She is tired, stressed, always have panic attack, rushing things and just exhausted. Sounds familiar? Sounds me sometimes.
Juggling two roles is not easy, running a business while raising a child is one of the toughest job description on earth.
Thank God for reminding me to look at the characteristics of my “Mompreneur Peg”, the Proverbs 31 Woman.
Who is she as a mompreneur, here are her characteristics that I’ve discovered and I want to imitate from her:
1. She wakes up early –
She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants. Proverbs 31: 15
A proverbs 31 mompreneur wakes up early and prepare food for her household.
Effective time management… that’s one of our regular prayer request.
Working at home with a toddler is not a joke. Cooking while answering emails, breastfeeding while talking to a client on the phone. Going back to our home twice because we left important documents or hubby’s driver’s license.
Those are some unseen stories that we have in our everyday journey.
I am always on search for ways that will help our family manage our time wisely so we’ll be better stewards of the gift of time, because we know that God doesn’t want us to always cram and rush. Time is a precious gift. That’s one of the things we cannot bring back right? Time.
Here are some of the ways we’re trying (yes, we are still in the process) to manage our time:
1. Planning ahead – having a calendar and/or a planner helps a lot, scheduling all field transactions so we can just work at home for atleast 3 days in a week and saves us gasoline expense, planning the menu for the week, by having a grocery list so we won’t have to go back to the store everyday.
Covey’s Time Management Grid
You may want to check The Time Management Grid here this help us in organizing our schedule.
Simplifying and having the right “priorities” this year.
These are the common goals of many people – especially working moms. And I am not an exception, I am one of them who wants to stick to my priorities in life and just love a much simplified life.
I’ve noticed that I always crammed and always felt torn between two or more important things. (event invites, workshops and wifey-mommy duties)
Thankful that I remembered what my husband’s leader and our church senior Pastor taught him before on How to Prioritize.
I was working on a project last night, while listening to Pastor Rick Warren’s podcast about a balanced life. He mentioned about “Enjoying the moment” “Enjoying the NOW” instead of enjoying life when our goals are accomplished already.
I can still recall that day that My husband and I are eating the simplest meal we had in our table- I can’t remember how it taste like, but what I can recall was our Joy in midst of that situation. I can still remember the words my husband told me “This too shall pass, season lang ‘to”
Instead of waiting for things to be back into normal, I am thankful that we chose Joy and thankfulness during those low times in our early parenting life.
Let me share with you some of the things I believe we should consider when we want to be contented in our current situations in life.
- Never Compare – Comparison is the thief of Joy as they say.
It’s our Little Home’s 5th anniversary. Yehey!
We are so grateful for the little shelter that God has given us to start our small family.
This little home witnessed our life without a baby, our first Christmas as family, Zee’s first walk, our laughters, dramas in life and thankful no action scenes so far! Haha..
We’re excited to create more memories in this home while praying and waiting for our dream house in God’s perfect time (if God’s will).
What we’re thankful about living in a small space in
Rural (ok, not-so-Rural Cavite) :
Affordable – yes, our home is still under mortgaged payable upto 186930272 of years ? which is equivalent to our monthly rent in Las Pinas City when we’re just newly weds. Good deal right? We call it God’s grace and favor especially both my husband and I are freelancers/small business owners our monthly income is project-based.
Low Cost of Living – Food is cheaper here, during busy days, we can go to the nearest Talipapa in our place. Our go-to lunch meal is “tortang talong” PHP 15 for the eggplant +PHP 24 for the eggs. Super budget friendly plus a healthy meal.
Its been months that I felt so tired, there are also instances that I’ve been easily upset.
I don’t know if its hormonal? The mood swings? Or is it because my calendar is not simplified?
Yes! You read it right. I started working when I was 14 years old.
I was like…
“Wow! I’ve been working for 13 years now!” And for 13 years I’ve been exposed to different industries.. (if you wanna know how old i am, you do the math haha!) Thank God He directed me to my current career which is what I truly love.. as mommy+preneur..
When I was 14 years old, I worked as Summer Raid Representative under my uncle’s team in one of our country’s leading ice cream brand. (with my Parents’ Consent)
Last year up to early this year was a big shake on our financial life.
Our reserves were lost. And sad to say, we even had some debts to pay. We do not have a stable income that time. (My hubby works as a freelance animator and me, a self-employed momma)
But why we are still thankful that those season and scene happened to us?
1. We’ve learned – it is true unlike in school, in real life, lessons happens after a test.
2. We became better steward (still a work in progress)- during that season God equipped us through His word and books that tackle about financial stewardships about money management, being a better spender and steward of material resources.
Since Heart’s Day is near, I would like to share something “Hearty” and about LOVE..
Have you heard about Gary Chapman’s 5 Languages of Love?
If not yet, I encourage you to check it and take the Love Language test, to know your love language, your spouse’s love language and even your child’s love language.
Isn’t it amazing? That we can express love to the people that matters to us that truly connects to them or that they can really understand, especially to our Hubby Loves.
As they say “Love is a verb” – it means it should be greater than words, we should express it and show it.
“Its not how much you say I LOVE YOU, its how you prove its TRUE” (NAKS! haha)
Are you excited for what’s in store for you this year?
I am sure you have your plans and goals for the whole year.
This year will be a great year, another year of miracles and answered prayers..
Before our church’s annual prayer and fasting,
My husband and I created our faith goals for this year.
I am sharing with you some tips in creating an effective faith goals that we’ve learned from our mentors, books, seminars and some are based on own opinion (nag-wowork naman haha!)
- Personal – we cannot set goals for other people since we cannot dictate or control others, our goals should be individual or personal. It should be driven by our inner desire not because we want to impress, please or compete other people.
- Specific – we should have specific goals, example is instead of “Family Vacation” it should be “3 Days Palawan Vacation with family on our wedding anniversary” you should know what you really want to achieve and pray for this year.
- Trackable- goals should be time bound, we should set a date for each goals, so we can also track our progress. “For example, eat healthy meals and lose 5 kilos by June ”
Some of our mentors shared that goals should be Realistic and Measurable.
We should be passionate about our goals, goals that we really desire not dictated by other people.
Goals that are align to our calling and purpose in life.
But we should also remember that when our plans fail, we shouldn’t lose hope,
And above all else, we should seek to know God more this year and everything else will fall down into its right places.
The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.
Happy Goals Setting!