February 21, 2020

Where do Mommies get their Energy?

Whenever I see other moms on social media looking so fresh and like they are having the best time of their life, the question "where do these moms get their energy?" pops my mind. What prompt me to ask the question? Well, let me give you a glimpse of my not so busy life.

I am a full time working mom. Yes, I spend 8 hours or more in school and yes, I am a teacher! (see the exclamation ha-ha). Not just your regular teacher though (not bragging - just explaining). A regular teacher would and supposed to be handling 6 teaching loads with "does related" work stuffs on the side. While me......I am handling 2 teaching loads only (nice right?) but wait, there's more. I am the school ICT leader (I am taking care of data management and school ICT facilities) and also, I am the Teacher-In-Charge in our department which means I am doing administrative other reports too.

Now, here is the real deal. I am a full time too, to 2 kids (8 and 1 year old - both boys), 3 kids if husband included (the hardest kid to raise, right? ha-ha). My eldest is in 2nd grade. The school service would pick him up at 6:30. Getting him ready wouldn't be much of a tedious work if he's not a picky eater. There's a canteen at school but the he's requesting for home cooked food. So I wake up at 5:00 am to prepare his lunch and snacks. Wakes him up at 5:30 and have him get ready (not to mention the I'm still sleepy, waking up and getting back to bed again things).

In the middle of the food preparation and waking up the school boy, my youngest would wake up, cry for mama to pick him up and not wanting mama to leave his sight (now you're getting my point, don't you). The father's willing to help but the boys love mama so much that they always asks for mama...and of course the tatay is a playmate.

When my school boy was off to school, I'll begin making the bed after waking the husband to prepare the breakfast, eat then play a little while with my youngest. at 7:30 I'll prepare my self for work. Husband would take charge in playing with the youngest. My time at school starts at 9:00 am and ends at 6:00 pm. Husband would pick me up at school when he finished his work early. Off to home we go, then go back to the market to pick stuffs for our picky eater. Food preparation and assignment time now (yes, we do assignments because my boy only trusts mama with his school works).

After dinner, our school boy would sleep at 8:00 pm, while the younger would sleep at past 11:00 pm. Then history repeats itself again. Now please do not blame me when sometimes I would wish for someone to take me to Mars,...no wait...take me to Neptune rather.

January 21, 2020

How am I?

My last post was dated July 2019 and it was my 7 months postpartum. Writing is something I really love to the core of my bones. There were days I miss the old times where I could tick the keyboard at any time of the day when I feel the urge to write and share something. Those were the days that my time were all mine to spare.

It's a mixed emotion reading the next post. It was March 2017 and I wasn't married yet. Now, I have two kids. I have a family. My time were not all mine to spare. Where did all those months, weeks, day, hours, minutes and seconds went? How did they just slip through? I actually feel guilty questioning how time went by without me noticing. I have kids and a husband...of course majority of those time were spent for them. I was just asking maybe because my old free spirit self is longing to be back and fused with my self now. I kinda forgot who I was when I embraced the new chapters of my life.I thought it was the best and noble thing to do. But I once read and I quote, "You cannot give what you do not have".... and in order for me to give the best of me to people I love, I should love and take care of my self first. It was indeed amazing how life passed by in the blink of an eye, but lessons were engraved in my heart and mind. Motherhood has taught me things for sure I will never learn if I didn't become one (those things will be on separate posts).  

As for now, I am trying to juggle and manage time for the family, work and hopefully on getting my self back together again. My desire for this year is to find the free spirit me who I lost in the process of improving the other versions of me.  

Image edited using Nichi

It's okay, I just forgot who I was in becoming who I am...but WELCOME BACK!

July 31, 2019

Paperless Post Review

I am in my most creative mood the past few months.  What's more interesting was that I was able to use my creativity in making others happy.  A friend of mine talked to me regarding her daughter's 7th birthday. She asked me to make her an invitation. I was all giddy about the idea and said yes in an instant. People who received the invitation inquired about it and to make the story short, I got clients. 

What I noticed was they all asked me to send a soft copy of the invitation on their emails or Facebook messenger to be sent to family and friends who live far away. That is being practical and environmentalist without them knowing for they are going paperless. After all, we are living in a digital era and the influence of social media is immeasurable.

Now, I am not only in my creative mood, but in an entrepreneur mood as well. I scribbled plans and brilliant ideas. Why not create a different packages for my future clients to choose from.

One of the packages would include a digital invitation with an element of surprise. My adventure led me to the idea of a paperless digital invitation. I consulted Goggle and it led me to "Paperless Post". It is an online platform where you can make digital invitations and email them directly to your family and friends.  Now this is what makes Paperless Post interesting:

1. Their platform offers a surprising element because unlike sending a copy of the jpg format of the invitation, Paperless Post templates include a digital envelope. The content wouldn't be revealed...not until they opened the envelope. 

Photos from Paperless Post

2. Using the platform of Paperless Post will make you environmental friendly. Need I say more?... it's paper less people, imagine the trees you'll get to save.

3. It will save you a lot of resources (paper, inks, ribbons, enevelopes)

4. They have an affiliate company who could print you a copy of the invitation if you really wanted a hard copy to keep.

Photo from Paperless Post

5. If you're creative enough, you can use Paperless Post platform in creating designs not only for invitations but for posters, flyers, brochures and other materials. They have different designs that you can play along. Imagination is your limit.

6. You can upload your designs. Amazing right?

7. Signing up ia free. Go over at Paperless Post and secure your spot. Unleash your creativity while saving mother Earth.

March 27, 2017

Happiness is a Decision

I just felt the eagerness to write again, although I find it hard to come to terms with the words to express my thoughts. Last night while I was taking a break from school works I spent a good 30 minutes browsing the repository of my old sentiments and memories. Time really flies so fast. It seems like yesterday when I used to ask myself where do broken hearts go. It made me laugh and feel a bit shy though. I never thought I was that corny and heartbroken to have written those words. Gee, I want the earth to swallow me. But I am a living proof that no matter how deep the anger, hate, resentment and hurt is, if you are determined to live a new life, there's a place waiting for you. A place you can call home. And after all those years I can look back to the past, feeling all giddy and happy for all the people who touched my life in both ways.

And if I would be given the chance to go back in the past, I wouldn't take that chance. It's a chance I would not trade the life I am living right now. It is indeed true that the past would bring you steps closer to your happiness. 

July 20, 2016

My Heart's Current State

"Going back to a simpler life
 is not a step backward"
~Yvon Chovinard

          As a child, I was raised with the simplest life you can ever imagine. No new clothes, if they're not necessary, never following the latest trends. I thought others were luckier than me but the truth is the contrary. I wasn't born in a well off family and I could not always get what other children had, but my family made sure I get the education I deserved. I didn't graduated from a prestigious school and I also didn't graduated with a degree of my choice. Let's just say that I grabbed the opportunities presented to me that time. Whatever the course is, as long as I can finish college. I may not get to choose the course I wanted, but looking at all the things around me and the kind of life I have today, I am blessed beyond compare.

          One of the things I am thankful for is the work I am gifted with. I AM A TEACHER. Though other people think we are undervalued, I dare say I feel overvalued. The feeling is indescribable. Maybe that is what you get when you get to do what you love to do. 

           So many things have changed since my last two (2) posts. I collected tons of teaching materials, survived 2 RPMS conferences, attended seminars, created actions plans and had sleepless nights and the list can go on and on. But I could say that I am one of the happiest person roaming the planet. I already found one of my purpose and that is to touch lives forever. Some would say it's exhausting, well yes I couldn't agree less. But anything done with pure love, joy and dedication could reap the fruit of fulfillment. A very expensive reward not everybody in the world was given the chance to enjoy.

              I am very blessed to be called, chosen and enjoy the oozing satisfaction, love and happiness in teaching.