travel & lifestyle blog by ruth dela cruz

Choose to Shine!

November 28, 2013

I am starting a new life, this early. I cannot wait for the new year.

I am taking this big risk, and leaving a wonderful company is such a hard decision to make – but I did it anyway. It is worse than break-up. People are asking me where I am heading (even, our Country General Manager, oh Mariels, she’s the sweetest!). I honestly do not know. I thought I would like to build a career in the corporate world, but it is hard if you feel you are the only one motivating yourself, and you were waiting for something or maybe nothing – that will never happen or will never come. So after 5 years and 9 months, I left.

I received hundred likes to my status message when I posted about My Last Day at IBM. I might have won in a like contest in Facebook. Most are happy, regretful, thankful and excited for me. I wanted to cry. I have no idea how many people I have influenced and inspired. I suddenly thought when I die, and people will share my story – I would no longer get the chance to listen to them, and thank them.

There are so much I learned from the decision I made and from the 5 years I stayed with the company. I hope to share them with you on the next blog post. Until my last day, I chose to shine.

I am still adjusting (or whatever you want to call that). Someone should give an appropriate name to this stage, or feeling. My room is a mess, and my to-do list remains open and untouched. I do not even feel like blogging and writing. I just want to own this time, and space in the universe.

While I am going through this phase, my planner has become my absorber – of thoughts, feelings and drama. I cannot wait for the new planner! It is always nice to have something new in your life.

I have been in a relationship with Belle De Jour planner for 5 years. The brand continuously transform and offer a lot of amazing products for the bellas – like, the BDJ Box – which was launched last year.

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Now, there is a new exciting community for the bellas – launching tomorrow – is a community site where BDJ girls get to share their blogs, post about experiences in our events, share favorite outfits and keep in touch with the BDJ community! Exciting!

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