Summer beckons and you know it, because it's all over your feeds.

I've been trying to psych myself up for travel and all but I think I'm gonna take the high road and---well, yes---not have a "summer getaway" soon. Except for photo above, which took about 4 million takes just to get the right frame.

I mean, I got life pending. And it's summer all year round anyway.

Twenty-something and ready to grind

Last year, we started with 23 and batshit scared. Now, a couple of years and plane tickets later, I think it's safe to say I'm ready to put my grinding game face on. This summer I realized that whilst the days could be so wonderfully spent lazing about Bantayan with the rest of the young adult population or at a nice trendy coffee shop with friends, I realized that this could also be the perfect time to put my energies into better use.

I don't know if it's just me, but sometimes I feel like I've been chilling---complacent--- for most of my time. Maybe it has something to do with me planning to early retire from my job this August. It's been five years since I started my job, and I think I'm ready for something more. Ready player one. I need to wean myself from the carefree lifestyle of my occupation in search for something better for my future.

And perhaps that means cutting back on lazy Sundays and starting to look for other opportunities. Like I said, game face on.

Blessed To Be Productive

You've heard me two posts before but I gotta say, running my bookshop has been a great learning experience for me. I learned some lessons on haggling, monitoring the flow of money, keeping inventory, talking to people, not letting the guard at National faze you when he suspects you been stealing their books. Ha. 

I've also been blessed to write for a couple of websites and online magazines--I'll be posting some of my work here. Both my book business and writing don't generate as much as my 9-5 does but somehow, they give me validation that there is so much more to life than just sitting in your office all day. And I genuinely enjoy doing them. 

I realized that there are other ways to earn money. All this time I've been scared to let go of my job because of it's financial impact (oh no who's gonna pay the bills?!

You just have to be brave enough to go after it.

Saving Grace

I also want to save the most that I can. If I'm quitting my day job, I should have at least 3 months worth of living expenses in my bank account for me to have breathing room for the next phase. Less matcha frappes, more deposits to the savings account. Less out-of-town trips, better budget for other things. 

Some may might think that this "cramps your style" or isn't YOLO or is so OMG you're so KJ
(why are we talking in abbreviations?) but you being KJ now can save you a lot of trouble later. And no, you can't fix everything with an SSS loan. I don't wanna be preachy but I really think it's better to start saving now than when you have a family or other responsibilities. 

Like they said, your 20s is the best time to save.

The Small Joys of Adulting

With that said, adulting can be scary and tiring. But I think we're in that unique position to pursue the things we want, help our families and let ourselves grow. It's this time where we can supply our own needs and of others. Independence can be tough, but it's good. There are small joys in being an adult. Strange.

Summer Love

I guess that's all that I have for today. These are photos from our last trip to Pandanon. Let's grind this summer. :)

All the love, 

K x 

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