An Interview with Mompreneur Martine de Luna of MakeitBlissful.com

How can we oftentimes forget the one’s closest to us? I’ve been interviewing a lot of amazing women entrepreneurs and who do I forget to interview? I forget to share the story of my amazing partner-in-crime (and when I say crime, I actually mean business. Lol!), Martine De Luna.

Mompreneur Martine De Luna of Make it Blissful

Mompreneur Martine De Luna of Make it Blissful

Martine and Family

Okay, let me tell you more about Martine, for those who don’t know her (which is quite impossible, since she’s practically a celebrity to moms). Martine de Luna is a lifestyle design advocate, student of life, a WAHMderful woman; wife to Ton for six years, and mom to Vito for four. An old soul with a love for long walks, books, quiet days on holiday, and a passion for visual storytelling, Martine loves being a “sociable introvert,” a blogger, a writer, and an amateur photographer (mostly on Instagram). Oh, by the way, she ‘says’ she’s an amateur, but I consider her a Pro because she create these amazing photos especially on Instagram (I hate her for this! All of my pictures on Instagram look crappy! haha!). Before becoming a full-time freelancing WAHM — mostly doing online coaching, copywriting and community management — Martine used to be an English teacher, a youth counselor, a magazine staff writer and editorial assistant. Her goal in life? To live each day joyfully despite all odds, and to find “bliss” in the ordinary everyday of being a wife, mom, and student of life.

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Interview with Mompreneur Martine de Luna of MakeitBlissful.com

Ginger: Oh my geee! How could I forget you! Good morning, Marts! It’s nice to have you here at MommyGinger.com! I’m really excited to have learn from your experiences and I’m sure other people would love to hear your stories, too and how you made it to where you are now. So, can you tell us more about your brand/business? What is it about and how long have you been in business?

Martine: My brand, Make it Blissful, is really a statement, a collective and a mindset. I started it on my blog, which was formerly called “Dainty Mom.” Through the blog, I offer blog-related events, like blogging and writing workshops. I also offer collaborations, either with other blogs, or with brands that I feel “click” with the Make it Blissful way of thinking.

I also offer freelance digital media-related services, on my professional site, Martinedeluna.com. I launched this about a year ago, when I wanted to step up my freelancing game and go into offering services on a full-time basis. In the past year, I’ve worked with women-run businesses, like wedding blogs, style/fashion blogs and businesses, creative businesses, advocacies, and personal bloggers, mostly through blog consulting, branding, and copywriting.

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Make It Blissful Website

Ginger: With all of these services, who is your primary market?

Martine: Women who have great ideas and need help in putting them into an online platform that will help them in their businesses.

Ginger: I’m just curious, how did you come up with this idea?

Martine: These services I offer — blog coaching, copywriting, developing website experiences, even personal brands for women — they were all based on skills I’d learned as a creative social media manager in a U.S. based business that I used to work for (offshore). During my stint there, I learned how to blog beyond just lifestyle blogging; I learned branding, social media basics, some online marketing, that sort of thing. I was also exposed to brands and businesses abroad, because these were the clients we worked with. A lot of the blogging and social media practices I learned were so different from the local blogging and social media culture. I thought, why not teach these tactics to individuals, so that they could build up their online platforms (websites and blogs) in a way that felt professional, like “DIY PR” or “do it yourself branding.” I called my initial offering “blog coaching,” because I began doing one-on-one freelance coaching with people who wanted to launch a serious, long-term blog.

I also saw that there was a need for busy business owner-women to manage their blogs and social media accounts more effectively. These powerful women often don’t have time to manage these platforms; they are busy building up their businesses. I started offer “web & blog management” for these women, so that I could manage running content, editorial, photography, and make sure their blogs and websites regularly came out with quality content. I likewise complimented this on social media by being their community managers, too.

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Ginger: Amazing! Knowing that this mission would really be hard work, were there any obstacles that you faced when you decided to pursue becoming a Mompreneur?

Martine: Well, I’m only breaking into the local coaching scene. It’s picked up over the last few months. I feel the challenge is in balancing it all: your personal/family life, excelling and improving in your coaching and services, finding time for continuing education, etc. Because I work now on a “per project” or retainer basis, I have to make sure I’m constantly marketing myself and putting myself out there in front of potential clients.

Ginger: What are three traits that you think a Mompreneur should have when starting their own business?

Martine: I think going solo — whether as a freelancer or mompreneur — takes gumption. You have to be willing to take risks so that you can discover where you can really thrive. Of course, you should plan financially and prepare your reserves before going into solopreneurship, into mompreneurship. You also have to learn how to organize your life according to your priorities. You’re your own boss when you become a freelancer, a mompreneur, and that can be both a blessing and a burden! I think mompreneurs and solopreneurs should also have a solid community of like-minded people that they can connect with on a regular basis, especially on days when things get challenging. For instance, I began a community called the WAHMderful Life, in partnership with Manila Workshops. These women are all work-at-home moms, and they find support, encouragement, even work, when they connect in our exclusive Facebook community group, set up especially for them. You can’t be a mompreneur and “be an island.” Find your tribe; grow with a community. They can help you keep going, even during your down and low days!

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Ginger: That’s good advice! That’s true. A lot of the support that I got was also through that network. Marting, how about sharing with us any unforgettable moments or lessons that you learned as a Mompreneur?

Martine: I’ll share just one lesson: You have to design your life and be humble about learning how to do things better. Having an outlook of lifelong learning and “life hacking” can take you through your most trying times as a mompreneur.

Ginger: What advice can you give to other Mompreneurs?
Martine: Stay humble. Never stop learning how to do things better. Hire a mentor or a coach to be your constant sounding board. (I owe much of my success to the training and mentorship of business coaches and blog mentors.) Live out your mompreneurship like you’re at the top of your empire: delegate, hire the help you need, create systems so that you can focus on your priorities: family, marriage, and the bigger picture of your business.

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Ginger: What are tech tools that you use for your business?
Martine: I can’t live without WordPress! Every business — whether online or offline — needs to have it and leverage it towards their brand, their sales efforts, their lead generation. It’s not just for blogging. With WordPress, you can literally run your business from anywhere in the world.

Ginger: Thank you Martine for sharing with us your insights on being a momprenuer and for sharing your experiences. We wish you more success in all of your endeavors!

For Martine’s contact details, you can see it listed below. Thank you for reading this interview and watch out for more interviews with inspiring mompreneurs!

Contact information of Martine De Luna:
Website www.makeitblissful.com (blog) | www.martinedeluna.com (professional)
Email address info@martinedeluna.com
Mobile Number 0917-8591126
Facebook Page facebook.com/makeitblissfulblog | facebook.com/martinedelunasolutions
Instagram account: martinedeluna
Pinterest: martinedeluna
Twitter: martinedeluna

Because I’m Happy… (or rather, I WANT to be happy)

Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

I can’t stop humming that song of Pharrell Williams. It has such a nice melody that everyone can actually sing the song.

But who among you can honestly sing this song and really mean it? “Clap along if you know what happiness is to you.” “Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do.” I know of a lot of people who wake up every morning and just drag their feet to get to work. I also know of a lot of people who are caught in the web of “routine” that life’s meaning is lost. Honestly, I think not a single person should live like this. This is not right. This is unhealthy. This is not cool.

I, too, was stuck in a rut years ago, but I made the conscious decision to find bliss — find the things that make me happy. God said that we should use our talents and I wondered how much of an impact using my talents would be. I wondered if it was worth the effort, or if I was just dreaming that I could achieve a better, happier life. I wondered if I had what it took to make my dreams real or opportunities and chances like these are really just meant for a few people. I had thoughts like these when I was in my mid-twenties.

What I did was I just grabbed the opportunities that came my way and just made things happen. A lot of opportunities came in though especially when I became a mother. It was surprising though since this was the time when I actually said that I wanted more time for my family. With these, I had to balance the time that I have for different roles that I play.

I’m a workaholic (though I don’t admit that I am), but I know that this is what makes me happy. I’m happy juggling several things on my plate (in may case, it’s a huge tray.. lol!). I’m happy spending time with my baby (although sometimes for just a few hours a day). I’m happy that my husband lets me dabble in different things, until I find the right mix of businesses. I’m happy that I have a supportive family. I’m happy that I have great business partners who bring in great ideas into the business and have the same values as I have. I’m happy that I my faith and that I can turn to Him anytime.

I told my friend about being happy and when you’re happy with yourself, you exude that happiness and it makes your husband and family happy. It makes the community happy as well since you’re inspired to motivate them to feel happy, too. It’s so funny that happy is such a simple word, and yet so hard to achieve.

So how about you? What are you happy about? What will make you happy?

If you still don’t know what it is that will make you smile, I suggest that you join this weekend getaway called the LIFE-BLISS weekend. Martine, one of my friends/business partners, has been telling me about this wish of hers to have something like this in the future. I’m so happy for her that she finally announced this and made it happen!
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The Life-Bliss weekend will be an overnight, countryside retreat aimed at helping women foster the spirit of exuberance in their lives. It is designed to empower women to live lives according to their unique mission and purpose. It is sufficiently packed with introspective and eye-opening activities, creative projects, as well as interactive games that facilitate group dynamics personal learning.

The LIFE-BLISS WEEKEND is a purposeful “me time” break for extraordinary women who need to reconnect with themselves, recollect their thoughts around their life’s mission, and simply bond with fellow journeying women.

This is for ALL WOMEN who want to —

• conquer their fears,
• banish their limits — financial, emotional, physical, career, even hobbies,
• awaken their passions and turn them to strengths,
• make strategic goals towards fulfilling their life, business and personal dreams,
• express their “best life story” in a way that inspires others.

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Participants can expect to return home with a firm personal mission a robust plan of action, and commitments to sustain their exuberant disposition as well as a community of like-minded women and friends whom they can connect with through the MakeitBlissful.com community.

Registration includes overnight accommodation and meals at Casa Luminaria, a private countryside estate surrounded by inspiring & lush gardens, a swimming pool, peaceful grounds and restful villas; Life-Bliss & Mission activations, conducted by life vision experts, The Exuberant You Consultancy; Personalized strategy sessions with our team of experts in purposeful living with precision and planning; A “crafternoon” designed to inspire and invigorate you to express your bliss visually; Ample down-time for creative pursuits and relaxation.

The Life-Bliss Weekend is a joint event by MakeitBlissful.com and The Exuberant You Consultancy. Registration fee for early birds is Php6,595.00 until May 8 only. Regular rate is Php6,800. To register and make payments, please log on to www.makeitblissful.com/workshops

ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS

About Martine de Luna – Event Organizer & Chief Blissmaker
Martine de Luna is the Founder of MakeitBlissful.com, an online community and inspiration e-zine dedicated to the art of purposeful, meaningful living, working and creating. As digital strategist specializing in women, Martine leverages online platforms to help women create freedom-based lifestyles that play towards their core values, beliefs and intentions. Through her work online, Martine has built and branded several lifestyle blogs in the Philippines and abroad for women entrepreneurs, creatives and fellow “blissmakers.” All the while, she has been running her award-winning women’s blog MakeitBlissful.com, which now has an international roster of writers. Martine’s most recent venture is Manila Coworking, a coworking facility operating within Southeast Asia’s only craft beverage incubator.

About Apa Alviar — Certified Human Resources Facilitator, Director of The Exuberant You Consultancy
Apa Alviar is the founder and Director of The Exuberant You Consultancy, a company that crafts custom-made Personality Enrichment Programs (PEPs) to help participants, in whatever age and status in life, discover the true gifts that they are to their organization, colleagues, family, and peers. Apa inspires individuals and teams discover – and experience – their passion. A graduate of BS Psychology (cum laude) from St. Louis University, Apa has gained over 20 years’ experience in the fields of Customer Service, Human Resources, Marketing, and Corporate Affairs from the academe, airline, financial, and minerals resources industries. From his humble beginnings to becoming part of the ManCom of multinational organizations, Apa now sits on the board of the only wish granting foundation in the Philippines, is a consultant for church-based and family-owned organizations, an avid writer for online and print publications, and an internationally certified facilitator.

So hope you can register and join the Life-Bliss weekend!