The Firekindler

Hi! I’m Jhecca, and welcome to the firekindler’s blog.

Hailing from the Philippines, I’m a corporate vampire who spends five nights a week making money. During the day, I am bits and pieces of everything rolled into one: a nurturing mother of two adorable kids, a dependable sister, a mindful daughter, a trying-hard-to-be-the-best homemaker, and so on and so forth.

I was a reader.

My mother said that at a tender age, even before I began schooling, they would find me tinkering with reading materials of all sorts: magazines (Liwayway was famous at that time), newspapers, comics (I had a collection of Funny Komiks). When I was in grade school, I was a frequent visitor of the school library. I always managed to maximize two library cards, written back to back. My mother would scold me whenever she caught me reading under a dim light or with a candle light past my bedtime. Maybe that’s the reason why I wore a 750 grade eyeglasses today.

I was a writer.

Because of my frequent visits to the school library, the good old librarian became my friend. She would recommend story books and poetry books to me. Then, when I was in 6th grade, she invited me to join the campus’ journalism club. We joined journalism competition, and I managed to bring home a few medals as an editorial and features writer. That’s how I started writing.

When I was in high school, I didn’t become a member of the school newspaper simply because I failed to attend the screening and audition. Nevertheless, English became my favorite subject. I still continued writing in the form of theme writing and poetries. I also did drafts of pocketbook love stories which I planned to submit in publications but never had the chance.

I was a blogger.

I was in college when having a Friendster and Multiply accounts were the trend. In those accounts, I began to write what’s in my head. I write to vent out negative feelings, I write when I couldn’t contain my happiness. Little did I know that what I was doing is already blogging. But my blogging ventures were short-lived. Being a working student then eventually pursuing a career and not having a computer of my own kept me from doing what I love most. Also, those two sites folded recently because of the rise of Facebook. My only regret is that I didn’t save a copy of my first blog entries, being a sentimentalist and all.

Rekindling the fire.

After working straight for almost three years now and giving birth to two of my most treasured persons in the whole wide world, here I am, starting all over again, rekindling the fire that once lost its fiery glow.

Last year, I became interested in photography. I started Project 365, incorporating microblogging with photography. Then I discovered Day Zero Project which I plan to chronicle here. Starting a new blog is one of the tasks I’ve included in my list. The more important reason is simple: I want to write again. I want to write and share my life as I learn how to live the best kind of life imaginable. I want to write as I discover the world and the beauty of the simplest things left unnoticed. I want to write simply because it means something to me. I want to write because I love doing it.

As I share my life’s journey through my writing, I hope I can inspire others to do the same.

*written in response to WordPress’ Zero to Hero 30-Day Challenge: Day 1.


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