On Work and Politics changing my definition of (good) leadership (audio available)

Photo by Tomoko Uji via Unsplash *If you are on the go, listen to the audio version of this post here: Anchor OR Spotify It’s been a hot minute since my last “personal” post. I admit getting covid twice and my mental and emotional preoccupation with the PH elections took up all my energy, time, …

I was wrong, we lost in the elections. Here I am self-soothing.

Photo from: youhadmeatgardening.com/winter-flowers There's a clip from the TV series Parks & Recreations where the lead character Leslie Knope was talking to Campaign Manager Jen Barkley. A portion of the conversation went like this: Leslie: " How do I lose to a guy like that? It's a great idea, right?" (to run for elections) Jen: …

My one and only PH election 2022 opinion post. Let’s see if this one ages gracefully

Photo by Nishant Kumar via Unsplash A reminder if you will read my long post: Respect my Onion. Thanks.  It’s the most wonderful time of the decade in the Philippines again: It’s the National Election season. However, more than the usual circus, this one coming on 09th May 2022 is very crucial. The Son of …

Interpersonal Skills (and tips) from a Recruiter (Audio available)

Photo from Christine-WOCintechchat via Unsplash.com *If you are on the go, go listen to the audio version of this post on anchor / spotify here: * Anchor: http://www.anchor.fm/paola-fajardo9 Spotify: Halfreformed: The Spoken Word Series What a lot of people don't know about my profession is that we Recruiters are Salespeople. We “sell” candidates to clients, …

Were you robbed of life during the pandemic? (audio available)

Photo by Mel Elias via Unsplash *If you are on the go, go listen to the audio version of this post on anchor / spotify here: Anchor: https://anchor.fm/paola-fajardo9 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1ZilRR5gtKLhEW2o1UMSCJ How is everyone's new year so far? I understand that things are not going so well in some parts of the world. It’s as if …

Career 2021: Revival, Trauma, Resignations and The Reckoning

**If you are on the go, you can listen to this via on my audio blog, Halfreformed: The Spoken Word Series. Links: Anchor.fm: https://anchor.fm/paola-fajardo9 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1ZilRR5gtKLhEW2o1UMSCJ Photo by Marcos Paulo Prado via Unsplash Revival & Trauma ...And just like that, we are ending 2021 as if nothing happened (well, it’s true nothing much happened). In all …

On *Languishing*

The meme wasn’t lying when it said 2020 and 2021 are twins. First off, let me just say that I am very grateful for all the privileges and blessings that I have now. However, we’ve been languishing in different aspects of life for the past couple of months. It feels like the rest of the …

In defense of adulthood and growing up

If you are on the go, you can listen to the spoken word format here: Anchor: https://anchor.fm/paola-fajardo9 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1ZilRR5gtKLhEW2o1UMSCJ Photo by Andrew Neel via Unsplash A few things highly associated with the Millenial generation include social media, skinny jeans, avocado toast, and the word: adulting. According to the Oxford dictionary, it is an informal word …