Reasons Why I Love Working at Home

☑️Quality time all the time with my two boys 💎
☑️I get to be with #PaulParcs 24/7 😘
☑️I do what I love for a living 💸
☑️I can wear pj’s all day long while working and my boss doesn’t mind 😂
☑️I don’t need to commute (I don’t worry about being late or getting caught in traffic jam) 💃🏼
☑️Work-Life balance 💁🏼
☑️I can work anywhere (in a cafe or while on vacay) and I love being called a digital nomad 👩🏻‍💻
☑️Flexitime ⏱
☑️Having #PaulParcs gives me the perf excuse to work at home (it’s all about having a purpose!) 👌🏻
☑️I get to work with International clients and they’re like family! 👍🏼
☑️I can share my online experiences to other moms who has the desire to work at home just like me (it’s a privilege to help) 🤝

Thanks to this quote: “You have a lifetime to work but children are only young once.” Above all, THANK YOU LORD!

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Digital Nomad

I Rock My Job…

I am about to sleep when thoughts about work and staying up late bothered me again. I may not be able to finish this blog now, maybe later when I wake up. It’s past 3 in the morning and though I love mornings and evenings (no reason to hate both) I am also in dire need of a good, good sleep which I don’t get since 2 years ago.

NOTE: I always need to be specific about times, dates and years to remember all these things going on in my life being a preemie mom.

When I do work til early morning, I get insanely upbeat and hyperactive (must be the coffee or plain adrenalin rush). I’d listen to fast music and dance to the beat because I already feel like I’m floating.

Kids if you are reading this I do not encourage sleeping late or staying up late to get things done, It’s not healthy and not helpful at all! I feel like I am cramming for an exam the next day, but I am left with no choice. This is the best time I can work (Paul is alseep) and the deafening silence can be a bit intimidating but it is perfect for me to formulate my thoughts on each blog I am writing for work.

I learned the term “digital nomad” a week ago after I was invited by Upwork to meet with other Top Rated Upworkers in Cebu. I liked the sound of it and its meaning, it means being able to work anywhere and use technology to perform the job.

If you don’t know Upwork, it is actually the world’s largest online workplace where savvy businesses and professional freelancers go to work. It was my pregnancy back then that pushed me to become a WAHM, it was a risk I took and never thought would work out but did.

Looking back, my humble beginnings as a freelancer was obviously nothing compared to many freelancers who were already enjoying the success they’ve tasted for many years of working homebased.

When I got my Rising Talent badge 1 year and 6 months later, work opportunities slowly started pouring in but becoming a Top Rated freelancer changed my life completely from one job offer to another every single day. I never thought being a WAHM would lead me somewhere and meeting people who are working at home like me has inspired me to work harder and aim higher.

Their success stories are definitely one for the books, like me they all experienced struggles starting out. Now we can proudly say we have overcomed the challenges of working alone, working for employers from different countries, earning dollars, euros and pounds and making our way on top and becoming one of the best freelancers against a thousand others.

We all agreed that we are enjoying financial freedom, we can spend more time with our families, we can travel and work at the same time, we can manage our home and work at flexible times.  All this is possible if you work hard, dream big, reach for your goals, persevere, have the right mindset, be determined and stay focused. Up until now I am still amazed that I can work anytime and anywhere. When you love what you do, you will never have to work a single day in your life.

This is one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life though my social life has been compromised.lol I have actually gained more friends and built quality relationships with people who are sincere and genuine.

Often it may get too much for me to handle but I’m proud to say I was able to manage it all by the help of God and the support of my husband and family.

I am too blessed with this job and I know I rock at it!


The Tale of the Small Tree

Christmas Tree

A month ago, this cutie helped mommy set up our little Christmas tree which took us FOREVER to finish it! And since he is taller than the tree, he managed to knock it down (many times) with all his might making me do the decorating over and over again. whew! I don’t mind though as I enjoy watching him laugh and play.

Have fun this Christmas guys! 

Mommy’s little helper

My Lunch

Those were the days…

It’s funny how my lunch today reminded me of the days when it was just me and Paul at home for 4 months. It was those days when I worked, fed him, put him to bed, play with him and do house chores. When I eat lunch, I have to make sure he is sleeping so I can cook without distractions and while cooking I have to ran back and forth every 3 minutes from the kitchen to the room to make sure he doesn’t fall off the bed (he doesn’t have crib). When it’s time for me to eat, I eat alone facing the wall or watch TV and for what seemed like eternity I could feel my stomach churn longing for my husband’s presence (he’s at work).

Now that we have house help, that makes us three at home when my husband is at work. I missed the times I have alone with Paul … Right now, I am eating lunch ALONE (the helper went out for an errand) reminiscing of those times and looking back I realized how brave I was!

Here’s lunch today!  Yum! 🙂

To My Toddler

All the firsts I’ve had with you surely made it in my long term memory. I’m not sure how long I could keep it but I will forever embrace it in my heart and in my soul. I wish I had known before how quickly you’d grow up and how fast you’ll be able to learn things. I am still stuck to the time when you were just a newborn, then a month old and then the next months went by swiftly I could hardly catch up. It’s a good thing I took lots of pictures, almost everyday since day 1 and wrote in my blog every milestone I have witnessed. I find all your photos cute, comforting, assuring, amusing, funny and memorable to look at.  You gave me a sense of pride, joy and deep love not even words could explain. 

Though pain sometimes accompanied my ‘first’ experiences with you, I’d rather go through it all again coz I know it would also become the last. All too soon, I may not be able to cuddle you, play with you on the floor or look silly just to make you laugh. You’d go out on your own, live your life and explore the endless possibilities of your existence in this world.

You’re the only one who could make me feel drowned and lost in a moment, whether it’s breastfeeding you or rocking you to sleep. I look at you in the deep of the night, just looking at your innocent and angelic face gave me more reason to experience motherhood at a different level.

Mornings have become special and an addiction I look forward to everyday. I love seeing your wide grin and huge smile the moment you open your eyes and see me. Not seeing me meant a loud cry from you and a reason for me to quickly grab you and hug you tight just to let you know everything’s gonna be alright.

I used to dread having to breastfeed you, I got all kinds of pain I never knew existed before. A year has gone and passed by, now it’s me who doesn’t want to let go. I dread for the time to come that you will stop and wouldn’t want to feed from me anymore. It may be exhausting but now all I know is I just want to hold you closer more than ever.

I wish for you to know how much joy you bring into my life and your dad’s life. Whether it was talking ‘minion-ish’, covering your mouth when you cough, yawn, cry or laugh, walking in a penguin-like manner, picking up toys and munching on them and eating while your mouth is covered with bits and pieces of food around it. You made me learn how to appreciate the little things in life, some things unnoticeable have become something I took time to notice like lizards on the wall, ants on the floor, insects flying and weird sounds. 

You make folding of clothes a whole lot better and cleaning up of the house a fun thing to do. You taught mommy how to sing the ABC’s in 100 different tunes, you made me memorize nursery rhymes by heart and play toys for boys. 

Putting you to bed is also a bit of a challenge bringing out the best and worse in me. Bed time stories, singing lullabyes and kissing you good night will always be favourite. 

Now, I’m looking at you while you take your afternoon nap I just want to kiss you and hold you close. Your face, your eyes, your nose, your chin and your lips, I look at you and I see a resemblance of your dad’s face and mine as I whisper, “this must be love!” I look at you intently so I would remember your cute little face forever. There will never be another day, or another time in my whole life where this experience will have to repeat itself. All of it will be one of its kind, a memory worth holding on to, a love worth fighting for.

Paul, you are my joy, a big part of me I will love and treasure forever and ever. I love you!❤️

   
    
   

Tired but Happy and Fulfilled

The Best Feeling Ever!

I used to think that right after giving birth I will get a chance to sleep well with my baby beside me. WRONG. I got it all wrong. Since Paul came, my life changed overnight and it’s been more than one year that I don’t get to sleep well and there wasn’t a time when I wouldn’t wake up in the middle of my restful sleep. I could count the number of times I wake up at night just to feed him or to check if he is in a comfortable position, if he is sweating, I do check when his chest is rising and falling and most of all I stay wide awake just to see his angelic and cute little face.

I am sleep deprived and this often leads me to become moody and irritable. I have not only given up my own comfort but my career and social life too. My life took a 360 degree turn when my little boy came and all that gave me a lot of reasons to become #momemotional. There were moments in my life when I couldn’t help but think what my life would have been had I chosen my career in the corporate world rather than staying at home and become a work at home mom. Will it be nicer having office mates around to laugh with rather than playing with toys, singing nursery rhymes and doing some baby talks? How about working as a manager in the clinic rather than managing my own home, cooking meals and doing chores? I think it’s also rewarding getting compliments from clients and receiving words of appreciation from my boss instead of little hugs and kisses from my baby? Yes, how about wearing fashionable clothes, wearing make up and looking my best every single day rather than wearing my house clothes and looking like a mess after wrestling and playing with him?

When I think of all these things and look at my baby, everything else fades away. I can’t imagine myself being anywhere in this world than here with my boy and having to see him grow is more rewarding and fulfilling. I have to admit, becoming a mom has made me so tired, so exhausted than I have ever been in my entire life but it has also made me so so happy and so so fulfilled!

When I browsed through my Instagram account, I realized my photos are all about Paul and my husband and I. While my friends are humbly bragging of their whereabouts around the world, travelling here and there. It may trigger me to become envious of their life but there’s no way I would exchange any of it with my life now, my world is right here. NO REGRETS.

It always amazes me how some mothers gave up their promising careers to become stay at home moms like me, this too has given them such delight and something tells me I did the right thing and it is an assurance for me to know that I am not alone in this. I have God with me, my supportive husband and a full force of other moms willing to extend help when I do need one. I want to take this time to thank God for giving me a job that allows me to work at home and take care of my baby too. Not all moms get that privilege but I do.

“Lord, may I always have the heart to say ‘THANK YOU’ for all the things you’ve done and the things you are about to do. Sometimes, I may fail to see the positive side of it all, remind me that my purpose here at home is great and that my baby needs me more than anything else right now. At times when I do not know what to do, help me lean on to you and seek for wisdom from you that I may know how to deal and act on certain situations. You are the best person to run to and I trust that you will always be here for me when I need a good and loving arms to cheer me up. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen”

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Top 10 Reasons Why Being a WAHM Rocks!

Back to the Corporate World or Not?

Last week, my previous HR manager called me up and offered me a job as Clinic Manager for a laboratory and diagnostic clinic. Of course I was thrilled and went on to ask her for details and before we ended our conversation she told me I will have an interview with the owner.

Over the weekend, I didn’t have much time to think about it because I was too busy preparing for #PaulParcs pool party bash (which I will be blogging soon). Come Monday, I was getting ready to go when the HR Manager called and told me that the meeting is postponed to Tuesday same time (2PM).

I have actually decided in my heart not to push through since I am not sure I am ready to go back to the corporate world and be away from Paul, considering that we both have no plans of weaning yet and my online job pays me fairly well.

Rocky insists that I go and talk to the owner about the offer and see if I can work on a flexi sched and part time. I submissively said yes and agreed that if that arrangement will work I’ll go for it.

The interview day came, the owner was a good looking lady, rich must I say but very gentle when she speaks and refined. I listened to her and asked a few questions but the offer didn’t appeal me. Yes, the salary is quite big compared with my previous work but it can’t compete to my online job salary and she wants me to work full time for 8 hours (fixed time) from Monday-Saturday. The opportunity’s good and I bet the work will come easy since I have a background already managing a clinic.

Saying NO to the offer wasn’t so hard after all because I realized that none of it is worth sacrificing and exchanging my time with my family. All that I wouldn’t trade with the joy of having Paul with me every single day, that’s why I came up with my top 10 reasons why being a WORK AT HOME MOM (WAHM) rocks!

1. I get to be with my LO 24/7 and spend more time with my husband

2. I can work in my PJ’s

3. I can work anytime of the day and wherever I want

4. I earn while I’m at home

5. I can manage the household easily

6. I don’t have to wake up early in the morning

7. I have no problems commuting

8. I can ask my boss for a vacation anytime

9. I get to learn tons of information using the internet

10. It makes me happy being able to do what I want to do from the comforts of my home