Trust God’s Plan and You Will be Fine

I just want to share with you my quick story where I gave my full trust to God.

Ok, so almost lost my job because a lot of writers for the company that I work for submitted mediocre write-ups. Our manager was furious and decided to kick us all.

I was a bit sad because the money from that ‘raket’ was supposed to be for my son’s birthday. I had no idea where to get extra money and of course, I still have bills on the way. For some reason, I was calm when I heard the news. I prayed and asked for God’s guidance. I said, “I am lifting everything to Him”.

After an hour, I received a message that I will still have my job back and that I am one of the best writers in the team. I needed to do a last ‘test’ to have my job back and apparently, got it.

During my exam, I asked God to send me the Holy Spirit to help me get through it. AND I DID!

I am not saying that you just sit down and wait for His plans to materialize. You have to do your part. As cliche as this may sound, You do your best and God will do the REST.

 

Good night!

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Stop Calling Working Moms Lazy!

I am not your traditional mom who stays at home, washes the dishes, irons the clothes, teaches my kids after school and …well,the list goes on. (you get it right?)

I am one of those moms who need to work twice as much because apart from the dirty dishes, we need to earn and settle the bills.

Here’s a secret, though. I wanted to quit my jobs to focus on being a traditional mom… And this feeling often happens. I wanted to take such role because I am certain on how exhausting yet fulfilling it is to be one.

If only I have an option.

If only I can relax and stop all the expenses.

Reality check, in cases like mine, we need to hustle because as clichè as this may sound, money doesn’t grow on trees.

Sad to say, there are still closed-minded people who believe we are incapable of becoming good moms just because we are holding reports and not pans most of the time.

I have few questions to those who belittle working moms.

-Why is it so easy for you to tell that a mother is lazy if she opted to work in front of the laptop and not in front of the stove?

-Why do you judge moms as if they are incompetent when they can’t fold shirts and iron pants?

– Why do you give them looks of disapproval just because they can’t regularly review the kids from school?

– Why can’t you understand that we have different lives and in our case, we need to work to survive?

I say, stop branding us ‘Lazy’ or even ‘good for nothing’ just because we don’t fit your description of being a mother. We salute the hands-on moms, but you need to know that it is not easy being a working mom too. We have our own battles and the least we can do is to support each other and to not drag us down just because of our differences.

It’s about time to celebrate all kinds of mothers whether she’s wearing a bun, or sporting a purple hair.

 

 

 

This Mom Went to Hong Kong and Learned Amazing Things from Travellers – RISE CONFERENCE 2017 Volunteer

This year, I went to Hong Kong to volunteer for RISE Conference 2017. Originally, the plan was to establish connection as I want to put up my own training camp. But things changed when I went there.

What it’s like to volunteer 

We had at least 4 hours of shift per day and let me tell you, it was exhausting! I chose Registration team because I know it would be one of the busiest teams and that would kill the time faster. I mean, that’s better than doing nothing, right?  Boy it did kill time! And it almost killed my legs. Nevertheless, it was cool! I loved being behind the QR code scanner, printing IDs and meeting nice, and of course, sometimes irate attendees.

Well, it’s not really hard to volunteer. For you to be one, just visit RISE Conference‘s website, and from there – you’d get to see the Volunteer’s page. You don’t have to be a scientist to get into the program. Your common sense and proper English will do you just fine. Prepare your CV because they will require it too. Oh, and bring dark – colored pants.

Apart from getting a FREE ticket to the conference, you get to meet a lot of people from different industries and of course, countries. However, I always needed to cut my visit to the hall or conference floor as I try to work in the afternoon. You see, I decided not to file ‘leaves’ because I need cash!  Haha. It was really fun because I never knew I’d meet new friends from all walks of life!

Will I volunteer again next year? YES!

RECOMMENDED accommodation – HONG KONG HOSTEL in Causeway Bay 

Location : A1, 3/F, Paterson Bldg., 47 Paterson St., Causeway Bay

Watch the video to have a glimpse of our 6- bedroom female dormitory.

If you are coming from the airport, ride bus A11 and go down at stop. 14. Walk towards Paterson street and just follow the street of 7 – 11.

You’d see Paterson building after few walks.

Take note though that there’s another Paterson building and that’s NOT the one you are looking for (I’m not sure how many it is).

Just walk few more and you’d see AESOP shop. The Paterson building right after AESOP is THE ONE! Cost of the bus ride is HKD 40. And yes, it was pretty easy.

 

 

Choosing off – the – beaten  path 

It was my 3rd time in Hong Kong so I decided to ditch the more popular places. I wanted to try their beach but ended up hiking at the Dragon’s Back. Thanks KIM! 🙂

Is it recommended?

TOTALLY! But you need to bring lots of water and wear proper hiking attire. I wasn’t prepared so I almost had blisters. But at the end of the journey, the BIG WAVE BEACH was worth it. Bring food and beer and you are all set.

Meeting true – blue travellers 

Probably the best part of my trip is slouching in the hostel’s common area and engaging talks with people from different countries. It was a liberating and humbling experience. You get to know their stories of ‘survival’ – from saving money so they can tour the world, to doing odd jobs in Australia just to feed themselves.

Actually, meeting them wanted me to totally downgrade my lifestyle and invest something even more worth – while – TRAVEL!

I am working harder though, because I want to bring my kids on my next adventure. Oh universe, hear me out, will you?

 

How do you deal with rejection?

At 28, I have had my fair share of rejections. I’m talking about failure in multitude aspect of my life. But you know, these failures are just doors to create something better. It’s just a matter of how you look at it. Use your failure as a stepping stone!

I am not telling you that it is bad to get sad. But let me tell you what – give yourself a couple of days to mourn and then that’s it.

Get a pen, plan and get your life back on track.

This Mom Wants to Get Fit!

You see, I started biking a couple of months back, not to join the bandwagon but to simply improve my lifestyle.

As a work from home mom, and someone with multiple jobs at hand, I didn’t bother exercising. I thought, I didn’t want to push myself and get tired.

It all changed one afternoon.

For some reason, I noticed that our bikes were just sitting (without so much use) on our living area. From then on, I rode one of our bikes and never stopped.

To date, my longest ride would be a 38-km road with multiple slopes! That might be a piece of cake for some, but certainly not for me.

Biking is teaching me new tricks in life which I can use every day. Think about being disciplined, focusing on goals and obviously, aiming for it.

Why I decided to Leave One of My Jobs – Hint! Because Money Isn’t Everything

I have multiple jobs. It’s not just because I am a workaholic. It’s because I want to give the best life my kids could have. Yes, their father supports them but to be brutally frank about it, it’s not enough to give them the life I have imagined. Thus, I used to have 5 jobs (excluding my sidelines for real estate and training gigs).

It came to a point that I earn more than those who are living and working overseas. In fact, I can easily get a car or house and pay for it without worries. Sounds cool, right? I mean, I get to earn well and at the same time, travel ‘poshly’ without spending so much. But believe it or not, I chose to drop one of my jobs – and this one can give me the best travel perks imaginable.

Why? 

1. There’s no point of working from home if you do not spend time with your kids 

Since I needed to juggle multiple jobs, I have jeopardized my time with the kids. I can only talk to them for less than an hour per day!

Not good.

When they grow up, I want them to remember me as someone they can talk to or play with, and not the mom who was a bit monstrous every time they attempt to talk to me while I finish some urgent tasks.

2. If you are not passionate about something, or at least happy with what you do – just leave! 

My family and friends know how passionate I am about work. But if I get emotionally drained, that’s when I leave.

Some people say that I am brave to do such. Maybe?

I guess this is one of our society’s challenges. We try not to leave our jobs because of emotional stress. After all, we have our responsibilities that will not stop even if we decided to leave our work. I’m starting to believe that we are afraid to leave our jobs because we feel that it’s the only thing we are good at and we are scared of new adjustments that might hit your finances bad.

I think, what we need to do is to invest on new learnings and use those to jump into a brand new career. This isn’t easy. But then again, I’d rather have enough cash on hand than carry an emotional baggage.

When you resign, rest for a while. But I don’t mean that you have to ‘slack’. Use the time to think of another strategy that will help you leap further.

3. Money isn’t everything, most especially if you have learned to live a simple life 

Teach them how to be #independent. #parenting

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If you know me, then you are probably aware that I love everything simple. I love simple clothes, simple gadgets and simple life in general. That kind of attitude was magnified when I became a mother and decided to instill the same principle to my kids. I think it works because I am proud to say that my kids do not easily get envious if other children have better and more expensive toys. Plus, they would thank you even if you buy them the cheapest ones you can find. They are not after the price, but they are after the value and the reason behind your gifts.

My daughter would always say this after I give her my gifts or ‘pasalubongs’.

“Did you buy this because you love me?”

I would, of course, say YES! Because I really do. And that’s her cue to hug me. Ahhhh, priceless!

Again, this doesn’t mean that I will stop looking for means to make it big somewhere. In fact, I am going to this huge conference few weeks from now, with high hopes to establish a network. Plus, I am back to learning the trends of Real Estate and finally break a sale which will allow me to build my own training camp. Well, that’s the plan for now. It is ambitious (I know) and it will be tiring. But at least I will get tired and exhausted for things I am happy about.

I guess what I am trying to say is that, you don’t have to drown yourself in things which will suck the fun out of your system. Of course, I am not pushing you to quit easily. But always try to gauge your boiling point. If there are things or people that you think are not beneficial for you, leave. The universe has so much to offer. Attract the ones that will make you happy. After all, what’s the use of being alive if you won’t live?

 

 

 

Who are we to complain?

Are you always complaining about your life? Always seeing the bad side of things?

Well, have you tried turning the table around and see the great things about your life? You, being alive, for that matter.

You see, our happiness will not rely on other people, not on material things, nor on our achievements. If you always find reasons to complain, nothing will make you feel cheerful.

Watch my short video earlier today about my thoughts about regularly complaining  ☺