Life is about choices. You decide what you want to do. You decide what you want to be.
So this is what happened to me. I chose this path, without thinking much, just pray that things will come my way, with some efforts (not even an all out efforts). So with this, I shouldn't complain of how or what my life has turned out to be.
And what's the purpose of this entry again?
I chose to quit my job just as I was about to turn big four-0. My original plan was to quit at four-0. But hey we can only plan. The ONE up there decides what's best for me.
And so there I was quitting my 9-5 job without regret, without any specific plan what to do next. I didn't even plan to have fun, to go for holidays or just to chill out. I just go with the flow. NO plan at all. Come to think of it.. what was I thinking?
Life has not been easy since then. Yeah with the household income cut to half (or maybe cut to 1/3 since hubby was also transferred back to Malaysia) we really struggle. I didn't know how we survived but we did; with a lot of struggles, tears, quarrels, and many more. And life goes on. It really was a tough one.
How do we do now? We are better but it is never the same. Life has its peak, we are sometimes at the top and sometimes at the bottom. We have been at the bottom and perhaps now climbing to the top again.
The lessons learnt is that I am closer to what I really want to do in life and what I do best. Though not quite there yet but perhaps on the way.
Other than being a great housewife and mom (tsk tsk...), I believe I am good at anything that has to do with language. Ahaa.. believe it or not. Though it's just English and my mother tongue. I want to write, I love to read and I really hope I can generate income out of this. And you know what.. I did it. I have been doing that for the past three years. I am a translator, editor and perhaps someday a writer! I have translated three books and they've been published. I've also translated documents, websites, certificates, and anything that needs to be translated. I even do subtitling! I've proofread quite a number journals, thesis, websites and any types of documents needed to be proofread. I love it! I love doing it though it means burning the midnight candles, though it means not being able to go out from the house or even do housework (well not that I love doing housework so much, but just I have to!).
And what I love best is proofreading. So far, I have enjoyed all the papers that I have to proofread. Though they are sometimes long, boring academic papers, I always appreciate the information that I got from the reading. I even love reading the statistics presented in thesis papers! It's simply rewarding. I guess this is what it's like to love your job. You love doing it at the same time you got paid for it. As for me, it is also informative and you learn something new every time. It's simply rewarding and beneficial. I wish to have more proofreading and translation jobs. I have yet aggressively market myself as an editor, so far it's just word of mouth or online applications.
Another thing that I love to do but perhaps not so good at it is being a unit trust consultant. I love talking and meeting people not my from my own circle. I have my set of clients, and I have a consistent income from this but it is still not enough for me to be at the top in the circle of unit trust consultant. I am struggling a bit here because this field requires me to be on the go most of the time to look for and meet clients; which I have some issues with since there are kids needs to be transported to and from school. Time is an issue. Still, I love the thrill in this area. I love meeting people and go places. This is a definitely a keeper though a bit tough for me.
This year has been quite good. I got a fair share of editing job every month and great loyal clients that keeps me going. Though I wish for more, I can only get what HE has allocated for me. I shall work harder to survive and enjoy the rest of the year.
Somehow I love what I'm doing and I believe that I'm good at it. It doesn't give me a BMW but hey who needs one if you are happy with whatever you have.
So whoever out there who needs a translator, editor, reviewer, anything along that line... try me! I am available 24x7 at the most affordable rate. There you go, trying at the very least market myself!
Oh and yes, investment too.. whoever needs to talk about financial planning, retirement planning.. I will make myself available at your request.
And at this juncture.. I am so glad I write this entry!