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    Why More Millennial Moms are Opting to Work from Home

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    Approximately one in five moms are considered millennial moms or mothers born between 1978 and 1994. This accounts for 9 million people across the globe.

    But while this generation of mothers grew up at the rise of career-oriented women working outside the home, more and more millennial moms are now choosing to stay at home instead to live their ideal family life.

    Being a millennial mom myself, let me share some of the reasons why I think more millennial moms prefer working from home.

    We want to be present for our family.

    We are a generation of empowered women. We know we can choose the lifestyle we want according to our values. For me, I stay at home because I want to witness firsthand my children’s milestones and spend more time with my husband whenever he’s on vacation–all these without compromising a career.

    We can do both. Thanks to technology.

    We want to earn more.

    Online freelancing opens doors that I never knew existed, including the opportunity to work for big foreign companies without leaving the house. This means I can increase my earnings and provide well for our family.

    Earnings through online freelancing can be tricky though. When I first started, I got the lowest rate. I persevered because I still considered it as an answered prayer. It’s still income coming every week without me worrying about who to babysit my kid.

    Six years in the industry brought me a network of like-minded people who are ready to help and taught me the value I can give to my clients. This allowed me to charge appropriately no matter my location or citizenship.

    I have achieved my goal of earning more, but I am still growing.

    We want more time to pursue our passion and the things that matter most.

    Gone are the days, when you sacrifice your passion when you become a mom. Millennial moms realize that we need to engage in self-soothing activities as a form of stress relief from managing the household, parenting, and working/running a business. When we care for ourselves, we can care more for our loved ones.

    Painting, dancing, cooking, blogging, vlogging–whatever we want to achieve without considering money, that is our passion.

    Bonding time with family and friends, meditation, prayer, Bible reading, massage–anything that comforts and recharges us is the self-care that we need.

    Online freelancing gives us the flexibility of time for us to do those things.

    We have countless opportunities to grow.

    Various groups, mentors, and coaches provide help to anyone who wants to join the online freelancing tribe. Online courses with certificates are also available if we want to upgrade our skills.

    In short, we can invest in our own learning and growth anytime, knowing that it can benefit us and our clients.

    Are you a millennial mom who wants to join online freelancing? This space if for you. Stay tuned for more updates to help you start your freelancing journey.

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    How Motherhood Led Me to Online Freelancing

    HOW MOTHERHOOD LED ME TO ONLINE FREELANCING

    Online freelancing has gained popularity over the years as a growing number of people desire to work from home.

    Everything was different back in 2014 when I first started.

    It seemed that the possibility of working online anywhere, especially at home, was so unbelievable. If you wanted to help people know that you were actually working and getting paid through the internet, you have to take time to explain everything. Every. Time.

    I used to explain a lot because I wanted to be recognized–most especially to my mom, who was discouraged about my career–an entirely different path from my education.

    But after years of seeing me earn weekly and going to company events, she had a change of heart and started to understand my line of work. I think that’s what’s more important for her–to see me making a mark of my own even just behind a laptop screen.

    Do I have regrets?

    To be honest. No.

    Just like any other career, online freelancing has difficulties. It takes time to establish roots, hard work, ability to manage time, resilience during downtime, loneliness, and above all, a growth mindset.

    But despite the hardships, I am thankful for all the opportunities online freelancing has brought into my life. I could discuss the many ways it has helped me, but nothing beats the fact that it enabled me to fully experience motherhood and parenting.

    How I Started

    Before 2014, I already had a hunch about online careers. Curious, I created my own profile on Odesk (now Upwork). I searched for jobs on the platform but was intimidated by the skills required. Eventually, I landed a job from another site, teaching English to Korean students through Skype.

    I enjoyed online teaching but only saw it as a temporary means to earn an extra income. Pregnant at that time, I knew it had to end once my baby comes.

    So I rested from online work. In 2013, I joined the workforce of the RNHeals program of the DOH, serving the community. My then 2-year-old son would come along with me because I couldn’t find a well-trusted yaya for him.

    It was then that I dreamed of just staying at home with my son and earning at the same time.

    So after my RNHeals contract ended, I knew what I had to do. Criselle, my friend, introduced me to her then employer, an online company based in San Francisco. They were hiring, and I took the chance.

    An Answered Prayer

    I applied for the proofreader position, around January 2014. Though it was what I wanted, I didn’t have the confidence to claim it. Four months passed. I didn’t hear anything from the company.

    My attention focused on my grandmother who was bedridden at that time. But my husband, Mark, just took an exam. Both of us were jobless. It depleted our funds to the point that we had nothing to spend.

    With tears one morning, as I was changing Nanay’s clothes, I whispered to her ear.

    Please help me secure this job so that I can earn and still continue caring for you.

    It’s really a humbling experience. Even until now, I shed a tear remembering that moment.

    Within a week after that morning, I received an email asking my availability for an interview. On May 12, 2014, I became an official member of the proofreading team.

    Motherhood and Online Freelancing

    This online freelancing career was not written in my yearbook–the part where you have to answer where do you see yourself 5 years from now.

    Never in my wildest dreams did I think of this path. But becoming a mother gives birth to new dreams. And these dreams are even more beautiful than the former ones.

    HOW MOTHERHOOD LED ME TO ONLINE FREELANCING

    At this season of my life, I don’t want to give up my capacity to earn. At the same time, I want to give my kids a nice and cozy nest, a strong foundation of values, and everyday guidance. Things that are easier for me to give when I am present at home with them.

    These things are now because of how God answered my grandmother’s and my plea, one morning of May.

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    Cafe Reptilya Gives 3 Amazing Activities for Kids

    If your kids love animals, they will surely enjoy the cozy nook in Bacolod City that offers not only burp-worthy meals but also a one-of-a-kind experience to touch and learn about reptiles–Cafe Reptilya.

    Visiting Cafe Reptilya had been in our bucket list ever since the kids learned about their cousin’s adventure here.

    Both boys got giddy and almost couldn’t contain their excitement.

    Since Adam and Eve’s fall, snakes had been feared, despised, and more often, abused. I fear snakes, even the whole lot of reptiles, probably with the exception of the gentle kind, turtles.

    Having kids who love animals–even reptiles.. even snakes– amuses me. I mean, I conceived them and they share the same genes with me, yet they are different than me and their father in so many ways.

    So this trip to the reptile cafe is also a way for me to look at the world in my children’s eyes and to add, look at the reptiles beyond my irrational fear.

    The kids loved the whole experience at the reptile cafe, and I totally recommend visiting it to give kids an amazing, one-of-a-kind experience.

    Cafe Reptilya activities for kids:

    Touching the pythons

    While touching snakes give me a shiver through the spine (That’s imaginary as I will never dare, but you get the point.), my kids and most kids nowadays are excited to do so.

    Cafe Reptilya Gives 3 Amazing Activities for Kids

    A male staff assists the guests in touching the pythons in the animal encounter area. He introduced us to the reptiles and assisted the kids in touching them.

    The management requires guests to wash hands thoroughly before and after touching the animals. According to the crew, their pythons feed on chicken once a week. Washing hands remove the smell of food that can trigger the pythons.

    Washing hands after touching the reptiles also prevent salmonellitis as salmonella can be found in their droppings.

    Feeding the iguana

    For the many aspiring Kuya Kims, zookeepers, and zoologists, feeding an iguana is already a dream come true.

    Do you also wonder why kids have this certain fascination for animals? I’ll reserve my thoughts for another time. For the meantime, I’m contented to know that my kids have developed compassion for animals. A very wonderful thing!

    Drawing reptiles

    The staff gives a drawing of an iguana and a set of crayons to kids, but during our visit, they ran out of drawings, so Kristoff and Liam just drew their own.

    Cafe Reptilya Gives 3 Amazing Activities for Kids

    These drawings were then posted on one corner together with the others.

    Cafe Reptilya Gives 3 Amazing Activities for Kids
    Cafe Reptilya Gives 3 Amazing Activities for Kids

    I love the ambiance in the cafe. The concept of a reptile’s habitat is reflected in every little detail.

    While the kids were busy enjoying the pets, sitting together with the husband while waiting for dinner was ridiculously romantic for me. Haha. We hadn’t done a date for a long time, so it was refreshing just to do something like that for even less than 30 minutes.

    Our food arrived just in time for our grumbling stomachs.

    We had chosen our food “carefully” to match our 100-peso consumable entrance fee. You can pay the excess, of course, but we didn’t want to spend more than our budget.

    Here’s Cafe Reptilya’s menu:

    Important Rules

    1. Wash hands before and after holding the pets.
    2. Be gentle in stroking the pets. For the iguana, strokes must be from up to down.
    3. Be careful not to bang the glasses of the pets’ aquariums.

    Location

    Cafe Reptilya is on the second floor of Piazza Sorrento, 13th Lacson St., Bacolod City.

    How much to prepare

    For each person, adult and child alike, you need to prepare 100 pesos for the entrance fee. Don’t worry, this is consumable of food. You also need to pay another 100 pesos to touch the pets and have your picture taken with them.