Back To The Drawing Board…

Thank you everyone for your supportive comments regarding my new job. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be. At first, I thought… FINALLY! I have a job: I can be passionate about, utilize all my talents, and at the pay rate I asked for. However, at the end of my second day, I was told they had made a mistake in giving me the original offer. I was told the person who made the offer didn’t have the authority to do so.  Anyway, the new salary offer was much lower — to the point that — I have no choice but to walk away. I believe in the value of my expertise and the immense benefit it brings to the job. However, it’s only right to be fairly compensated for the multifaceted amount of skills required. While I am very disappointed to find myself with a basket of broken eggs, I know I made the right choice. I need to stand behind my principle and have faith that the right thing will come along. In the mean time… back to the drawing board. 🙂 

So what do you do when you find yourself with a basket of broken eggs? Don’t feel despair… with some imagination and voilà! A delicious Smoked Salmon Omelette with Sour Cream and Salsa breakfast that will put a smile on your face.  


2010 In Review

Happy New Year Everyone! It looks like 2011 is starting out great and my new leaf is blooming sooner than I had anticipated. A couple of months ago, I’ve decided to pursue my passion. Well… I’ve been offered a job today doing what I am passionate about — COOKING.  And I get to move back to the town I love!

 Many of you who have followed my blog, know that I have started a new food blog — Foodie With Camera. The food director and administrator were very impressed by my blog. It was able to convey to them my creativity and cooking abilities. I got an interview — and now the job. I have WordPress and my readers to thank for. WordPress provided me with a great opportunity to channel my frustrations and energy into a blog that show off my talents — and my fellow bloggers… I can’t tell you how much your comments and support gave me the motivation to keep blogging when I felt like giving up. I especially would like to give a big Thank You to Sasi of My Third Eye Photography Blog. Your last 6 months of daily comment on my posts is an amazing gift of encouragement. 😀

At first, I started the blog as a way of feeling productive with my time during the unemployment. Although, there were many times when I would question if doing the blog were worth the investment and if anything good would come of it. However, I  realized that people seem impressed that I have a blog. So, I started to refer potential employers to it. While the blog didn’t directly get me a job, however, it has been a good resume booster. I’m sure many of you can relate to the unemployment situation — it’s a jungle out there. I’ve sent out countless resumes out into the cyber abyss, drove hundreds of miles for interviews — all without success because so many people competing for one job. I applied for one job where they received 275 applications! And I was one of the chosen 12 picked for interview. Although I did not get the job, it was the integrity of the blog that made potential employers look at my resume. So… for those of you who are in the same boat and wonder if anything good would come from blogging — YES! Keep blogging. As I have learned, the integrity of your blog speaks volume of who you are and how you work. Use it to your best advantage and show off yourself!

Below is the 2010 stat summary I’ve received from WordPress. I am very happy and proud of my stat achievement. But most of all, I am even more impressed by the kind of service WordPress provides and all for FREE!! All I can say is… WOW! Thank You…

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads WOW.

Crunchy numbers

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 5,500 times in 2010. That’s about 13 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 124 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 639 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 73mb. That’s about 2 pictures per day.

Breaking Out of Comfort Zone

As Forrest Gump would say,  “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna to get…”  When I started this blog after losing my dream job, I really didn’t know what would come of it. All I know was I had to keep my mind in the creative state and stay busy or else I would get stuck in the comfort zone. For some people, they like the comfort zone. For me, when I am in the comfort zone – that’s when my mind becomes depressing and boring or as my grandma used to lecture me when I got lazy; she told me that I was  “Like the tofu…” meaning your brain becomes soft and flavorless. Her words of wisdom have stayed with me… cause I’ve never met anyone who would eat tofu without adding anything else to it. Since I started this blog back in May, I’ve rediscovered myself and the goals I’ve lost.  At first, I was pretty depressed about having to quit a job that I love. However, I believe things usually happens for a good reason. As much as I have enjoyed my work, the environment I had to work in was toxic for me. I realized that by letting go of what I want, I am getting what I need.

Over the weekend, I reviewed my blog from the first post to the present and was proud to see all the different flavors I’ve added to my “Tofu Brain”. I decided to make some changes to my blog… and break out of the comfort zone. As always, I appreciate any comments and suggestions to help me improve.