Learn how to be a virtual assistant or blogger while working from home!

Wow, can you believe this is our second YEAR of the WAHMderful Workshops? The .

This May, we’re bringing back one of our favorite, best-selling workshops. This will be our third run of it! We actually ran this workshop twice last year, with 70 women attending the first workshop in January 2013, and another 40+ attending the re-run in March of the same year. So, yeah, it’s rather popular!

See you on May 17th!

I’m happy to present to you the 3rd run of the best-selling “Real Ways to be a WAHM workshop”. We’re calling it “The one about Blogging and being a Virtual Assistant”, though it was formerly called “How to Be a Freelance Writer or Virtual Assistant.” We’re stepping things up this time around!

This will be on May 17 from 9AM to 5PM. The venue will be at the Insular Life Multi-Purpose Hall at the 12th Floor, Insular Life Building in Makati City.

The content

What’s great about this workshop is —unlike the original runs, where we had breakouts — this time, you’ll be able to attend BOTH topics’ talks. The morning session from 9:30AM – 11:30 will deal with the blogging-related jobs that WAHMs can do from home (which branches out to other jobs not related to writing,  like entrepreneurship, social media, virtual assistance, and so on)

The afternoon session will deal specifically with the field of virtual assistance, which is a multi-faceted, multi-skill based homebased job that is very popular among work-at-home professionals.

Basically, if you’re a WAHM already or you’re still dabbling: We’ll show you with our combined 15 years of expertise in WAHM-ing, how you can transition into the WAHM life, even before you make your first paycheck.

Register now!

Early bird rate (pay before May 9, 2014) is at Php 1100 but if you come with a “buddy”, fee is at Php 1000 per person. Sign up now and pay ASAP to avail of the Early bird rates! The Learning Circle Card discount can only be applied to the Early bird rate and to the regular rate!


How the WAHMderful Mastermind can help YOU (and the schedule of Mastermind #2, Business Ideas for WAHMs)

We had an intimate but very engaging turnout at last month’s WAHMderful Mastermind, the first of a series of support & accountability sessions for work-at-homies. It was held on February 22 at Mothercare Bonifacio High Street. Here are some snippets of the day.

Our topic was “the heart of the WAHM,” and together, we talked openly about our struggles to manage work, home, and family. It was a very real, raw discussion, but in the end, we all committed to supporting one another in our efforts to work at home. (In fact, the session gave birth to an impromptu blogging workshop, just among the moms present!)

This April 12, you can once again experience the support and sisterhood of the Mastermind. Our session will be on Business Ideas, and we will brainstorm the different ways we can put our WAHM intentions to work, specifically towards a home-based business. If  you need guidance on how to find that idea that you can work with, join us for the second Mastermind Class in April 12, 2014 at Mothercare Active Fun, Bonifacio Global City from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.

Learning Fees are as follows:

Mastermind Classes are at Php 600 per person
Group Rate of Php 1500 for 3 people

*FREE for those who have attended or will pre-pay for our regular WAHMderful Life Workshops for 2014
*FREE for those have attended 2 WAHMderful Life Workshops in 2013
*Learning circle cards discount rates do not apply for Mastermind Classes

Payments can be made to:
1. For UnionBank Bank Deposits, please deposit to the following account:
Account Name: Geraldine P. Arboleda
Account Number: UnionBank EON Savings Account 109452023555

2.For BPI Bank Deposits, please deposit to the following account:
Account Name: Geraldine Anne Therese P. Arboleda
Account Number: BPI Peso Account 1923-1262-59

3. For Paypal, please make payments to:
Email Address: gymger80@yahoo.com
*Kindly add the Standard Paypal fee of 3.4% of the total amount + Php 15 to the price of the workshop

IMPORTANT: Please email the scanned deposit slip or the Paypal confirmation to manilaworkshops@gmail.com. Only then, we will give you a Payment Confirmation, which you will bring or show us on the day of the workshop. Please use MASTERMIND2 Payment as the subject of your email.

We hope to see you there! To join us, please sign up using this form: SIGN UP NOW for the WAHMderful Mastermind, “Business Ideas” April 12, 2014.


Real Ways to be a WAHM New Workshop on April 5

It’s been a while since we last had a “Real Ways to be a WAHM” Workshop! This is our workshop for those men and women who would like to know “insider info” on real jobs that can be done from home. There’s more out there than the usual jobs of freelance writing and virtual assistance (though we have a workshop for that, too!), and this April’s installment is one of our most unique and value-packed workshops to date!

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The featured speakers here are all experts in the art of multi-tasking and project management. I’m impressed just by how much knowledge they will impart during this one-day workshop! We’re talking about almost 20 years of online work, entrepreneurship and technological know-how on online systems, just between these three powerhouse speakers:

Real Ways to WAHM - 2014 April SPEAKERS

Topics to be discussed are How to Run an Online Store & How to Manage Multiple Projects. This workshop will be held at the 12th Floor, Insular Life Building Makati, Ayala Corner Paseo De Roxas, Makati City (the building has a Starbucks store in the ground floor). It will be held from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Registration will start at 9:30AM and we will also have time for networking after the session at 4:30-5:00 PM.

Register today at MANILA WORKSHOPS through this link: Register NOW for “Real Ways to be a WAHM on April 5, 2014!”

WAHM life, this is my calling


This is a guest post by Jennyfer Tan of The Techie Mom

I am writing this while waiting for my son to come out of his class.

I’ve brought him to school, went back home, fed my three year-old daughter her breakfast, helped her with her “homework” (tracing, coloring, etc), bathed her, put her down for a nap, gave her lunch, brought her to school and then went straight to my son’s school to fetch him, and it’s just 1:30 PM.
I still have to bring him to the barber shop for his haircut, go home to check his assignment notebook, tutor and help him with his assignments. Then I leave him to work on it while I fetch my daughter from her school.
Good thing it’s just three minutes away!
The few minutes that I have “free” will be spent answering email of clients, the urgent ones first, then start on my “to do” list, hoping to get some work done. My “to-do” list may consist of cleaning up excel spreadsheets, troubleshooting errors on websites, or starting a WordPress migration project

By the time both kids are sleeping tonight. I will normally finish my work around midnight to 2 AM, depending on the difficulty of the projects/tasks that I have pending.

Tomorrow, I will wake up at 5:45 AM to do the same things again; some days with my son’s piano lessons and other extra curricular activities that our kids need to attend to.

This is the typical day of a full-time work-at-home parent. I AM a working parent, too.

We might not have the physical offices to go to, a boss to report to, but we are working just as hard as corporate parents do, oftentimes more.

I want to break the misconception that we have the luxury of time and just lounge around and enjoy coffee breaks any time we want. These precious minutes are actually our “time to get our sanity back”. We actually NEED these times because we would really go insane without that precious break, but actually having those breaks is another story. (Good luck to us most of the time.)

Compared to other parents, I actually have it easy. I have a supportive husband who’s also a work-at-home parent. He prepares our breakfast, acts as my “reliever” every other day so that I get the chance to sleep 30 minutes longer while he gets to do the chores that need to be done. We have an agreement that whoever has the higher priority project gets to stay at home and actually work on that project while the other parent is the driver/yaya/slave of the day.

I salute those who are full-time, stay-at-home parents who are homeschooling their (three or more) children, whose husband/wife needs to leave for work, who does the household chores because they don’t have household help while they also work so that they can help out in the family’s finances, like my friends TheHappy Wahm, Michelle Padrelanan, etc.

Many people think we are living the good life. We are.

We are doing the best that we can with what life has given us, and, although sometimes I feel like I’m actually standing between sanity and insanity, if I was given a second chance in life, I would still choose to be a full-time, work-at-home mom.

This is my calling. This is what I am supposed to be.

I have to go. My son’s is now beside me, waiting for me to send this so we can leave the school premises and start on his homework.

I’m Jennyfer Tan, wife to a freelance graphic artist/art director, full-time mother to two kids, age 10 and 3 and a multi-tasking, tech-oriented Virtual Assistant and WordPress Migration Consultant, online friends lovingly call me “The Techie Mom”. Connect with her: www.thetechiemom.com. “Like” her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thetechiemom

What Goes on in a Work-at-Home Mom Mastermind?

WAHMderful Master Mind TARP

We’ll be having our very first WAHMderful Mastermind tomorrow at Mothercare Bonifacio Global City

What is a mastermind?

The best definition of a mastermind is this:

Masterminding is two or more people working together toward a goal or vision. When you mastermind, you hold a vision for someone else and they do the same for you; you use your combined energy to attract and create your dreams. This doesn’t mean that you are working on the same projects together, although you can. It only means that you are supporting each other in your visions, you are ‘holding’ a vision for someone, visualizing their dreams as if they are already a reality. — Sandy Grayson, Sandy Grayson Coaching

Napoleon Hill — one of the pioneering thought leaders in person success theory — first laid out the idea of masterminding. Hill believed that —

“The ‘Master Mind’ may be defined as the coordination of knowledge and effort in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people for the attainment of a definite purpose. When a group of individual brains are coordinated and function in harmony, the increased energy created through that alliance becomes available to every individual brain the group.” — Napoleon Hill

This is exactly what our WAHMderful Mastermind is all about. It’s about:

  • coordinating our knowledge of working at home;
  • sharing our individual experiences, while —
  • working for a specific purpose

In our case, we want to be able to support one another towards our WAHM goals, whatever they may be. Everyone in the group will have a different attainment purpose, a different goal that they want to reach. The idea is that the combined energy of the mastermind members helps everyone achieve their purpose or goal.

The Mastermind Format

Here’s a basic format of a mastermind session (such as the ones we’ll be having in Mothercare BGC this year).

Intros & Hellos

Since all of the WAHMderful Mastermind members will have met during previous WAHMderful Workshops, we’ll just do a simple ‘getting to know you’ at the start of each session. This will take about 5-20 minutes before the session, depending on how much time you’ll have in the program. (We have about two hours for each Mastermind session, from 11:30AM – 1:30PM)

The Guided Session

This is the central portion of the mastermind session, where everyone participates and contributes to a discussion. It will mostly be a free-for-all type of discussion, but we will have guided themes so that everyone has some solid takeaways at the end of the session. For the first session, “The Heart of the Work-at-Home Parent,” we’ll be discussion the following:

  • What is one thing that is currently working really well in your work-at-home life?
  • What is one thing you are struggling with, or one thing that you would like to brainstorm about this Mastermind session (and over the coming weeks)?
  • What is a helpful tool or resource that has helped you in your work-at-home life, which you believe will help others in the group? (This could be an ebook, a book, a blog, a podcast, a service, etc.)

It’s important for everyone to take notes during this time, and also exchange email addresses with people in the Mastermind whom they believe they most connect with and resonate with.

Parting & Intention-Setting for Next Mastermind

At the end of the Mastermind, each member should go home with the following:

  • A resource that they will try before the next Mastermind;
  • A specific area of improvement that they will work on and report on for the next Mastermind.

Remember our objective: Those who successfully complete the Masterminds this 2014 will be eligible to win a cash grant to start their very own homebased business (mompreneurship or freelance business). This is perfect for those who want to sell products and/or services, because you can use that money to fund your homebased business!

So that in a nutshell is what will go on in our Masterminds. There’s no “leader” or “main speaker,” take note. Everyone is expected to participate, share and empower the other group members. After all, it is the shared energy, effort and enthusiasm that will help fuel the sisterhood in the WAHMderful community and keep us ever-reaching for our goals.

Are you excited for our WAHM Masterminds? What are you “bringing” to the table? Share with us in the comments!

Creating a Happy Life, Blog, or Brand {Prelude to a Podcast}

I’d like to thank Freelance Blend and Marv de Leon for having me over for my first ever podcast — yay! (Thanks, Marv!)

Listen Now: “Create a Happy Life, Brand or Blog with Bliss-Maker Martine de Luna


On this podcast, I talk about how I grew my blog DaintyMom.com, into a three-pronged brand that has eventually become MartineDeLuna.com (my personal website and freelance services site), the WAHMderfullife.com (my site for our work-at-home workshops), and MakeItBlissful.com, my “baby” and the dearest of all my communities.

In summary, here are some of the key points on my podcast with Freelance Blend, which you may find helpful:

  • What convinced me to quit her teaching job to become a work-at-home mom.
  • How my experiences working at home after child birth led me to create DaintyMom.com.
  • How the blog became the storefront to showcase my style of writing.
  • The lipstick sales pitch that gave me my “break” into the full-time WAHM lifestyle.
  • The value of having an audio logo for your brand.
  • How to position yourself to grab the attention of your potential clients.
  • Why it was hard for me to rebrand my already successful Dainty Mom brand into Make It Blissful.
  • Learning when to say “No” to maintain the credibility of your brand.
  • How some of the most successful books are titled and how to apply the same technique for your brand.
  • How to create a job description for yourself and use that to create your own product or service.
  • Why it is important to invest in yourself by taking workshops and courses.
  • How I grew organically her tribe outside the comment boxes of her blog.
  • The importance of having your own mastermind group. (I talk about the Make it Blissful Bloggers Mastermind, a private group exclusive to past workshop classmates of my blogger workshops.)
  • The top 3 bloggers that I follow.
  • The significance of having the best mentors and how to approach them.
  • How I monetize my different websites.
  • How I set different budgets for family, savings, education and fun.
  • How to save and invest using online banking.
  • The future of freelancing and working at home.

Tons of pointers, I know! **Laughing** But it’s 1 and a half hours of me talking and compounding the last 4 years of my life as a WAHM into one podcast. I hope you’ll at least pick up a few points from what I share on the podcast!

Listen Now: “Create a Happy Life, Brand or Blog with Bliss-Maker Martine de Luna

This post appears on Martinedeluna.com

Ask Us Anything at our Facebook Party!

WAHMderful QandA


Join us on Facebook this February 27 for our first-ever WAHMs Facebook Q&A! Your WAHM experts will be LIVE on the page to answer your questions as they come. Ask us anything from how to get clients and freelance, to how to use your online platforms, WordPress and blogs for your services. We’ve got a combined 15 years experience in the art of working from home, and we can’t wait to meet you online and answer any questions you might have!

Make sure you’ve “LIKED” us on Facebook and have set things up so we appear in your News feed. This is like having a FREE CONSULTATION with us WAHMs, so you can ask us anything, really! We normally answer these types of inquiries and matters during client consultations, but for just this evening, you can access us for free. Yay!

Again, here are the details:

WAHM Q&A at the WAHMderful Life Facebook Page
February 27, Thursday
9 – 10PM
Hosted by: Martine de Luna (WAHMderful Life Workshop Director and blog coach), Marge Aberasturi (The Happy WAHM, VA Support Pro) and Jennyfer Tan (The Techie Mom, VA Support Pro)

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Schedules of our WAHMderful Events for 2014

We’d like to announce our WAHMderul Workshop schedule for 2014! Hooray! We’ve got a whole year of goodies for all of you who would like to work from home or are presently working from home. Our schedule of events this year is in response to the requests we’ve had for hands-on workshops and learning events. Kindly refer to our official schedule in the poster below:

WAHMderful Workshops Schedule 2014

We’re very happy to introduce the WAHMderful MASTERMINDS, which are FREE for those who’ve attended or pre-paid for any of our 2014 workshops. The Masterminds are two-hour events, facilitated by a WAHM mentor or business mentor, and will be a place where you can take action on your learnings during our workshops.

Those who successfully complete the Masterminds and do the groundwork for setting up their own homebased businesses can qualify for the WAHMderful Pitch Party, where you can win a money grant to start your own business!!

For details, please email ginger@manilaworkshops or hello@wahmderfullife.com!

Start Your Year Right as a Work at Home Woman this 2014!

Start the year right! It will be an exciting year especially for us, work-at-home moms/dads (and even single peeps) and for those who are planning to work-from-home this 2014! There will be a lot of classes in store for you and the first workshop will be on January!

ManilaWorkshops.com and the WAHMderfulLife.com collaborated to bring you the first workshop for 2014, entitled the WAHMderful Year-Starter. This workshop will be on January 18, 2014 from 10AM to 4PM. The venue will be at Insular Life Makati Multi-Purpose Hall, 12th Floor, Insular Life Building, Ayala Avenue corner Paseo De Roxas, Makati City.

WAHMderful Workshops Year Starter official


Our FIRST WAHMderful Life workshop for 2014 is going to be epic! We’ll have a half-day TIME MANAGEMENT strategy workshop, so you can eliminate stress and launch into your success this 2014! We’ll also have a morning brand & portfolio session, where you’ll learn how to get the clients you deserve.

The speakers for this event are Ms. Martine De Luna (MartinedeLuna.com) and Teresa Dumadag (FullLifecube.com).

Learning Fee:

Early Bird Rate: Php 1200 per participant (sign up and pay before January 10, 2014)
Regular Rate: Php 1500 per participant (rate on January 11 onwards)
Group Rate: Php 1000 for 3 participants (Kindly form your own group)

*Pay via BPI, UnionBank or Paypal
*Includes handouts, lunch and snacks and a Certificate of Attendance
*Early Bird Registrants gets a FREE Learning Circle Card which entitles you to a 10% on all workshops of Manila Workshops for 2014

We really hope to see you there! Sign up now by using this form below:

The Project Mom – A new go-to book for modern moms

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This post originally appeared in Dainty Mom, my lifestyle blog. Used with permission.

I’m so excited about Amanda Griffin-Jacob and Bianca Araneta-Elizalde’s new book, Project Mom. I’ve worked with both of these ladies in the past, mostly on website projects for their businesses (and, I’m a regular contributor as well at Amanda’s site for moms, Glamomamas.com), so I was very excited when I learned they would be coming out with this awesome book.

Project Mom is unlike other mommy books you’ve seen locally. It focuses on the needs of expecting new moms and moms in general, with a specific focus on natural motherhood, which is a lifestyle that both Amanda and Bianca live and love. Aside from the helpful chapters (which have gorgeous photos, too), the book includes a comprehensive local directory that lets you know where to get everything you need for your life as a mom.

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Everything you need to know about pregnancy, bringing your baby home, breastfeeding, health, traveling with your baby (domestic and international), memories and celebrations, and a chapter dedicated solely to MOMS (how to lose the baby weight, the importance of me-time, their favorite products, and bonding with your friends and husbands. No other mom-oriented book has a section like this, so I can tell you that it’s going to be an amazing resource!

I can also assure you that the stuff and tips in this book are doable. The advice and how-to’s in this book are based on how they care for and raise their own families, and you’ll see that they are every bit truly down-to-earth moms. I can say this because I’ve been with them several times when they’re not all glammed up, and they are just like you and me when they’re caring for their young families! I’ve seen Amanda during taping days for Amanda Loving Life taking care of both boys (while breastfeeding Kalon!). I’ve seen Bianca in her hands-on mode at home, where she’s a creative and intentional mom to her brood of three. (The cook and bake together often.)

Here’s a bit about the authors and the “why” behind the book:

 Celebrity Article

50% of book sales on this night will go to Typhoon Yolanda victims. There will also be an amazing raffle with P150,000 worth of phenomenal prizes and 100% of the raffle proceeds are going to help Typhoon Yolanda moms and babies. There will also be a few vendors selling some wonderful organic products. (yipee!) Read more about the wonderful prizes on Amanda’s blog: http://glamomamas.com/help-rebuild-malapascua/

(And, if you want to meet up, I’ll be there with loads of other mommies and bloggers. See ya!)