WHY I DO WHAT I DO?

I’m always in the pursuit of happiness whether it’s in career or personal life. I am one of those who try to find the answer to the age old question “what is my purpose in life?”

I suffered drug addiction in high school, I also had eating disorders and depression. It even got to the point that I nearly took my own life. It was dark and I felt lost, confused and scared. I’m incredibly grateful to the people around me because without them I wouldn’t be where I am. I was given another chance to life and I promised myself I would make it better this time.

I’ve been traveling ever since I was young but it was after college that I truly fell in love with it. I was 21 years old, when I was given a ticket to Hong Kong and Macau as a reward for passing topping the Nurses’ Licensure Exam. I discovered that being able to experience new things, explore new places and meet new people… Adventure is what I truly enjoy. I also joined outreach programs and medical missions to rural/remote areas in our country. It opened my eyes to a different world and I wanted to just get involved and give a bit of time to those who need it. 

Time Square, Hong Kong | May 2009
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, 2011

I thought that being successful means getting a high-paying job and being able to afford all the things that I wanted. Through out, I tried most opportunities given to me, doing odd jobs, some side hustles and a few professional ones like being a nurse and later working in a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and even got promoted as a Quality Assurance Specialist. Don’t get me wrong, the pay was great but the lack of autonomy caused me to feel caged and unhappy. I felt like I wasn’t growing anymore, and I just feel so… stagnant and stuck. I am not a routine person. I would make every day a new adventure favorable to learning, discovery, creativity and accomplishing my #bucketlist.

I realized that I needed a career shift and decided to leave everything behind. The thought of leaving something that I’ve invested so much in and not being able to see what the future brings is truly terrifying. Like most people, I am afraid of failure, but I don’t let that dictate what risks I take, and I continue to strive towards my goals. So I took the leap, and could not be happier about my choice. I am now an owner of a small business in Manila. It gives me the opportunity to travel more, help my family and to help others.

BPO Days: Doing weekly audit, 2014

In return, I volunteer in some non-profit organizations. I also do a bit of mentoring in my spare time. I mentor entrepreneurs in general but especially like working with students who are still trying to figure out what they want to do with their careers. It’s always good to give back to the community especially, the youth. I was once a lost little girl. Literally lost, as in lost in the middle of nowhere. No plans, no dreams, no commitments, NO for everything.  

Just remember, if you’re feeling lost or stuck, unhappy with where you are right now, and it seems like everyone else is moving forward while you’re falling behind. Don’t get trapped by your negative thoughts. Explore your options. Find one solution you believe in and commit to it. Tackle one challenge. Overcome it. Tackle another. Overcome it. And repeat. If you try to tackle all your challenges at once, you’ll be able to give your best to none. Change your thoughts and you’ll change your life. Everything starts in the mind. You got this! ❤

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  1. I admire people who choose to be independent rather than being managed. It is important to encourage innovative thinking, in a world where routine work is soon going to be mechanised, people are going to make their mark if they are able to think creatively. Entrepreneurs often have the ability to look at the same thing, but think of it differently.

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  2. Thank you very much. And I agree with that. I know I lot of people who are independent and they excel in their chosen careers not just entrepreneurs. It’s all about the person’s motivation and perseverance.

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  3. Empowering, inspirational story. Thank you so much for sharing a piece of your life. Many pieces actually. You are an example of power, strength, and will of living as one feels like. Keep up! Great job!

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  4. Overcoming depression is not easy and requires the right treatment and support. Im glad you got over it. You’re amazing and a true inspiration for all women.

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  5. I’ve been following you for some time now and know that you’re a good role model and not afraid of showing yourself from a vulnerable place to your readers.

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  6. You seem like a very optimistic person, after everything that happened you take it in a good way and become stronger. How do you juggle all these different things you do?

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  7. Thank you very much for your kind words. I would say time management and disciple. I try to keep myself busy most of the time. I get restless whenever I’m not doing anything. 😀

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  8. You are seriously so strong amiga!!! This makes me want to get up and do more because mental health is something most of us take for granted and if you can do ALL that you do with what you battled with then we can ALL do so much than we think we can!! Thank you for sharing this with everyone we love you and support you forever!!!

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  9. Hi Polly I want to thank you so much for teaching me that failure should not to be feared but to overcome. You are a beautiful lady and yes maam, a hero for sharing your experiences with all of us! Have a nice night

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  10. Your story has impacted me in an extremely positive way. I too have depression and recently had to deal with what I would say were the most difficult symptoms from it. I felt very alone and just couldn’t accept the struggles I was facing. I’ve always been very in control of myself from all aspects, but during those times, I doubted myself completely. It was disappointing. Running into your blog inspired me and aided in turning that hopelessness into patience and perseverance. Thank you so much for your bravery to share and having such positive influence over me, my then situation, and now my every day. Keep doing what you are doing. It is much appreciated.

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  11. I’m so happy to hear my journey has inspired yours. I know it’s difficult but you have to be strong and keep moving no matter how things are going. Know that you can do ANYTHING you put your mind to. Just keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive. We have to keep pushing EVERY SINGLE DAY💪🏼 Keep me updated on how you’re doing. Take care. ❤ ❤

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  12. This is what you inspire in others. Give love, get love. I’m so glad I follow you and get to see all the love you give and get back. You’re changing people’s lives with love.

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  13. Polly you are so sweet and seem like an awesome girl! Thank you for being so positive, kind and inspiring! Whenever I see you in my email (yes im a subscriber) it lights up my whole day! You are a very special soul, and God loves you and the work that you are doing, and the love you are spreading to the world.

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