Tell me something about yourself? was probably the only question I ever dreaded during job interviews, especially when I was much younger. I have always found it somewhat unnerving and too personal. No matter how many times I would rehearse my answer in front of my bedroom mirror, the question would still catch me off guard. And now, here I am, trying to answer the same question again. I must warn you though –– I tend to write from the ❤ so don’t expect my answer to be short. And, since this is not really an interview and I am writing, then I’ll be as comprehensive with my answer, and I do hope you’d read it through the end, just like my blog posts 😉
Who am I
My name is Mary Rose, but please call me Malot just like all my friends do. I’m a mother to two very talented, smart, and beautiful girls, whom I always refer to as Big Baby A and Little Baby Z in my posts and are also known as Big ’n Lil Sis or Big Sis (Ali) and Lil Sis (Zoe).
I’m also a wife to an eccentric, loving, talented, and hardworking man — whom I married twice –– and happens to be an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker, or an expat based in Singapore to be more specific). Hence, we refer to ourselves as an OFW family. As a family, we like to travel, watch movies, take photos, read, play board games, create art, and discover new dishes both at home and at restaurants.
I like to think of myself as a Proverbs 31 Woman in the making. I’m a Christian, and I try to share my faith in my writings. I long to hear the words “Well done, good and faithful servant… Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:23 NIV) from my LORD and Savior Jesus Christ at the end of my life here on earth.
I’ve always considered myself a learner and look for opportunities where I could gain knowledge and new skills that I could put into to good use by serving my family, the church, and the community in any way I could. You can say that’s the reason I volunteer a lot, and actually enjoy signing up for all sorts of seminars, especially if they’re free. (And one of the reasons I have homeschooled my daughters, too.)
I also love to read and collect books. I guess I am both a bibliophile and a tsundoku. I enjoy going on nature walks as well as watching rom-com movies, and I like dark chocolates and butter popcorn, too. I get easily bored with shallow talks, though.
What I do
Aside from being a full-time homemaker (without a helper), I have been homeschooling my daughters since June 2016, while I continue to work from home both as a volunteer and a freelance professional.
As a professional, I specialize in PR writing, copy editing and proofreading (books, manuals, essays, and academic research papers), social media marketing, translation, customer service, and teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) online. As a PR professional, among the brands I have worked with alongside two of the country’s top PR firms, were Apple, P&G Pampers, Pfizer, Globe, Playtex, Tupperware, Johnson&Johnson, and more.
I am also an independent distributor of anti-aging products by Nu Skin Enterprises, which include food supplements and skin care products from the US. I came to be a distributor mainly because their products are instrumental in keeping all of us in the family healthy.
As a volunteer, I help in the copyediting and translation of Christian literature, as well as in leading and training other volunteers at certain non-profit organizations. I also teach in Sunday School and/or DVBS (Daily Vacation Bible School) when my schedule permits.
And, since I have this blog, I suppose that makes me a blogger too, though I never really considered myself one until recently. I was content at being a PR and SEO Writer, and blogging only for myself (and some imaginary friend). It was through the help and encouragement of one of my blogger friends that I started getting invited to certain events as a guest mommy blogger. There’s still a lot that I need to learn about professional blogging, though.
Why I blog
I’ve always enjoyed writing, even as a child. I started keeping a diary when I was probably in 3rd grade up until I gave birth to my eldest child in 2003. Somehow, starting a family and caring for a newborn took a toll on me, so I kept writing to a professional level during those early years of my marriage. This blog, however, was born out of deep pain, particularly when my marriage was on the rocks a few years back. To cope, I went back to writing, i.e., journaling, but started doing it online instead.
In many ways, this blog has become a tool for me to rekindle my passion for writing, if not to keep me sane. I would write just about anything that came to my attention, boggled me, amazed me, as well as things that made me cry and cranky, including my secret longings. This blog was one place where I could just write and be myself, clear my mind, and not care so much about the tone or words that I use, including grammar at times, especially when this was still in private mode.
Don’t be surprised then if some of the stories you’ll find here, especially those dated years ago, are supercharged with emotions, both positive and negative. By making this blog public, however, I hope to connect with like-minded individuals, learn from others, and inspire, especially my fellow SAHMs, homeschool moms, and OFW wives (without a helper), and those who tend to take life rather seriously, in any way I could, with my own stories ❤
What I blog about
Although this blog may now be filed under lifestyle category, it is first and foremost a personal blog. The stories you’ll find here are mostly musings and/or confessions about my marriage, the challenges our family face, especially with my husband away, my faith journey to becoming a Proverbs 31 Woman, and raising daughters who would grow up to become Proverbs 31 Women too, including some of our homeschool adventures.
I also write about my hobbies and interests, such as food, books, travels, etc. From time to time, you’ll find press releases or featured posts here from certain brands too, including the products I actually sell or am licensed to distribute.
How I handle this blog, i.e., for a certain time you’d see me blogging consistently then suddenly you won’t, and then I’m back at it again, somehow reflects how I manage things in my life. I may put certain things on hold when the going gets tough to re-evaluate my values and re-focus on more important things, and then pick up things where I left them and try to improve… well, that or just leave things altogether behind. Most of the time, it’s the former though, as I don’t easily give up 😉
This blog, by the way, has already gone through a lot of changes in terms of name and appearance or format. It started as “A Musing Mom’s Tales”, with me as The Musing Mom. Somehow, I would always find the previous titles to be such a mouthful, too serious, limiting, etc., not to mention the ones I thought would be perfect were already taken. Anyway, I think I shall stick with the current blog name and title you’re seeing now. What do you think?
Thank you for visiting. I look forward to hearing from you, even working with you! Feel free to link up, subscribe, share your thoughts on each story you’ve read, and connect with others through this site. Let me know how we can bless one another, will you? —Malot
All images above, as well as most of the stock images I use in this blog, are from unsplash.com. Some of them I created with the use of Canva, like the one below… Yes, I know I still have a lot to learn about photo editing 🙂