One afternoon, I found this press release from the official website of the Philippine Senate announcing the approval of the Innovative Startup Act. It was recent, in May, and I recall having the opportunity to review the bill before it was passed as community members were encouraged to do so by The Office of Senator Bam Aquino – the senator who authored the bill. Unfortunately, at the time I was admittedly too ignorant so now I hope to make up for it by sharing what I’ve learned.
I’m just not very good at having crazy ideas of my own. I’m passion-driven sure, but a lot of the things I fight for have already been started by others. As much as I try to think of something on my own, it’s often something that doesn’t last for very long in my commitments list.
I joined my first international “women” event at the Techstars APAC Summit 2018 – Day 0 “Women in Community” and to be honest, I went in skeptical.
Before I get to the good bits, I’d just like to thank Shane Reiser for his “How I run a Startup Weekend” blogpost which was one of the first resources I read when I first started organizing, and is also the inspiration for this post. His account of how he tackles the Startup Weekend program inspired me to run my own experiments in organizing a Startup Weekend and have an observer’s mind that made me learn so much after each event no matter what role I played. Thanks for putting that blogpost together, Shane!
I’ve been fucking up a lot lately. Well, that’s an overstatement but I’ve been thinking a lot about failure and how I’ve been handling it these past few days and I realized I haven’t been so gracious about it. Ironic, because the last blogpost I published talked about accepting slip-ups and doing better tomorrow. Maybe that was just me talking to myself, giving myself reassurances that I know I believe in but have found it harder to put into practice for some reason.
Recently, I’ve been more and more aware of how mindful actions affect your daily output- how they affect your relationships, how you feel about your work at the end of the day, and how you think about yourself.
I’ve been listening to the Optimal Living Daily podcast these last few weeks which I’ve become a huge fan of, and I noticed that some blogposts that talk about “productivity tools” recommend a lot of tools for the different tasks that you have to deal with on the day-to-day. Though I understand that they do that to give the reader more options to choose from, I don’t agree that one person should be using all of it at the same time.
The blogpost before this one was the first in many months. In the intro of said blogpost, it said that I made a resolution to be more consistent with my blogging starting… a year ago. Ironically, that article was supposed to come out a month earlier than it eventually did. I finished writing the content for it in a day and thought that it’d be up for the internet to see in the next – but it wasn’t.
It’s been a while since I’ve found the time to write. Funnily, last year’s resolution was that I’d post “one blogpost a month” and here I am a year later just starting to write one article. Goes to show how much New Year’s Resolutions make an impact. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯But, nevertheless, with the year of hiatus I definitely have enough content to go around if ever I do end up blogging again and this is one of the ideas I’ve had for a while. Startup Weekend has been a big part of my life ever since I joined my first one in 2012 and I’ve done my best to pass on that spirit to the communities I volunteer at.
I just want to be clear(er) and say that these are my thoughts and my opinions on how I, as a volunteer community builder, consider taking a break from volunteer work to avoid a burnout. Other volunteers might have their own methods, preferences, and opinions but I hope to create a discussion on how our communities here in the Philippines see volunteering and how inactivity doesn’t necessarily mean the loss of passion.