Today marked the end of my 4-year journey doing corporate communications, PR & all things digital for the Les Amis Group of restaurants since I was an intern in year 2012 for one of the subsidiary concepts, Peperoni Pizzeria – yes, the one with the insta-worthy 21-inch XXL pizzas. In year 2013, I joined them full time to do marketing for all the restaurants group-wide; from luxury to mass market brands.
It’s one company I owe so much to, blessed with great food and greater people who taught me a great deal, and it was hard to bid farewell to a place that has become a second home to me; a place that gave me a chance to kickstart my career. I never thought saying goodbye to a small team of colleagues-turned-friends could make me teary-eyed as one by one, we move along our own paths. I’ve spent the most time with these guys every day, growing and helping each other even through personal issues. It was hard answering questions like “why” and “where will you go” because I quit without a steeled plan, but I took a long time to think it through.
This life is a constant string of phases and I think it’s time I needed a refreshing shift in paradigm. I don’t want to be just “too busy” anymore or “too busy” again thereafter, losing that sparkle from the speed we’re going. People might say that there’s no such thing as “not enough time” because all you need is to “make time” but that’s partially true if you’re extraordinarily disciplined or just not juggling that many things. Writing is my passion and sometimes I earn a bit of extra cash doing it, but when I work 9-6+ everyday (or 10pm if I host media dinners), before I reach home to bathe and walk Bibi, sometimes the last thing I want to do is to be on a computer again late at night when my eyes are already strained. Plus it’s not just words, but the entire process of drafting, editing, taking photos, and re-doing them again. And that doesn’t even describe my day in detail.
At the end of the road, we never get out of it alive anyway, so that thought reminds me to step out of myself sometimes to breathe and enjoy living. “Take your time, but don’t waste your time” right? I wouldn’t say I quit to follow my “dream” as honestly, I don’t have one particular dream…just a list of things I want to do.
Now with more time on my hand to recharge my batteries and skip 7am alarms, I hope to take a break to step out of the cycle, catch up with friends, work for a good cause, travel, write freelance, and blog as much as I can till I ponder over my next move.
So when someone asks me how I’m doing, I hope “oh, really busy” won’t be the typical answer. Because if we’re all just too busy being busy in a blatant assumption that being busy will allow us to live happily in an unpredictable future, it’s pretty miserable.
Good news is, you’ll be seeing me more around this space soon!