Have you ever thought about what could have happened if you took your second choice course back in college? Or what if you shifted courses to something else and thought that maybe you could turn this hobby you currently love into a professional work?
Back in college, technology was just booming and just like technology in our country, I was a late bloomer. I never read articles on the Internet, I don’t know what was available out there and I don’t really know what I want yet. When I graduated high school, I took Computer Science for three reasons: 1) It sounds interesting. My brother took this course as well so I kind of know what to expect, 2) Since IT would be big, it will give me a good career in the future and 3) I exceled in our programming subjects in high school so that’s pretty much a good sign. Those were good reasons and #2 was true, but it was not something that I really really wanted to do if you ask me now.
Don’t get me wrong. I do like my job and I love what I do despite the setbacks such as Holiday work, weekend work, oncall and working during nightshift. It gets challenging everyday and everyday, there’s something new to learn. But as you grow older, you discover a lot about yourself. You realize your interests and thought deeper about what it would be like if your job is something you’d be really interested in, where you don’t feel like working at all.
At some point in college, I was close to leaving Mapua and take up Journalism in DLSU. I started a blog in Blogspot and my love for writing started again. I have always loved writing. Since grade school, my teachers always compliment my writing and I joined various essay contests. I even submitted poems and articles in our school newspaper. I read a lot too, which improved my vocabulary. Journalism and Mass Communication was my second choice when I applied for schools in college and in mid-way, I thought about why I didn’t pick it as my first. I didn’t shift courses. I finished my Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and I’m proud of it. But my love for writing still continued an I express that through this blog.
Fashion never really was interesting until I turned 20. This term was never part of my vocabulary. My usual getup was pants, tshirt and sneakers in high school until college. My mother mentioned that she was afraid I’m going to be a tomboy as I refuse to wear any dresses or skirts and I never wanted to put on makeup. When I became Internet savvy, I began to look out for websites and follow celebrities I liked through their everyday paparazzi shots. I began to see the beauty of dressing up inspired by their everyday looks. I then found Lookbook.nu and discovered local fashion blogs sand applied what I see and read into my wardrobe.
While I was already working, I did want to enroll myself in fashion school once. I looked up SoFA and FIP and cringed on the fee for basic sewing and fashion courses. I remember visiting a fabric house last week and I told my mother, “Kung naging fashion designer ako, edi ako na gumagawa ng dress mo.” And my mother replied that its not too late yet. Is it really? If I knew I’d be interested in fashion, I could’ve taken a short course for fashion and maybe I could become a designer. Well, I’m only 26 now so who knows?
A fashion blog is a combination of writing and fashion. Initially, that’s what I wanted to setup this blog for. Local fashion blogs inspired me to create one myself. I tried to put up a decent fashion blog entry because I thought its as easy as coming up with a look, take photos of it and post a blog about it. But as tried to be one, it’s hard when you have a full time job because you don’t have the luxury to update your blog all of the time. I remember when I attended a fashion blog seminar when Lissa Kahayon mentioned, “Akala ng iba yung fashion blogging is poporma ka lang, magpo-pose tapos okay na.” And when I tried to do it, I realized that she was right. It takes more than taking outfit shots and blogging about it. You should have dedication, investing on the right tools such as camera and your own website and domain and time.
I could’ve been a designer who creates dresses for myself and for other people, but I became an inspiration to others for the way I put together looks for myself, posting #OOTDs on Instagram and coming to work and experimenting on corporate looks. I was able to style my friends, my Kuyas, my nephew and my mom at times. I never get paid for it but seeing the smile on their faces and hearing them get compliments makes me happy.
I may not have been a writer in a magazine or a popular newspaper, but I have 90 followers on my Tumblr which is already huge if you ask me. I have also created various documentations at work which my teammates and my onshore counterparts in different parts of the world use on a daily basis. How international can I get?
I may not have been a designer or blogger who wishes that I could be sponsored for an international trip somewhere, but my current job already did that and flew me to New York. It may not be on Fashion Week and it was during Fall but it was one my most memorable moments of my career.
You may have plans for yourself but they never worked out. But you should ask yourself, was it the plan you want or the plan God made for you? :)