As an Asian, I was told to work hard and indeed, I could work long hours without that extra income. It doesn't matter to me as long as I am happy, I felt great about what I am doing. It will pay emotionally. There were lots of people who see money in their mind, being calculative even with 5 minutes extra works. You hear endless complaints and grudges. And that is life. There is a physical material called money that everyone chase for.
I chase an emotional need rather than the material needs. I don't go around company, shopping for salary increment. This is something I never did in my entire career life because I know they bring me less of what I wanted.
There were the eagerness to learn, to contribute to the communities and to develop value for what I am doing. And these were all I am trying to gain and protect- my belief, trust and dedication towards all my work, whether it is a marketing or quality assurance job. I gained lots and they changed my perspective a 180 degree. Not 360 degree yet, because I am still learning.
I see the dynamics and trying is all I am doing. No one told me how to live a life because they weren't in my shoes. Even my dearest father asked me to earn monetary values and not supporting my career in the food industry. He is those who cannot see me at home during weekdays even if I took my deserved day off. He asked me to work and work and I am like "????". Yes, those were the older generations.
I didn't meant to say anything bad about working hard but I think I am ready to try to keep a work-life balance. My life has been like a mess right now. I couldn't balance my life properly; not to say achieve any personal objective I set at the beginning of the year. Yes, I am the under-achiever right now. Completely a failure when it comes to this part. The modern world taught me so much about the needs to achieve and I was drained out by them. This is what you get once you believe into a concept.
I hope by working out a work life balance, I get a totally new life to work on my personal goals for a little while before we hit 2015 and to be more efficient at work. Let's see how this last and work out.
Felicia Loo is a food science graduate from UBC. With an interest in food marketing, she explores how food products are created, marketed, and distributed toward an end users. Blogging about food became a must when she encounters interesting ideas about food products. She seeks for ideas and opportunities to work together.