IS COWORKING FOR YOU?

Nowadays, work is no longer as straightforward as the typical 9-to-5 at an office. Owing to the global connectivity of the internet, entrepreneurs, independent freelancers, digital nomads, and remote workers can now operate self-autonomously. More and more, location independence is becoming the norm for these millennial career persons. There are currently over 160,000 members worldwide spanning over 3,000 different co-working spaces around the world. Consequently, the international popularity of these shared working spaces—like WeWork in New York, Warner Yard in London, Impact Hub in Manila and Hubud in Bali—is booming. Whether it’s at a surf camp in Indonesia, a traveling bus (Startup Bus), or a catamaran out at sea (Coboat), our modern age has allowed us to tailor almost every aspect of our lives to our very liking.

In Manila, places such as Impact Hub are leading the local vanguard, providing members a large, bright space surrounded by cheerful murals and populated with individuals that are not just professionally driven, but aspire for purposeful social change.

But how can you tell if co-working is really for you? The best and easiest option is to try it out! Impact Hub extends a free co-working day pass to all social entrepreneurs, creative freelancers, techpreneurs and the whole start-up community in their Makati Office, which is one of 77 globally!
To help with the decision process further, we’ve compiled a list of three things to consider below.

1 – BUDGET
Co-working spaces usually come with leases or membership fees. Especially for small businesses and early stage enterprises that are bootstrapping their operations, financial limitations are a significant reality. Even for telecommuters, it defeats the purpose if you are spending more for a space than your company or business is earning. When calculating costs, remember to factor in things such as living expenses, commute, internet and associated leisure and utility bills. That said, co-working spaces are often more affordable alternatives to office spaces, coffee shops, or even your own apartment. Plus, the multiple potential benefits are well worth the investment.

2 – PRODUCTIVITY
The many benefits of co-working have been well-documented. A hotbed for entrepreneurial ventures, data suggests that start-ups working out of co-working spaces are four times more successful. Several companies have made their workforce largely remote—including Github, Mozilla, Buzzfeed, Etsy, and WordPress—increasing employee satisfaction and thus improving overall productivity. Compared to working from home, co-working offers less pesky distractions and, in fact, more helpful and supportive opportunities. At the end of the day, the right co-working space should inspire you to get the job done.

3 – NETWORKING
Across the board, experts agree that the main advantage of co-working spaces is the access one gains to a wide network of peers and like-minded professionals. The chances of you hurdling that obstacle, or unlocking that next breakthrough idea drastically increases with the presence of collaborators around you. Looking for a co-founder, teammate, or just some honest feedback? What better way than to ask a co-worker? With the wide variety of co-working spaces available, so too will you have a diverse pool of talents to connect with and learn from.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your laptop and work today from a coworking space, such as Impact Hub and try it out for free. They are located at 5th Floor Green Sun, 2285 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City, Manila, Philippines. They are an incubator, coworking and events space for a membership community of entrepreneurs, activists, creatives, and professionals taking action to drive positive social and environmental change. With 11,000+ members in 77+ Impact Hubs across the world, the Impact Hub Network has become the center of gravity for people innovating a new kind of economy.

 

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Climbing the Ladder in Stilettos

I have always raved about the book “Climbing the Ladder in Stilettos” authored by Lynette Lewis. Although I have read the book several years ago, all parts of it still ring true to this working mom. Also, the years have somehow given me a different perspective on each page of the book. Pretty much how you would be amazed at getting new personal message from God as you pick up and read the same passages from your Bible.

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Lynette has accurately given us a picture of what moms are about, we wear different kinds of shoes for different reasons. We wear flats or even sneakers for errands, change to another pair when we get to work (one that can be worn without the public commute or the MRT crowd), then change back to something more comfy when we travel home, then change into slippers or soft soles to get us ready for the tasks at home.

It was also the book that gave me my first challenge of finding real meaning for work and from work. It has calibrated me to see that it is not always about money or bigger paycheck. It is one that allows you to juggle your other roles while delivering the best performance you can give while serving God through serving your bosses at work.

Lynette has also helped me create my purpose statement for life and work. And if you have not drafted one yet, start by answering the questions below.

1. When people explain why they want me involved or why they referred someone to me, what do they say?

2. Which of my abilities and gifts are most often noted and affirmed by my colleagues?

3. What activities bring me the most joy and satisfaction?

4. What could I be passionate about doing for the next ten years?

5. If I could have any role/position at my current organization or elsewhere, what would I do?

6. Given my life experiences, my education, and my gifts, what unique attributes set me apart from others?

Indeed, this has gotten started what I thank God for Mondays at work. It is essentially thanking God not just for workdays but also for the things that you can positively affect or change at work.

 

Planning How to Work from Home? Read Up.

rsz_1mbp_pinkWhether you are a stay-at-home mom, or currently working from home as mom-entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, freelancers, or working full time outside the home and planning to work from home in the near future, this post is for you. ManilaWorkshops.com and the WAHMderful Life Community invites you to The Work at Home Expo 2015! For moms who have been regular attendees since 2012, they mark their calendar once a year for a full-day expo of talks and mini-workshops geared towards the encouragement and empowerment of Filipinos who are working from home or would like to be work from home professionals.

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This year, The Work at Home Expo 2015 will be bigger and better! This event will be held on September 26, 2015 (Saturday) from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. The venue will be at the Bayanihan Center, Unilab campus, Mandaluyong City.

Morning Schedule:
9:30 AM – 9:50 AM Welcome remarks and overview of the day; Opening of the WAHM Support Central section.
9:50 AM – 10:10 AM It’s a WAH-nderful Life Video
10:10 AM – 10:40 AM Panel of Work at Home Moms
10:40 AM – 11:00 AM Raffle Draw
11:00 AM – 11:40 PM Panel of Work at Home Singles
11:40 AM – 11:45 PM Raffle Draw
11:45 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch Break / Booth Stamping game / Play Video of Sponsors

Afternoon Schedule:
1:00 PM – 1:20 PM Keynote Speaker
1:25 PM – 1:50 PM Talk: Balancing Business, Home and Heart (Marilen Montenegro)
1:50 PM – 2:00 PM Q&A
2:00 PM – 2:25 PM Break / Sponsor’s Slot
2:25 PM – 2:30 PM Introduction of next speaker
2:30 PM – 2:50 PM Social Entrepreneurship and Foundations
2:50 PM – 3:00 PM Q&A
3:00 PM – 3:25 PM Break / Sponsor’s Slot
3:25 PM – 3:30 PM Introduction of next speaker
3:30 PM – 3:50 PM Time Management for the Work at Home Parent (Teresa Dumadag)
3:50 PM – 4:00 PM Q&A
4:00 PM – 4:05 PM Introduction of next speaker
4:05 PM – 4:25 PM Fitness Factors for Work at Homies (Monica Manzano)
4:25 PM – 4:45 PM Q&A for and Raffle
4:45 PM – 5:00 PM Closing

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1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Set Yourself Up for Work at Home Wealth (Lianne Laroya)
1:45 PM – 2:00 PM Sponsor’s Slot
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM WAHM Collaboration: Where it Begins, How to Earn from It (Martine, Frances, & Ginger)
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM Raffle and Afternoon break
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Best Practices of a Work-at-Homie by Lyle of Raket.ph
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM Sponsor’s Slot
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM How to Go Global with Your Expertise by Anthony and Tippy Pelayo-Go of Googly Gooeys
4:30 PM – 4:45 PM Q&A and Raffle Draw
4:45 PM – 5:00 PM Closing

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Tune in to Making Working Moms Work author’s first and upcoming podcast interview due out on 11th of September at http://www.workingmotherhood.com/podcasts/ (also available on iTunes)

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Life in Pictures : Writing on Me-Time Mornings

rsz_1mbp_pinkIn just a few weeks, we will now be ushering in the ‘ber’ months, if you are like any Filipina mom I know, we all get giddy and excited around what the ‘ber’ months bring, cooler days, family celebrations, reunions, more holidays to bond with kids. Before we welcome September, let me share with you several scenes from my working-mommy-world.

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My roster of work shoes is a reflection of my season in life. It is a mix of footwear that can take me from posh events to roughing it out with kids to errands days. Mommies, look around the shoes you wear and thank God not for the shoes, but what you wear them for.

Faith Matters

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I have learned to appreciate how God has enriched culture, a culture that stretches out and gets reflected on families, how you decorate your house, how you celebrate with friendships. I am also passionate about faith and it is critical to have both culture and faith aligned with what the Bible calls as truth. Thanking God for taking me to places whose culture and faith are different from mine, tugs at your heart to have the passion to know what to pray for. Opens your eyes from what you want to be thankful for and opens your doors to friendships that allow you to share a kind of peace that can be present even in the midst of being different.

Leaving Footprints

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20150821_091932-1There was this pocket restaurant near Mekong River in Laos that provides an entire wall for any visitor to leave notes. More than just looking at the wall full of notes, brings me to the walls in my workplace that tells everyone what we want to be famous for. As wives and moms, what notes do we want to leave behind and what do we want to be famous for?

View from the Boardroom

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Boardrooms have a way of limiting your views. It is so easy to see yourself as just an integral part of the boardroom, blurring everything else that you need to play as your role. It blurs away your urgent need to go home to complete homeschooling for your kids, or blurs away the weather outside, or blurs away the excessive time you spend in the boardroom. I especially like the boardrooms that gives you the real view outside. It reminds you about the real reasons why you work, the real reasons why you want to excel and reminds you about the beauty of what God surrounds you with as you work, as you play mom, as you play wife.

Kids’ Imprint Everywhere

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Of course, I forever thank God for my boys and mini-me at home. It helps grow me, give me more than enough reasons to be happy, and gives you a reason to get up each morning. Brings you back and clues you in to what makes their world turn. Gives you laughter days, rough it out in play days and even travel days!

Holding Hands While Driving

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I married a man who hears from God, fully trusting his leadership in the family and in our marriage. I am sure that no matter how brilliant my ideas to lead are, the role to be both a mom and dad for my family is something that I have not been wired to play, my big God will always have a way of telling my husband how to lead, without me taking away his role to lead in the family. This is not meant to discount what great things God has been doing for single moms. Thanking God for being the purposeful and Sovereign God who is a personal God of perfect timing, aligned with our seasons and roles in life. So let there just be one driver in the car, but feel free to hold his hand, and squeeze it with love and a wink or smile anytime.

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Top Christian Mom Blogs and My First iTunes Podcast Interview!

rsz_1mbp_pinkThe internet is swarming to the brim of all imaginable pages and resource links to help the nanays of our generation (it includes this writing working mom). And so, the only way you can prevent yourself from spending too many hours on the internet looking at perfect articles tailor-fit to your special mommy-needs, let me do the legwork for you and list down what for me, are the top 5 Christian Mom Blogs for the year. Please note that this ranking is based on my personal insights, according to my mommy-needs and not based on traffic, view or share rankings.

5. http://www.thesongsontheway.com/

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The topics are perfect for those who have small kids/babies as author is a Christian mom to a baby daughter who writes for her blog and is writing for her first book. Topics are varied which covers breastfeeding and month on month baby milestones. I also like that the author is keeping a Thousand Thanks, she is currently on her 60th thanks as of this writing. I would have loved to complete her 2015 Mom’s photo challenge. (pictured below).

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  1. http://womenlivingwell.org/

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The page is aptly named, women living well and encourages all women in the world to find joy in God, in marriage, in parenting and in the home. The page currently has a series of blogs written to understand the Songs of Solomon focusing on keeping the intimacy in your marriage. She also has articles on choosing to have joy in the midst of mundane mommy tasks, what to do when your husband is not a Proverbs31 husband and glorifying God with your shopping list (yes, it is possible!). The author has countless years of leading Bible Studies and is the creator of SOAK Bible Study Method (Scripture, Observation, Application, Kneeling in Prayer).

  1. http://www.beyondsilverandgold.com/

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Perfect resource page for homeschooling moms in the Philippines, as author writes and shares about an endless list of homeschooling events that are open to everyone. It even has a review of DepEd’s Alternative Learning System and Family Discipleship, the page also covers mommy-friendly events such as Zumba Marathons and seasonal meet ups such as the Magical Easter. The main topic of Beyondsilverandgold.com is to provide inspiration for homeschool families, product reviews for homeschool materials, books, places and events. It gives more than a glimpse into a Filipino family’s homeschool journey. It is written by a Christian work-at-home, homeschooling mom who multi-tasks as a homeschool mom for twelve years, a blogger, a product reviewer, an event director and a life insurance agent. This blog’s mission is to encourage homeschooling and work-at-home moms as they pursue their family and personal goals. Michelle envisions this blog to be the go-to resource for homeschool families in the years to come.

  1. http://www.ricaperalejo.ph/

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Among the most viewed articles on the page are her birth delivery story, her wedding story, and mommy-friendly product reviews. This page gives us a glimpse of how the author juggles mommyhood, marriage, ministry and everything in between the interesting things she has to do week on week. It further encourages mommies like me to have that balance while ensuring not to miss the important milestones for family. Mrs. Bo surely has her readers learning with her and discovering God more in their mommyhood journey.

  1. http://thammiesy.com/

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The family category on her pages are full of lesson-filled points and valid questions mommies like me should be asking. The page has a big range of relevant mommy topics covered such as: Sex as a Discipline, marriage check, the oh-so-familiar mommy-guilt and even interesting analogies like Parenting the Smart Gilas Way and Lessons from the Goose Family. It also clues us in on what God is doing in our ministry as she tells us about what happened in the Arise Conference or the National Singles Getaway in Dubai.

All of these pages have one thing in common. They all write from their hearts. Mommies really need all the help they can get. Growing in mommyhood, afterall, means growing in our relationship with God, as we see His handprint on everything we have to be concern with daily.

Feel free to bookmark any of the pages listed above or this page. Tune in to Making Working Moms Work author’s first and upcoming podcast interview due out on 22nd of August at http://www.workingmotherhood.com/podcasts/ (also available on iTunes)

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July Blog Giveaway Winners

rsz_1mbp_pinkI would like to thank everyone who joined and participated on my July Blog giveaway. I am so happy to announce the winner who will take home 1.5L Salav Garment Steamer from Lazada Online. I still have two remaining days to stay in Thailand. And I am just so happy to share some of the pictures and adventures I will be writing about Laos and Thailand.

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But before I do, there is another exciting thing to look forward to for all my mommy readers. Lazada Online is making available Dr. Brown products such as feeding bottles, storage pods, drying racks and more items that are essential in taking care of your little kids or babies.

Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow baby bottles are BPA-free and contain no PVC, lead or phtalates, and have received numerous design awards and acclaim from the medical community. In fact, many of Dr. Brown’s bottles go to hospitals, NICUs and doctor offices. Most important, moms like me are talking and sharing about their excitement around the improved feeding habits of their babies. I won’t be surprised if you will end up buying an item or two from Lazada Online for your babies.

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As promised, announcing July Blog Giveaway winner below who will take home the 1.5L Salav Garment Steamer from Lazada Online. Congratulations to Camille Quiambao. We will send via email the instructions on how you can receive your prize.

winnerPlease bookmark this page to be notified about upcoming blog giveaways. With Lazada Online Shopping page, you cannot go wrong with choosing an item you can always use for your family. It has been found out to be mostly cheaper, time-efficient and easier every time you decide to buy online instead of stepping out of the house to shop.

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Wake Up Healthier, Mommies!

rsz_1mbp_pinkWaking up to best health is one of the best things Moms can do to their families. With mommy responsibilities requiring us to get up early and sleep late, we can take all the help we can get in keeping our bodies healthy. To keep up with the demands of being a mom, there is nothing more important than our well-being. You may have everything you may want in life, but being healthy is the most important condition to enjoy life, without limitation or fear. ATC Healthcare believes in the same principle; health is the greatest possession in life.

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Being healthy requires more than just working out and eating the right food. In fact you can follow a specific diet all you like but if not combined with the right exercise and without food supplements like ATC Fish Oil, these can be useless. ATC Fish Oil contains Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Eicosapentaenioc Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) which aids in lowering blood pressure, triglycerides and LDL cholesterol levels. ATC Fish Oil is also known to have capabilities in protecting the body from heart attack and stroke. ATC Fish Oil is recommended to be taken one capsule with warm water before every meal. ATC Fish Oil is available at P6.00 per capsule in all leading drugstores nationwide. Protect your heart from the stresses of daily living, protect yourself with ATC Fish Oil. To get more tips about heart health, like ATC Fish Oil on Facebook – www.fb.com/ATCFishOilSoftgel.

Join my July Blog giveaway here and take home a Salav 1.6L Garment Steamer from Lazada

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