Starting With a Clean Slate

Do you know that New Year feeling?

The one where you’re excited to start a clean slate, and to do and be better in the coming year?

That’s exactly what I feel right now even if it’s just the start of October.

There are too many things that ended this September that made it feel like December 31st.

Good Things Come to an End

1. Work

On September 21st, I received a message from my main client saying he’s letting me go. After three years of working with him, the work he needs done can no longer be fulfilled by a remote worker.

I tried to be stoic, but I’m going to be honest – I went through mini cycles of DABDA (or the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance) since I read the message.

Okay, maybe I didn’t go through anger and bargaining, but the other three, I definitely experienced!

Friday, September 30th, 2022, was my last day with the company. I sent the transition document, recorded a short farewell video, and sent my final invoice.

As they say, when one door closes, another opens. Although, I haven’t knocked on potential clients’ doors yet. I’ll enjoy a few weeks being work-free.

2. End of Our 30 Days of 100 Pushups Daily Challenge

As August was ending, I invited my fitness-minded brother and fiance to do a hundred pushups daily for the whole month of September.

The first two weeks were fun, the last two weeks, I questioned myself why I even started that challenge. I pushed through until the last day of September.

The result? From doing 10 reps straight on Day 1, I ended with doing 30 reps in one go on Day 30.

3. My Freeletics 12-Week Journey is Ending

Freeletics is my workout app. I never believed in paid apps until I tried Freeletics. I’ve been using it since 2019 but stopped in the end of 2020 because I got pregnant.

Even after giving birth in June 2021, I still wasn’t able to exercise until January 2022. And that exercise wasn’t even Freeletics. I tried Kayla Itsines’ post-partum workout on the Sweat app, and I did gain strength but man was it so boring! I wonder how other Sweat users can do Kayla Istines’ workout program for years.

On April 24, I restarted my paused Freeletics subscription and started a 12-Week Natural Tone journey. It took me 20 weeks to finish a 12 week plan! Partly because I sometimes skip workouts or do other workouts other than Freeletics.

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There’s Nothing Quite Like a Fresh Start

Other than these things ending, there’s also something new starting.

1. Hey, Mica.

Hey, Mica is my third own-domain blog. I created the first two with the intent to monetize, but this time, it’s different.

This time, I’m writing for posterity.

I could’ve used a physical notebook to write my thoughts and my day-to-day experiences, but as much as I can, I want to practice minimalism. Instead of buying a new notebook every year, I’d keep the entries in one website. One that Little O can visit anytime.

2. Start of 30 Days of Cardio

Since I built muscle last month and not just because of the 100 pushups challege, but also because of my Freeletics Natural Tone journey, this time I want to lose some body fat.

Hopefully, I won’t lose the muscles I gained! I started taking whey protein drink even if I was never a believer of supplements. But when I got pregnant, I was given supplements, and I realized, taking a supplement isn’t a bad thing at all even if it seems “unnatural.”

3. New Financial Habits

Since I don’t have a source of income as of the moment, I’ll have to adjust my expenses and live off D’s income in the meantime. Adios, Grab food.

4. Hunt for a New Client

It’s Day 1 of being work-free, but I’m not in a rush to find a new client. I’ll be taking Skillshare lessons and creating content for LinkedIn and Instagram for the time being. Maybe in a week or two, I’ll be ready to pitch to potential clients.

Just as old things end, so do new things begin.

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