ABOUT ME

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HEY THERE!

I'm Erica and welcome to Millennial Moxie. ☺️


A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME...

I used to be a perfectionist. I sincerely thought this was a good thing, but it turns out I was selling myself short. 

Why? Because perfection doesn't exist. And you can drive yourself crazy trying to find it.

Trust me, I've been there.

So in the past few years, I decided to choose something better. Instead, I made the radical choice to just be myself.

It's a crazy idea, I know.

But then something even crazier happened: every time I chose myself over some unhealthy ideal, I actually got better.

And better, and better.

Which leads me to you, the reader. 


...AND A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOU

I built this site for people like you: someone who wants to improve, but doesn't know where to begin, or what to focus on.

I want to help people like me—millennial, female, Asian—to reach their better selves. (And everyone else in between!)

Because there are proven strategies you can use. If they can work on me, they can work on you, too.

And I'm not an expert, but that's what so fun about it: I'm just truly willing to learn from the people who are. ☺️

And if you let me, I'd love to share some of that knowledge with you.

Because who knows?

After all is said and done—maybe I could help you be better, too.

So how about it? If this sounds like your idea of a good time (I know it's mine!), subscribe with your email below. 💛


HOW DID I GET HERE?

BY DAY...

I'm the Content Writer running Kalibrr's Career Advice blog for millennials just like you (and me!) 

...AND BY NIGHT

I'm the one-woman show running Millennial Moxie. Because after all:

 
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Now, before my parents panic—I'm kidding. I mean, yes, these are all my own thoughts, but they'll mostly be geared towards helping you, the reader. 

Though it never hurts to tell a terrible joke or two. Those are non-negotiable.

I do freelance writing projects too: so if you ever want to hire me, hit me up!

But before I made this leapfrog into writing, digital marketing and startups, I had a pretty typical profile.

WORK, WORK, WORK, WORK, WORK, WORK

Just for anybody who's curious, here are the quick deets:

  • I spent my elementary and high school years in a private, all-girl Catholic school (as a consistent honor student of course)
  • Then I spent my college years in the country's top public, definitely not all-girl nor religious university, UP Diliman 💛  
  • Where I graduated magna cum laude with my business degree
  • During those years, I was active in my marketing org
  • Then I spent the latter part of my days doing my internship, joining an international competition and signing on as a management trainee (and eventual Product Manager) for one specific multi-national
  • Where I spent 3.5 years in an extremely rewarding, extremely exhausting marketing job – making friends for life, meeting amazing mentors, flying all over Asia, being promoted twice, and learning as much as I could.

Eventually though, I did burn out and found my growth stalled: I had to think of what was next. Which was...

REST, REST, REST, REST, REST, REST

After a brief stint with my friend's startup in Silicon Valley, I decided to take a sabbatical (read: be #funemployed).

So I did whatever millennial in my position could do: backpack in Bali, then spend endless days in my apartment watching Friends without taking a shower.

 
 Meet the Bali Biker Club: a ragtag group of friends I made for life while staying in my hostel in Ubud!

Meet the Bali Biker Club: a ragtag group of friends I made for life while staying in my hostel in Ubud!

 

I kept asking myself those few months: will I ever want to work again?  And could I even do that, given that my career fantasies involved writing something out of nothing and telling inappropriate jokes to a crowd?

As it turns out, I could. (I'm still working on that second part).

After much deliberation and rest, it turns out that all I needed was time.

Time to center myself.

Time to be clear about what I wanted.

And time to be unemployed.

Because man, did I really appreciate my corporate job even more then.

And even if I still do, I knew in my heart that it wasn't the answer anymore.

SO WHAT'S A GIRL TO DO?

I've said it multiple times, but I'm lucky I grew up in the family that I have.

Entrepreneurial-ness runs in my family. So aside from being the best examples of grit, my parents have made sure that my brother and I never wanted for anything.

And what's more, is that they've always wanted us to take charge of our lives on our own terms.

And that's really empowering stuff.

So, after more than a year's worth of bestselling career, productivity & self-help books; award-winning podcasts; consultations with several mentors; conversations with my parents, brother and best friends; and not to mention a whole lot of awful poetry in my journal, I decided to take the leap:

for better or for worse, I was going to be a writer.

And I'd be a damn good one, if I had anything to say about it.

WHICH LEADS ME TO RIGHT NOW

Exactly where we started.

I'm being paid to write, which makes me happy.

I'm learning to hustle and work for my own projects, which makes me happier.

And currently, I'm building something of my own in this little site.

And if it grows, it may make you and me the happiest, too.

Here's to hoping, anyway. 💛