Managing your Personal Finances

With nothing to do, but work, I’ve found myself incessantly drawn to watch How To YouTube videos. The types of videos that I am drawn to ranges from 30 day challenges to business videos to financial videos. But, I’ll admit, How To videos on Managing your Personal Finances always attracts me.

I guess the thought of watching Managing your Personal Finances videos feels like I’ve actually done a good job (at least for today!). It feels like a step closer towards financial freedom! haha!

But, we still have a long way to go when it comes to this topic. The financial literacy rate in the Philippines is still very low. Here’s an article from our Central Bank (BSP): http://www.bsp.gov.ph/publications/media.asp?id=4868&yr=2018

So for my Business Over Coffee on my vlog on YouTube (which you need… yes, NEED to subscribe to! haha), I have invited a good friend of mine, Oskie King, to shed light to some of the basic Personal Management questions that we may have.

I hope you liked this video. This is the best time to take control of our finances. Managing your personal finances can be tough, but there are people like Oskie and videos like this that may be able to help you.

If you have suggestions on other topics that I can talk about, or guests that you would like me to invite, please feel free to comment on the comment section below.

Here’s to your financial freedom! Stay tuned for Part II, which is Managing Finances at a time of a Health Crisis.

Sincerely,

Startup Women Connect Asia

We’re finally ready to show you what we have been up to! My friend Kat, Founder of Dezynspace and I (founder of Taxumo) have decided to build a website for Start Up Women Founders in Asia. It’s called Startup Women Connect Asia.

Our mission is to help build the women founders’ skills and confidence so they can build a sustainable business. We also built this to bridge startup women founders to global opportunities.

Startup Women Connect Asia or SWCA

SWCA is a connector of startup women to global opportunities. We are not investors, but we look for investors who plan to invest in women-led businesses. We don’t run an incubator or accelerator program, but we broker for them. If they need startups to join their programs, we help them spread the word. SWCA is also a community of women led startups and businesses.

FUNDING ENABLER

Through an online pitch library platform, startup women can deposit their online pitches for prospective investors to access and view.

ACCELERATOR INTERMEDIARY

For international and local programs looking for a landing pad to execute in different Asian nations (primary focus will be the Philippines), they can contact us.

COMMUNITY BUILDER

For any institution, corporation or organization that targets women – led startups and businesses, we can help them in setting up and building events that will gather our community of startup women.

If you are a women startup founder, please do sign up in the Startup Women Connect Asia Site.

We’ll be launching our programs and access to our resources soon!

Join to get access to:

  • Tips from our passionately curated 20 (and counting!) women founders and business leaders that can help get you started and continue in building a successful business practices.
  • Access to our monthly online mastermind sessions where you can connect with like-minded individuals.
  • Access to an ever-growing online free library of amazing and inspiring business kits, wallpapers, quotations and images that you can use for your business
  • Freebies that we regularly develop for your usage

If you need anything else as a woman founder, please do let us know also in the comments section below. We’l be glad to discuss your suggestion and come up with ideas to help you.

Please sign up at: http://startupwomenconnect.asia/

Follow us, too, at:

Startup Women Connect Asia Facebook Group

Startup Women Connect Instagram

Hoping to meet all of you soon!

Homeschooling in the Philippines

Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot of parents talk about homeschooling their children. If this pandemic continues, the safety of the children will be of utmost importance, so most of us parents would rather have them stay at home.

Now one of the decisions, if not the biggest decision, that we need to make is how should we go on educating our children in light of this new normal? Should we already enroll them for next school year and will things go back to normal? Will it be much like what we have experienced toward the end of the school year, which was a more distanced learning approach?

Or will physical schools be a thing of the past and all of us parents will need to learn now how to make curriculums and then outsource some of it to teachers or providers who can facilitate these lessons?

Although, I’ve organized homeschooling conferences in the past, I’m a newbie and know just a little about homeschooling. If everything to learn about homeschooling was a book, I’d probably just read the forward. Haha!

So to help us understand more about Homeschooling in the Philippines, I had a terrific chat with my friend, Dr. Donna Pangilinan – Simpao. Donna is the founder of a Facebook group Homeschoolers of the Philippines or HOP. In 2018, she was also elected president of the Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands (HAPI).

In this video about Homeschooling in the Philippines, we talk about different things:

  • What is Homeschooling?
  • Is Homeschooling cheaper?
  • What is the first step that we should take if we want to Homeschool our daughter?
  • We have limitations as adults in terms of skill. How do we teach things that we are not good at?
  • How do you encourage your kids to go beyond what you are able to teach and impart?
  • We have limitations as adults in terms of skill. How do we teach things that we are not good at?
  • How do you encourage your kids to go beyond what you are able to teach and impart?
  • How do we know if our child is doing well?
  • How can we be more patient with our children?

Some of the things that I learned in this interview are:

Modeling is the best way of teaching and building character.

Support for those who want to homeschool is now present (more than ever) and some of the resources are actually free!

Teach our kids to Love to Learn again!

Here are some resources for Homeschooling in the Philippines that Donna mentioned in the interview that can help us first time homeschoolers:

Homeschoolers of the Philippines: https://www.facebook.com/groups/303988516361928

Homeschool Association of the Philippines: https://hapi.ph/

Dr. Donna Simpao’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNYcR_RsDurjrBzshj25OSg

Homeschool Global: https://www.facebook.com/HomeschoolGlobal

Online Philippine Homeschooling Conference: http://bit.ly/RegisterOPHC2020

Due to limited time, we probably got to answer just a few questions during the interview. If you have other questions that you have, feel free to write it on the comment section below. I’m thinking of having another episode where we can dive deeper into more specific topics.

Hope you enjoyed this episode of Mommyhood Uncensored.

Sincerely,

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How are you REALLY? Injecting some Positivity!

I’ve noticed some changes with the way I think through things, the way I am with other people, the differences in my mood and how it changes abruptly, etc. I could go on listing more changes and more things that I’ve noticed, but rather than going on with that, I’d rather inject some positivity at this time. Injecting some positivity into things that I do helped me cope with factors that I can’t control.

I’ve been watching videos on Instagram and on YouTube, and there are some tips that I really find useful and some that make me feel worse than I’ve felt before watching the video.

I think what this pandemic has taught me is to learn how to distinguish things that I can control versus things that I can’t control.

So after feeling so “down” lately, what I did was I turned to one of my friends who is amazing. Her name is Trixie Esguerra.

Trixie Esguerra is the Philippines’ Vision Board Coach who helps people create powerful vision boards backed up by Science, grounded in Faith. She has done her signature Vision Board Parties for companies like FWD, ADB, Bayer, SMYPC, Manulife, Neutrogena, Sterling Bank, Tim Hortons, AIM and Louis Vuitton, to name a few. Also known as Positivitrix, she shares tips and tricks online to keep you positive!

We crated this video, and it was so much fun! I learned a lot from her. The really light and fun conversation was actually what I needed.

So if you’re feeling down and a little bit “off” lately, check this video out. Hope it helps you!

If you need someone to talk to… I’m just a comment away!

Business Lessons that I Learned from my Mom

My mom was a stay at home mom. She was very hands-on when it came to raising me and my sister, Kinney. Even if she just worked just for a little while and then focused her life on raising us and taking care of dad, I learned a lot of lessons from her that I applied and continuously follow in running a business.

She was never really an entrepreneur but she was a really tough mom — tougher than any competitor in the market that we would probably encounter. Haha! She was also hard to please. This was probably the reason why I’m one tough cookie. Nothing really gets me down.

They say if you want to move forward and be a better person, you need to take a look at your beginning. If you want to be a better business owner, I invite you to think about some of the business lessons that you learned from your mom.

Business Lessons that I Learned from my Mom

The first of the many business lessons that I learned from my mom is to always be punctual. My mom was very strict and would get mad if we were a few minutes late to anything. When she’d pick us up from school, she would always be there early, and would expect us to be at the meeting spot right after the bell rang.

This is probably the reason why I expect my team to be on time when they commit to something. This is my number one pet peeve. I hate it when people are late.

When I am personally late to an engagement or to a meeting, I feel super embarrassed. I always feel the need to be at least 15 minutes early. This is the reason why I stress out EJ and Zeeka (haha!) whenever I hurry them up to go somewhere. I have a running timer in my head that I can’t let go of.

The reason why we should always be punctual, especially when it comes to work, is that I believe that it is a sign of respect for the other person. It’s showing that you value their time as much as you value yours. I think my team can attest that this is something that I always mention.

The next business lesson that I learned from my mom is that the only thing that stops us from doing the best work that we can is ourselves. Our mind stops us from achieving what we think is impossible.

My mom was a tiger mom, and she would probably say that she was glad to have pressured us when we were young! haha! She had always expected me to have good grades, to study the minute I would get home, and to have a long list of extra-curricular activities.

And that I did.

Looking back, what I realize now is that it’s not about the good grades or being editor in chief in the school paper or running for a position in the student council. It was really about having the heart, the focus and the tenacity to go after the life that you want.

Some people lose interest with a business idea that they have just conceptualized a few days back. They forget about it and move on with their lives. Others lose focus when they try to establish a business. And when things get too technical, tricky, and challenging, they give up.

You, see, when I was young, I could never just give up on something. My mom would always say “ginusto mo yan eh… tapos ngayon ka susuko” (That’s what you wanted, right? Why are you now giving up.)

The last of the many business lessons that I learned from my mom is to take pride in what I do.

Do things that will make you proud. If you really want to be successful, it has be because you’ve passed on value to others. You’ve helped them become the better people. HOW you achieved your goals are more important than the goal itself.

Here are other entrepreneurship lessons from other moms all over the world.

https://www.zenbusiness.com/blog/entrepreneurship-lessons-from-moms/

My mom and I had a really challenging relationship while I was growing up. I know that if she’ll get to read this, she’ll probably laugh and stress the fact that she was right to have made decisions along the way. Haha!

I acknowledge that part of who I am today is because I was raised by her. So thanks, mom. Advance Happy Mother’s Day!

How about you? What business lessons have you learned from your mom? I’d love to hear from you.

Sincerely,