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38th Year Goals

Five days from today, I shall be celebrating my 38th birthday. I don’t think I’ll have the time to write that day or in the coming days after tomorrow. In the mean time, I am committing to finish the following unfinished tasks below as I do not want them to get carried over my 38th year of existence. After all, it’s going to be a new beginning for me and I shall have new resolutions, new goals. I know I won’t be able to keep myself away from my laptop though and it would take a long time to finish editing my blog posts, ensuring that the photos of certain articles would finally appear on the front page. As much as I consider myself a techie, I’m not exactly knowledgeable when it comes to the technical aspects of putting up a blog, or making one look exactly the way I want it to, at least. So, what I’ll do now is make sure that I get reminded of the following tasks and goals whenever I turn …

Yes, I’m a Sunday School teacher!

It has been a humbling experience for me, nevertheless, especially with my youngest daughter assisting me in class. She was awesome, by the way, playing with the younger kids who were still rather new in class, leading the arts and crafts activity, and putting away the toys.

Following Kiyosaki

I have been quite busy trying to build my business lately. I talk to a lot of medical practitioners, particularly dermatologists, as well as salon and spa owners. That’s only natural, of course, since I am a distributor of anti-aging products. I supply them skin care products that do not just target the signs of aging, but the sources of aging. I introduce them to the latest innovation that can erase up to 10 years’ worth of wrinkles in just 10 minutes. And that’s done painlessly, without the use of needles, by the way! Today, I’m supposed to meet two more dermatologists at different hospitals, but I opted to stay home and rest. I’m not sure if this is the best decision for me, since time is of the essence, not to mention time is gold (money). However, I haven’t had some “me time” lately, and later this evening, I have to be out again to meet an old friend who needs help in managing his weight. Well, you’ve got it right: I also distribute …

Time management for busy moms like me

It’s only the 10th of the month, yet to me it feels like it’s month-end already. Somehow, I already feel tired and could no longer keep track of the days. It looks like I need to double check on my priorities and reorganize my schedule. I seriously need to manage my time well. I feel so harassed and overwhelmed at the tasks that I need to do. I’m also out almost everyday this month so far, and I’m starting to feel that 24 hours in a day is no longer enough. Burn out. I guess that’s exactly the word to describe what I’m going through now. I wish I could have a week only to myself. No worries, no concerns, no emails, no goals to meet, no marketing strategies to conjure, no meetings, no phone calls, not even text messages. Just a week to relax, be quiet, eat, read, pray, reflect, and sleep.  I actually tried to do that this weekend. I just spent the whole weekend with my girls, not bothering to check my email, we went to the …

Unwanted: last minute changes

Summer vacation’s over and just when I thought things were doing great, I find myself faced with a huge challenge that I could certainly do without. It was early Monday morning this week when I was awaken by a series of text messages from my younger daughter’s school, saying that their class schedule had changed from morning to afternoon. My reaction? I literally freaked out. I started crying out of sheer disappointment and anger. (Okay, so that makes me a drama princess, I guess.) I sent the school’s assistant directress an impassioned message in response, explaining how unhappy I was that they had to change their decision at the last minute, and explained in detail why the new schedule would not work with our unique family setup, especially for a stay-at-home mom like myself without a helper and relies on public transportation to get to one place from anouther. Not to mention that I do not only have one child but two, and their class schedules are simply opposite. This may seem such a small feat, but at that …

To stress or not to stress

  Christmas vacation officially starts today. That means I no longer have to wake up early to prepare the girls for school, at the same time keep a tight schedule as I juggle house chores, child care, online job(s), etc. throughout the day. However, I have a feeling that although there’s no school, things won’t really change much for me. I bet that a few hours from now–after I have gone to bed, that is–I would be up early again as I normally would on weekdays. Blame it on my body clock and the stuffs around the house that need my attention, especially our pets and plants. I have been neglecting some of the plants, it seems. The big alley cats have been coming in and out of our backyard and have apparently been trampling on some of them. They badly need some rescuing–I have to start transferring them to pots. Meanwhile, our puppies need a good bath and some exercise, too. Plus, I still have more cleaning to do around the house. Honestly, having …

My misconceptions about China

I enjoy teaching ESL (English as a Second Language), but I didn’t realize that I would actually enjoy having Chinesestudents and professionals in my online classes. Don’t get me wrong; it’s just that I’ve always had Filipinos and Koreans in my classes before. It was my first time to have Chinese students in class. I have also come to admit that I had so many misconceptions about their culture, their country, even their form of government. The following are some of them. There is no marginalized sector in a communist country, including China. I was fully convinced that communism exists to provide for every family’s needs equally, at the same time empower each citizen of a communist nation to have a decent living for the common good. However, one of my students told me that there are also many people in their country who belong to the marginalized sector. In addition, many of the poor people in their country become more visible in the streets when the Spring Festival is approaching (to beg for some …

Slowing down

Lately, I’ve been very preoccupied with my roles as a mother and though I am guilty of not being able to submit new articles both for my blog and part-time job, I have become less severe with myself, thinking that I could only do so much. No, not a good excuse for not working hard, but I guess I’ve come to a point where I no longer want to do so many things at a time. I’ve come to realize that there’s no need for me to prove anything to anyone. I just have to embrace my duties now as a mother, wife–even if my husband is abroad–and full-time homemaker, and until I do so, I don’t think I’ll be able to perform other roles effectively. Moreover, if I manage our finances well, there’s really no need for me to work at all, or at least for financial reasons. At first, I thought that I would experience boredom if I focus on my children and other household concerns alone. On the contrary, I still always …

Silver lining

I am getting distracted more than ever. I’m supposed to submit three press releases today and edit some academic paper, write two essays… and my laptop has not been cooperating until now. Since I installed a new anti-virus software recently–courtesy of my husband–it just started doing crazy things. Really, of all the brands he’d buy, I couldn’t understand why he didn’t choose the one I have previously been using. I got very frustrated, since I didn’t have time to go out and find an Internet shop where I could work, especially not in the evening and with two little girls in tow. Anyway, I only have a few hours left or less than a day before TAT (turn around time). I’d better get going now before I start failing everyone including myself. I’m just blogging to breathe and give some update. For one, my dear little Z took an exam this morning at a renowned Montessori school in the area. The result? Really good! Her mathematical abilities are way advanced to place her in Nursery level despite the fact that it’ll be her first time to …

Remembering my role

I don’t have much experience in declining a job offer, but I’m starting to gain now fast. As soon as I have completed my profile in oDesk recently and started applying for jobs that are really suitable to my skills, I started getting good responses, even invitations to an interview that include messages saying how much they’d like to have me apply for the job they’re posting. Honestly, I never thought that could happen to me–certainly not on oDesk where many freelancers who are just starting out get easily frustrated either because no one would hire them (being new, maybe) or the compensation offerred is just too low that it’s insulting. (Yes, it happened to me too.) When I think about money, I’d like to take on their offers. But I have to be realistic. I don’t have much time to work on numerous projects. In fact, I have just turned down the job I was so excited about the past few weeks because the training did not take place immediately as expected and my schedule has also unexpectedly changed recently. …