It has been two months since I arrived in the Philippines and it has been enlightening.
During the first month, I took the advantage of being alone to think things through. I evaluated my choices and weigh in my options. I also processed my emotions and tried to develop my character.
Here’s a quick update on what’s been happening in my life right now:
1.Launched my business – @mirienda
My business is called mirienda and the goal is to be part of every filipino’s mirienda (snack) session. We offer snacks with competitive pricing without compromising its quality. Right now, we offer cold brew coffee and tea and donuts.
I invested a lot of time conceptualising and developing the product line up. I’m just enthusiastic to release it in public. I’ve always find entrepreneurship intriguing, and having no job right now, I am seeking to explore this career path.
So far, I am enjoying the process and seeing my idea materialised.
2.Bonded with family and friends
When I was an Overseas Filipino Worker, I was only given a one month-long vacation, so my schedule’s always packed. Every time I had to meet with friends and and bond with family, it’s always in a rush.
My mom always said, “We should enjoy each other’s company while it last because when all of you (referring to my siblings and I) are all grown ups and started working, it will take another decade before you can spend time again.”
Now that I have ample time, I savor the connections. I’ve met my friends a couple of times already and I’ve never bond with my family like this for 7 years.
I don’t know with you, but I’ve always associated my identity with my career. Now that I’ve lost my hotelier career, I have lost the sense of who I am.
It was scary. I was always hesitant to meet people because they will sure to ask me of my return date to Ghana. I was embarrassed to say that I’m no longer going back.
It took me a couple of weeks to finally separate my personal identity from my professional self. Practicing stoicism’s Amor Fati mindset allowed me to finally do this. I also did a lot of journaling and mind setting. I am happy now and in the pursuit of self actualisation.
I am privileged to only think about myself and be surrounded by supportive and understanding people. So when I lost my job, it was a little bit bearable.
If I am to give an advise, I would say that comparing yourself to others is an unhealthy way to go about things. Every one has demons to tame and no one really knows the whole picture of what we are going through except for ourselves.
On that note, focus your energy on improving yourself and keeping your inner peace and happiness. We are not defined by our past, but with how we perceive and react to things.
Bounce back and glow up! Good luck.