Midweek inspiration : Changes in life. Embrace or avoid them?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hello friends, how is your midweek? This is the time of the week that I feel my day is longer than usual, so why don't we discuss about something uplifting. Often I involved in the conversation with my friends, colleagues and family about life in general and how life treats them. Often they also brought up the topic about changes is necessary, but what change means for each of us and which aspect shall we change? it could be about career moves, life style, relocation and many other things. Also, many of us brought up these statements; 'I want to quit my job', 'I want to do something different', or even ' I want to move to other country, my country where I live sucks'. Lol. But the question lies, do we really mean it? Changes! How we treat this? remember we are after all a creature of habit, changes requires something outside the routine, changes is something extraordinary that about to happen. Will you embrace or avoid them?

The only drastic change in my life that I am glad I've done it right is when I decided to make a career change. I am an economic graduated, major in accounting, I worked for ten years in finance and accounting field, I had pretty decent career paths until when I married my husband in year 2005 and I had to move to Malaysia. I had to start from zero, looked for jobs, I could not get any job for 6 months, local company prefer not to hire foreigner as obtaining a work visa at year 2005 was pretty tedious procedures (now is much easier) unless you are hired as expatriate which needs certain requirement to be the one. In the end, I was hired by a company that has affiliation with my previous company in Indonesia, not a job that I wanted, a position as administrative staff and totally underpaid. I desperate for a job so I accepted it. I have bunch of nice colleagues except a senior that I did not even report to. She is an insecure person and made my life shitty at there. So I had enough for all these unnecessary negativity. In the same time, I felt that I had enough with the field that I was into. As far as I remember, I studied accounting was because my parent want it so. I worked in the field was because I thought I should after I graduated (what else can I do as an accounting graduated?). Do not get me wrong, accountant or finance officer is totally an excellent profession and earn a pretty decent salary, but it is not something that I am passionate about. I am a people person not someone that happily sitting a whole day in front of computer facing numbers, miraculously I done it for ten years...haa..  In year 2006, my husband's friend introduced her self as an instructional designer. The words sound foreign to me, I asked 'What do you do as an instructional designer?' she said, 'I design instruction, I train educators to imply new teaching paradigm, I introduce technology tools for teaching and learning'. And I asked again, 'So you deal with people?' She said, 'Yes, a lot'. At that night after my meeting with her, I told my husband that I wanted to be an instructional designer. In the same year, at 2006 I enrolled my self to further my study in  master degree of Instructional Technology and not too long after that, I got a job in the field that I studied and I enjoy every bit of it. 

In the contrary, I also made few mistakes regarding changes that I wanted. The consequences of the mistake that I made is sometime not easy to overcome, however I try to learn from it. As my age is catching up and having more commitment, I now seeking for stability. Therefore, stability is the opposite of change. Stability means we have to ensure having a secure job to pay our bills and being accountable to our love ones. As far as my desire to have continuous excitement in life, I still have to be careful to decide impulsively. So before big changing actually happens, I try to enjoy every bits of the little ones. These are few things that I do, to make me keep going and creating a little excitement in my life;

1. I mingle with like minded people
I like meeting people, but I am very selective making friends, mingle with like a minded people is important to bring a positive energy in my life. Sometime routine could be so unexciting, I need some fresh ideas, new initiatives, break the chains a little bit. So, I joined a community/club unrelated with what I am doing in daily basis. Last year I joined fans club, first time ever ha... I enjoy making new friends with the same interest and discussing about our idol and giggling and feeling younger than usual. We develop a genuine friendship, from talking about casual things to sharing our life and problem, my friends gave me a positive vibe that I need in within my ordinary life and I hope I could function the other way around. Now, start digging what interest you at the moment and find a community to articulate your interests. 

2. I always hungry for new knowledge
Being jack of all trade but master of none has an advantage haha. Seriously, I just hungry to learn something new, it gives me excitement. I attended many various workshop and online courses out of curiosity. A matter of fact, this blog was born out of boredom. In 2009, I started reading blogs, I wonder, how these blogger set up a beautiful blog, random posts yet so interesting to read. Then I started to learn how to set up blog and wrote post. My first post was just a picture with a few words, along the way after five years of blogging, I slowly found my blogging voice. I attended wonderful online blogging course call Blogging Your Way to improve my knowledge about blogging, if you are interested on blogging, this is a good course. Also as a working adult, we may have limited time to attend real workshop/courses, yet learning something new or taking courses could be a way to have a little spark in our routine. Thanks to MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) that now we could just have an internet connection, a lap top, a comfortable couch at home and we could enroll online courses at flexible time. There are many free courses that we can enroll, from a fun courses like how to decorate a cake to how to create apps. I took free online courses from Coursera to improve my knowledge as Instructional designer. If you are interested in various MOOC resources, you can leave comment in the comment box, I will share with you lots of lists as it is impossible to type them here. Still the lists of new knowledge that I want to learn goes on, I want to attend culinary retreat, I want to attend calligraphy workshop in here, I want to learn about coffee brewing technique, etc, etc... I make my mind occupied with this excitement of learning a new things whenever I feel that life is sucks. Please try, it helps!

3. I take a further steps.
Have you ever heard these phrase ' when you have it, flaunt it', but not in the negative connotation though :). I like my job as ID and trainer, but doing and training the similar topic for every single day somehow drain my creativity. I feel my brain redundant in some extend, but I am not planning to have a career change, I just need a little varieties. In result, since last year I started to teach night class at one of the private university. I currently teach three hours a week, but starts on May 2014 I will teach six hours per week. My teaching subject is still under my expertise but I cover a wider topics, it gave me a fresh injection to my brain. My students never fails to cheer up my day. Recently, I signed up with Odesk, an online portal for freelancer and you could offer your service in any field that you are good at. I believe everybody has hidden talent, please dig your hidden talent and start nurture them, transfer your talent to be your additional income resources without leaving your stable job. You can set up an online shop at Etsy or Big Cartel to sell your handmade product without spending tons of money to start your business or you can become a member of Luvocracy if your talent is curating a good product and earn commission from it or selling your cakes if you good at it, etc. I have few friends that conducting various creativity workshop at their home apart of their official job, the possibility is endless, right? 

Note: Please consult your boss if you plan to do freelance/part time job to avoid conflict of interest (if it is related). 

I hope some of my personal tips inspire you in anyhow. Remember life takes time, be kind with it and according to someone that I adore dearly, we shall live our life without regret, keep going! 

Have a good day, I shall be back next week. 

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