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I have worked in the corporate sector for almost 13 years and i know how it feels to get out of bed and drag yourself to work. Well, a few of you are lucky who love your job.
I wanted to be a designer – a web and graphics designer….some wrong moves I made, add it with a dash of recession of 2000 and wallah…i had my perfect recipe of career disaster and landed up in call centers and HR and admin jobs.
Hmm, not so creative, trust me…
Take away the brush from an artist and give him a calculator or a spreadsheet to work on…something like that happened to me.
So here is what my life was when i worked with corporates.
– I was super sensitive about my WEEKENDS. I wanted to live my whole week in those two days before I had to drag myself to work again on ‘Just another manic Monday’.
– On these weekends, I wanted to spend most of my money I earned in the those 5 weekdays to get the stress out of my mind.
– I would go to a mall and buy everything I did not need; clothes – when my closet was overflowing with all kinds of clothes; snacks and candies – bad for my health; shoes – just because I needed them but actually I didn’t 🙂
And then comes the dreadful Monday, and I would go back to the same old cycle of the week.
One day I lost that job due to recession of 2009 (hit for the second time by recession…aaargh!!)
and I decided to take the risk.
I will do what I love to do
I will learn to live without my salary
I will survive
So, I made up my mind to sit at home and freelance – what, how, where – I didn’t know but I had decided and I was not turning back.
I got many opportunities to do some freelance work but it paid me very less and I was still not enjoying any of it. I finally decided to use my degree from 15 years ago and start doing some graphic and website designing business.
But the good part was that I learned to design, brushed up my Photoshop skills and more than anything I learnt to handle clients.
I also tried MLM – selling health supplements but the cost of procuring the products, sometimes stocking some, taking people for trainings to the center – it all costed more than I could afford anymore. I soon realized I was buying and consuming these products more than I was selling these, haha, I am sure most of us who have tried MLM understand what I am saying here. Amway, Avon, Tupperware or Herbal Life.
I gave up – sat in my bedroom watching movies and knitting all day ( That made me a crazy knitter, lol). I did that for a year – depending financially on my parents, sister, friends, credit card.
He wanted to sell me an online opportinity for $15. I had no money but I did have credit card and the entreprenuer inside me was so deperate – for money, for a new opportunity that in the next 48 hours I bought the opportunity on my credit card not knowing how I will pay my card (Now remember, I had been without salary for nearly 4 years)
About Frank, I was impressed by his selling and convincing skills. The truth is, he did not sell me anything…he just talked and answered my questions on skype -like a friend would.
I realized that was the art – the art of making relationships
Eventually, in a few months, he was not promoting that online opportunity and had started his own venture. I offered to join his business and..
We have an amazing business partnership, and I am proud of our business here in Canada.
Here is a little gift for you – In celebration of our 6 years business anniversary
Yes I believe that music can bring you back to life. It changes your mood, it refreshes you, and it lifts your spirits. It reminds us of our youth, our childhood, the song our parents sang or we learnt in school. Music brings back memories.
Today, we have innumerable music gadgets and too many options to choose from. Our ipods and phones are full of 1000s of songs but there was a time we used to play a record or a cassette over and over again till we unconsciously learnt our favorite song and could sing it in our sleep.
Nevertheless, music is still an inseparable part of our lives. We have it playing in our car and some work places allow you to use headphones while you work. Housewives play it while they are cooking.
Unfortunately, people from the older generation do not know how to play their music. They have to rely on what plays on the radio, and they don’t know how to use these new gadgets, how to add their favourite songs in an ipod or phone.
They have lost their music…and with their music, they have lost their childhood and their youth. They have to rely on their children or grandchildren to learn to use these gadgets.
How can we return music to our older generation?
Next time you think of buying a gift for your loved one who is older, specially from the 50s and the 60s, get them a simple music player and load it with the songs of their generation, of their favourite bands. Or get them a cassette player or a record player if you can find the cassettes and records of their choice.
LET US RETURN MUSIC TO OUR OLDER GENERATION !
One day, I and Frank’s Dad decided to buy a bagful of peanuts and crack them. So we sat at the dining table and got started at it.
We must have done this for an hour or so (time just flew past) and amazingly we talked about so many things, good and bad, about people, religion, cultures, traveling and many other topics.
We were not just popping peanuts out of the shell but popping our feelings and sharing our thoughts. It was so much fun. (although cleaning up after wasn’t so much but it was worth the conversation)
Next day Frank joined us and after a few weeks his friend, John who was visiting us decided to participate in peanut therapy.
STRUGGLING WITH A RELATIONSHIP??
TRY PEANUT THERAPY
You got to try it to believe it !!!
Get a bag of peanuts today and invite your friends, parents, siblings, spouses, lovers and coworkers.
HAPPY PEANUT CRACKING
This blog has nothing to do with marketing.
I write this for everyone who may or may not be going through difficult situations.
it is time for action, time to know who you really are.
No one owns your happiness but you, no one can tell you what to do…just listen to your own heart,
follow the song in your head
Love yourself more than any one else, love your body, love the person inside you
dress well, keep your house clean, cook the best for yourself, treat yourself with a dessert, celebrate YOU
Enjoy and live each day, look forward to the coming day
Thank God for everything big and small around you
Be of use to others as someone you may come across today may need your smile, a touch, words of comfort or a helping hand
It’s easy to forget your pain when you see someone else in way more pain than yours
Get your confidence back…no one can control you, no one can hurt you, no one can take away your joy..unless you let them.
Forgive, leave your baggage behind, getup and walk – carry light 🙂
Let God be your guiding light, let Him take over, let Him hold your hand and walk with you
He cannot help you if you don’t let Him
The world is yours
It is vast, unlimited
dont think too much
follow your heart
laugh with your friends
smile with the old
make paperboats with the young
dance when you feel like
sing and dont be shy
hold your head up high
keep the troublemakers away
but pray for them as they are weak
soak up the sun
breathe in the fresh air
close your eyes and dream
you are special
you are loved
you deserve more
you are young
the world is yours
stretch your arms and take it