The last weekend of October was actually a very busy one for me and my family. We had a bazaar scheduled on the same weekend as the Wahmderful Weekend but I was very determined to attend the Wahmderful Weekend and meet-up with fellow work-at-home moms. My able children and hubby took over watching my booth so I can attend.
I had the privilege to share my work-from-home journey. We have a family hardware business that sold industrial items such as valves, bolts, nuts and screws, tools and clamp for plungers. I’ve been helping out in the family business since I was a teenager but decided to quit after having our second child in 1998. At that time, my dad discovered that I can actually work from home sending and replying to emails, doing online searches and writing business letters. I was a virtual assistant at a time when I haven’t even heard of the term. A few years later, I discovered blogging and started writing about our family’s homeschool. Being exposed to other homeschool bloggers, I learned about the TOS Homeschool Review Crew and that applications were ongoing. I became a homeschool product reviewer in 2008 and again in 2010. In between those times, I also became a book reviewer for American publishing houses. All these experience finally led to my work-from-home job in Balsam Brands as their Social Media Analyst. After being employed and working from home for a year, I finally decided to pursue my own business – Zac’s Toys and Gifts.
That was what I shared during the Wahmderful Weekend and I can only hope that I was able to inspire one or two moms. But the truth of the matter is that I was the one who was very, very inspired. Listening to Apa Alviar, one of our speakers, talk about discovering your motivation was a true eye-opener for me. Sitting on that table, surrounded by my online and offline sisters, I was finally able to accept who I really am and what I wanted to achieve in life. I came to realize that because of the ideals I kept, I was suppressing my natural business skills. It was such a breakthrough for me that I had to pause and pray to the Lord asking for guidance. It was there that I found peace with God and myself about His purpose during this time of my life.
The Wahmderful Weekend was a blessing. I got to meet new friends, saw many of my ‘old’ friends, and had so much fun with everyone. And it was during that time when I found my true bliss – that is to pursue my business goals while caring for my family at home. We had to leave early so that I can go back to Zac’s Toys and Gifts bazaar so I was unable to finish it. Despite that, I was still very blessed. Dainty Mom and Manila Workshops are gearing for another Wahmderful Weekend next year, hope to see you there soon!