Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Konnichiwa, November!

What an awesome, awesome time it is to be alive. Just days ago, I was feeling like a rotten egg, not wanting to even acknowledge the fact that the end of the year is due soon. So many personal deadlines to make in addition to work, plus all the family gatherings I'll have to attend and be subjected to "ang *payat* mo parin" and "akala ko mag-aabroad ka na" questions... November and December are going to be insane.

I'm feeling quite better now, and seeing that it's the first of the month, it's time for a little updating and goal-making. First off, updating.

  • Within the last two weeks, I've been more active on social media (thanks to Halloween), especially on Tumblr, Instagram, and Ello. My Facebook Page is always updated - and now, I've got more than 1,000 followers! Although it's not about the numbers, it gives me comfort knowing that at least those many people feel my brand is worth following. I hope it only goes up from here. 
  • I scored my first major blog post sponsorship! I had been sponsored before, but the pays weren't cash, just tokens and products. This may not mean much to others, but it came at a time where I was really thinking about other gigs for my blog. Thanks Groupon!
  • I found a stable-enough part-time writing job online at onlinejobs.ph and it has been sustaining my planner addiction. Ah! I was offered by the same employer to do a more focused job with a higher monthly pay, but the tasks just weren't doable considering I am an employed graphic artist. 
  • Work has had some major events. So many options that I still can't wrap my head around it. The hardest thing is that I want to do everything being thrown at me. I know I can be a good this or a great that if I wanted to, but I can't handle all of them at the same time, especially when one job title requires a self-confident, reassuring project manager and another needs a really creative, nerdy artist. It's all good though, haha, if not a little frazzling.

These were major events that have impacted my decision-making for next year. I'm scared, unsure of the future and if I can make it after "The Decision", but I do have dreams to fulfill and an immediate family to support, so there's that.

As with normal people, I've got short-term goals for November. 
  • Finish Flor's album cover art (gift for her friend)
  • Start and finish my planned Christmas gifts for my boss and co-workers
  • Find the so-called "Planner Peace" (or else find myself bankrupt before the holidays)
  • Attend my friend's Brush Calligraphy Workshop (November 12th)
  • Buy back my DSLR (dammit)
  • Do one more Podcast around a really good horror story (Listen to the first one below)

  • Write a proper review on "Lights Out" (just watched it, have mixed feelings)
  • Reach 1,500 likes on my Facebook Page

The next part is making sure I achieve these goals. It won't be easy, but my fingers are crossed. I pray to God I accomplish so much more in the last two months of 2016 than I have been able to in the past ten. *Shivers*

I am so scared of 2017. 
And it's just November. 

Join the conversation!

  1. Those are some very good targets and goals and I am sure you will achieve them... stay focussed and continue doing all you love and I am sure it will come true.. I also have a somewhat similar goal.. but mine is to get a new lens for my olympus camera since the original lenses died on me... huhuhu

  2. Congratulations on your wins! I'm happy for you. Time flies fast indeed. I can't believe we only have 2 months left for 2016. But I'm excited for 2017. :)

  3. Love your post. First, congratulations on your accomplishments. Second, congratulations for writing this post as a way to remind yourself of your own accomplishments. Finally, congratulations for writing your goals. Somehow, publishing it here make it more accountable. Yes, you are accountable to your readers who expect you to accomplish your planned tasks!

  4. Wow, it is truly amazing and ever so inspiring. I recall the first time I received a sponsored all expenses trip, the feeling was really different then it goes on and on, then just recently I had my international all expenses paid trip. I know this isn't about the reason why I blog cause I never even weighed myself a good writer and I have never thought I came to this point. Perhaps, it is because that we love what we do and this is really how our passion pays back. So kudos on your achievements, may there will be more amazing experiences you'll have ahead. Be motivated always and continue to write! Cheers mate.

  5. Congratulations Veenah.. I'm sure you'll have more fruitful months to come
    Congrats to your first major sponsored blog post! Yay! And also congrats for your growin g followers.. you deserve it!

  6. Congrats on doing a sponsored post, that's awesome! Your life seems to go really well with offers and fun choices, try to enjoy it even though you're scared of 2017 :-) I like your goals and wish you the best in your journey to achieve them.

  7. Don't be scared, stay positive. You're going to do fine in 2017. It's the best year for you! Especially after a year that's a bit less good than you wanted it. You'll see. Keep ya head up babe!

  8. Great that you found a part-time writing job! It looks interesting.
    Nice that you've already set some goals for November! It's nice that the work on social media pays off and that you're gaining followers!

  9. Congrats on the sponsorship and the followers and the job! Well atleast you are still productive not to mention that I myself is too lazy to even jot down my goals! Super Fail! And I think I already liked your facebook page so way to go on to the another 500! Aja!

  10. Hello to November indeed! You accomplished quite a lot that I think you don't have to worry too much for the next 2 months :) I mean hitting your FB Page following target and getting a paid sponsored post. I mean, you're on a roll! Your short term November goal actually gives me inspiration to make a blogpost out of mine too. Will be borrowing your idea if that's okay? :D

  11. Woah! Good job on your achievements first of all. :) This is a good headstart and somehow, I was motivated by this blog. I shouldn't settle on going on with the flow. The year is almost over, I should have achieved something. Thanks and goodluck to your future plans! I hope this month will be amazing to the both of us and all our fellow bloggers. Haha.

  12. Wow! Congratulations on the 1,000 likes! What an achievement, though, if i am honest I'm not surprised. You're work is always of such high calibre! :)

    I adored your podcast / story. I stood petrified in the kitchen in mid-movement while I was washing the dishes, listening completely absorbed with your voice. It's so beautiful! I had no idea you had such a gorgeous voice?

    I'm looking forward to seeing you knock down mountains in 2017! :) x



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