A couple of weeks ago, out of the blue, I just suddenly thought of my blog and why I am still keeping it open despite of my very rare posts. Last year was so scarce, I only posted twice. Honestly, it made me sad. This year, it’s a miracle that I have already posted four times, this one is the fifth. However, I noticed that I only post when I want to show my artworks along with tidbits about my work. Not quite the reason why I created this blog. Not at all…
About six or seven years ago, I had a blog dedicated specially for my fandom whims and life raves and rants. Actually, that blog is still alive, just inactive for a couple of years already. I don’t know why livejournal hasn’t deleted it yet. But it is still there. I can even still logon. Anyways, that old blog helped me find balance between my work and social life – the latter being so little because of the former.
I was a corporate slave and I felt I needed to socialize even if it was only on an online world. I was never a facebook person and status updates were never my thing. I like writing down my thoughts. I like talking about my favorite stuff – reading novels, anime, Korean drama, Kpop and so forth. When I delved into the world of K-dramas and Kpop, I needed a place to talk about it. Forums were never enough. I felt I needed my own space to post my thoughts with no holds barred, a haven where I could praise or criticize unabashedly.
Last March 20 and 21 was my department’s FY2016 strategic planning and team building activity. It was the very first time that we invited a professional facilitator to guide us with the strat-plan. I must say that it was a success and a wonderful experience. We learned more about our professional selves and who we can always depend on.
There were about eight games and after every game there were realizations about our strengths and weaknesses, what we did right and wrong… what we would do differently and how will we apply it to work. I will not discuss everything that happened but I will definitely share what I realized: why I stayed in the company even when I felt I deserved better. I stayed because of the people I work with. The TBA only justified why I chose to still work with the company… because the people in my department are not just co-workers, they are my friends and family. Never did I felt different nor alone all throughout the two days we were together. I was always included in the activities and where they were, they insisted that I’d be there as well. All the boys went down the terrace to carry me and my wheelchair. I didn’t feel that they did it because I was one of the managers, but because we were colleagues and peers that respect each other.
Okay… enough of that. On the second day, we had our free time. So while everyone were enjoying the sea, I was enjoying the view not far from the beach. I had a couple of hours to myself. I enjoyed a simple snack from the bar and drew a simple artwork to commemorate our stay in the resort… Closing this post with that artwork and the hope that FY2016 will be a productive and blessed year for me, my team and our company.