The very definition…

…of an over-achiever.

That’s me.

I have a full-time job as a branch manager at a premier urban library.

Two ALA committees:

  • Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services Advisory Committee
  • One potential committee. TBD.

For APALA, I am the current treasurer and I am on two commitees:

  • Literature Awards Committee (adult fiction)
  • Media & Publicity Committee

I have one official APALA mentee, and a handful of unofficial mentees.

I’m on the JCLC marketing committee.

I am one of the 2021-22 Emerging California Library Leaders (ECLL) through the California Library Association.

I will be participating in the Path to Leadership: National Forum on Advancing Asian/Pacific Islander American Librarianship.

I take at least 9 units per semester at a community college for personal enrichment in Philippines Studies.

I am constantly taking advantage of training opportunities, webinars and conferences.

Sure, I’m humble bragging. I think I’ve earned the right to do so.

I’ve always had this ridiculous drive to succeed. In high school I was in the top 5 percent of my graduating senior class. I was in a number of extracurriculars then as well.

There have been periods in my life in which that hasn’t always been the case. Depressive episodes mostly. Or times when I’ve adopted a laissez-faire attitude toward life in general. But these are fairly short-lived.

I always bounce back with verve and a zest for whatever I’m engaging in.

This phase of my life feels different though. I’ve found a career that combines all of my passions and I haven’t lost the thrill of it yet. If anything, it grows stronger every year.

What’s next?

Everything I’ve done has blessed me in some way, from new friends and lovers, to more knowledge and empathy.

If you’re not constantly trying to grow, what are you doing?

I see the attraction of coasting. Sometimes I consider it myself because I do get tired. I don’t begrudge anyone their rest.

Don’t get me wrong. My life is exhausting. I do enough for 5 people.

But I don’t want to stop while I have the capacity. I’m sure there will come a time when I just want to relax, maybe 20 to 30 years from now.

For now, I will enjoy the chase and the struggle and the competition.

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