Ten years into my career in Corporate HR, I felt stuck, miserable, and trapped. During my first few years, I thought I loved it. I loved talking to different people and taking care of them through what I did in HR. I even took a Master’s Degree in the field. But after a few more years, I just knew it wasn’t for me. Work had become a chore. I hated Mondays and spent the whole week dreaming about Fridays. I managed to hit most of my personal work objectives and achieved the “Car and condo” dream a lot of my peers were also working for. I should be happy. Was I being weird? I looked around and talked to people and realised most of the people I worked with felt the same. Ganoon talaga, trabaho lang yan. Which just felt even more depressing. What caught my attention then as an HR practitioner was that benefits were all the same for most people in companies – and this was a big problem. I dreamt of forming a startup to try and remedy that. I decided to do try to do that as a side-hustle. I LOVED the work I was doing. I read books on it for both pleasure and learning, I spent my free hours working on the project, time just WHIZZED by when I worked on it. After 2-3 years the thought of going full-time with my startup started to haunt me. I have a family to support and bills to pay – I can’t just leave my career and start over in another field! Can I? Long and very dramatic story short, I took the leap, quit corporate and founded my first startup, STORM. It was the best professional decision of my life. Instead of being a side-hustle, I did what I LOVED full-time. I was so enthralled by the experience that started blogging about it here in Juangreatleap. When STORM, my other engagements, and my number of kids grew exponentially, I stopped blogging and writing altogether. My excuse was the proverbial life got in the way. That was a mistake my soul would regret. Writing was a passion I just needed to do. As the years went on, that subtle whisper to go back to writing just became an unbearable call to get back in it. And now, I’m back writing. And now I just KNOW I can’t quit it – God wrote it in my DNA.