My 2019 didn’t go well due to some circumstances that I don’t have control. I got depressed but I still held on to Him and trusted Him that He will always, in all ways provide. A year ago today, He did answer my prayer. I was hired by my American boss as his virtual assistant of his newly launched scooter brand here in our country.
I was scared at first because having “real work” meant that I won’t have control on my time anymore. Again. If you remember, I’ve been an entrepreneur for the last 10 years of my life. I never really wanted to work again for someone, especially when Coco came into my life. I was so firm that I would give my best with my businesses, so I could provide for my financial responsibilities. All because I want to be hands on with Coco and watch him grow. But I can’t have it all. I needed to do something. I needed to let down my pride.
After so many CV applications submitted that I’ve been doing since 2018, I only landed to 2 zoom interviews, and never a job. They say, if something is meant for you, it will happen. I met up with my boss for an interview. I didn’t get the job right there and then. But I guess, we were really meant to be. Here I am at the moment, trying to figure out why our Amazon listing isn’t working while I think of what I wanted to say on my first year as a WAHM.
My heart is grateful for the year that was. It wasn’t perfect with so many struggles. But I made it through I think.
1. I still get to watch Coco grow up, take care of him and just be with him. I am still able to be with him at all his important milestones. This has always been my non-negotiable. I did not need to hire a nanny or rely on my mom to take care of Coco to be able to work and to take care of the household. I am there when I need to be and I need not to choose between work or family.
2. Its flexibility to work even if I am outside on a grocery errand or picking up Coco from his classes or when I am still in bed, lying down — because I can use my phone to work. I work anytime and anywhere. Sometimes I work all day and sometimes its just chill. Sometimes I am still exchanging e-mails with the boss at 3AM PH time because he is currently in the US. My off is supposedly during weekends, but sometimes it is up to me.
3. It doesn’t matter where I am when I work. As long as I have internet connection, my mobile phone and my trusty laptop. We’re good. I was supposed to experience working while on vacay last summer when we were supposed to stay in the US for a couple of months. But I was able to try working while on staycations or some out of Manila trips. I did not need to take a leave because, I can work anywhere.
4. Unlimited learnings – like operating e-commerce sites, our products, people management and behavior, customer support, and even accounting via Quickbooks. Thanks to my boss for enrolling me to some courses that helped me a lot with my job.
5. Getting to do what I love the most – BLOGGING. Sometimes, I need to attend an event or spend some time creating content for my social medias. Don’t worry, my job will always be my priority. I’m just thankful that I can still do this. Because writing has always been my passion.
6. I don’t have to wear make up or dress up. I don’t have to comb my hair or take a bath early in the morning. Simply that.
7. There’s no need to wake up early to prepare for work or get home tired from work because of Manila traffic. I dreaded my travel to and from work, especially when it is raining. I can still remember how I had a hard time when I was still working at a hotel in Ortigas before I resigned due to my pregnancy.
8. I didn’t have to panic anymore when I need to pay my bills or need to buy some stuff because I don’t have any orders coming.
9. Savings! One day, I will be more financially independent. One step at a time.
10. Me time and more me time. I can now get a massage, maniped or a haircut without feeling guilty of wasting my money for those services I don’t really need.
PS. Always grateful for you, Boss for taking me into your wing and trusting me with your company and also taking in my brother. Thank you for simply just picking me up when I am at my lowest. I will do my best, as always, especially now that you are not in the country. Maasahan mo ako! (You can count on me)
If you tell me right now, that I should have done this earlier. Yes, I should have. But I think what happened to me happened to me happened at the right moment, at the right time. I love being an entrepreneur and I am not closing my doors just yet. Lil Dudes Only is still close at the moment since there are no events that needs us to dress up the boys. I will open it back again one day. But being at this place now, is what matters to me at the moment. I will not have it in any other way. As happy as I am working now, but just being present with Coco at this moment, while working is beyond that.
Thank you and Happy 1st year of being a work-at-home-mom! Margaux, you are doing great in everything! Cheers!
What about you? What are you grateful for from being able to work from home?
PS Again. Please note that not all available work at home jobs can work via mobile phone and at the comfort of your bed. I still actually get up and work on my lappy. XD I hope I don’t mislead you.
Kudos to all WAHM! I guess work from home is the new normal for some during this pandemic.
Yes! Kaya for some parents na biglang work from home ngayon ay parang blessing in disguise ang covid for them ano?
It’s nice to work when you can do it even you’re on vacation. Not everyone will have that opportunity. Now, you really have a good job that fits well on your time and necessities. God Bless you more and your baby Coco.
It is inspiring to read this article. We have the same work schedule flexibility except with bosses who exploit my skills despite pandemic, throwing same amount of tasks but with 50% less pay – it was a struggle, but your article mentioned on other good aspects of working at home.
no hassle,at the same time kasama mo anak mo.
Parang nagdadalawang isip na tuloy ako. Parang gusto ko na lang maging housewife. Tapos freelance na lang ganyan. Mas matututukan kasi talaga ang babies pag si mommy or daddy ang bantay.
So proud of you that you will stick to your passion and also that you are brave enough to risk everything for the sake of your child. Keep it up mom! At least you get to do what you love!
Happy Anniversary! It is really a blessing working in the comfort of your home, and the best part of it is seeing your kids grow. Hatsoff to all WAHM!
The hassle of commuting in Manila is severe! I felt like I aged 10 yrs in commuting alone. haha.
I know it’s hard to juggle everything, your work, being a mom, and your passion. But you are doing it so good! I would want to be a WAHM someday if chances permits.
Yung pinakadabest talaga ng pagiging WAHM mo ay yung madami kang time kay Coco. Dahil naman na-experience ko yung WFH habang may pandemic, yung #7 talaga yung 1 sa mga gusto ko.
Working at home is tough for many recently especially if you never tried it before. Just like you, me and Dada are working at home and yes we are more productive than before.
This is inspiring and I’m actually at a crossroads right now. I’m happy and comfortable with my current company, but it feels like it’s past time to move on. I just wish that I’ll find the perfect job this time around.
Sometimes I wish I could work from home (mainly because I despise commuting, and imagine all the money you can save when you don’t have to travel to work anymore). You’re blessed to be a WAHM as you have the freedom to do the things you love specially watch your Coco grow and be there for them while they accomplish milestones!
I salute to you and to all WAHMs out there. I think it’s very important for parents to spend a lot of time with their kids and not just focus too much on work.
Happy 1st year of being a work-at-home-mom! Just like you, I work at home since 2018. I’m also thankful because I have the freedom to do the things I really love, and I can get to spend time with my family.
I may not know you personally but I can see that you did everything to be the best mom for coco, and seeing from your other posts that being a mom really risen. Now that you’re able to WAHM more time with the one you love and that is indeed everything! Cheers to the anniv and more to come! Salute ❤
I went back to freelancing again Q4 of last year and while it does have ups and downs, the tradeoffs to an office-based work is worth it (no traffic, control over time & projects, me time etc.) 🙂
congratulations, mommy Margaux! you were able to be with Coco in all his milestones.
I am a SAHM. And I will forever be grateful to my husband for giving me the chance to be one because I would not want it any other way. It was only the past 2-3 years when I allowed myself to do some freelance writing and I am grateful it gave me more opportunities to do other things. But when it comes to choosing between my family and other things, the choice is a no-brainer.