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The Blatant Signs of Unemployment

Unemployment

I have been a freelance brand and marketing consultant for local brands in Iloilo City, Philippines for two years now. I started with a blog and a Facebook Page, then expanded to brand and marketing strategies. Earlier this year, I jumped in as a life coach on leadership, brands, and personal development. Basically, I left employment to pursue a passionate career.

During that stretch of 730 days, I would like to believe I have reached a handful commendable milestone:

  • Created a viral post for a local brand on their product relaunching.
  • Increased sales of a local aesthetic spa brand.
  • Built brand value on one of the most innovative coffee shops in the city.
  • Increased sales on the new cake of a local pastry shop.

I also would like to think that I have made progress in what feels like “blink-of-an-eye” timespan.

I have written a considerable number of articles and social media posts. I discovered new traits and abilities about myself. I also have observed and took note of the ins and outs of the social marketing industry.

I also learned that anyone can lose one’s self in this game of glamour and online popularity contest.

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to ravage the globe, I reflect on how I have become today and where I started.

I left my office work three years ago to pursue a freelance marketing job. Although it was my own doing, I found myself living day by day with a whole lot of prayers and a depleting P2,000 in my pocket monthly.

In my days of lack, I learned how to pray for my daily bread to arrive. When supplies diminish and demand rises beyond the border, I learned how to pray, “Thy will be done.”

As my money goes thinner by the day, I remind myself of the vision I saw for myself in the next ten years. It can’t be seen now but I believed that I was planting little by little to see it coming in the future.

There are days that not only lack money but lacks hope. These are the days when I have to cry myself to sleep thinking whether I had the right decision or I only had a delusion. Tough nights to find myself asleep with my mind floating around for answers to suffice my unemployment.

I realized that my strong belief in the vision of myself kept me whole in those nights despite the reality of lack, losses, and lamentation.

While lamenting on my situation, I pushed myself to be creative and resourceful. Amid doubts and fear, I convinced myself of the good future I am aiming for. 

I found out that in desperate times, no one can ever convince us to survive and thrive but ourselves.

In writing this, I remember the story of the Prodigal Son. In his lowest low, no one was ever convincing enough to lead him back to his father. It was his own words spoken to himself that made him come back to his home. 

I learned that in our pits, only our words to ourselves can pick us up to go back to the goodness of God and life. Not our friends nor our family’s words.

When I picked myself up from the mire of self-doubts and fear, I saw limitless potentials standing upfront. The horizon is just too wide to even comprehend. Believe in the plans God has for our lives. No matter what happens in the world, God stays as God.

I learned to believe in the goodness of God and that His mercies are really renewed every morning.

Think about that! I had no enough money. I am unemployed. I was learning the ways of this industry having suffered from unemployment. I was a nobody. But someone saw the same vision as I have. My first brand partner was a home to me.

I learned to keep on moving despite some hurdles that made me fall sometimes. I learned how to get up time and time again.

One by one, my vision of myself is coming to pass piece by piece. I kept my ground intact. I have to see the totality of myself in the next five years. 

I knew that I had to respect the process and to understand the element of time. 

Just like any other story, there can be hundreds of instances where I may have let go of the rope and just let myself drown in the ocean of desperation to die. 

There were times I had to cave in myself from people, potentials and more so from predators. But these days are different now.

After meditating on this article for a bit, I now know that its purpose is two-fold.

  • For one, it is a reminder for me to keep the vision and continue the run. It is a ‘sticky note’ on my forehead on what I have undergone and what I now become. This article is a reminder that the same God who was with me then, is still the same God who is with me now and will with me tomorrow.
  • It also serves as a reminder to you. My vision is paired with a mission to also inspire and motivate a community – that community includes you. Yeah, that community is ‘you’. I hope that despite the global crisis today, you are still up to pursue the vision you have for yourself. I hope you are closer to kicking off the self-doubt and fear from yourself and building the life God has destined for you.

Don’t lose sight of why you are chasing the vision despite the challenges.

Don’t lose hope while you are running the race of life.

Don’t forget to rest when you face exhaustion.

Don’t hesitate to pray when you are overwhelmed.

Don’t doubt yourself and what God has gifted you.

Don’t give up even if you are unemployed now for whatever reason. Trust God. Trust the process.

Remember that.

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Event

Love Camp 2020 – Love Revolution Has Began!

Love Camp

ILOILO CITY – Love Revolution has began as Love Camp 2020 kicked off with a theme #NoMoreHeartbreak and a full packed hall of hundreds of youth and young professionals last February 14, 2020 at the Philippine Red Cross Bldg., Bonifacio Drive, Iloilo City.

Love Camp is pioneered by a group of young entrepreneurs being Nile on Weekends as the official partner on digital media. It is a community to campaign and to educate youth and young professionals in the management of love and relationships these days. 

Love Camp

Love Camp 2020 as an event was composed of music, games, giveaways, and talks on the three major topics; Finding Your Lifetime Partner Testimonial Love Story of Pastor Ryan and Sharon Valenzuela, Mental Health on Relationship by Dr. May Ann Sta. Lucia, and Preparing for a Family Life by Pastor Tony Carnaje.

“Boys, do not violate the privacy of your girlfriends.” a friendly reminder by Pastor Ryan. “If you think that person is your God-given partner, the first thing you should is to pray for God to protect your partner for you.” he added. 

Love Camp

Pastor Ryan and Sharon Valenzuela

“At the age of 10, I received a vision from God. Years passed by and I got married. I learned that my husband also had the same vision like mine. When you ask for a relationship, ask God for a lifetime partner who has the vision as you have. Then, God will be the center of your relationship.” as reminisced by Mrs. Sharon Valenzuela, wife of Pastor Ryan Valenzuela.

This is followed by a mental health discussion by Dr. May Ann Sta. Lucia. “Love relationship is not always a sunshine. There are times that your relationship will go through tough times and tension. Learn how to manage the tension to survive the stress. You have to be mentally well and spiritually healthy to keep a relationship. ” she emphasized.

Love Camp

Dr. May Ann Sta. Lucia

Pastor Tony Carnaje capped the event with a commitment challenge. He raised the question on the most intriguing topic in this generation, “Is sex before marriage ok?” He answered with a very serious tone, “Your greatest gift to your partner during your wedding day is your abstinence and purity.” Also, premarital sex may lead to the unpreparedness of having early pregnacy. “We are not created for this kind of system. God made sex as a good thing for married couples to enjoy. We need to know our boundaries. Wait for the right time.” He added.

Love Camp

Pastor Tony Carnaje

With over 240 youth and young professionals that night, Iloilo City is seeing a love revolution in the most connected generation ever, millennials and generation Z! Love Camp is envisioned to be a yearly event of Feb 14 to gather youth and young adults in the most emotional day of the year as everyone is looking for someone to have a date with. Do you want to join this revolution? Like and follow the official Love Camp Ph on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lovecampPH/ .

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