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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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.

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

Yesterday, I had a really itchy palm and I thought something great was about to happen. They say that if you have an itchy palm, you’re about to receive money. Well, nothing out of the ordinary happened. Haha! Then, today, I’m sitting in this coffee shop in BGC with huge number 8’s on the wall. Just by seeing this number, I feel so lucky already! But obviously, all of these – lucky numbers, horoscopes, etc., are not guaranteed to bring you Startup success this year. What brings you success is really more of the positive feeling and the energy that you get from believing that things will be great and awesome.

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Having the right mindset in business is crucial. I have noticed that whenever I feel like a winner or whenever I feel positive, that’s when I get to book deals and get to do something productive. Also, I have noticed that there are particular things that I do that make me feel a Startup Winner. I know that things can get you down easily so today, I’ll be sharing with you 8 things that I do to make me feel positive and vibrant oftentimes.

1. Start the day early. When I start the day early, I get to do more things. If I feel that I have done so much before the clock strikes 12 noon, I become even more inspired and do a whole lot more after.

2. Set aside time for “moving”. Noticed that I used moving, instead of working out. I don’t know. Working out just seems too heavy. I have noticed that in the morning, when I decide to walk and do get to walk (not hurriedly) to a bakery shop or a café a few buildings away, this activity puts me in a brighter mood.

3. Always fix your work space in the evenings or right before you retire to bed. I noticed that when I wake up to a clean desk, I feel energized to work. It just makes me feel “ready”.

4. Update your vision board. My vision board is right across my bed. When I wake up, that’s the first thing I see.

5. Have ME-time days. Schedule a once or twice a month day for yourself. On that day, do everything that you want to do, but never really get the chance to do because you’re just too busy (book a massage, cut your hair, have a manicure or pedicure, etc.).

6. Do something, be somewhere, be with someone or eat something that puts you in a good mood. Sometimes, I just like to sit alone in a café and just write because writing puts me in a good mood. It also helps me focus more after.

7. Help others. I’m sure you know this and I know you’re familiar with the feeling. When you help others, without expecting anything in return, it makes you feel more alive. The feeling that you are part of the community and the feeling of giving back to society is something that makes us feel good.

8. Connect with someone. Write your hubby a letter. Invite a friend for coffee. Call your sister or brother and just talk about random stuff. Call a business partner or a supplier and don’t talk about business. Try to build relationships by going for things that goes beyond what is expected from you.

I don’t believe that people are born lucky, but I believe that all of us are born to be winners. I believe that luck and success comes from the way you feel about yourself. I believe that whenever you feel good, all things positive gravitate towards you.

Hope you like my tips! Be a winner!

Recently, I was asked by Style Weekend of Manila Bulletin to be featured for the Woman@Work section, where they feature the everyday style of fashionable women! I had to submit OOTDs. I quickly went through possibly thousands of files but to no avail, I think I only saw 1 OOTD picture. I read the email again and every time I would reach the word “fashionable”, I would blink again.

I think I have never been fashionable. I have tried, once in my ancient past, to be one fashionable lady. Oh, I even have a Lookbook account (for heaven’s sake, please do not check it!). But, I have constantly failed in that department. I know that I have what it takes to come up with a great ensemble. I have styled others, but when it comes to myself, I have constantly failed.

See! I have no SEXY bone in my body... :) haha!

See! I have no SEXY bone in my body… 🙂 haha!


And I know why… (of course, this over thinker knows why).

My why’s lie within the realm of a perceptions that I (throughout the years) have believed to be my TRUTH.

Perception: Only the SEXY ladies look good in picture

I think that there are two kinds of women in the world — the sexy ones and the cute ones. The sexy ones are those who can take perfect selfies, even without filters. Even as a woman, I love looking at their social media accounts since everything seems so perfect. They know their angles (whatever that means) and they just come off as confident, attractive and bold (for both men and women, actually).

I could never pass as sexy. When people compliment me, the highest form of flattery would be something with cute in it.

Hey, Ginj… Cute shoes.

Cute hair.

Cute dimple.

Cute dress.

Cute smile.

Okay, okay! I get it already! Even if I try to be flirtatious, sexy, bold and daring, I still come off as cute. Thus, I hardly take OOTD pictures. All of pictures that I take of myself seem like I’m just going to the mall for coffee or sometimes, it even looks like I haven’t taken a shower and just decided that my pajamas was worthy of an OOTD picture.

Check out this video from Buzzfeed and empathize with me, please. Haha!

But, kidding aside, we CUTE women can create amazing OOTDs, too. We can take amazing selfies, too (even if we start with taking selfies on Snapchat where we only have 5 friends). Hey, that’s fine! That’s a good start. The world needs a dose of cuteness and we are here to BRING IT! We need to claim 2016 as our year!

We should start building confidence. We should start believing in ourselves more. We have our own sense of style and even if it comes out as cute, as weird, as geeky or as uninspiring as people say it is, this is an expression of who we are — and WE are beautiful. If you see that flab in your arm or that little belly fat, it’s okay. Love yourself! Forgive yourself for taking that slice of chocolate cake, girl! We live only once.

So are you cute or sexy? Now you know it shouldn’t matter. The most important thing is that you are happy. It shouldn’t matter what other people say.

You are sexy, beautiful!

 

You’re equally sexy friend,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger