A WAHMderful Weekend – Inspired and Blissed Out!

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The WAHMderful “WAHMies” who attended the weekend celebration and learning day last Oct. 27. Photo courtesy of MR Lightworks Photography

It was an awesome day last October 27! The ladies of the WAHMderful Community got together to celebrate one year of the WAHMderful Workshops, and to learn as a sisterhood from some of the most passionate mentors in the work-at-home community.

I cannot express my joy enough at how the event wrapped up one beautiful year in a metaphoric “bow.” To give a brief rundown, here’s what comprised the last 12 months of this community:

  • We’ve had a wonderful year of events with Manila Workshops, who make each workshop possible. Even some of our WAHMs in the community have begun to work in Manila Workshops, like Patty Cuyugan, our tireless and “Darna” event director for each WAHMderful Workshop!
  • We’ve made friends within the community, some of which have borne fruit in terms of collaborations and partnerships, like Marge Aberasturi a.k.a The Happy WAHM and Jennyfer Tan, who are now partners in business through VA Support Pro.
  • We’ve become channels of blessings to other WAHMs within the community. We’ve helped our fellow sisters in the WAHMderful life to get hired as virtual assistants, writers, community managers, graphic designers, and more. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some WAHMs, like Veronica Cosio, Rigette Osoteo, and Sammy Tan, who are also members of our community.
  • We continue to grow and impact the local social media sphere as one of the most active and authentic online communities for work at home moms in Manila. (I do hope we grow and branch out to touch other countries!)

We don’t just support one another. We truly love one another! And this was evident during the WAHMderful event last Sunday. As the emcee for the day, I was doubly blessed to be able to meet the wonderful ladies who came, and to be able to give a talk as well. It was all a blur to me when the day ended (because I still blank out when I give talks, though people said they liked my talk!). But as the days have passed, and the post-weekend “high” has lingered, I’ve been able to take a step back and see that, yes, it was a great day for the WAHMs.

I’d like to thank —

  • Ginger and Patty of Manila Workshops — You ladies are awesome. These events for the WAHMs in Manila would never have been possible without the Manila Workshops team! I am SO looking forward to our workshops for 2014, which I know will rock the house as they did in 2013! Thank you for your tireless work to make things happen!
  • Our speakers, Apa Alviar, Yeng Remulla, and Ginger (again!) — Thanks for sharing your wisdom and insights. We were SO filled up, and we can’t wait to act on what we’ve learned. Thank you, Apa, for teaching us to discover our core, our heart as WAHMs, and for challenging us to firm up our missions. Thank you, Ginger, for the practical tips on entrepreneurship; you are truly a woman of many talents! Thank you, Yeng, for stirring us up to start something amazing as WAHMs; we’re all the more challenged to take action and really start a revolution, both as a movement and in our lives as mothers, as work-at-home moms.
  • Our “Huddle Up” coaches, Marge Aberasturi, Jenn Tan, Teresa Gumap-as Dumadag, Jayme Gatbonton — Thank you, ladies, for sharing your knowledge freely and generously! You are some of the most inspiring WAHMs, and we learned so much from your consultations, your personal experiences, your struggles and challenges as WAHMs. We’re all the better for knowing you all!
  • Our sponsors — DSM, Unilab, PLDT, Alta, CalChews, Xend, Insular Life, Toccare Spa, and our booth sponsors Kooky Loopy, A La Mode, Happy Finds, Pamper Me Pink: Thank you so greatly for supporting this event and making it happen! Your partnership made everything work — and work splendidly! Thank you especially to MR Lightworkz Photography for capturing our event so vividly and candidly: We would not have been able to enjoy the memories without you!

Finally, thank  you to ALL the ladies who attended the WAHMderful Weekend. Without you, we would not have a community; without you, we would not have been able to forge on with the mission to “make a living while making a home.” It’s because of ALL of you, dear participants, that we exist, that these workshops are what they are.

Here’s to your bliss, your “starts”, your missions, your “aha” moments, and your bliss!

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Sayonara, Steady Income! (Part 1) – WAHM Survival Tips

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The following is a post by WAHMderful contributor, Patricia of Mrs. C’s Sugarcoated Life.

Being a WAHM is something that I do by choice. Becoming a WAHM, meaning leaving my job and actually taking the plunge, was something that I had to do by chance. Let me explain.

A few days before my son turned a year old, back on 2007, I started working for a top telecommunications company here in Manila. Four years after starting that job, I moved on to work in a shopping mall that was close to home, but followed a 6-day work week. I was beyond burned out, and seriously missing important moments with my kid. His well-being was never something that I needed to worry about, because I had my mom at home caring for him, taking him to school, making sure he was clean, fed and happy. At that point, I wanted to focus on motherhood, and maybe find something that I could do from home, more for myself than for him. I wanted the opportunity to be a mom.

I was lucky because my husband was all for it. He saw the value in one of us being at home to help mold our son into the kind of person we know he has the potential to be. And he agreed that it was gonna be me. Thing is, I was scared about so many things – losing my steady income, not being a good enough hands-on mom, making mistakes, getting bored at home. I knew I had to try before I would know for sure, but just the thought of trying scared me. Then one day, I was forced to do it. [Read more...]

Real WAHM: Jennyfer Tan, Virtual Assistant and Consultant

jenn_tanName: Jennyfer Tan

WAHM Occupation: Virtual Assistant/VA Consultant

Website: www.jennyfertan.com , www.thetechiemom.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.

My name is Jennyfer Tan, I’m a Virtual Assistant/VA Consultant, I’ve been married for 10 years (going 11 this August) to Oliver, a graphic designer, and a full time mom to 2 kids, Daniel, age 9 and Anaiah, age 2.

I used to work as IT for a tobacco company, I was doing the “manual” stuff like fixing the computer, troubleshooting hardware, software and network problems.  Then I had to resign to help my mom manage our family-owned garments business until she passed away (due to complications from leukemia) and we had to close down the business to pay for the medical bills that we incurred. After that I  became a partner in a small retail clothing company, but I had to “let it go” to concentrate on being a full time mom to our (then) 3-year old boy.

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

It happened by accident actually.  When we decided that it is best for our family for me to be a stay at home mom  with our 3-year old (2007), we were living as a single income family.  For 2 years, we tried to stay as a single income family, but with our son growing up, the needs of the family increased.  I have always been, and still is, a “computer” person. I have a degree in Computer Applications/Business Administration and I am always ‘in the know’ of anything “techie”.  Around October 2009, I was surfing the net to find some online jobs until I stumbled upon Odesk (www.odesk.com).  I spent around a week just reading everything about it and learning all the processes  involved.   [Read more...]

Real WAHM: Julia Jasmine Madrazo-Sta. Romana, freelance writer and virtual assistant

481354_10151295042896722_492850055_nName: Julia Jasmine Madrazo-Sta Romana
WAHM Occupation:Writer/Virtual Assistant
Website: http://www.wailingsofawahm.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.

My name is Julia Jasmine M. Sta Romana and I’m a writer/virtual assistant based here in Davao City. My wonderfully supportive husband, Jam, works as a trainer in a BPO company and I have a little girl, Justine Bianca, who is about to start school this June. I am a native Dabawenya, but I went to college in UP Diliman, worked in Makati for 5 years and met my husband through an unusual set of circumstances. I was actually a scientist by education (Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, what a mouthful) but writing is my true passion.

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

There were several factors that made me decide to become a work at home mom. First was my difficult pregnancy. The commute to and fro between Makati and Quezon City was taking a serious toll on my health. My work as a Medical Information Analyst as a Makati KPO at that time allowed me to telecommute but I know this situation wasn’t going to last once I had my baby. [Read more...]

Real WAHM: Teresa Gumap-as Dumadag, Writer and Consultant

tg pixName: Teresa Gumap-as Dumadag

WAHM Occupation: Book Author, Freelance Writer and Editor, Management and HR Consultant, Blogger

Website:  Mommy Bares All and When My Bridegroom Comes

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.

I’ve been married for 5 years now and I have two little boys, a four year old and a 15 month old. I breastfed both of my kids. I breastfed my eldest until two years old and I plan to do the same for my youngest. I used to be a very busy working girl when I was still single, travelling to different locations weekly (in the Philippines and in Asia) to conduct trainings and workshops to the managers and supervisors in my previous company. I was a Training Manager then. I chose to slow down a bit when I realized that it would be hard to get married and start a family with that kind of lifestyle.

Shortly after I took on a job (HR Manager) that didn’t require much travelling, I met my bridegroom. I authored the book When My Bridegroom Comes when I was still single and was a member of the No Boyfriend Since Birth By Choice (NBSBBC) club. I met my husband in my book launch which was also a Valentine’s party for the singles in our community. [Read more...]