The Payoneer Forum: See you there!

Happy Monday, everyone! We just came from Real, Quezon this weekend and oh my, the place was breathtaking! Actually, the trip to Quezon made me realize that there are a lot of places in the Philippines that are still undiscovered and we should all travel within our country first before we go out! The travel made me really sentimental. My thoughts were if Filipinos only realize that we have such a beautiful country and if we do one thing, just one thing every day, to improve our nation and to help others, I think our country would be in a better position and we may even be a first world country.

Real, Quezon: We have such a beautiful country!

Real, Quezon: We have such a beautiful country!

In helping our country, what we can do is assess our own strengths and see if we can help our country by using these strengths. Wouldn’t you feel fulfilled if you wake up every day, doing that thing that you love to do and at the same time, you get to help your country? In my own little way, what I want to do is really to help spread the news about entrepreneurship. I would want to help aspiring entrepreneurs start their own businesses.

I am glad and blessed that I have been given the chance to reach more and more people everyday. This week, I am speaking at the Payoneer Forum. The event is FREE. All you have to do is register here: THE PAYONEER FORUM

I will be with some colleagues in the industry and really brilliant ones! My talk is entitled, Love the Leap: What Aspiring Entrepreneurs Need to Know.

I hope that you can join me on Wednesday and please do say hi! Feel free to approach me.

See you at the Payoneer Forum!

Love the Leap Entrepreneurship Program

Every evening, I stare at the corkboard in my room. My corkboard has two bond paper sized sheets pinned to it and a few family pictures. The two sheets comprise my own attempt to create what people basically know as vision boards. I started creating my own vision board last year. I have always believed in the idea and the benefit, but I haven’t gotten myself to sit down and create one (well, not until last year).

Placing it in a tangible piece of paper and mounting it on the wall was the best thing that I have done for myself and the best thing that I have done to achieve my goals. Displaying it was like a tangible signal that said, “well, Ginger, this is it! You have to be who you want to be and achieve these things while you’re still on this planet.” And guess what? Those pieces of paper worked. I’m right on track in achieving my dreams and aspirations. Sometimes I get pressured when I look at it, honestly, but I think it was the good kind of pressure — pressure the make a difference!

I love my life as an entrepreneur and as a tech startup co-founder. I love my life as a professional blogger and as a vlogger. I know that each one of us is capable of achieving the life that we are destined to live. If it’s entrepreneurship that you want to aim for, I can honestly say that I can help you through my Love the Leap Entrepreneurship program.

Ginger - Love the Leap Image

I have handled a lot of different kinds of businesses and have dabbled even into things like makeup, yoga, styling, and network marketing. I have always believed that experience is the best teacher and I would like to share my own experiences with you and hopefully you’ll get to learn from them. Let’s all learn too from the experiences of my co-teachers for this run.

From the program, you will be able to get to make your own business plan and marketing plan. These are the tools that you will need to start your own business. So, please join me on July 4, 11 and july 25 πŸ™‚

For those who are interested to sign up for the program, details are on this poster.

Love the Leap 2nd Run - Final

If you want to sign up, you can use this form below.

Please deposit your payment through any of the following channels:

Paypal – Please use gymger80@yahoo.com

BPI – GPA Events Management Services (Account Number:Β 1923-1277-94)

Please email the validated deposit slip to ginger@manilaworkshops.com πŸ™‚

I really hope that you can be part of the next batch of #BigLeapers. For thosw who will attend, I will add you to the exclusive Facebook group where you can ask me or your colleagues anything and where you can network with the other Big Leapers!

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to take that leap!

P.S. Please don’t forget to subscribe to GTV, the youtube channel that I came up with to help aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners! (http://bit.ly/gtvchannel)

 

 

 

Entrepreneurship 101 for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Aspire

Aspire… it’s such a nice word. It’s so nice and light and positive. But, personally, I have something against that word (haha!). I just feel that it has to be followed by a word or words to make it complete. Aspire to be great… Aspiring entrepreneurs. I feel if we just aspire and do nothing about it, aspiring or the word aspire will lose it’s meaning.

There are different kinds of people. There are those who aspire for great things but don’t do anything about it. There are those who aspire for great things and act on their dream. There are those who act on aspirations, but give up even before reaching it. And there are those who don’t desire for anything; their motto would be go with the flow.

It think it’s safe though to assume that most of us aspire for things. We may not be aspire to be rich and famous, but we aspire for things that will give our loved ones and ourselves comfortable lives. But we seriously need to act on these things. We lose our life’s purpose when we dream and dream and yet do nothing about it. The same can be said about entrepreneurship. A lot of us aspire to have our own businesses, but we don’t act on it. Sometimes, even if we take the first step, we don’t get to maintain, sustain and keep the business that we started.

Another problem that aspiring entrepreneurs have is that they don’t know what kind of business they should start or join (hey, anyone can be an investor). I know a lot of friends who are in this dilemma. Then, another concern is I don’t know how to create that plan that will lead me to entrepreneurship greatness. When am I worthy enough (if there is such a level) that I could charge for products and services?

Fear not! I have really developed the Entrepreneurship 101 Webinar to help you answer a few if not all of these questions.

Entrepreneurship 101 Webinar

Entrepreneurship 101 Webinar

The objective of this webinar is:

– Help you be a more grounded entrepreneur if you do decide to be one
– Help you think of a clear reason why you are going into business
– Help you find a clear direction of what you want to do
– Help you determine what you want to achieve 3-5 years from now, and hopefully for the rest of your life!
– Help you get that entrepreneurial spirit and enough motivation and support to keep on going!
– Help you take that first step toward creating a solid business plan
– Help you take that first step to Financial Freedom as soon as possible!

I will be your guide as you try to identify the business (products/services) that you want to create and in taking the next step to make these entrepreneurial dreams come true.

So sign up now in this link:
http://manilaworkshops.com/events/entrepreneurship-101

My dream is really to help more and more people achieve their dreams of starting their own business.

I am excited to meet all of you! Hope you can join me!

*All the attendees of the webinar will be added to my group of #BigLeapers. This is a group of my current mentees and those that have attended the previous runs of the Love the Leap Entrepreneurship Program.

See you all!

First Episode of GTV! Let’s all Love the Leap!

I have launched my own YouTube channel last April 8! Yehey! I, of course, forgot to tell you, my dear MommyGinger.com readers. I have just been so busy lately. How busy? I hibernated yesterday (that busy!). I slept at 6pm and got up at 9 am the next day. I haven’t slept like that ever — EVER! But Β anyway, back to the topic. This is something that is very, very important to me.

For Feature

I’m so happy that I have finally launched it! I have prepared for a very long time for this. I didn’t expect that creating videos can take so much time and effort. I thought it was just something like uploading a video from my phone, but since we (the team) want to give you great content, we took the time to edit it and make it really informative.

I know how hard it is to finally take that leap into entrepreneurship. It takes a lot of guts and planning. I know that for those who do not have experience handling a business or for those who didn’t get to have any business subjects back in college, this would even be harder.

I created GTV so that I can share with you my experiences and so that other people can also share what they have learned and share their own experiences, too.

Here is episode 1 of GTV Channel where I talk about the purpose of GTV.

I hope that you can subscribe to GTV Channel (http://bit.ly/gtvchannel) and please tell your friends about it! Also, please comment on this page and leave questions that you would want me to answer in one of the videos. Also, if you want to be featured or if you want your brand to be featured, please contact me at contact@gingerarboleda.com.

Launching GTV — oh yeah!

That isn’t a great title for this post… Haha! Who places ‘oh yeah’ in a title of an article? I used to question a lot of things too, especially those done outside of rules that we know — rules that we have adhered to for the longest time. And then, I realized that sometimes, I would just follow because I was scared of being different. If I did it this way, people might think I was crazy. If I did things that way instead, people might think that I’m a bit too much (either a non-conformist rebel or a fame-hungry biatch). I realized that a lot of things that I did was just so as to conform and to be exactly like the others. By doing this, I panicked because I wasn’t achieving anything — I wasn’t happy, I wasn’t moving at the pace I wanted, and most importantly, my goal of helping 500 Filipino entrepreneurs start their own businesses by 2020 was becoming unattainable. I needed to move fast.

Mentoring Session -- image from Jean of Angat Pilipinas Coalition for Financial Literacy

Mentoring Session — image from Jean of Angat Pilipinas Coalition for Financial Literacy

Why do I want to achieve this number?
If we, the Philippines, want to stay competitive, especially with the ASEAN Integration, we need to show the world that our economy is improving. The best way to help, in our own little way, is to create jobs for the unemployed. Jobs can be made if businesses succeed. If I can help aspiring entrepreneurs create 500 new businesses by 2020, given a conservative figure of 5 people per company, that will generate 2,500 jobs. I think that’s not bad for my own goal.

Why care so much?
If my daughter will live in a generation where the parents of these children have secured their children’s futures financially, and have concentrated on bringing up their children to be morally upright, independent, confident, happy and caring individuals, I will be happy. If i can help some people from our generation (probably the parentsof these batchmates of my daughter) achieve their entrepreneurial dreams, then maybe the future will be brighter. There is so much going on in the world (and country) today — violence, hunger, hatred that I think the least I could do is concentrate on things that would be of service to the country and the world even.

GTV Love the Leap

Launch of GTV
Fear is useless. That’s what I kept on telling myself during the past months of busily preparing for the launch of this YouTube Channel called GTV: Love the Leap. I created GTV with the purpose of trying to reach more aspiring entrepreneurs and those who want to start their own businesses all around the globe. I have been creating offline workshops, but I wanted to do so much more. I then thought that YouTube would be a good platform which I could use to reach more Filipinos all over the world. Each episode would deal with specific topics like digital marketing, branding, payment channels, etc. For each episode, it would either be me talking about my own experiences or I might have a guest/s that will contribute and share their ideas.

My little but very professional production team!

My little but very professional production team!

My Personal Challenges
I’m not really comfortable at speaking in front of the camera. I really admire how the likes of my idols Marie Forleo, Ramit Sethi, etc. do it. The shoot for the teaser, where I didn’t have to speak, was pretty easy. What was really difficult was the first day of the shoot for the episodes. Oh my! I had so many takes! I really appreciate my production team headed by my good friend, April Reyles (btw, she is a really really good producer — hire her!) and Joshua Reyles (and of course with my dear husband, Ej) because without them, I couldn’t have pulled this off. They were very professional and very patient with me. They understood that I wasn’t used to this kind of a thing. Oh my gosh! I really never knew that speaking in front of the camera as compared to speaking in a conference would be more difficult!

Can you feel the stress building up in this picture? haha!

Can you feel the stress building up in this picture? haha!

Now, check out our teaser for GTV. We hope that you like it!

My wish…
I would like to invite you to subscribe to GTV by going to http://bit.ly/gtvchannel πŸ˜‰ please also subscribe to my mailing list at gingerarboleda.com. Also, please feel free to email me at ginger@mommyginger.com for questions on entrepreneurship that you might have or you can email me about things or people that you think I could feature or talk about. Also, (i’ll just say this) production of this series is quite costly. If you’re a brand who’s willing to sponsor any episode or episodes, please contact me at ginger@mommyginger.com πŸ™‚

Thank you so much for reading this! I hope that you support me in achieving my dream.

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

 

Happy New Year! 2015 will be OUR Year

Well, well, well! It’s the last day of the year. It has been a great year for me and I hope 2014 was a memorable year for you, too. Looking back, maaaaan, I think I accomplished a lot this year, which makes me happy! Yey!

Mommy Ginger’s Year

Blow your cake, Zeeka!

Blow your cake, Zeeka!

The first quarter really kept me busy with planning for my daughter’s first birthday. From January to March, I remember finalizing all the details for her Little Miss Sunshine party. You can check out some of the suppliers that I used in these links:

http://mommyginger.com/2014/02/invite-backdrop-graphics-little-miss-sunshine-theme-party.html

http://mommyginger.com/2014/03/first-birthday-list-of-party-suppliers-part-1.html

http://mommyginger.com/2014/03/first-birthday-list-of-party-suppliers-caterer-cake-and-candy-buffet-part-3.html

http://mommyginger.com/2014/03/first-birthday-list-of-party-suppliers-activities-and-entertainment-part-4.html

During the second quarter, it was all about preparing for the Steps Project Active Lifestyle Fair with my business partners at TUTI Group. We were ecstatic to see more than 1500 participants at our first event. The event was really all about promoting an active and a healthier lifestyle.

The Steps Project team at the Active Lifestyle Fair last May 2014

The Steps Project team at the Active Lifestyle Fair last May 2014

The third quarter was about preparing for the Homeschooling conference under Manila Workshops (my own company) and The Learning Basket. We were overwhelmed by the number of people who attended and wanted to know about homeschooling. We had a total number of 490 participants during that event.

sis and mommy Ginger

My sister and I during the Homeschooling conference πŸ™‚

*Photo from Pixtar Photobooth

For the fourth quarter, Manila Workshops together with the WAHMderfulLife.com of Martine De Luna, held our second run of the Work at Home Weekend Expo, where different entities and small businesses and entrepreneurs joined to exhibit their products and services. We also had great talks from amazing speakers all throughout the day.

*Image from Martine De Luna of Wahmderfullife.com

*Image from Martine De Luna of Wahmderfullife.com

For the entire year, Manila Workshops has ran 70+ events and we owe it all to you — sponsors, attendees, loyal customers, media, bloggers, etc. We couldn’t have done all of these without you. We still have a long journey towards helping people achieve their personal and professional or entrepreneurship goals. We have reached out to thousands of people this year and i’m hoping that we reach out and connect to tens of thousands this coming 2015.

My Dream

This year will be my third year as a full time entrepreneur. I will not tell you that it has always been a walk in the park. There are days that you will feel alone and depressed. There are times (countless times!) that I would break down and cry. People (even those who love you) will not agree with the decisions that you make. It will only be you and your dreams. But you just have to keep at it. You are the one in control of your destiny. You and you alone can make it happen.

My dream has always been to help the Philippines become a more progressive country. I know that our population is bottom heavy (sabi nga ni manong driver, bakit ang mayaman lalong yumayaman at ang mahirap lalong naghihirap?) and i’d like to help eliminate poverty by creating more jobs for those who are unemployed. One way we can generate jobs is by obviously, creating more businesses. In my own little way, I decided to help achieve this by helping others. My expertise really lies in guiding people who want to start their own businesses by helping them create a solid plan for their business. This is the reason why I created the Love the Leap program (which by the way will carry this branding next year!)…

Love the Leap Logo

 

The Love the Leap program is for those who want to start their own businesses but don’t know where to start. I’m so happy that I got to launch this project this year. I started with a batch of 6 brilliant people. I’m hoping to be able to run more classes this coming 2015.

My dream is really to be able to guide at least 500 aspiring entrepreneurs by 2020 and help them launch successful businesses. This is a big number but I really hope I can ahieve this. Well, let’s see. I’ll do my best and leave the rest to God.

Learned a lot from 2014 and excited for 2015…

I’m really excited for 2015 and i’m actually getting ready for it. I love how everything changes once the clock strikes 12 tonight. Well, not everything. I have learned a lot of things this year about myself and from these things, I will make certain adjustments so that I can become a better person. I have become more confident; I am more in touch with what I want for myself. I have learned to love myself more. It sounds selfish but I realized that if I don’t love myself enough, I can’t reach the point where I can give others the love that they deserve. I have realized that it’s alright to say ‘no’. I have realized that time is such a valuable thing and it cannot be wasted. I have learned that in an instant, life can end and that each day should be lived to the fullest. I have enjoyed being more ‘present’ — I learned to enjoy my morning walk to the bank while intentionally noticing everything around me. I have learned to appreciate the cold December wind and the rustling of the leaves. I have learned how to let go, even for a while. I have learned that people will always speak out and tell you what they think, but it’s always best to do the things that make you happy.

Last 2014, I have learned to stop and smell the roses. I have learned to love life and I’m now ready to make 2015 my year. Are you ready to make it yours, too?

Love lots and a happy new year,

Mommy Ginger

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year for Mommy Ginger, Baby Z and Dada Ej!

Happy New Year for Mommy Ginger, Baby Z and Dada Ej!

 

Love the Leap Program

As I sat in my room after the WAHMderful Masterminds session that I facilitated the other week, I thought of my vision for our country. I vowed early on, when I still had my 9-5 job, to help people achieve financial freedom by having their own businesses. I wasn’t a full time entrepreneur yet that time, but I thought to myself that when I do become one, I will have more time to help others achieve their own entrepreneurial dreams.

Fast forward to 2012, I started my own business called Manila Workshops and it was a blast! I was having so much fun being a full time entrepreneur. I had the freedom to do what ever I wanted and whenever I wanted. Of course, the first two years have been spent in building the brand and increasing revenue for us to sustain the company. I am so lucky to have a great team who needs minimal guidance and who are all competent! We have planned, launched and implemented around 100 workshops in a span of two years. Not bad for a start-up company, right?

Now that I’m about to close the books for this year and about to plan for 2015’s exciting activities, I thought of my mission and I think this is the perfect time to pick up on it once again and to do something about it. I’ve been writing articles about entrepreneurship and business and how to achieve both your personal and professional goals in this blog, but I know that that isn’t enough. I have decided to get my feet even more wet but delving into creating a program for aspiring entrepreneurs. It’s called Love the Leap Program.

Love the Leap

Love the Leap

This program is very close to my heart. Love the Leap is an intensive (and I mean INTENSIVE!) three-day program, with a gap of a week in between classes since I will be giving home works. I will be having the first run on December 2014 (December 4, 11 and 18) and this is in cooperation with vOffice, my partner venue.

Here’s the map to vOffice Fort Legend:

VOffice Fort Legend Tower in BGC, Taguig

VOffice Fort Legend Tower in BGC, Taguig

Each class will be from 9am to 5pm and for each day, I will be giving you exercises that will help you become confident enough and prepared to start your own business.

I will ONLY accommodate up to 15 people per run and the course will still continue even if I only have one student, since I really want this to be an intimate session and I only want those who are SERIOUS about starting their own businesses and those who are serious about earning more than what they are getting now with employment! I really value commitment! So if you are who I am looking for, then check out the details of this program and sign up now by visiting this link:

http://manilaworkshops.com/events/love-the-leap-2014-12

Please subscribe to my newsletter as I will be giving you the latest updates about the Love the Leap Program!

Get ready to make that big jump, leapers!

#lovetheleap

PS: For vOffice, get one month FREE Membership when you tell vOffice that Mommy Ginger (Ginger Arboleda) referred you πŸ™‚