Teach, Shave, Love


just a bedroom selfie in Bacolod last weekend — notice the facial hair

It’s supposed to be the mantra of my 2017. I came back to Manila with facial hair and teaching jobs. And then a week after my arrival, I was asked out by a super cool guy. It just made sense to call 2017 as my year of “Teach, Shave, Love” as an allusion to Eat, Pray, Love.

It was funny at the time when we called it.

But then, the guy I was seeing ended things and all my teaching prospects sort of disappeared on me. The ones that were promised to me anyway when I was on my way to Manila. New teaching projects have opened themselves up to me, though. I am now teaching weekly for a company. I was tasked to expand the writing techniques and tools of their digital marketing writers. Translating creative writing techniques to improve marketing writing. I’m doing a pretty okay job, considering I’ve never had to do this before. I’m learning so much as I am teaching this class. It’s quite an amazing feeling.

And then today, just now to be precise, I got off of the phone with the administrative head of SHIFT and found out that I have one student who enrolled in a five-session intensive one-on-one scriptwriting workshop with me. I’ll be starting in two weeks.

I’ve kept the facial hair on since February. I have been thinking about removing it despite saying I was going to keep it for the year. It has been received very well since I started sporting it and I feel that it gives me an air of maturity, which I’ve been avoiding, for some reason. I have always liked the clean-shaven look.

I wanted to get rid of it because, to be completely honest, the guy I was seeing really liked it on me. I had a little bout of pettiness and thought to bring back my old clean-shaven look for me.

But, no, I’m not going to be that petty. People like the look and some close friends have asked me to keep it. So I will.

I’m trying to push the “love” aspect of ‘Teach, Shave, Love’ back into the basement and lock that door and go back to my old self where love wasn’t a thing. It wasn’t something that hung over my head. I want to go back to that and just focus on me again.

But if I’m going to be honest, again, then I’d have to say that I’ve had a taste of it. It’s going to be awhile before I can let that go.

So “Teach, Shave” is good enough for now. I hope my other classes get filled up so I can be teaching a bit more and not have to take too much freelance work. I’d like to teach scriptwriting until the year ends and just focus on the scripts that I’m working on now.

That would be ideal. Fingers crossed. From my mouth to god’s ears.



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