"...A street is a public thoroughfare (usually paved) in a built environment. It is a public parcel of land adjoining buildings in an urban context, on which people may freely assemble, interact, and move about.."

This is a mobile photography collection of photos i took when i'm on road heading home or going at the office. Streets and a Slave is about the life of an employee and people on the streets in their weekly routine as they strive to work hard in the metro to have a better life and living.

Streets and a Slave: Streets picture the culture of a working environment in the metro and its commuters, while the word Slave represents the corporate people, simply means the "corporate slave" who work hard under big corporations in exchange of a good paying salary.

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It’s really hard for me to create a blog post for this because my reference is about the book that I was reading----prototype by Jonathan Martin. I really want to make a justice about the post that this somehow should be relational to that book.

Prototype made a standard of my next book reads. This book created an impact in my life. There were realizations and learning when I was reading this book.  Speaking of relevance, this book extends it’s hand to us millennials with relatable material in social media today.

Prototype is about knowing your identity as a Christian, as God’s beloved. If you could notice my blog header, “you call me beloved. I am perfection” that’s just beyond a blog description. The header means a lot for me because my identity is not my traits or name but because of my Lord and Savior.

So when reading the book, and seeing it from the book store shelves, I felt that, God was speaking to me. Seeing that book at that time, God wants to speak to me and tell that “hey son, this is a story I want to tell you”.

The History

A. Music

I love music a lot because it tells a personal story of every walks of life. By simply listening to a song, we get to realize things, we get to connect and we get to identify our moments.
Jars of Clay’s album  The Shelter started my realization as a God’s beloved through their songs “Walk in the Night”. The beats of the music make me feel like i’m in a different place (in London – because for me, they sound like a brit band in a gloomy London weather). They also give me the 80’s/90’s beats.

“You formed my knees to bend, You call me beloved, I am perfection”.
-Run in the Night, Jars of Clay [the Shelter album]

Now upon reading the lines of the songs plus the music feels itself, it truly makes a story of every son and daughters. He formed us in a way  with a purpose. That no matter what we do, or how we look, we are His beloved and through His eyes we are the best creation ever.

B. The book

That morning after my work shift, I was convinced that I needed a great novel once again until I bumped into Jonathan Martin’s book. Then it somehow made a connection with Jars of Clay’s song, about my blog header and all. THAT TRULY MADE SENSE!.

The people and inspiration

I hear stories about ministry struggle and hardships inside my circle, I welcome them really as I also walk through those experiences myself. By reading J Martin’s book, I am no longer afraid of darkness or sadness, I’m even excited and welcome them with open arms.

Lastly, I have this guy who keeps on telling that he wants to quit of what his doing. But whenever he says that, I can only see and feel that God is currently working on His life, without him knowing about it.

Like what Jonathan Martin’s book tells, his struggles are his identity, his scars are not sign of defeat but a sign of bravery in fighting the battles that he has won. That through the wilderness, God is more close to him, and that God is even more faithful in his battles. God is elevating him, promoting him and making him a braver and stronger person. 

It isn’t rare that a freelancer encounters this all-too-familiar internal conflict: how does one price one’s freelance services?

Admittedly, putting a price tag on your work--whether it’s hourly or on a project basis--can rouse up a lot of doubts about one’s worth.

To anyone who closely ties their work with their sense of self, assigning a monetary value to their livelihood puts into question how much one’s blood, sweat, and tears really cost.

Sometimes though, the problem is less crisis of self-worth and more “I seriously just don’t know how to do this pricing thing”. This is especially true for beginner freelancers who are perhaps yet too sheepish to ask for a good price to their services.

This is why it’s important to know the rate of your bottom line by asking one very important question: What’s your Minimum Acceptable Rate?

Computing your Minimum Acceptable Rate

LeavingWorkBehind’s Tom Ewer gives awesome advice on how to calculate your freelancing rates: identify your Minimum Acceptable Rate, or MAR. This is the baseline of the project rates you’re willing to work for.

The formula is:

[(Personal Overheads + Business Overheads) / Hours Worked] + Tax

Personal overheads should cover your living expenses in a month or year, like paying for your food and house. Meanwhile, business overheads should cover the amount you spend to maintain your business in a month or year (your internet connection, your electrical bill, gadgets, etc.) Divide this amount by the hours you project to work for the month or year. After you get the total, add taxes on top.

Say, you spend 50,000 pesos to pay for your rent, food, water, and groceries every month. That would be your personal overhead. For your business overhead, add an extra 5,000 pesos for your electricity and phone bills every month. That brings the overheads amount to 55,000 pesos.

Now divide that with the hours you project to work in a month. Let’s say you only plan on working 6 hours a day, 5 days a week. In one month, that’s 120 hours.

When you divide 55,000 pesos by 120 hours, that’s roughly 459 pesos.

If you peg your taxes at 12% (assuming that you’ve not registered yourself as a Barangay Microbusiness Enteprise), then your Minimum Acceptable Rate would be at 515 pesos per hour.

Is Charging Per Hour Wise? (Or, Why the Per-Project Basis May Be Better)

This should be taken on a case-by-case basis, depending on your work.

Tom advises against pricing per hour, saying it limits your earning potential, and also clouds your client’s judgment.

He says: “Your competence and the speed at which you are able to do you work can have a huge impact on your bottom line. Don’t undercharge yourself by charging by the hour just because you happen to be good at what you do and can do it quickly and efficiently.”

Simply put, you can clock in as many hours to complete a task, but as a freelancer, you’re not being paid to warm your seat. You are being consulted for your expertise. Why should you be judged to how much time it takes to complete the project, than how awesome you can deliver it with the quickest turnaround time?

Adds Jake Jorgovan in a CareerFoundry article: “Clients don’t care if it takes you 20 minutes or 20 hours to complete the project. Clients care that the work is done and it is done well.“

Learn More Pricing Techniques!

If you’re eager to learn more techniques on pricing yourself well, top online jobs website Freelancer.com and premier workshops organizer Manila Workshops has organized an upcoming #TalinoTalks workshop with you in mind.

On June 18, 1 pm, join the Talino Talks workshop “The Art of Pricing for Freelancers”, with speaker Francis Guintu from the Online Filipino Freelancers community.

“We at Freelancer.com recognize that pricing and negotiation are key to a successful freelancing career,” says Evan Tan ,Freelancer.com’s Regional Director for Southeast Asia. “With the help of the Online Filipino Freelancers’ Francis Guintu, Freelancer.com wishes to educate more aspiring and established Filipino freelancers on becoming top-earning professionals, whatever industry they may be in.”

Save a seat by registering here: bit.ly/freelancepricing

This is a writing from a personal experience. When I turned twenty-four last year, I felt that my life wasn’t figured out yet and I’m kinda confused of what to do next after the pre-twenties and post-college feels. My twenty three is a transitioning part into a more adult version of myself because it embarks my mid-twenties journey. Twenty – three for me, would surely impact my 30’s.

After a year, here’s the twenty-five year old version of myself.

This year, the goals I figured out from the 24 year old me is building.
Here are the things I learned along the journey between being twenty four and twenty three.

1. LET IT GO  – There are people who came into your life that you can't let go because you believe that friendship and those times spent together should be kept and cherished. You have a life mantra of “when quitting, think why you even started” ---- but that doesn’t apply to all.

You can give yourself a break to this, if you have tried fixing your relationship and you keep on circling to the same situation, it’s time to let go. Remember that some people are not meant to stay in our lives (esp if they cause you too much heartaches and stress), some are just for visits to make us feel human. That is to make us feel hurt, loved, to love and learn. Thank them still, because through them, you keep on learning and knowing yourself.
  Remember that some people are not meant to stay in our lives 

2. CHERISH LIFE MOMENTS – We are caught building dreams and comply on the activities in our schedule that we are cramped up to have a life. Hey! You are just in your 20’s and it’s ok to have a balanced life still, so by chilling out with friends once a month is ok, it won’t break your dreams, actually it might even help!

Stop living the past and worrying about the future. 
Take your mobile phones down and hang up to unnecessary calls. Live that moment right in front of you, be interactive on that moment.

3. SET A GOAL. BUILD AN EMPIRE – The only problem that we have in life is that we just don’t know where we’re heading and that makes most of the people bore about their job and current tasks. YOU NEED TO HAVE A DRIVING FORCE, A DREAM TO LIVE. Find your passion, set minor and major goals for the next few weeks, for the next couple of years and see them fulfill bit by bit, I tell you, it’s gonna be rewarding.
“find something you love, and let it kill you”

4. BEING SINGLE IS OK. (don’t panic!) – Your college friend is rocking his life already, a car, a dream house and their getting married or even expecting a baby, while you, you’re still ain’t got nothing, well ----just yet!.

A moment to be single is a gift. This is the time to know more about yourself, to be free spirited and independent person. Your character is a gift to your partner someday, if you can’t fix yourself and chase for someone to complete you, you will never be completed because that person might someday leave you and you might get incomplete once again.
“I’m busy looking for someone to complete me that I’m already loosing myself and my identity”
-Alice (Dakota Johnson), How to be Single, 2016 Movie [non-verbatim]

5. GET SERIOUS – This is your mid-20’s something, you are no longer that fresh young man graduate guy, you are about to be thirty soon and one day, you’ll be settling down. Give yourself some decency to pay for your bills and taxes by having a stable job and kicking career plan. This is not just for yourself but for your future family. Be that someone who knows how to enjoy life while being serious about responsibilities. Be independent. Be a provider.
Drive that fancy car and live that dream house.

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