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The Year I Step Out Of My Comfort Zone

Early this year, I decided to make a New Year’s resolution. It’s been a while since I made one because most of the time they wouldn’t last since the list was too long and they were mostly unachievable. So instead, I chose to make only one for 2017. A generic resolution that’s both achievable and applicable to various aspects of my life. A resolution I can stick with for the whole year or years, even.

I resolved that this will be the year I step out of my comfort zone.

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Hello, Queen City of The South!

“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” – Brian Tracey

This quote may sound cliché as it did to me, but it was only when I chose to have my summer internship in Cebu that I got to fully comprehend and experience the full meaning of this saying.

Here’s a little background about myself.

Being the only child, I grew to be dependent towards my parents most especially towards my mother. Also, I got by with the help of my yaya mostly doing everything for me, and so I got used to living like that. No, I am not a spoiled brat. Haha! That is a stereotype everyone seems to believe in these days.

But around first or second year in high school, my mom left the country to work abroad and this forced me to be less dependent on her.

Fast forward to my senior year in high school, I decided to take the entrance exam for a certain school outside my hometown, Cagayan de Oro, because I wanted to be independent and study in one of the best universities in the country. Fortunately, I passed the exam. I was so excited to tell my parents about the good news and when they heard it, they were delighted. But when I told them I wanted to study there, they were hesitant about it and eventually, didn’t allow me to go.

It saddened me at first because I really wanted to study in that university specifically in their Cebu campus where I got in. But I believe that everything happens for a reason and I’m very much happy that I chose to stay and study in CDO.

Now that I’m in my third year in college, we have to undergo a summer intership as part of our college curriculum. I applied in many big companies that were hiring HR Interns during the summer (April till May) and fortunately, got a call from one company which happens to be located in Cebu! After how many years, Cebu and I finally get to meet face to face. HAHA! After that call and interview, I was so excited to tell my parents about the good news, but this time I was a bit apprehensive because they might not allow me to go somewhere far from home again.

Fortunately, they allowed me to accomplish my summer internship in Cebu. YAAAAY! But the story does not end there, that was just the beginning.

I thought moving to Cebu was going to be easy. I thought it would be just fun and games.

Well, at first it was still okay and I was very much excited because my flight was still weeks away. But a few days before I had to leave, the excitement turned into anxiety. While I was packing, there were several times that I wanted to change my mind because of so many “what ifs”. But I just had to keep convincing myself that things would be okay.

Fast forward to the day that I finally depart for Cebu:

Everything felt so surreal. I couldn’t believe that finally, I get to be on my own for a few weeks!

I’ve been here in Cebu for only a few days, but I’ve been experiencing a lot especially related to my internship and also learning a lot about myself and life such as saving money and independence. I’m really excited for what God has in store for me in the next few weeks here in Cebu. I’m also very excited to share about my experiences in this beautiful place like their food, style and many more.

If you have any suggestions, may it be restaurant suggestions or shopping suggestions, be sure to let me know! Just comment below or tweet me!

What about you guys? Why don’t you try leaving your comfort zone and do out something you’ve been dying to try before? Don’t worry about the mistakes and the failures that will come your way. It’s all part of the journey anyway!

PS: You may notice The Pablique has changes with regards to the layout. The blog is currently undergoing reconstruction so stay tuned!

Special thanks to Frances Chiong for proof-reading!

Photo credits to Patrick Tumalad and