Finally, here’s the blog entry I’ve promised before! I really miss writing reflective blog posts such as this. Hopefully, this will be useful to anyone out there who is currently struggling or confused about his / her path. ^^
Before I give some advice, let me share a bit of my personal struggles a year or so ago. I feel comfortable in sharing some of these because I’ve already overcome some. : )
YAY story time ~
I think that everyone will arrive at some point wherein he / she feels lost about his or her career path. More than a year or so ago, at our company (which is being run by my older brother Eric), I was given an insanely BIG task. I had to setup a successful and profitable online store for JapanLover.me (which is Japan Lover Me Store now). I had to find the formula from taking pictures, listing the items, promoting the products, taking care of our clients, generating sales, and so much more (of course, with my brother’s assistance). We were only THREE in the company that time (my bro, my cousin, and me) who were juggling all these jobs (physically) in Japan. I am very thankful of my teammates from Manila (Chichi and Kaye) because they really have been so HELPFUL right from the start regarding other responsibilities such as graphic design help and social media boosting. We couldn’t hire more people because we had to sell our first batch of souvenir jackets first before investing in more hands. From 50, it became 100 sukajan, then 500.. and now, it’s around 2500+ souvenir jackets. Eventually, we have become more financially capable to hire part-timers (hi Shinanoさん and Justin) and more people (hi Anne) in the company. To cut the story short, there were many times that I wanted to give up (add my self-diagnosed PMDD for more stress.. omg T_T.. )… and at the same time, I was being torn between doing this “day job” of mine (which was like my 24/7 job before haha) and pursuing my content creator dream / path which in the end, I am still fighting for even up to now.
Here’s a quick update and some photos from our family vacation here in Tokyo.
It’s been real fun so far & I’m so happy that I get to show them around places that I also enjoy.
Ever since, my parents have always been hardworking and busy at work…. so this trip really means a lot to all of us. I still do not know how this trip came possible (to save up for the three of us seemed impossible omg) but I strongly believe that there was a divine intervention along the way. Haha!
I’m planning on making a more “descriptive” blog entry in the future but for now, these will do! ; )
Wore kimono and strolled around Asakusa. It was their first time to experience this! 💕
Read my Kyoto Kimono Rental Wargo experience at their Sensoji branch here!
Yesterday night, out of impulse, I made a line blog. It’s for my Nihongo practice! 頑張ります！
Sharing shiba inu and cat cuteness ~
Hobonichi-ing during the trip!
Fetching my parents from the airport yesterday night was such a dream.
When I moved to Japan almost 5 years ago, I promised myself that zettai, zettai (absolutely).. I will do my best to bring my parents here and give them an all-expense paid trip. For me to finish my degree in a private university in Manila, my Mom and Dad worked their very best to support. And I will always be grateful for them because of that… I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for them.
Now that I have established myself here, I’ve decided that it is about time to payback everything. And this beautiful sakura season, I will be showing them around and we will all have an unforgettable time together.
I can’t wait to share more stories about this trip.
Hope you guys have a wonderful Spring break as well! 🌸
Finally, I get to blog about the first run of our creative workshop here in Japan! Yaaay!
It was such a fun Saturday afternoon with friends! Thanks all for coming 🙂
Hobonichi With Me | Kawaii Journaling + Brush Lettering + Stamp Carving Workshop in Japan
Gave out these ABC postcards as freebies since they serve as great daily reminders ~