OMG! Can I just tell you how hard it is to go on a social media diet? I don’t know if you guys felt it but I have I have been monitoring and posting less these past few days (well, it felt like that), but only to see that I haven’t missed a day of posting on Facbeook, Instagram and Twitter. It just felt like I did post less. Oh, I’m such a disappointment to myself.

Social Media Diet

I am actually enrolled with a yoga teacher training program which will last from January 12 to February 6 (i’ll tell you more about this some other time), and with that, I promised myself that I would be on social media less. Classes run from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM so I told myself that this would be perfect time to go on a Social Media diet, and yet, for the past few days (three days to be exact), I have failed. Aside from that, I have told myself that I will not reply to emails and will take the time off from my businesses and working, but that too didn’t work. I went to a meeting after class yesterday evening and was actually a bad idea since I was keeping my eyes from shutting the entire morning. Luckily, I had amazing coffee which helped in keeping me awake the entire afternoon.

Now, my point is that we really need to disconnected sometimes to feel more connected. Wow! See what I did there! 😉

The past few days, we have been discussing the philosophy of yoga and it has really given me a lot of insights on how we behave as individuals, how I behave, how the world is, etc. Really deep stuff, guys! Like do you know that the word YOGA means ‘union between’ and that YOGAS refers to the practice?

Anyway, my point is that in the class, I realized, too, why I find it so difficult to follow through on this social media diet. One is that we can’t stop moving and we need to constantly be on the go. I have told everyone that I won’t be checking my Social Media accounts and yet, constantly during the day, I find myself logging on into it (and logging out) and browsing through the status and images. We have already created that habit that we need to be constantly connected.

Another thing that I realized that is that I personally feel left out when I don’t get a joke or a conversation that revolves around something that friends or family saw on social media. A lot of things happen in just a day that you don’t get to log on. I remember this instance when I think my VIBER went wonky and that day, I got a text from my mom that was just to check if I saw her message on Viber. We have arrived at an era where more conversations are made via messaging apps, rather than actually setting up coffee meetings or even calling people.

Do you know how hard it is for one to be ‘bored’ these days? Every day and every minute, there is something that we can do and we feel the urge to do it, and do it immediately! Keeping still for us is hard to do, especially now that we have all of these tools and gadgets that we use.

So, what I did is that I will bend my own rules a little when I start my social media diet again this coming Monday. My exceptions will be…
1. I will post at most two pictures a day
2. I will only check my accounts after my classes, which will be after 6:00PM.
3. I will pre-schedule my blog posts (which is really my commitment to myself).
4. I will only check emails on the weekends or try to check every other day during weekdays.

That’s it! How about you? Have you gone on a social media diet?

I am an Instagram addict! I can spend hours and hours scrolling down and double tapping photos. I noticed, too, that a lot of online sellers are on Instagram and they are multiplying by the minute. Check out this article from Forbes.com: Instagram Is Shaping Up To Be The World’s Most Powerful Selling Tool So, being on Instagram seems to be working for retailers.

Last year, especially after our Intellectual Property Workshop, I wanted to come up with a workshop series that would help retailers and online sellers, or even those who are aspiring to have their own retail brand. Lucky for me, late last year, I received an email from one of the most amazing people, I could probably ever know. In the letter, she expressed interest for a collaboration. Then she went on saying these…

There are numerous entrepreneurs who start with a good idea or design but lack knowledge about retail and inventory management needed to run their business. Consequently, this results to financial losses or lost opportunities. This is where I can help. I can teach and provide the tools to assist new entrepreneurs in understanding the buying, ordering and profitability of their business. It can be as simple to understanding mark-ups to more complex skill sets as to knowing the projections you need to open a store.

I met with Bam Besa, the author of this email sent to me, and she really captivated me with her impressive background and knowledge on the retailing industry. Her background is in Buying, Merchandise and Brand Management with 10 years worth of experience gained from working at a buying office and a luxury department store. She has handled categories such as ladies apparel, swimwear, fashion accessories and jewelry, undergarments and home decor. A few of the fashion brands I have handled are Swarovski, Elie Tahari, Jones New York, Vivienne Tam, Tadashi Shoji, French Connection and home brands like Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma.

Pretty impressive, right? Well, to cut the long story short, obviously, I partnered with her! Who wouldn’t? And so now, I’m presenting to you our baby, The Road to Retail Workshop Series.  This is a series of valuable, practical and fun workshops under Manila Workshops designed to cater to professionals, business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs of all ages who want to learn about retailing, merchandising, brand management and marketing specifically of non-food products. The series is composed of four whole-day sessions beginning from product conceptualization to launching, selling and marketing, projecting and analyzing your business.

 

The Road to Retail Workshop Series

The Road to Retail Workshop Series

I am so excited for this because I know that people will find this useful. This course is best attended but not limited to the following:

– Those who wish to go into business but are unsure on how to proceed.
– Those who like creating products or have an existing idea but need help in implementing them.
– Individuals who dream of having their own store one day.
– Existing entrepreneurs with online stores, whether sold via their website, Facebook, Instagram or other platforms.
– SMEs who would like to learn more on how to better manage inventory and increase their sales and profitability.
– Aspiring entrepreneurs who would like to know how to offer their products to major retailers.
– Those who want to bring their business to the next level and expand their market.
– Those without any business background and would like to take a short course on retail and merchandising.
– Fresh graduates who want to go into the retail business.
– Individuals who enjoy learning and would like to acquire valuable skills in the field of merchandising, branding and marketing.

If you consider yourself to be part of this market, then hurry and sign up for the four courses. We offer discounts for those who will enroll for the four session. Just email sally(at)manilaworkshops(dot)com.

We have announced the first two workshops happening this January 24 and February 7.

January 24: Ready? Let’s Create Your Own Product!
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February 7: Offer It! Where to Sell Your Product
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We really hope that you can sign up! Allow us to help you get your game on this 2015!

I remember one of the first conversations that I had with Martine. It was during our walk in Ortigas after we did an ocular inspection of the venue for our very first workshop back in 2012. She mentioned that she thought that I was a connector. If any of you have read The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell discusses the different personality types: The Maven, The Salesmen and the Connector. His description for Connectors in the book is that these are the “people who link us up with the world, who bridge Omaha and Sharon, who introduce us to our social circles – these people on whom we rely on more heavily than we realize – are connectors, people with a very special gift of bringing people together.”

After reading about the two other personality types, I’d like to think that my friend was right. I think I am a Connector. I love helping people by connecting them with others who can help them achieve their goals. Come to think of it, this is much like the premise of why Manila Workshops was established. I love seeing that I was instrumental in creating solutions because I linked one person with another person. I love building relationships and helping people establish new relationships. Therefore, I love getting to know a lot of people. You’ll be amazed at how quickly I will meet up with you for coffee just to talk about random stuff (That sounds so kawawa… haha!)

Hey, I won’t deny that a lot of my success and the opportunities that I grabbed in my life was because of the people in my network who supported and presented these opportunities to me. That is why I find networking and mingling and talking to people very important if you want to become successful. Exposing yourself to communities, to groups and to new circles can widen your network and can very much help in achieving your goals.

Plus, for entrepreneurs, having a huge network can help you in your business. These people can give you insights that you can use for product development or innovation. A few may be potential investors or business partners. Most of them may even be your customers.

I actively look for ways to increase my circles. Therefore, if I haven’t met you personally yet, drop me a message in Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/mommyginger) or on instagram (http://instagram.com/mommyginj).

How about you? Do you actively build your network? Are you a connector? I am challenging you to meet 50 new people this month! You can achieve this by joining this Speed Networking event on January 24!

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For more details on the event, please visit http://manilaworkshops.com/events/speed-networking-brunch See you there!

My one word for 2013 was LEARN. Last 2014, I didn’t get to choose my one word, because I felt that 2014 was still a year where I had to focus on learning. This 2015, I knew that I wanted to choose a new word and it was easy for me to pick this one. My word for this year will be FEEL.

My One Word for 2015 --- FEEL!

My One Word for 2015 — FEEL!

If you really know me, I’m not a very sentimental person. My husband reminds me of this countless of times. I wouldn’t contest that. Don’t think of me as a heartless biatch.Nor am I someone like Frank Underwood from House of Cards (but he does amaze me and I am a fan of the show). I am definitely not, but since I’m results driven, decisive and competitive, I tend to breeze through things just to get to the ‘results’ part. I hate waste and I have the tendency to think that relaxing and taking things slow is just a waste of my precious time.

That was the Ginger you met in 2014. The Ginger that I will be in 2015 will take the time out to ‘feel’ — to feel the sunlight’s warm passing through our glass window every morning instead of rushing to check emails on my mobile phone. This Ginger will feel her daughter’s heartbeat as she rests on my chest. This Ginger will feel my husband’s love as he kisses me and hugs me tight. This Ginger will feel the warmth of my own breathe as I go through yoga practice or go for a run.

I will feel happy every time I sip my cup of coffee and I will taste every bit of flavor in each sip. I will feel excited for new opportunuties that will come my way; I will also feel scared at the same time, and it will be alright. I will feel frustrated and disheartened at times and I know that it’s okay to feel this way since it’s a part of growing and ‘changing’. I will feel contented and at ease with how things are going, but I will not rest until my dreams are achieved. I will feel relaxed (and maybe a bit bored at times), but I know that this is needed for me to recharge and to remain sane. I will feel how it is to be loved and to give love unconditionally. I will feel highly ecstatic, hopeless and lost, clingy and sweet, furious, stupid and insecure, amazing and beautiful and I will love feeling all of these things and I will cherish each and every moment.

How about you? What is your one word for 2015?