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

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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!

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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