My BlackBerry-Purpose Driven Life
“This is my official entry to TechPinas.com Gadget Bonanza BlackBerry Power Pair Edition”.
Five years ago I would have said that I am a wanderer with no place to wander to. I was out of school and the only thing that kept me occupied was the lazy afternoons I spent in coffee shops with my friends or the night outs at the hottest clubs in town. And even if I always had the desire to become a writer, I somehow felt like I had no time to really sit down and get to work. Now, however, things have changed. I still love hanging out with my girlfriends during lazy weekend afternoons but it is not the same. And it will never be the same again because now, I have found my purpose in life.
At 22, I got pregnant. And at 23, I became an independent and single mom. Mind you, it is not easy being a single parent. All the tiring days at work, working as a marketing officer for a visa immigration company, and the short weekends I had wherein I had to take care of my little baby boy were not easy. It would have been so easy to have given up, but I did not. Instead, despite of my busy schedule, I decided to start writing my much-delayed book. I had not only the dream; I also now had the motivation and the inspiration. All I needed was the ideal contrivance to help me transpire all of this into actuality.
My boss was using a BlackBerry phone and he kept on mentioning that it was in a league of its own. He showed me all of the advantages and could hardly think of a single disadvantage to it. And being in the marketing field, I had to keep myself connected with all our affiliate hotels, resorts, restaurants, travel agencies and tour companies around Cebu City and the Cebu provinces. Apart from this, I also had to keep track of my baby boy’s immunization and pediatric appointments. By using a BlackBerry phone, I realized that I would not only be able to keep up with all of my appointments, I would also be able to find the time to visit friends or to take out my baby boy to the mall.
I no longer work as a marketing executive. Now, I am living my dream and writing for a living. And in my free time, I sell clothes online via my online shopping site on Facebook. But even if I don’t have as much appointments to keep, there are still a huge number of BlackBerry features that I can take advantage of. Now that my son is two years old, I download children songs and interactive applications a few times a week for him to learn how to count and say his A B C’s. If it wasn’t for BlackBerry and the gazillion applications available, I doubt if my son would have been able to identify pictures of lions and elephants and zebra’s. I, on the other hand, use my BlackBerry to download songs of my choice or games to play when times get boring and dull. And since I have relocated to Leyte, it is utmost to stay connected via Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr (text messages and calls are not enough. If you don’t post a comment on their recent status, you better beware!!). Another feature of the BlackBerry phone that I am much thankful for is Amazon Kindle. With E-books at the tip of my fingers, I get to read stories of my liking at any time and at any place. All things considered, I doubt if I would have had this much time to do everything that I need to do if it hadn’t been for my Blackberry and the convenience that it has offered me.
My name is Jackie Louise Mellerup; a daughter, a single mother, a friend, an online seller, an ex-marketing executive and now also, a writer. This is who I am. And this is my purpose in life in which a diffident yet oh-so-amazing phone has made possible for me. Life surely doesn’t get much more convenient or as magnificent as this.