Happy Friday everyone! I’m taking a break first from Baby Zeeka’s Friday Fashion entry since my little Fashionista has cough and colds and wasn’t up for posing like a model these past few days. Today though, I have a very interesting guest in my blog. Her name is Mommy Pristine (I love her name!) and she is a mompreneur. She has an interesting business and I’m sure, a lot of you would want to hear from her.

Interview with Mompreneur Pristine Carmona Pascual of Party Please
Pristine is a happy wife for 5 years now and a delighted hands-on mother to a 3 year old boy. She loves all forms of art and the artsy fartsy in her was awakened when she moved to NY a year after she graduated College in 2001. She worked full-time in a Christian Church in midtown Manhattan as an Office Administrator and Children’s Ministry Director. She also had a part-time job in Anthropologie as a Sales Associate, where she was constantly surrounded by talented artists who spent hours and days working on their breathtaking window displays.

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Ginger: Can you tell us more about your business? What is it about?
Pristine: My business is called Party Please. Party Please is a boutique event styling company. Our goal is to style beautiful and personal events, always with a cherry on top so no 2 events are ever the same.

Ginger: How long have you been in business?
Pristine: We have been in business since September 2011

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Ginger: Who is your market?
Pristine: Moms, bride-to-bes, basically anyone who wants their event to be beautifully styled with careful attention to detail.

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Ginger: How did you come up with this idea?
Pristine: I was planning the 1st birthday of my son in 2010 and wanted our venue to have an elegant yet fun atmosphere that both adults and kids can appreciate. After which, friends have asked me to style their parties too and the rest is history.

Ginger: What made you decide to start this kind of business?
Pristine: I love creative and uniquely designed parties. I also love conceptualizing designs and doing arts and crafts. So I figured, why not spread beauty one party at a time?

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Ginger: Were there any obstacles that you faced when you decided to pursue becoming a mompreneur? What are these?
Pristine: I have a tendency to be a workaholic. There are times when I would lie awake at night in bed, storming up ideas. Last New Year’s eve, we were out on a vacation and I caught myself answering emails in our hotel room. That was when I realized that I should learn how to balance my time and be a wife and mom first before being the entrepreneur.

Ginger: What are three traits that you think a mompreneur should have when starting their own business?
Pristine: I think a mompreneur should first be a devoted wife and mother. She should believe in her own uniqueness and skills, since there are a lot of competition out there who may have more time in their hands. And also to have fun running her business, if it is something that she is passionate about.

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Ginger: Any unforgettable lesson that you learned as a Mompreneur?
Pristine: That it’s okay to take a day off once in a while to keep the good vibes flowing.

Ginger: That is so true! I thinks I need to remind myself that, too! What advice can you give to other Mompreneurs?
Pristine: Always remember that you are an amazing woman who’s doing an awesome job!

Ginger: Thank you so much, Pristine! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences. I wish you more success!

Party Please Contact Information:

Email address – partiesbypartyplease@gmail.com
Mobile Number – +63 917-9188047
Facebook Page – http:/facebook.com/partyplease.com
Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/PartyPlease

It’s my birthday. Yes, I’m 33.

My Family

My Family

I’m happy that I have a loving and supportive husband, a cutiepie for a daughter, a great family and great friends. I even have a great business with great friends who are helping me run it, a great home with a great view, great blogs with great readers — basically, everything’s great. I thank God for that. I really do.

Yesterday evening though, I cried. I don’t know what happened to me. I just felt like crying. Nothing significant really happened yesterday to make me cry, aside from the fact that my daughter, Zeeka, had cough and colds and I was worried. I don’t know why, but after expressing milk at around 11:30 pm, I just felt like crying.

It was weird because prior to that time, I was full of hope and optimism. I was even telling EJ about the sermon of the priest in last Sunday’s mass where he was talking about Lazarus and the rich man. The priest mentioned that we all need to strive to seek for opportunities to serve others and to help others. I was giving Ej a pep talk that we need to see these ‘opportunities’ in everything that we do. Later that night, I guess, I found out that I was the one who needed a pep talk.

I went to our sala area where the TV was and thought of why I was crying. Yes, I am the type who analyzes everything, so I had to analyze, step back a bit and think of a reason why I was feeling the way I was. Sometimes, I over analyze things, but for this particular instance, I just had to think that I wasn’t just going crazy. I then got to the point where I drew the conclusion that I think I was feeling tired. And, knowing that it was my birthday tomorrow (since it was 12:00 am, Sept. 30), I wanted to just relax for a day.

What was making me tired? I am more tired now, I think, then when I was working. I think ‘I’ am making ‘me’ tired. I really don’t know how to relax. My husband asks me oftentimes, what did you do today. My usual answer is ‘Nothing much. The usual stuff’.

The usual stuff for me is made up of a lot of exploratory ‘business’ talks with people for Manila Workshops and my blogs, writing for my blogs and for sites that I am a contributor of, overseeing Manila Workshops’ event directors, trying to set up new businesses (right now, I am a part of three new ventures), managing and monitoring the finances of my businesses, creating presentations for my speaking engagements, attending online classes where I am enrolled in WHILE trying to also do the following: breastfeed Zeeka or express milk every three to four hours, carry her until she sleeps while yaya cleans the room, teach/ play with Zeeka and read to her, rush to the bank to pay bills, create plans for Zeeka’s birthday and fix the schedule for my business and household for the week.

I was trying to look at my life and I was indeed a busy girl. I guess it’s because whenever I get to meet people or whenever I discover things, I see a lot of opportunities where I could make this world a better place. What I do is I seize the opportunity and I go for it and I help out.

Although, for this year, I think I need to follow Ej’s advise and keep my life simple. I think I need to learn how to edit my own life, not just my articles. I need to set aside time for myself — to just ‘be’. I need to learn how not to think too much, how not to worry about a lot of things and how to just stay put and pray.

I need to be offline and not be online 24/7. I need to go back to yoga or running — yoga and running helps me relax and gives me more focus. I need to enjoy playing with Zeeka and not think about emails and plans while playing with her. I need to have more conversations with EJ during weekends and not look at my phone every 5 minutes. I need to stop and smell the roses.