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.

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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 😉 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 🙂

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

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

 

What are you doing on Easter Sunday? I was invited to go to the Kerygma’s Grand Easter Feast on April 5, 2015. It will be at the SM MOA Arena.

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Let’s celebrate Christ’s glorious resurrection with Bro. Bo Sanchez and the rest of the Kerygma preachers to know what forever means to you and your loved ones! This year’s much-awaited Easter gathering will have two sessions — 8 am to 12 noon and 2 pm to 6 pm with a High Mass celebrated by Bishop Pablo Virgilio “Ambo” David, powerful worship by the Kerygma Worship Team, and a life-changing talk by Bo Sanchez.

Picture from the Grand Easter Feast 2014

Picture from the Grand Easter Feast 2014

Attendees will also get to avail of the exclusive Kerygma Conference 2015: Coming Home discounted ticket that comes with a free conference shirt for every purchase. Plus, get Bo Sanchez’s latest book “Haunted House” at an exclusive launching price. Receive exciting updates about our various TV and online broadcasts and learn how you may enjoy spiritual nourishment within your reach.
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Join Forever: Grand Easter Feast at the Mall of Asia Area on April 5, 2015, Easter Sunday. Tickets are priced at PHP100.00 only. Log on to www.smtickets.com or visit any SM Tickets outlets to get the best seats.

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ABOUT SHEPHERD’S VOICE RADIO & TELEVISION FOUNDATION, INC. (SVRTV):

SVRTV is the broadcast media arm of Bo Sanchez ministries. SVRTV produces KerygmaTV, the weekly inspirational TV show aired at IBC13 and ANC. The organization also produces the radio program called “Gabay sa Bibliya sa Radyo”, which airs over Radio Veritas 846. It the also takes care of the online ministries of the Light of Jesus (LOJ) Community, such as the Kerygma Family, Preacher in Blue Jeans and other ministry websites.

SVRTV also handles the big events of LOJ, such as the Kerygma Conference, now on its ninth year and is being held in Manila, Cebu and Davao yearly. Together with LOJ Family’s print arm, Shepherd’s Voice Publications (SVP), SVRTV is spreading the light of Jesus, through TV, radio and the Internet.

***Photo are from:

The Feast PICC (https://www.facebook.com/TheFeastPicc)

 

The world that we live in has become so competitive. People compete for jobs. Products compete for attention. Advertisements are competing for attention from viewers, too. In the world of freelancing and solopreneurs, like myself, you really need to develop a good brand to stand out from the rest. That’s how Personal Branding comes in.

Why is Personal Branding important based on my experience? As you think about what brand you want for yourself, it helps you understand yourself better and it helps you create clearer goals for yourself and for your endeavor. I remember when we started developing our mobile applications, we all wanted to get into different things which were a little bit related to why we developed our start-up business. Some ideas though were really far from what we initially talked about so we had to move away from that. With knowing what your personal brand is, you can ditch those irrelevant ideas and concentrate on the things that WILL MATTER for your brand.

The next importance of personal branding is that you establish your presence in that space that you want to be know in. Without a good brand for yourself as a freelancer or solopreneur, you will just be one of the other players in that field. Obviously, if you stand out and are different from the rest, there will be that certain group of clients who will particularly want your service. This means that you can earn more.

I still have a lot to say about Personal Branding so I invite you to join me at the Personal Branding Workshop for Freelancers and Solopreneurs on April 18, 25 and May 2.
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Let's Talk about Personal Branding!

Let’s Talk about Personal Branding!

This 3-session in-depth workshop series from Freelance Blend, Manila Workshops, Freelance Pro and LifeQuest, will help you grasp the basics of creating a personal brand, learn how to promote and grow a powerful personal brand that everyone is talking about, attract more customers like bees to honey, and become an in-demand influencer in your niche! This highly collaborative and interactive workshop includes learning sessions, group break out activities, and hands-on action breaks.

I will be with other guest speakers also. I will be with Showbiz Bro and The Bull Runner, Jaymie Pizarro.

What’s exciting is that you can get a chance to win the “Most Promising Personal Brand of the Workshop” in the culminating activity – the “Brand Me Exhibit” – where you will dress up as your brand and pitch your personal brand story to the experts and your peers!

What You’ll Get From This Workshop (Key net takeaways):

– Personal Branding – what it is and why you need to create one for yourself or your business.
– Learn how to build, promote and grow a powerful and irresistible Personal Brand.
– Learn how to stand out, win more clients and become a well-respected influencer in your niche.
– Highly collaborative and interactive sessions with experienced coaches.
– A Real “Crack Your Knuckles” Workshop – very hands-on activities and actionable steps.
– Pick an Expert’s Brain – valuable tips and Q&A sessions with top influencers in the fields of freelancing, business and entertainment featuring Makoy Pare “Showbiz Bro”, Jaymie Pizarro “The Bull Runner” and Ginger Arboleda “Mommy Ginger”, and a lot more!
– Pitch Your Story – a “Brand Me Exhibit” to pitch and showcase your new Personal Brand to the world.
– Win the “Most Promising Personal Brand of the Workshop” and get featured in the Freelance Blend Podcast, Manila Workshops, Manila Reviews, WhenInManila.com, Malaya Business Insight newspaper and other media sites.
– Join Our Tribe – become part of a thriving exclusive Facebook group of freelancers, Freelance Blend Workshops & Events Group, where you have access to experts and peers 24/7.
– PLUS much, much more!

When and Where
Session 1: “Me: Who Am I and Why Brand Myself?”
With Marv de Leon of Freelance Blend and Sonny del Rosario of LifeQuest
Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Time: 9:30am to 4:00 pm
Venue: 2F Multi-Purpose Hall, Insular Life Building, Ayala Avenue, Makati City

Session 2: “Build a Powerful Personal Brand” ­
With Marv de Leon of Freelance Blend and Sonny del Rosario of LifeQuest
Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time: 9:30am to 4:00 pm
Venue: O2 Space, Mile Long Building, Amorsolo Street, Makati City

Session 3: “Win More Customers. Grow Your Personal Brand and Your Influence.” ­
With Marv de Leon of Freelance Blend, Sonny del Rosario of Lifequest and special guests
Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015
Time: 9:30am to 4:00 pm
Venue: O2 Space, Mile Long Building, Amorsolo Street, Makati City

Learning Fee:
Early Bird Rate – P6,000 (until April 11, 2015)
Regular Rate – P7,500 (starting April 12, 2015)
Bring-A-Friend Rate – P11,000 for 2 participants
Persons With Disability Rate – P5,500

To sign up and to learn more about personal branding, just go to: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/personal-branding

Are we talking about rich in love and happiness? haha! If that’s it then, raise the roof! AMEN!  We Work-at-Home-Moms (WAHMs) are rich in love and happiness. But for this particular post, I’ll be talking about financial wealth. We can all get rich, WAHMS!

I have been a work at home mom / entrepreneur since October 2012 and those who have been reading my blog would know about this journey. And I think a lot of you would see that every weekend (and weekdays, though just from my home), I work my ass off to have great and successful workshops — workshops that are painstakingly prepared by my awesome team, backed up by great sponsors and attended by beautiful people who prioritize learning.

Success didn’t come easy and until now, it’s just creeping in slowly, but I am proud that I know that I will have enough for Zeeka’s college tuition fee already. I am proud to say that even if we just live a simple life, we have enough to make us happy. We have enough to not to worry about the future. Of course, there are still things that we are saving up for and things that we still wish we could have, but we know that we are slowly getting there.

My husband is employed while I work on our business. We are simple folks with simple dreams. A lot of the couples that I meet are quite like us in many ways — very practical. We don’t splurge on things. A lot of the financial advice that I got early on was really by listening to my good friend, Fitz Villafuerte. I used to sit in a lot during his Ready to Be rich workshops with Manila Workshops and I really learned a lot.

I highly suggest that you attend his workshop on April 18 which is entitled Get Rich, WAHM: Work at Home and Achieve Wealth. This will be from 10AM to 4PM at O2 Space – Unit 330 Milelong Building, Amorsolo St., Bgy. Pio del Pilar, Makati City.

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Fitz Gerard Villafuerte, RFP is a civil engineer who decided to quit the corporate world in 2003 to pursue entrepreneurship. In 2014, he became a registered financial planner.

His blog, entitled, Ready To Be Rich, has already received several recognitions including the Best Business and Finance Blog at the Philippine Blog Awards for two years in a row. Moreover, an international finance publication, Wise Bread, has likewise ranked his website as among the Top 100 Personal Finance blogs in the world. Fitz has also been recognized by Moneysense Magazine as among the top 12 most influential people in Personal Finance in the Philippines.

Learning Fee is at:
Regular rate: Php 2500
Early bird rate: Php 1800 (until April 8,2015)
Group rate: Php 4500 for a group of three

Participants will get a 2-months premium Raket account from raket.ph! 🙂

For more information, email chinky.magtibay@manilaworkshops.com

To register, please go to this link: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/get-rich-wahm

Let’s all get rich WAHMs!

We have gotten to an era where sleep has become a precious commodity. One of my goals in my list is to sleep at least 8 hours a day. People from ages ago would have laughed at this. Imagine having enough sleep as a goal? This explains why people are more stressed and unhealthy. For babies, there are studies (Spruyt et al, 2008; Scher et al, 1992) that show that for babies who sleep better, they are happier and appear more positive about interacting and concentrating. They are more alert, playful and friendly. We know that sleep is important for a baby’s social and cognitive development, therefore we need to make baby’s sleep as sound and relaxing as possible.

I remember when my daughter was a baby, we used to play relaxing classical music all the time. I consider myself fortunate as she was the type of baby who got to sleep longer hours early on. I remember that when she was 6 months old, she would already get to sleep 8 hours straight and we would breastfeed before sleeping and the minute she would get up. I was really lucky!

The thing that wakes baby up oftentimes is if they are hungry or if they feel uncomfortable with their nappies. For my daughter’s diapers, we are currently using Pampers. We used to use another brand but we noticed that oftentimes, my daughter would get irritable and we realized that it was because her diaper was always full. When we changed to Pampers, we would not change her diapers as often anymore. We really noticed the difference. I actually now understand why Pampers is the World’s #1 diaper brand.

Love at First Sight

When I was invited to be one of the digital ambassadors of Pampers for this year, I did not hesitate. I immediately said YES, because I’m a believer. They invited us to a launch of a new product called the Pampers Baby Dry.

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Lovely Set

Decoration during Pampers Baby Dry  Launch

Decorations at Pampers Event

When I got there, the place was beautifully decorated. It was like attending my own baby shower again. I’m sure a lot of the mom attendees felt the same way. Imagine the surprise as we saw a picture of our own child in one of the tables! This is the picture of my daughter (proud mama!). These were souvenirs given to us by Pampers. Great job Oomph Styling and Fuentes Manila for creating such a magical ambiance.

Cutie photo of my daughter

Cutie photo of my daughter

When the program started, it was hosted by first time mom, Gelli Victor. She introduced the new ambassador for Pampers, which was the very lovely Andi Manzano – Reyes. Andi talked about her excitement as a first time mom and to give her support and all the expecting moms in the event, Pampers invited Dra. Concepcion Alfonso, a Pediatrician.

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New Ambassador of Pampers, Andi Manzano - Reyes

New Ambassador of Pampers, Andi Manzano – Reyes

Dra. Concepcion Alfonso

The day went on to unveil the newest Product of Pampers which was the Pampers Baby Dry.

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Unveiling of Pampers Baby Dry

Unveiling of Pampers Baby Dry

What I love about the all-New Pampers Baby Dry is that it delivers up to 12 hours of skin dryness. Imagine not having to change your baby’s diaper for 12 hours! Love it! Your baby will get to sleep soundly and you don’t have to worry about checking her nappy every hour. This feature was actually demoed during the event. They asked us to pour water over Pampers Baby Dry and another brand of diaper, then asked us to use a paper towel to check which absorbs faster and stronger.

Mommy Roxi  of MommyRoxi.com participating for our table

Mommy Roxi of MommyRoxi.com participating for our table

Comparison

 

As you can see, the other brand didn’t absorb the wetness. There was a wet area in the paper towel after we placed it on top of the diaper. Pampers Baby Dry still has that Magic Gel that locks in wetness better than other diapers.

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Also, New Pampers Baby Dry now also has STRETCHY TAPES that adapt to the baby’s shape and movements, which makes it more comfortable to wear.  See how long the tapes could stretch!

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For those who are interested to buy the product, here is a guide depending on the weight of the baby.

NEW Pampers Sizing / Currently Wearing / Estimated Weight
1 / NB / Up to 5kg
2 / S / 3-8kg
3 / M / 6-11kg
4 / L / 9-14kg
5 / XL / 12-16kg
6 / XXL / 14+ kg

Mom Bloggers at the Pampers Baby Dry Launch

Mom Bloggers at the Pampers Baby Dry Launch

My little lady during the event --- all smiles!

My little lady during the event — all smiles!

I really had fun during this event and I’m really happy that I am one of the digital ambassadors of Pampers. Pampers has done wonders for me and my baby and it has made my life as a mom easier and more enjoyable! Thank you Pampers!

Mom digital ambassadors of Pampers with Ms. Andi Manzano (L-R: Roxi Santiago, Ginger Arboleda, Frances Sales, Jane Kingsu-Cheng, Shen Cala-or, Nikki Tiu and Martine de Luna; Missing is Neva Santos)

Mom digital ambassadors of Pampers with Ms. Andi Manzano (L-R: Roxi Santiago, Ginger Arboleda, Frances Sales, Jane Kingsu-Cheng, Shen Cala-or, Nikki Tiu and Martine de Luna; Missing is Neva Santos)

Love lots,
Mommy Ginger

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger