I’m acting??? Anong balak ko sa buhay?

I began taking improv acting classes around January 2017. It started on a whim or more like a whimper. I was feeling sad and lost because I didn’t know what I was going to do with my life. Perfect timing for a Facebook ad offering improv classes by Third World Improv (a school by the improv group SPIT). Before seeing that ad, I actually took an improv class that SPIT did for the media, back when they weren’t offering classes yet. They were just doing that to promote their shows, and I was one of the lucky lifestyle reporters who got to experience it. I remember enjoying it, and wishing I could take more. I was crestfallen when they said they weren’t offering any. Years passed, and I forgot all about them, but when I saw that Facebook ad, it all came rushing back. I thought, maybe I’ll be less miserable if I took improv.

Looking back, I don’t know why that was enough for me to get from my savings and pay for those classes. Now it’s June 2017, and I’ve had four shows and took two levels of classes. The response towards me has been surprisingly positive. Yet, I’m like, what am I doing? Why am I acting? Am I an actress???? What the fuck? This wasn’t part of the plan.

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I’m Going to Practice Management Concepts on Myself

I’ve always loved reading self-help books. Recently, there are more and more self-help books in the management section so now I’m reading management books. This is super weird, because if you’ve read To Shift or Not to Shift, you’d know that I took a management course in college, hated it, and then shifted out. I guess I just didn’t get the information related to management that was interesting to me. Anyway, so here I am so pumped up with these management books, but then I have no leadership position. Then I realized something, I can use these concepts to manage myself and my life.

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Be impressed by your efforts not just successes

A few years ago, a guy told me he visited my blog and he said, “Wow, ang dami mong blog posts.” I was shocked that he found that impressive. I never even considered that the quantity of my blog posts was in itself an accomplishment. I realized that I should also appreciate my efforts not just my successes. I have written this much and that in itself is worth something.

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Life coaching + travel getaway

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If you’re an achievement junkie like me, and you also happen to be right smack into your quarter-life crisis, then you’ll understand why I got interested in life coaching. With life coaching, learning who you are and what you should do in life can be guided by a professional. There are several life coaching packages out there in Manila, but none that I’ve heard of that combined it with a travel getaway. That is, not until Kairos.

I got lucky because my cousin, who works at Convergent Consulting, the company behind Kairos, helped me get invited to this relaxing weekend. Convergent Consulting has been in operation for 14 years, and they provide training programs for teams and leaders of top corporations in the country. To celebrate the beginning of their 15th year, they launched Kairos, which is their first attempt to combine travel and life coaching, which they offered for private individuals instead of their usual clientele of companies.

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Customizing My Planner for 2017

For 2017, I decided to do something different with my planner. I added customized pages that will help me reach my goals this year.

But first, what inspired me to do this? As I said in Rereading My Diary For Year End Insights (2016), I really got inspired by my mom’s practice of reading her planner at the end of the year. Through this, she’ll know what she did that year, and that will help her plan her next year. I couldn’t replicate her practice because I’ve been using my cellphone for my planner, and it automatically erases past events. Instead, I reread my diary. Doing that was interesting, but it was also tedious to read all of those pages. So, taking inspiration from my mom, I decided to use a physical planner as a pre-diary.

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A Page for My 2017 Accomplishments

If you bought one of those normal planners, they often start with a few pages that you don’t use. There’s a map, airport abbreviations, etc. So I decided to paste a stationary paper on one of those pages and on top I wrote “Accomplishments 2017”. So by the end of the year, I’ll remember what I did right or if I did anything at all. If any of them are worth noting in my resume, I can put them in. I also plan on updating my LinkedIn, which has been rotting for years.

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Top 3 Things I Want To Do in 2017

Last year, I had goals for the year but I wasn’t able to accomplish most of them. I realized that one of the reasons why they were ineffective was that I wrote down too many. I think I wrote 12 so that I had one goal per month. This year, I just settled on 3 goals, although there are mini goals under them. Oh well, let’s try if this will work out better.

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