
So here it is: A Moment of Clarity
Does Writing Help You Reframe Things? (This is what I’m trying to find out…)
It feels good “to intentionally not think of WORK” until tomorrow morning. It gives me this chance to write my first medium post (and hopefully practice creativity while I’m at it) …
Special thanks to Todd Brison for playing a “mentor role” (yes I volunteer him to be my mentor!) — this guy seriously encourages me to START. I am mentioning him not for the sake of mentioning a Medium influencer but purely to thank him for the encouragement. I listen to his audio book The Creative’s Curse whenever I get the chance.
If you’re still reading this, let me give a short introduction about what I’m currently doing and what my background is:
I am a digital marketer for a start-up in Melbourne and I am just about to start a side hustle. This is not the first time I’m going to try and set up something.
It is my first time doing it as a side hustle though, and I realise how different (and challenging) this will be as everything I’ve tried doing before, I’ve done full time. I failed several times, obviously not because I did these projects full time, but because I wasn’t clear about my purpose.
I first got introduced to blogging in 2010. I just got married, and “decided” it is something I could do. I resigned, set up my online presence and voila I was a full-time blogger! I was even grateful to be mentioned by Kikolani. I wrote mostly about personal development (I consumed as much self-help resources as I could).
Even though it allowed me to practice writing and to get introduced to the possibility of having an online business — I was so unclear WHY I’m doing it that I got disillusioned after almost a year of doing it (don’t ask me about the vlogs I created which make me cringe now).
I am thankful I didn’t continue with my dreams of becoming a wantrepreneur. I was doing it for all the wrong reasons, thus I wasn’t getting any results. I was then fortunate to be a part of a startup team in Singapore.
I love the fact that I was able to participate in the vibrant and growing Singaporean startup ecosystem. I am an introvert but I love the exposure, the experience and the connections that resulted from being a part of it.
Fast forward to today, here I am helping to grow a SaaS business based in Melbourne. I love my work, I really do! It gives me the opportunity to implement everything I’m continuously learning in the ever-evolving field of digital marketing.
We’re currently in the exciting stage of growing our audience and every person who opts in to our lead generation effort motivates me to do my absolute best.
I love my work but I also get impatient. You know that feeling you get when you realise that you’re meant for something bigger? I am starting to ask (again) why I’m not doing my own business yet?
I’m seriously asking it this time as I’ve proved that what I can do brings value. It just reaffirms the fact that I should be starting a side hustle NOW!
You may be asking why I’m writing this public post. Also why on medium which is currently the top publishing platform on the internet? Well because I can’t please everybody and I just want to START. To start writing and to start my side hustle…
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be writing more about my experience — the challenges of starting a side hustle (as well as its rewards). I wholeheartedly believe that aside from the benefit of potentially being able to transition to becoming a full-time entrepreneur, having a side hustle makes you even better at work (or whatever project you’re involved with now).
I do want to explore this topic of how having a side hustle is beneficial not just for you but for your current work/project as well. In my next post, I want to write about entrepreneurs who are successfully doing this. They are still employed yet they’re also building something meaningful for themselves.
Let’s see how this pans out. I’ll write again soon!
P.s. I am happy to say that this little post indeed helped me reframe things. It helped me see that starting somewhere is always better than not starting at all 🙂