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    I still keep a journal despite having a blog. No matter how spill-all-my-guts-out open I may seem, there are many things I do and think that I'll just never tell. I've always thought it kept me sane to be able to express myself without fear of being censored or criticized. Whenever I pick up an old journal, even one from my 13-year-old self I realize that as much as I've changed so much is still the same. I just know how to dodge bullets faster and better. From: HUFFPOST Healthy Living, 01/20/15


    Which is why I've decided to keep this blog around, at least for a little while longer. I've always picked up a pen (or sat in front of a keyboard) any time I needed to make sense of my world; writing allows me to get into my head and get all my thoughts out without having to worry about how ridiculous I sound (that's where the editing comes in). From: The New York Times, 01/19/15
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November 08, 2007


Em Dy

It seems you experienced something similar to Andrea in The Devil Wears Prada.

There was a time in my life that I was miserable but I couldn't get out of it because I was in training. Walking out would mean having to start over. It was only after I finished and moved on to another training that I noticed how damaged my self esteem has become.

So for all experiencing the same thing, I suggest "Get out while you still can".

Gigi, I know the next few months will be difficult but I'm sure you did the right thing.


Been there, done that. And while it might be a little bit scary at first, you'll also find it very, VERY liberating.


Congratulations Gigi! I kind of felt the uneasiness when we spoke last month. A huge leap of faith girl but definitely liberating. Just be in HIS flow for now. Seek His guidance and I know the right door will open in HIS time. Enjoy the break. We all deserve some breathing space. Now you have more time to blog :)


Wow. I visit your site once in a while and this entry hits home. I am about to give notice to "The Man" and making my plans to freelance when 08 rolls in. I am going home in December to spend time in Boracay and Manila - quite scary but I feel like I need to do this to liberate myself from this rat maze and young punks with MBAs who think they rule the world. So when 08 comes, and if you need a freelance web content editor/writer please let me know. In the meantime, I am imagining the warm sands of Boracay...


GOOD LUCK! You are better off - you will soon find out!


Em Dy - It's been almost a week and not one ounce of regret has once passed my brain. I know it won't be easy -- but I know I did the right thing.

Cabanagirl - Thank you! I needed that. :)

Cathy - A lot of my friends are surprised -- no, shocked -- because I really hadn't talked about how miserable I've been. But I suppose it's because I have this idea that if I can't stand something, I can either stay and make it work or leave, but I can't whine about it. So I tried the first and it didn't work. So then I tried the next. So far, so good. :)

Rick - We are together on this journey, my friend! (Although I'd much rather join you on your journey to white sands and tropical breezes...)

Trish - If there was anyone I know who would understand, I knew it would be you! Thank you, really.


Just imagine the vast horizon of possiblities that you've just bought for yourself in exchange for that regular paycheck. You took the leap and now all you have to do is fly! I am so happy for you! I know how scary and daunting it can seem right now but at this point in our lives, if you're not doing something you're passionate about, it would be tragic and a waste of your many, many gifts. Thank God for opportunities like this!


Wish you the best Gigi. Lots of luck. Pro blogger perhaps in the meantime!


Hi Gigi! Life is short and we should make the best of it. I'm so glad you were spared by the wildfires, and even more glad that you were five minutes late to that mall. Hey, let's get together sometime. Hopefully now we'll finally be able to get together. My best to you!


Congratulations, Gigi!

Lately I've been harboring thoughts along the same line ... except I've only been in this job for three years, and I don't completely hate it. It just - doesn't feel like me, I guess. Which is sad because I really really wanted it, back in the day.

At any rate, I'm glad you finally took a deep breath and made the change you needed to make! I know exactly how that feels. I hope a fantastic opportunity comes along for you soon!


Despite my acceptance of the collective unconscious, I am always thrilled when things like this happen, separately all over the world, but in seeming unison. I just went through what you're going through myself two months ago. Leaping off a precipice is invigorating, and it is quite likely that there will be parachutes a plenty to ensure safe landing. Enjoy the ride...


Ana5678 - I was talking to my good friend Stacy today. A few years ago she left a cushy PR job at one of the largest entertainment companies in the world to start her own business. One Christmas, when her clients hadn't paid her and she found herself broke, she cried to her mother. Mom said: "What the heck are you crying for -- you're lucky you don't have to wake up and go to a job that you hate tomorrow."

This is my new mantra. :)

Joe - Oh, if I could only figure out how to make money from my blog! Thanks for the warm wishes. :)

Yey - Thank you dear friend. This past week I was on solitary mode but have started to reach out for support again. I would love to see you soon (if not, at least chat)!

Rei - So nice to see you here :) Really, we're mindmelding now? I'm here for you if you need a sounding board or something -- even if I'm really far away. Let's keep each other updated then. In the meantime, I wish you the best, too!

Noelle - I kinda sensed from your recent blog posts that you were going through a similar decision and change but I've never doubted that what you were doing was right for you and your family. Next year, we'll be asking ourselves why we didn't do this sooner? (Of course, the truth is I believe everything happened just when it was supposed to -- even if it means I'm broke before Xmas!!!)

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