And suddenly, I’m back in Oz

Sometimes, you just have to grab an opportunity that comes along by the balls. That is what exactly I did when I suddenly got a call from “Oz” two weeks ago. A year ago, I was fortunate to be shortlisted for a position there. While I did not eventually get the job and landed half a year after at Elm Street, it helps keeping an open mind and see what fate has in store for you.

Waiting for the train

Waiting for the train

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Nappa watcha?

Yes! Another leathercraft project! I just had another brainwave and realized that I am ready to commit on this new one. But my primary stipulation was that the leather should be significantly supple if I were to finish it in a much shorter time. Given this consideration, I was also not sure if the leather I’d be buying would hold up well given the nature of the stitch. But, alas, I’m ready!

Another Saddle-Stitch Project

Another Saddle-Stitch Project

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I couldn’t help but wonder…

While waiting for something substantial to happen (i.e. another chapter of my colorful working life), I have added a small inset. As I spend most of my time getting ready and preparing myself mentally of what the future has for me, I found myself writing profusely. I was fortunate enough that in between jobs, I was able to secure a freelance writing position for an Austrian firm. I was tasked to write on African politics, both domestic and international. Who would have thought that my previous job would give me an unexpected leg up on this? :p

Writing while looking outside

Writing while looking outside

 

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Throwing the phone

It is by no means doing a Naomi Campbell. It is more than that. Remember when Andy had to throw her cellphone at the Fontaine des Fleuves in Place de la Concorde and walked away? That was how it felt a couple of weeks ago when I handed in my resignation. Yes, I’m finally free from the organization! (And yes, I’m back writing and I am now free to write!)

Throwing the phone at the Fontaine des Fleuves at Place de la Concorde - The Devil Wears Prada

Throwing the phone at the Fontaine des Fleuves at Place de la Concorde (Screengrab from The Devil Wears Prada)

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