Nomad Manager Progress Report #5: When Procrastinating is Productive
Okay, so I’ve got a backlog of planned posts for Muni PH, as per usual, which only seems to increase with every post successfully publish (more ideas come than I can write them!). I’m also working to build the upcoming Muni Pop-Up Shop Online. And finally, I got myself involved with 2 rackets - 1 on design and 1 on writing (and both require a lot of work).
But upon the recommendation of Dindin Reyes, I opted to watch a nearly 40-minute video of Guy Kawasaki’s The Art of The Start. And prior to that, I spent a good amount of my day talking to Chesa Zimmer-Santos of co.lab PH and Denise Celdran of Edgy Veggy about design thinking for climate change, veg food, and plans for Muni PH.
Today has been a good day. And I need to write some of my thoughts because it’s an important day to chronicle in the life of this Nomad Manager.
Muni PH: The StartUp
Before today, I couldn’t quite figure out how I was going to approach making Muni PH a legal entity. And that’s something I’m certain I want to do. Never before in my life have I found work that I was “meant to do”, or work that made me feel so good - and it was work that I looked for, and not so much found. It took me a while to get to this point, and now that I have, I am certain that I’ve found that which I wish to do for the rest of my life, no matter how long or short it may be.
DREAMERS & DOERS: Tricia Gotamco & Erin Chu of Made For Movement Yoga & Travel
Life really does send us synchronicities every so often, we just have to be open enough to recognize them, and keen enough to act upon them.
Series of Synchronicities
About a month ago, I claimed a 2-week Deal Grocer pass for Urban Ashram, and a former ICA batchmate, Tricia, was still teaching there then. Incidentally, I had also been looking through Made For Movement’s site in search of a travel-friendly yoga mat a few days prior to attending Tricia’s class. From my bazaar rounds for Punchdrunk Panda, I knew Tricia Gotamco owned Made For Movement with partner Erin Chu.
After seeing Tricia that day and briefly chatting with her after her class, I just knew I ought to write about her and Made For Movement for my blog.
DREAMER & DOER: Alessandra Lanot of Pipino Vegetarian Restaurant by PINO
[I’m starting this segment, DREAMER & DOER, to feature various inspiring people I meet, and whom I believe you guys can draw inspiration from as well. I’ll be featuring travelers, entrepreneurs, vegetarians, yogis, designers, writers, planeteers, or people who are a ridiculous mix of this all…the big dreamers who are also big doers; turning their passion into action.]
I’ve gotten to know Alessandra Lanot, or Alessa, through our Punchdrunk Panda blogger hangout at Pipino last March, our cooking session 2 weeks ago, and Passion Test Workshop with Lois Yasay the other Sunday, which Alessa and I participated in, and incidentally, was also held at Pipino.
Alessa is one of those super slashies who still manages to to do well with each slash. She’s a vegetarian/vegan restaurant owner/designer/blogger/wife/teacher/crafter, and a DMC brand ambassador too!
Part-timing PdP: Pursuing A Personal Passion
Just came from @arriane_’s Blogworthy workshop today and I was inspired to write a Nomad Manager post because it’s been a while since I wrote something related to the purpose of my blog. So read, and hopefully enjoy.
Unbeknownst to most, I shared with my team that I wanted to take a less active role in Punchdrunk Panda effective May 2012.
At PdP, we always talk about the pursuit of passion, and support people pursuing their passions in graphic design, music, film, photography and entrepreneurship. After working on the business full time for 3 years now, I finally realized last year that I was foregoing some of my own passions because I was so immersed in managing PdP.
An Entrepreneur’s Malaise
As a business owner, it’s so easy to fall into the trap of working on your business 24/7. Even when you’re done with all the concerns of running the business’ day-to-day operations (meeting with suppliers, checking products, marketing, accounting, bazaars/events), cogs still keep on working to think up new products or concepts or collaboration; you still get an urge to research on new trends, tweak the business’ website, or update Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr, improve systems, or check your e-mail every 5 minutes.
That’s exactly what happened to me, especially when my co-founder Gail left for Canada in May 2010. Work became more intensive, and yet, I had no one to back me up. Fortunately, Nica joined us in March 2011. I constantly primed her for my eventual distancing from the business, so I can allow myself to go on relatively extended travel, and devote more time to other hobbies too.
Super Slashie / Part-time Everything
I’ve kinda pretty much diagnosed myself with ADD from the time I learned about the disorder. And I remember that when I was younger, and people asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up, I’d have super slashie (or dashie, whichever you prefer) answers like: I want to be a writer / interior designer / painter / fashion designer / photographer / jewelry designer / musician / chef / filmmaker / housewife. I basically wanted to be a part-time everything. Whether that just means I’m a lost and hopeless scatterbrain, or I have a rich fascination in a broad range of interests, or both, up until now, I don’t believe I’ve really figured out what I want to major in in life.
However, I personally feel that doing any one thing full-time just sucks the life out of you and clogs your brain. And once any hobby becomes a full-time job, it’s not soon after that you get a disillusioned about promising prospect of making money doing something you love.
Enter: Nomad Manager
In spite of my varied and sometimes wavering interests, one thing I am sure of is my passion for travel (or at least to be elsewhere, anywhere). All my life, I’ve consistently worked toward travel. I create strict budget plans (which I more or less get to stick to) so that I can fulfil my financial goals (i.e. travel). I try to allocate 30% of my monthly earnings for travel (I highly recommend MoneyWell for Mac users). I forego excessive clothes, bags, shoes and accessories in favour of promo fare tickets.
Having finally acknowledged my passion for travel, I decided to stop putting off my painful desire to pack up and leave. This is not at all without difficulty because I had to work a year on basically gearing Nica up for my departure. Furthermore, as a staunch believer of saving for a rainy day, I felt a lot of apprehension in making loads of travel “plans” (i.e. booking tickets), as these seriously deplete one’s bank account. But I decided to throw caution in the wind, knowing that if I didn’t do this now, I would wind up pulling all the hair off of my head.
So now, instead of M-F 9-5 work + overtime + weekends, I’m down to T-W-F 9-5, more or less, plus e-mail on M and TH. Still trying to get used to it and seeing how Nica will respond to it too. In the meantime, people, you can commission me for freelance work. :)
PdP Nostalgia: Talk at Ateneo
Hahaha! Look at what my business partner Gail found!
This was from maybe 1.5-2 years ago (my memory is fuzzy), at a talk for the Ateneo Management Association. Hahaha. Ever since I got my super short haircut, I feel funny looking at pictures like these where I have “long” hair. :P I’m the dark one, by the way (in case you stumble upon my blog and don’t really know me), and my hair is not really long at all. Haha. Looking at the photos makes me feel “nene”.
Anyway, even if Gail and I were fumbling around with our talk (we prepared, mind you), and we were nervous and stuff, it was still fun. I love speaking to college kids and corrupting their minds. I kid. Not. Joke. No, seriously.
Look what I found! :)
My cousin randomly forwarded me this link to ask if I know the owner of the site. I don’t but I remember speaking in a class of maybe just 20 students and talk about entrepreneurship.
If only these kids knew that back then that I (or we) was (were) young and foolish. =)) Anyway, I hope we get invited to more of these sessions. *parinig*
Speaking of, to whoever’s following this blog, please nominate Jennifer Horn to be a speaker at Pecha Kucha.
Click here to know more about the event.
Here’s how to nominate:
- Twitter: Using this format: ‘I nominate @JuanDelaCruz for the #OpenMicNight because…’
- IMMAP’s Official Group Page: http://www.facebook.com/groups/175361742529657
- Through this Event Page wall
- IMMAP’s Like Page: http://www.facebook.com/immapPH (we’ll open the wall soon!)
I’m confident that Jen will be a great speaker! :D
A bit of inspiration to start the week. :)