The word REINVENT is defined as CHANGING SOMETHING so much that it appears to be entirely new or TAKING UP a very different way of life.

Trials, challenges, difficulties and failures are part of our lives.  Sometimes, we have a hard time letting go of the things that we are used to but in order to move forward, we need to REINVENT OURSELVES.

Reinventing yourself is not about changing into a different person but about making a new and improved version of yourself.  It is about making CHANGES in your life to become a better and more focused individual.

To be more HEALTHY, change your eating habits and make sure that you are IN CHARGE of your health and fitness. It can be as simple as eating more fruits and vegetables and avoiding oily and unhealthy food or checking with a doctor whenever you feel sick or taking the time to exercise or burn those calories.

To take charge of your FINANCES, change the way you handle your money. Find ways to SAVE MORE and SPEND LESS.  Make a realistic plan to save more money and grow the money you have saved. The road to financial freedom is through a thorough and careful planning of your finances and making sure that you are sticking to that plan.

To strengthen your RELATIONSHIPS especially with your spouse and children, MANAGE your time effectively and make sure you spend quality time with them. It is not about the number of hours you spend with them but about the things you do with them given the limited time you have. Quality time with your whole family is important but it is also imperative that you spend some alone time with your spouse and some alone time with your child as well.

To have peace of mind and improve your SPIRITUAL WELL-BEING, PRAY whenever you can, as often as you can. Attend mass regularly, read inspirational books and find the time to share your blessings with others.

To be HAPPY and CONTENT IN LIFE, CHANGE the way you think. Positive thinking is important as well as an appreciative heart. Changing the way you think will also change the way you react to things happening around you. A failure or a rejection will definitely make you unhappy or even depressed but if you stay positive and think instead of the lessons you have learned and the things you can do to improve your situation, it will lead you to a better future.

No matter how old you are or what situation you are in, it is never too late to reinvent yourself.   It will not going to be easy but I am quite sure that once you reach any or all of your goals, IT WILL BE ALL WORTH IT!

When you REINVENT Yourself, you also Rekindle your Passion, Relive your Spirit and Rediscover the meaning of Life…

Introduction to a WAHMderful life


At the start of the New Year, I resolved to be more productive and to stop procrastinating.   So I can say I started my year right by attending the WAHMderful Year-Starter Workshop sponsored by Manila Workshops last January 18, 2014.

Working from Home is a concept I have been interested in for some time now but my main problem is how to get started, how to find legitimate work.  I visited a number of sites that offer jobs that I can work on from the confines of my home but between building a profile worth visiting and taking tests to increase my chances to land an online job, I can’t seem to find that one thing that would make me a certified Work-at-Home Mom (WAHM).

When I came across the Manila Workshops post about its WAHM Workshop for January, I immediately looked for someone to go with me to that Workshop.  Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem going on my own but I just want to have someone familiar to share the experience with.  I contacted two of my friends from High School who may want to take part in that seminar and I was fortunate that my friend CJ agreed to register as well.

We arrived at the venue before 10 in the morning with just enough time to relax before the  10am to 4pm Workshop starts.   It  was there when we met one of the organizers, Ms. Ginger Arboleda.

The first speaker for the day was Ms. Martine De Luna who is popularly known as the Dainty Mom .  She first talked about how to get more clients as a WAHM particularly how important a Brand is to set us apart from other WAHMs.    She said that a brand is our core purpose visualized and worded, hence, it is important to know what sets us apart and who we are.    I learned that it is important to define my target audience, identify my unique value, craft a really effective elevator pitch and invest in my brand.  I also learned that to be a successful WAHM, you must not forget the importance of content – the quality of your work.

The second speaker for the day was Ms. Teresa Gumap-as Dumadag.  She started her talk by showing us her favorite quote which goes like this:

“Life is too short to let even one day
be frenzied or frazzled or frittered away.
Life is too short not to take the time to do the things
that will hold the most meaning for you.”

The second part of the quote is what struck me the most.  We often do things for the sake of doing it that we do not take  into account it’s importance or it’s meaning not just in our lives, but in the lives of our family as well.

This quote somehow made me realize what I already know but have been trying hard to balance at this point in my life.  My family is my Number 1 Priority and with that in mind, any decision I have to make in the future must not be at the expense of my family life, my time with my husband and my kids.

It is also important to only do the things that will produce the results you desire so here enters the 80/20 Rule.  She explained the need to use the 80/20 Rule.  20% of your tasks should achieve 80% of your desired results or in my case, I should choose which 20% of my time builds my family life and my career as a WAHM.

I also learned the two Time Management Secrets – Managing your time based on priorities and Managing your time based on clearly defined goals.   If you know your priorities and your personal mission statement, you will be able to manage your time effectively and produce your desired results.

In the course of the Workshop,  we were also made to answer a few sheets of paper listing down our priorities, our usual daily activities, our key roles and relationships and tribute statements and action points for each and our 2014 Action Plan.  It was like making my New Year’s Resolutions for 2014 but more specific.  I cannot remember the last time I wrote my New Year’s Resolutions and  the Workshop made me realize that I need to start doing it every year to stay focused and  on track.

When the WAHM Year-Starter Workshop ended, the women who participated in it went home inspired and in high spirits.  I must say I did not really know what to expect when I signed up for the workshop but the WAHM Year-Starter Workshop made me realize that creating a home and building my career without sacrificing family time is possible as evidenced by other successful WAHMs out there, particularly the organizer and the speakers of the event.  It was indeed a WAHMderful experience!

For those who are curious about WAHM,  visit the sites below.  Manila Workshops have a lot of workshops to choose from and it is  not  only for those who want to be WAHMs so check it out!

Manila Workshops 
Martine de Luna
Ms. Teresa Gumap-as Dumadag

wahmderful life

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