I quit my job recently to be a full time freelance writer and travel blogger. Quitting my job was a sudden and unplanned turn of events. I was unprepared. Still, I decided to make a leap of faith.

Around 9 o’clock in the morning, my girlfriend called me and told me the shocking news!

In my first day as a full time freelancer, I was planning on how to start building connections. Honestly speaking, I don’t know how to. My body clock woke me up the same time I wake up when I had a regular job. I was lying in bed thinking deep on how to begin freelancing, and building my network. I was left dumbfounded. I had absolutely zero idea. So, I decided to clean my room just to pass time. Around 9 o’clock in the morning, my girlfriend called me and told me the shocking news! She scheduled me to an 11:00 AM live radio broadcast at DWDD Katropa Radio: The Bloggers Hour!

Being here, in this very moment, is my first big step and a one time big time opportunity in achieving my goals as a freelance travel blogger and writer.

I did not hesitate to go, but my heart was pounding with tension. I don’t know what to say in a  live radio broadcast. I only have 2 hours to build my confidence, and we all know that wasn’t enough. I went to the radio station still.

Ted Claudio of Wazzup PH and Co-Host of The Bloggers Hour greeted me in the admin room. He apologized for the very short notice, and we had a short chit chat. After a few minutes, we were asked to enter the room where the live broadcast will be held. There I met Ian Bacungan of Rogue Writers and Style List Asia, and also the Main Host of the The Bloggers Hour.

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Left: Ian Bacungan; Middle: ironeXplores; Right: Ted Caludio

My tension grew worse upon seeing the radio station equipment. However, at the back of my head, I kept on telling myself that I have to do this. I was waiting for an opportunity to promote my blog and be known to the major public. Being here, in this very moment, is my first big step and a one time big time opportunity in achieving my goals as a freelance travel blogger and writer. I have to do my very best.

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Ian Bacungan and Ted Claudio are very good hosts. They actually lessened the tension when they started talking. I was hesitant at first because Ian Bacungan has this “Maangas” look, and Ted Claudio has a very professional aura. As we continued talking, I realized I was thinking the exact opposite. They shared their experiences as full time bloggers, and how they started. I realized we were not so different. They had their hard times too. I learned a lot from them, and it helped boost my confidence to pursue my chosen career.

Life is like a rubber band. When it pulls you down, it throws you several times up.

I am very thankful to my girlfriend Cherry for referring me to this Radio Program, and to Ted Claudio and Ian Bacungan for the warm welcome and several good advice.

I realized that life is really full of surprises. It’s like a rubber band. When life pulls you down, it throws you several times up. When I had no idea on how to begin building my network, life suddenly opened a window of opportunity. That moment was an unexpected blessing and an amazing experience. I thank God for that.

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