The road to celebrating 7 years at work this week actually started 12 years ago, when I decided to uproot my life in Manila. I left a pretty cool job, embarked on a long distance relationship (thank GOD it worked out) etc., to move to a new city where I barely knew anybody and hardly had any money. I believe that people forge their own paths, and that each one's is unique, but darn mine has not been easy. One mustn't compare but I've noticed that some have it so much easier. The closest thing to a handout I received was my parents helping foot my first month in NYC. When I failed, my mom welcomed an unemployed (deflated) me into her home in Denver, as well as my then-future-in-laws in Manila, where I reeeallly had to figure things out. I moped around, hid from friends, hunkered down eating McDonald's fried chicken with our dog Sebastian, and then decided that that was it: New York was overrated. I already bombed the big move so why even bother?
BUT I went back. On a hunch. This nagging feeling to move to New York AGAIN, which made ZERO sense at the time because 1) it was literally the height of the recession/global financial crisis = no writing jobs; 2) I'd already started job-hunting, and 3) HAD NO MONEY, still!🤦🏻♀️ I flew back to NY June 2010 and have lived here since.☺️ A handful of folks know this, I lost THREE JOBS before landing a solid as a copywriter at Laura Geller (she invented makeup primers). After that I joined @Moroccanoil
AND HAVE BEEN THERE SINCE!🙏 Which is the point of this post, thanks for reading my novela of a backstory.😂 7 years is a long time to be somewhere and they say these days you're not even supposed to stay that long at a job. But I am 100+% grateful: Yes, the road has not been easy + I still have a looong way to go. But I am proud of what @alvs
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