Five Things I’ve Realized When I Began to Embrace the “I’m a few minutes away from the office” Life


It’s been more than a month since I moved to my place in the Metro. I’m less than 15 minutes away from the office, far beyond what I used to travel when I still go home daily. I used to spend one to two hours travel time commuting ever since I began working, and since I have experienced the convenience of living near my work place, I’m not sure if I’m ever gonna want to leave that life again.

Living near my workplace has made me realize a lot of things, and I’m going to share five of them here. 🙂

1. Budgeting must be part of your skills.

As the eldest, I regularly give a portion of my net pay to my Mom as a way to give back and help with our family expenses. Aside from that, I also pay for our Wifi connection at home. I also have my own constant expenses like my mobile plan. All these things considered, it took me quite some time to decide which place to move into. I had to be practical, but at the same time, I didn’t want to compromise two major things in choosing a place to stay – comfort and security.

Budgeting doesn’t mean you have to stop yourself from buying the things you want just to make sure that you are paying things on time. I don’t think it’s okay to feel broke for as long as you’re helping your family and you’re paying your dues. I’ve been there, and it didn’t feel okay with me. Dear, do not just work to live and live to work! Work, live, and enjoy the fruit of your hard work.

2. Cooking your own food can save you bucks and time.

For a few weeks, I’ve constantly bought food from wherever; however, I’ve noticed that I’ve been overspending, and the time it takes to buy my breakfast or lunch is really consuming a lot during my break time. Last week, I’ve decided to buy my groceries, and I’ve only spent around Php700+, already good for two weeks. Plus it feels fulfilling to actually prepare your own food! 🙂

3. Knowing that you are near your work place actually makes you feel that you’re not obliged to wake up early.

Okay. So here’s one of the best things that happened when I began to live near my workplace: I. Can. Take. My. Time. It’s just really good that my work schedule is flexible, meaning I can come in anytime I want for as long as I render the amount of hours required. Before, I wake up at 4am so I can leave home and catch a ride before 5:30, or else, I’m late. Now, I wake up at 6, extend a little longer on bed and get up at 6:30, cook my food, take a bath at 7, and just get ready without feeling any rush. It makes you feel refreshed as you start working too! What more, I’ve also been able to jog and workout few times a week because travel time is finally out of the equation!

4. Being on your own is fun, and adulting can feel good, contrary to popular belief that it sucks.

I think this one’s all about one’s perspective. For me, it makes me feel proud that I am experiencing enough comfort without compromising anything. Owing your responsibility for yourself must be a core acceptance if you want to enjoy the world of adulting. Look, I also say that adulting sucks sometimes and I admit that I would love to go back in time and be a carefree kid again, but hey, there’s so much fun in it if you want to look into it. 🙂

5. There’s still no place like home.

At the end of the day, I’d still love to go home to my family and eat home-cooked meals. I’d still love to lie down on my own bed and exchange stories with my sisters. I’d still love to hear my Mom’s rants (lol), and give my reactions because that’s what she wants. I’d still love to debate with my Dad, even though I kinda hate it when it’s already happening (because he never accepts defeat hahaha).

I think the fact that we don’t get to see each other every day makes it better, because when I go home during weekends, there’s nothing but harmony, unlike when I used to stay there daily, we tend to have misunderstandings almost every other day (which are completely normal – we’ve been through worse). Even though staying out late and partying ’til dawn are really more possible when I’m in my solo nook, nothing compares to the warmth that home can give.

I know I’m still going to learn more things as time passes by, and I’m glad I took the big leap of doing this. 🙂

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