Real WAHM: Ginger Arboleda of Manila Workshops, Mommy Ginger & more!

Ginger_Profile_PicName: Ginger Palma Arbodela

WAHM Occupation: Entrepreneur; Consultant

Website: gingerarboleda.com, manilaworkshops.com, manilareviews.com, manilafitness.com, mommyginger.com

1. Hi! Thanks for being a WAHM guest on the WAHMderful Life. Please tell me a little bit about yourself, your family, and what work you do from home.

Hi, I’m Geraldine Anne Therese P. Arboleda, but my friends call me Ginger. I’m married to a wonderful man named EJ and we recently had our first born, a beautiful baby Girl, named Zeeka. I am a work-at-home-mom. I’ve been working from home since October 2012.

As a work-at-home-mom, I actually do a lot of things. I’m a mompreneur — I have my two businesses, Manila Workshops and Mis Cosas. I am planning to start two other businesses, which you will know about soon (fingers crossed!).  I am a professional blogger. I’m the blogger behind MommyGinger.com, ManilaReviews.com and ManilaFitness.com.

Among all of these though, a lot of my time is spent on expanding Manila Workshops and building the brands of my blogs.

I never thought I would be a work-at-home-mom. I graduated with an MA in Communications Major in Integrated Marketing Communications, hoping that I would become a product or brand manager in a multi-national company. After graduating, I got to work for an Advertising Agency, for our family’s business and then in one of the universal banks in the Philippines. I had my longest stint as a product manager in the bank that I worked for. It was a dream-come-true for me, since this was what I really wanted.

However, in May 2010, my husband and I lost our first baby. I had a miscarriage due to a blighted ovum. Our visits to the hospital did not end there. After my miscarriage, I found out that I had gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD). I had to take methotrexate (chemotherapy drug) to cure myself of from this sickness. I was told that time that there may be a possibility that I may have only one child.

This made me think about a lot of things. In July 2012, I found out that I was pregnant. This time, I wanted things to be better if not perfect. I thought hard about my situation and finally, decided that this baby was my priority. I decided to work-from-home and pursue the business that I had already started and established, which was Manila Workshops.

2. What made you decide to become a work at home mom?

I got married last 2009. We found out I was pregnant in February 2010, but I had a miscarriage in May 2010. After that, I found out that I had other complications and was even told that I would have only one child if my condition recurs.  I rested for 2 years and in June 2012, we found out that we were again expecting another child.

I wanted so much to make everything better this time around — including lessening stress to be able to have a better pregnancy. On my fourth month, I made the decision to quit my job and to concentrate on my pregnancy and pursue my business.

Before we made the decision, my husband and I really thought about it and weighed the pros and cons. We ended up having more pros than cons. The pros that we came up with were:  1) I get to spend more time with my baby after she’s born; 2) Breastfeeding for 2 straight years will be easier (this is one of my goals); 3) I get to start and formally launch my “workshop business. That’s when we decided  that I should pursue being a WAHMeo (work-at-home-mom CEO).

3. What are some of your challenges as a WAHM?

The first few months were hard for me. I’m an outgoing person and I love talking to people. It was an abrupt change when suddenly I didn’t have anyone to talk to at home. I felt lonely. The other challenge was when I gave birth to Zeeka. I was exclusively breastfeeding and no one told me that it was really hard managing time. I felt like I was ‘always’ nursing and I felt my productivity level decreasing.

What helped me through all these challenges was a strong support system. I got to know people online (from the WAHMderful Life community especially) and they really helped me by providing inspiration especially during the times when I wanted to go back to work. As for the big change in lifestyle after giving birth, my husband was really there for me. He helped me a lot from changing diapers to burping Zeeka. All the little things he did were a big help. I also decided to delegate tasks for Manila Workshop. We were growing so I knew that I had to get new members of the team to handle the new events.

4. How has being a WAHM benefited you and your family?

Being a WAHMeo is the best decision I have ever made. It allows me to be there for Zeeka and to experience all the big and little changes and milestones that she is experiencing. Being a work-at-home-mom has also helped me and my husband take that little step (or big leap, depends on how you see it) towards having our own business.

 

5. What kind of services do you offer as a WAHM/What is your line of business as a WAHM?

I’m a mompreneur handling Manila Workshops, which is an events management services company that helps both speakers and attendees achieve their professional and personal goals in life through conducting or attending our events. We specialize in workshops, seminars and talks. We believe in continuous learning no matter what your age or stature is. Our workshops are really affordable, since we really believe in helping others satisfy their thirst for knowledge.

On GingerArboleda.com (my business site), I also offer freelance writing services, marketing, branding and new business consultations, product styling and make-up services.

On the side, I’m a pro blogger. I have three sites: MommyGinger.com, ManilaReviews.com and ManilaFitness.com. In my blogs, I write about personal experiences. Writing is really a passion. I’ve been blogging since 2008. Brands that I love and believe in advertise in my blogs and this is how I earn and what helps me sustain and maintain my blogs.

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