Stilettos to Flip Flops

From Stilettos to Flip Flops

There's something about turning thirty that makes people want to turn their life around. This mind-boggling idea came about last year. I was working as a supervisor in one of the best global outsourcing firms in the country, I had a promising career, fantastic co-workers and money. What else could I have wanted, right?

Time. I had no time for myself, my husband and my daughter. I was pulling twelve to sixteen hour work days including weekend overtime. To make things worse I was on night shift, as I have been for the past seven years since graduating from college. I was so hooked on caffeine that if I got stabbed, I'd bleed coffee. Everything was rushed and all actions came with a time stamp. The routine was to get home before hubby and baby wakes up, have a few minutes of peace if I'm lucky. I then have a quick chat and playtime with a sleepy father and daughter tandem while feeling groggy and sore all over. Fall asleep while still chewing "brinner" (a term I coined for dinner eaten during breakfast). After 5 hours of sleep (again, if I'm lucky) I wake up rush myself out the door and do my make up in the cab. I'm one of those people who can put on mascara in a moving vehicle. Neat, huh?!

Weekends are a hoot, I try as much not to sleep on weekends to "make most of the day". Try going to the mall with a toddler after having been awake for 24 hours. Its enough to drive anyone bonkers. I get so cranky my husband is afraid to unleash me in public. My daughter was so confused with my EST schedule she greets me good morning in the afternoon, followed by the words "shoes", "wow" and "bye bye M" (short for Mommy).

So there, I've decided to put an end to all these nonsense! I quit my job and as much as I love those shoes, I traded my stilettos for flip flops.


  1. hi ms jho,i'm so happy for you, i really think you've made the right decision switching from "stilettos" to "flip flops" =) though i've really missed sharing with you our crazy kikay "stiletto" stories! keep it up! wish u all d best! cheers! ~ronski ♥♥♥

  2. so proud of you sister!!mwuah!- cheznutz

  3. Hi there. I stumbled upon your blog, and I'm so pleased to find that you and I are in similar streams of life! I just became a stay-at-home, work-at-home mom myself, and I'm glad I made the shift.

    I'm looking forward to following you. Cheers!

  4. @Martine - Glad to find someone with common interests online. It's really great that we have a lot more options today, it's like having the best of both worlds.

  5. Chanced upon your site and I liked it. I must say, I dream about being a 24x7 mom.. no work... just being a mom. But unfortunately, our expenses wouldn't permit me to be that mom... just yet. So we'll see...maybe one day :)

    I'm linking up to your blog if you don't mind!

  6. @Lhot -Thanks for linking up! I liked your site too, your Spanish Pinay is simply adorable!

  7. wow! brave girl! am considering that pero parang di pa kaya... pero comfort thought ko na lang e i made the decision to move back sa province namin and work here... so far am here for 2 years na and i can have an 8-5 workdays most of the time... so im hoping that would be pretty ok once the baby's here na... :-)

  8. Haha love your "brinner" and "bleed to coffee" so funny! Will put you in my bookmark already:-) congrats in taking the leap! and welcome to the crazy world of full momdom!


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