Archives for January 2016

What Blogging Means to Me

Last year, as a blogger, I would say that I was pretty successful. And my definition for blogging success for this particular instance is basically purely financial reward. I got a lot of endorsements, I got a lot of advertisers, etc. But the thing is, for some reason, I also realized something more important.

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I realized that blogging for me means so much more. Do you know the look that children get when they see a new toy on the shelf that they really want? That’s how I look every time I get to think of a new topic that I want to write about. There are times when I would wake up in the middle of my sleep and wonder why, even if I forced myself to, I couldn’t sleep. And the only thing that could help me get through the night is when I open my computer, and write something – – – something from the heart.

People ask us on what makes a blogger successful, and to this I throw back the question, “what is your definition of success?” I realize that what most bloggers need to see is that there is more to blogging than what people know of it to be. And, it’s not about monetary rewards or the popularity or events. Blogging or writing posts changes you as a person. With every word and with every sentence, you not only present a whole perspective to your readers, but you actually get to know yourself better as you dig deeper. With blogging, you get to understand more and more about yourself regardless of what intention you have set for a particular post.

Whether it be a sponsored post or a unique topic that you have thought about, as long as you write it from the heart, blogging will definitely take you through the process where you honestly think about what and how you feel about certain scenarios or certain circumstances. It’s not easy being a blogger. People think that you just have to grab your laptop and type away. But in reality, with every post that you write, you slowly unhurl pieces of yourself that you have never discovered before.

I think with blogging, I have become a better person. You can be a better person. I think that writing and blogging has made me more sensitive as a person. I think that blogging has made me a calmer, rational-yet-in-touch-with-my-emotions kind of a person. Looking back, I know that I am a better person now and I think I know more about myself now than when I first started writing.

Will I continue writing? Of course, I will. I know that there are still some things about myself that I have yet to figure out. Will you come join me in my journey of discovering the secrets of life and love?

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

P.S. Check out Manila Workshops Blogging related workshops!
Designing Web Pages
WordPress Blogging Basics
Facebook Marketing Webinar

 

 

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When Did We Stop Dreaming? (FPxGinger)

When I was child, I used to have so many dreams. I wished that I could be an architect, because I wanted to build houses. For a time, I dreamed of becoming an equestrian because when I looked at them, I thought them to be very elegant. I also wanted to be dancer, a gymnast, a sportscaster, a lawyer, a travel journalist, a stylist, an actress, an olympic athlete, etc. But eventually, I just stopped dreaming.

What stopped me? Well, life got in the way. Life gets in the way for most of us. I was scrolling through Facebook and I saw this short clip from Up in the Air where George Clooney mentions the line “what did they pay you to give up your dreams?” This is a sad truth for all of us. We know what we are passionate about and then we lose track of it and eventually we forget it, because we get lost in the daily grind of trying to earn income to sustain our lifestyle.

I had this conversation once a few days ago with the lady. She took up ballet and did pole dancing. What was intriguing that she was in her 30s when she started. Her classmates in her ballet classes were all 12 year old girls. I admire people like that because they don’t let their age, pride or their life, get in the way of their dreams.

When I met with Tina of FluffyPwets a few months back, and we discussed having this collaboration, I didn’t know exactly what design to do. I just told her that it would be a great idea if she could partner up with people and bring out their personalities and advocacies using cloth diaper designs. And then one day, Eureka, an idea hit me. Why not make people realize that going for dreams, the dreams that they had when they were once children, is still possible. Why can’t we pursue our dream of being a teacher or a soldier or a ballet dancer? What is stopping us?

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Pursuing a passion or passions have been a big thing, but for many people my age, we think that we have tons of responsibilities already so it might be best to set these dreams aside. My question to you though is would you be content with knowing that you lived this life not knowing how it feels to make, create and go for the dreams that you had once when nothing was stopping you?

 

THE EUREKA COLLECTION (FP x GINGER)

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My collection for Fluffy Pwets shows different the different dream roles we had when we were children (bonus is that the characters are shaped like meeples  for those who are into board games, plus we have a jedi somewhere in the design! Sorry, Star Wars fan here!). It’s entitled Eureka and it serves as a constant reminder that we are all capable of dreaming, believing and making it all happen! 

I really hope that you like and purchase this design. This was designed by the very talented, Ramil Vinarao of @quackandmeow. Please check out also the other designs of other collaborators, Amanda Griffin – Jacob, Dimples Romana, John Arcilla and my good friend, Martine De Luna. We hope to see you on January 28 and 29.

Do join me, too, on January 28 at 3PM for a FREE workshop on Pursuing Passion!

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See you at Glorietta on January 28, 2016 from 10 am onwards for the launch of #FPCollabs 🙂

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I Saw my Life Differently

All of a sudden, I knew that I was going to live my life differently from now on.

As you may have noticed, I have less sponsored posts in my blog now (this year). I’m sure you all know that I have been earning through brands that advertise through the site, and I don’t keep this a secret. I share my business experiences in this blog, and there is no shame in admitting that I earn through blogging. In the last few years, I have set my eyes on trying to reach a lot of people and was hoping to follow the path of my idols, Marie Forleo and Natalie McNeil. Both women made it big by branding themselves as mentors and industry experts. Marie has her own B school and people from around the world attend it. Natalie McNeil has her site SheTakesontheWorld.com and was deemed by Forbes magazine as one of the sites for women entrepreneurs to visit.

So anyway, early last year, I took on a path similar to theirs. I launched GTV, my own channel where I talked about tips on how to start your own business. I also continued my Love the Leap program which is a 3 day course on entrepreneurship. I did business and brand coaching. Aside from that, I got contracts for brand endorsements, etc.

I love it, and I still do. But recently, I saw my life differently. I realized that now, I have other alternatives and sometimes, the best way I can help individuals pursue their dreams and achieve their personal and business goals, is if I focus on the my own businesses. I realized that ManilaWorkshops.com, LoveLearning.co and MemoryCrafters.com.ph all have noble causes of teaching the core value that every entrepreneur should have, which is the willingness to learn and the desire for self-improvement.

I also realized that through writing more about what I experienced and felt every day through my blogs and my social media accounts, I could do what I really enjoy doing, which is to have conversations with people.

This year, I am bent on making every minute count. I am bent on looking at every second, every minute of my life as something valuable — something that will mean something, something that will make a difference.

 

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Is my Life Going to Change now that I’m a Parent? (First Time Parents Workshop Series!)

I had a conversation with a friend recently and she was asking me what my happiest moment was. I did not hesitate and immediately said it was the day I gave birth to my daughter. That was the day my life changed completely — totally — drastically! Haha! As a first time parent, I now know the importance of sleep. I now know how it feels to be completely responsible for another person’s well being and safety. I now know how much love you can actually give and I mean real love — the love that is defined by sacrifice and putting another person’s needs first before yours.

First time Parents

Being a first time parent means a lot of joyous and super fun days, but also a lot of days of frustration and worry. It means having to go through the highest of highs of moments like hearing your baby’s first words to the lowest of lows, like when postpartum depression hits and times when you feel ugly as hell.

But what I want you to know is that all of these are normal and first time parents undergo these things. Your lives will definitely change, but there is nothing compared to the feeling that you get when you see your child for the first time.

Manila Workshops and The Parenting Emporium want to help you prepare for your lives as First Time Parents by sharing with you a series of workshops that you can attend. The first workshop will be on January 30, 2016.

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Check out the details on the registration page in this link: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/ftp2016-janfeb

If you need emotional and technical guidance, I know that you will get it through the support the of the community that you will come across with when you attend these workshops! I hope to meet you in one of these workshops! 🙂

 

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Start a Business from Home this 2016 (This time for Real…)

I’ve been thinking on what and how I will motivate you to start your business and I thought about comparing it to losing weight. Dang! Losing weight is so hard. Just this year, I was talking to a friend from the States (*Hi Kat!*) and she was telling me how bad she wanted to lose that extra layer of fat that remained after she gave birth. Man, I remember the time two years ago when I had my daughter and I really wanted to get back to my weight fast. It was definitely a struggle. So anyway, I gave her a copy of this book by my idol Timothy Ferris, which was the 4 Hour Body. And I really swear by this book! It changed the way I viewed losing extra fat. He talks about simple steps that you can take to lose weight, and believe me I did! After I gave birth, that was the “chubby-est” I have ever been and after I read and followed his book, I am at the LEAST chubby-est state that I have ever been… haha!

Anyway, here is the link to the book in Amazon.

So after sharing the book, and after my friend read the book, she was seriously determined to do the simple steps. After two days, she messages me on Facebook and tells me she can’t do it, because she has to eat fruits. My poor friend loves fruits, but in the book, it really states that you should give up fruits since it contains sugar. So, bottom of the story is I know that it’s really hard to start going into something that will obviously change everything about your life. That’s the same with business.

Starting a Business is much like going on a diet.

Once you have thought and decided to go into business, here are some things that you can do to finally get you in the groove to start that business that you want.

1) Create some visual motivation.

In my case, I create a vision board and pin it to the corkboard in my room. This vision board are split into short term goals and long term goals. Another thing that I do is print out the business canvas of my business and the projections. These are the things that I consider to be my maps in my business / startup journey! Always have these things accessible so that you can always go back to them and check if you are still on track.

*BTW, watch out for the announcement for a visual business plan workshop this January. These are perfect for people who love to see beautiful things or colorful things. Business plans can be colorful, cute and fun to make, too! Subscribe to ManilaWorkshops.com Newsletter to get updates.

2) Designate a planner, journal or notebook that you will use for your business, and write one main objective that you need to accomplish everyday.

These objectives may seem menial, like writing an email to this person or messaging a business partner, but each task will take you a step closer to the goal.

3) Block off one full day at the end of every month, starting this January to assess how far you are from your goals and to see if you really are moving towards that dream.

This really helps me a lot, since at the end of the month, I really get to review and have a conversation with myself (just like a crazy person!) as to whether I did enough or I still lack in being pro-active.

It’s really hard to get the ball rolling when it comes to creating a business, but take these little steps and you’ll go a long way. Before you know it, your business will be up and running in no time!

Do you have other tips that you want to share? I would love to hear them! Just leave a comment below!

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Four Amazing Workshops this Saturday — Will I see you?

I’m super pumped up! I’ve been busy this week organizing the first four live workshops that we will have this year which will happen this Saturday, January 23, 2016. Wooohooo! The first four workshops are the following:

Perfect for Business Owners, Freelancers, Entrepreneurs and Professionals

Basic Accounting and Taxation

Join Taxumo, ManilaWorkshops.com and Freelancer.com as we bring you this workshop on Basic Accounting and Taxation for Start-ups, Freelancers and Professionals.

What will you learn:
Make financial data-based business decisions. Track indicators that correlate with business health. Avoid penalties by properly filling out your tax forms and maximize your tax savings.

Date: January 23, 2016
Time: 9am to 12 noon
Venue: 30th Floor Ecotower Plaza, Freelancer.com Office, BGC (map to the venue)

Early bird rate (until January 20, 2016): Php 500.00
Regular Rate: Php 2295

Sign up here: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/basic-accounting-and-taxation1

 

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This 2016, top online jobs website Freelancer.com and the leading workshops organizer Manila Workshops, in cooperation with Sunlife and UnionBank EON, are giving you the best tips to achieve financial freedom as a freelancer.

What will you learn:
Tips on how to manage your funds as freelancers. We know that there are various off and on seasons for freelancers so in this workshop, we will teach you how to manage all of that fluctuations.

Date: January 23, 2016
Time: 1pm to 4pm
Venue: 30th Floor Ecotower Plaza, Freelancer.com Office, BGC (map to the venue)

Regular Rate: Php 100 ONLY!!! (good deal!)

Sign up here: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/talinotalks-money-wellness

Freelancing for Beginners

Freelance BlendUnionBank EON, Horsepower.ph and Manila Workshops bring you again our most popular Freelancing workshop — Freelancing for Beginners Workshop!

What will you learn:
#1 > Get simple, step-by-step training from real-life, freelancing coaches who are eager to share their business knowledge with beginners like you.

#2 > Fulfill your dream of working for yourself, earning additional income from your passions and spending more time with your family.

#3> Mastermind with peers and mentors who have blazed the trail in freelancing

#4> Take massive action, earn your first dollar and celebrate your wins with our private and exclusive freelancer community

BTW, our recommended payment channel for freelancers is UnionBank EON. I’ve used UnionBank EON for the longest time now and i love it since you can easily link it to your Paypal account to receive payments! 🙂

Date: January 23, 2016
Time: am to 5pm
Venue: 48th Floor UnionBank Plaza Building, Meralco Avenue

Regular Rate: Php 2500
Bring a friend rate: Php 1800 per person

Sign up here: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/freelancing-for-beginners-3

Raket Remedies - Facebook Marketing

Raket.phUnionBank EON and Manila Workshops aim to provide remedies for Freelancing and Entrepreneur pains that you might have with its Raket Remedies Workshop Series.

What will you learn:
Create unique and engaging ads
Maximize ROI of Facebook ads
Integrate Facebook with other Marketing strategies

Date: January 23, 2016
Time: 1pm to 4pm
Venue: 47th Floor UnionBank Plaza Building, Meralco Avenue

Regular Rate: Php 300 per person
Bring a friend rate: Php 250 per person

Sign up here: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/raket-remedies-facebook-marketing

Hope to see you there!!! 🙂

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UnionBank EON, it the easiest and fastest way to get your payment. Open an EON account and link it to your Paypal! 🙂

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Ploodle Your 2016: Making it my own “I am Grateful for” Planner

A few days ago, I watched The Intern. I watched it because I read somewhere that it was the perfect movie for women entrepreneurs. When I learned that Anne Hathaway and Robert Di Niro were in it, I wanted to watch it even more. Well, after watching The Intern, I was super inspired to start this year on the right foot. These kinds of movies make you want to just get up, plan the year ahead and shout — GAME ON!

So the next thing that I did was just that. I stood up, got my planners and started making plans. I am such an OC person that I have 3 planners (one for work, one for the home and one to bring for anything urgent). Now, I even have an additional and unique planner for a very admirable mompreneur, Joy. It’s called Ploodle. Ploodle means PLAN and DOODLE.

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Each page is wonderfully created by Joy and her friend, Reg. The hand drawn doodles are made by Reg, and the digital designs are by Joy. I love that you can even color the cover. It makes it more personal!

 

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I realized recently how much I missed doodling. Do you know that doodling and coloring can decrease stress and cause higher level of creativity?  What I plan to do with this planner/coloring book is I will make it my own “I am Grateful for” Planner. For each day, I will write down things that I am grateful for.

My husband says that I am so negative when it comes to looking at myself.  haha! I always see my weaknesses and I seem not to care about my other many strengths. He suggested that I start writing down things that I am grateful for so that I can do away with my insecurities once and for all. I thank Joy for having such a beautifully made Ploodle that would be my tool to do just that — to see things in my life as blessings, to see the glass as half full and not half empty.

Grateful for this great find!

Thankful for this life,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

 

 

 

 

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Information about Ploodle

Check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ploodle/ or website: http://www.misistagle.com/ploodle-planner-and-coloring-book/.

Price is at a discounted rate of Php 650 at Commune and Crafter’s Marketplace in EDSA Shangrila.

Bulk orders: If you are buying 10 Ploodles, use the coupon bulkorder to enjoy P50 off for each planner. Kindly get in touch with them for your shipping preference.  They also accept credit card and Paypal payments in their site above, but with additional charges.

 

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Freelance Insider: Let’s Pick the Brains of Amazing Pinoy Freelancers

I just came from a business strategy meeting with Chuck, one of my business partners for a tech startup company and we were talking about efficiency in operational processes. One of the things that we all need to think about as business owners is coming up with the best processes where we increase our revenues even with limited resources. As a startup founder, I have oftentimes been asked how have I kept my business running for three years. 2016 will actually be our 4th year in business. A lot of it was really done through proper planning and utilizing the right people for certain jobs.

We have the best talents in the Philippines, and it’s so easy to find people who can actually help grow your organization. A lot of these talented people are in different online freelance platforms. It’s so funny that our default response in thinking of a task associated to our businesses is either to hire a full time employee or to do the task ourselves. We oftentimes neglect the option of hiring freelancers.

Marv and I have decided to show you how amazing freelancing is through interviewing the best minds in the freelancing industry. These freelancers have professionalized their craft and are now managing these “hobbies” as their own businesses.

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The first two of the brilliant people that we will be interviewing are Martine De Luna and Fitz Villafuerte. These two lovely, lovely people have been friends of mine for years already. I always enjoy hanging out with them since I get to learn a lot from what they do. Learn with me as we talk to them on how they grew their freelance business!

I have placed the links to the sign-up form for the webinar. Each webinar is just at an affordable rate of Php 250 each.

FIW1- Martine de Luna

SIGN UP LINK: http://manilaworkshops.com/fiw1

FIW2- Fitz Villafuerte-2

SIGN UP LINK: http://manilaworkshops.com/fiw2

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