Inspiring Bloggers Tag

I want to thank Nath of for tagging me into this awesomeness! Visit her site and see lovely things! Hers is a breath of fresh air! & I can’t help not sing whenever I had to see her url.


The rules are:

  • Thank the person who chose you.
  • Include the logo in your post.
  • Answer the questions asked to you.
  • Choose the bloggers who’ve inspired you (maximum 10)
  • Add a feature of their blog which you admire.
  • Ask them five questions.

My answers to Nath’s Questions:

1. Describe life in three words

Challenging, Fun, Temporary

2. Visualize visiting your future self, what would be your advice or message?

I would advice the older me to not sweat the small stuff. It did not help back then, won’t help her now.

3. Have you done something that you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up enjoying it? If so, what is it? 

Leaving my job of 13 years for something so new to me.

I used to serve as People Services Manager in a Fortune 500 company, although it’s in a local (EMEA) branch, it was still rewarding. I loved being needed, like they could not live without me, I was under that impression because they would cancel all my personal days and paid time offs because they could not afford my being gone. But oftentimes, I was being made to feel like I was so lucky to have that opportunity and that I will never find anything like it. No one will give me the same position or treatment and every sleepless night spent is an honor for me to have served. I think I believed and somehow took pride in that.

I thought to myself,

I must have been Stockholmed?

Upon realizing, it was a struggle to leave because of the fact that I was in that predicament. The Management was nice and we were like family, but you know, at the end of the day, you’re not really family. I owe them a lot careerwise BUT I believe it’s a mutually beneficial relations. During my service, my stress level has gotten through the roof and I keep getting sick (I suspect stress has been the ultimate reason). I began to ask,

Do I really love that job or am I being led to believe that I need it so badly because I’ve got nowhere to go?

So I have gained quite a realization and left.  It was a bold decision for me to leave especially that Saudization is at its peak and I don’t know if I’d ever get something as good (just like my former boss told me). I have transferred to a business that is quite far from my background.  I have zero knowledge of it and I feel that I have been disappointing the new team a lot.  I mean I am good yes, but in the field of my expertise, they knew how far my old job was from the current and and I have reiterated that fact during the interview. It has not been a month but I already knew I’d get sacked. BUT I did not!!! Thank GOD. I believe my church was on a prayer vigil for me. I have been with the Company for three years and I still have that feeling of getting canned at any time. But knowing that the Company won’t collapse without me is something refreshing and knowing that they knew that I can get headhunted anytime is just plain simple. There’s no psychological play. I can take vacations! I can travel! I can get married on my planned date without having to move it! LOL. I never thought I would enjoy this job knowing the kind of job security I have exchanged it for.

4. What values are most important to you?

    • The most important values for me are: First, being faithful to the Lord and no one else, knowing that HE is my sole way maker and light in the darkness!
    • The next is loving and respecting everyone, without IFs and BUTs. Loving others with the love of the LORD.
    • Third, treating people right and without bias.

5. Do you read self-help books? What would you recommend?

I used to read a lot of it, but the most self-help I have read is the BIBLE.

But if you really want to know my favorite non-Bible self-help book:

  • Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff … and It’s All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things From Taking Over Your Life by Richard Carlson
  • Ripples of Joy: Stories of Hope and Encouragement to Share by Cheryl Kirking
  • Unwelcome: 50 Ways Churches Drive Away First-Time Visitors by Jonathan Malm

I am tagging the following:

Harsha of Absolute Thoughts Blog. She is an avid book reader who is curious about different facets of life.

Read: Exams this Pandemic

Aditi Gupta of What Are U Up to During the Lockdown. She’s a young blogger who love to read. Among her favorites are the following book series: Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, The Mortal Instruments, The Hunger Games, The Selection, and Twilight. She also play a lot of sports like Basketball, Football, Chess, Table Tennis and Swimming. Her blog is cute and fresh!

Read: 10 Things to Do During Quarantine

Markus + Micah – I see that Nath has already tagged them. This is a blog owned by a super couple. They share their learnings to empower others to create their own thriving lives. They believe that people leading meaningful lives is what the world needs to thrive and survive and it starts by being true to ourselves and honoring who we are with how we live every day.

Read: How to Wake Up Better

Lace Pearls and Little Girls – She writes about DIYs, arts, crafts, and everything pretty! She talks about her motherhood adventures which you can read from her blog below, this is from where I first discovered her site.

Read: Water Wonderland/Frozen Joint Birthday~Post Quarantine

My questions to them (and to whoever wants to join):

  1. Tell me about what other things you enjoy doing besides blogging?
  2. Have you finished a book or a film recently? How was it?
  3. In which country do you live in? How do you find it?
  4. What is your favorite blog post ever and why?
  5. If you can permanently live in a country of your choice, where would that be and why?

33 thoughts on “Inspiring Bloggers Tag

  1. Thank you for sharing your story, with how you left your past job. It was so empowering! Much respect to you. Very well done on making a tough decision. It was true for Markus and me, too. But we do what we have to do to make our days better and turn our lives into something that we adore, not just something we can live with. Thank you for appreciating our blog and we will certainly answer your questions. We really appreciate your blog friendship, Janis. Thank you and we hope that we meet someday.

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    1. Thanks! I do hope so too! I love friendships built through writing, fun fact: half of Brook’s godparents were from my blog circle circa 2007. Over the years, we’ve eventually become “real life” friends who meet whenever there are opportunities. I find people who meet through writing become more intimate than those who meet in school, workplace, parties (lol) etc 😅


      1. It’s always a delight to see something new from you guys and thanks for answering. I love how you can exude wisdom from the lightest questions raised to you


  2. Congratulations, I loved your answers! ❤ Whenever I make a decision if I'm starting up a new path for me and having to change my old ways, I always tell myself that you can always learn from the things that come your way. I always carry this mantra, to help reduce some anxiety and help trust build its way. I'm glad you find yourself happier and more relaxed leaving your old job, but you never really leave those things that you learn from it too and that's good. 🙂 ❤

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    1. True! It took a lot of years to decide because it’s something I loved. But my physical state has gotten compromised and I felt it’s time to cut the cord. You are right! There are so many things we can learn from new beginnings and new ventures. Life has a lot of goodness to offer!

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  4. Thank you so much for the shoutout, Ate Janis! I remembered that song. 😂 And thank you for the book recommendations (I really need this haha)! Their titles are interesting. I’ll definitely check them out. Also, the story you shared is empowering and inspiring! Leaving your old job and setting on to a new adventure is scary, and I’m so proud of you! 💗 It’s not worth staying in a job that drains you emotionally and physically, even if you enjoyed it.

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    1. You are welcome!

      The story about the postponement of our wedding is legit by the way. For no concrete reason. I was such a pushover. It was 2010 and my realization happened 7 yrs after Hahaahahah, but I am glad it happened the tagal 😂

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