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My WAHM Story: How I Became a Work-at-Home-Mom

I didn’t have any idea about being a WAHM until I attended the WAHM 101: How to be a Work at Home Mom Workshop on June 28, 2014.

It was only a month after I resigned from my 7-year employment at the call center when I learned about this workshop. The main reason I resigned from my job was because I wanted to stay close to my baby as often as possible. When I was at work, I always got distracted by the thought of my baby, who’s left at home, and I wanted to change that by staying at home for good.

My plan was to look for a job opportunity that I can do at home. I was still happy with my job, but I knew I would be happier if I see and bond with my baby, while working from home at the same time.

So I attended this workshop…

WAHM 101 Workshop, June 28, 2014 

Martine De Luna, the Director of the WAHMderful Life Community, shared tips on how to transition from being a “working girl” to being a WAHM or Work-At-Home-Mom. Then we had an activity where we discussed why we want to be a WAHM and what we intend to do as WAHMs. Marge Aberasturi of TheHappyWahm, joined our group during the activity and she also shared with us her WAHM story.

There was also an Interactive Panel Discussion entitled, “Are you Ready for the WAHM Lifestyle?” with Louisa Mercado, Hana Pangan, and Sammy Tan as panelists.

Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Their personal WAHM Stories
  • Time & Home Management Tips
  • Stress Management
  • WAHM Home Office / Workspace
  • Online Profiles / Portfolios
  • Job Opportunities for WAHMs

I’m very grateful that I attended this workshop because it opened my eyes to opportunities that I’ve never imagined I would do in the weeks and months that followed.

Martine and Marge were the first two WAHMs who inspired me to be a WAHM. When I learned that they have their own websites and most of the other WAHMS at the event have blogs, I got inspired to build my own blog too.

I had no idea how to build a blog, but I was motivated enough that I was able to create my own website from scratch in one week. And it is this blog, www.pinayinvestor.com.

After few weeks, I created my second blog, http://explorermom.pinayinvestor.com.

I remember, Marge said that our blog is like our online CV. It makes it easier for employers to find us. Aside from looking for employers or employment opportunities online, having a blog can lead them to us.

The WAHM 101: How to be a Work at Home Mom Workshop included 4 FREE Mastermind Sessions, which I all attended.

The first Mastermind Session was “How to have the heart of WAHM” with Martine De Luna. She shared various tips on how to make a living while making a home and the different opportunities in blogging.

WAHM Mastermind Session 1, July 26, 2014
WAHM Mastermind Session 1, July 26, 2014

The second Mastermind Session was “Homebased Business Ideas Brainstorm” with Ginger Arboleda. She emphasized the importance of self-discovery: Understanding the “YOU” brand. This was the first time I heard Ginger talk and I was really inspired.

WAHM Mastermind Session 2, August 30, 2015
WAHM Mastermind Session 2, August 30, 2015

The third Mastermind Session was “How to Make a Business Plan” with Ginger Arboleda. She explained to us the importance of having a business plan and she taught us how to make one which we can apply in our own businesses.

WAHM 101 Workshop, June 28, 2014
WAHM Mastermind Session 3, September 27, 2014

The fourth Mastermind Session was “Marketing Strategies for WAHMs” with Marge Aberasturi. Aside from the marketing strategies that she shared with us, she also gave us ideas on how and where to find WAHM opportunities online like Virtual Assistance and Blogging.

WAHM Mastermind Session 4, October 4, 2015
WAHM Mastermind Session 4, October 4, 2015

I also went to the Work-At-Home Weekend Expo on October 25, 2014, but I didn’t get the chance to listen to the premium talks because I had other plans that day.

These WAHM events were established by Martine De Luna, the Director of the WAHMderful Life Community and Ginger Arboleda, the General Manager of Manila Workshops.

I’m truly thankful that I attended the WAHM workshops. I learned so many things from the speakers and fellow WAHMs. I never thought that I would be able to create my own blog, but it was made possible because of the inspiration that I got from these lovely and smart WAHMs.

Two months later, I became an Event Director of Manila Workshops, and just recently, I was appointed as COO of the company. I feel blessed and I’m so grateful to Ginger, my boss, for believing in me.

WAH Expo 2015
WAH Expo 2015

This coming Saturday, September 26, 2015, we’re having the “Work-At-Home Expo 2015”, and I personally invite you to attend this event. We have different talks which I’m sure you’ll find interesting and helpful especially if you’re planning to work at home. Everyone’s encouraged to join, not only the moms or ladies. Who knows, you might be able to find your next gig or meet new friends here. 🙂

To know more about the WAH Expo 2015, please visit Manila Workshops.

And btw, I’ll be the host/emcee of this event, so if you can make it to the Expo, feel free to approach me. 🙂

See you there!

 

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Stock Smarts Workshops: How to Invest in Stock Market

My first assignment as an Event Director of Manila Workshops was the Stock Smarts Series, in partnership with Marvin Germo. It started in January of this year and we already had four runs as of this month.

We had 4 modules during the first run, which include:

  • Basics of Stock Market
  • Intro to Technical Analysis
  • Advanced Technical Analysis
  • Fundamental Analysis

It was held at the Berjaya Hotel in Makati City, where we had a total of 41 participants for this series.

Stock-Smarts-January-2015

The same topics were tackled during the second run at Voffice, Fort Legend Tower, in Taguig City with a total of 25 attendees.

Stock-Smarts-April-2015

We tried a new set of modules for our third run this year and we called it the Comprehensive Technical Analysis Series, which include the following modules:

  • Basics and the Foundations of Technical Analysis
  • Market Trends, Volume Related Trading, Market Phases, and Moving Averages
  • Stock Market Trading Oscillators
  • Candlesticks, Comprehensive Chart Patterns, Fibonacci Analysis

It was held at the Freelancer Conference Hall, Ecotower, in Taguig City, where we had a total of 25 attendees. Majority enrolled for the entire course / series.

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On our fourth run, we included two modules from the first run, Basics and Fundamental Analysis, and we added a new module, which is Portfolio Management. Surprisingly, this is the run where we had the most number of attendees, having a total of 45.

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Our speaker, Marvin Germo, is a Registered Financial Planner and an author. His ability to simplify complicated investment concepts, making it easier to understand has made him one of the most sought after money speakers here and abroad. With his over seven years of experience in the Philippine financial industry, his energy and zeal to educate the Filipino people has transformed ordinary consumers into investors.

As an advocate of Financial Literacy, I’m happy and proud to be part of this project, where I get the chance to share to others the opportunity to learn more about financial education. Our economy and our country as a whole, has so much to offer, and we hope that through these workshops, we’d be able to help and encourage our kababayans to take part in its progress.

This October, we’re going to have our fifth run of Stock Smarts and it will be a rerun of the Comprehensive Technical Analysis series with the same modules.

Stock Smarts CTA October 2015 Poster

Whether you’re a complete newbie in the stock market or you’re already investing or trading, I personally invite you to this upcoming Stock Smarts series. Technical Analysis is one of the best tools to find the perfect timing in buying and selling stocks. Having the knowledge of Technical Analysis will help you trade or invest in the stock market with confidence.

Plus, in these workshops, participants will be given a chance to analyze stocks using the different techniques that Marvin will teach.

For more info and to register in these workshops, please visit Manila Workshops. You may also CONTACT ME directly or post your comments below.

See you there! 🙂

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iCon 2015 Investment Conference – An Empowering Experience!

I was privileged to attend the Investment Conference 2015 (#iCon2015) by Mr. Randell Tiongson at the SMX MOA Convention Center yesterday, May 30, 2015, where most of the country’s experts in Finance and Investment were present. Big thanks to Marvin Germo of Stock Smarts for inviting me to the event! 🙂

I went there to co-promote the upcoming workshops of Marvin in partnership with Manila Workshops, which is the Comprehensive Technical Analysis Series to be held in June-July of this year. It was also the book launch of Marvin’s third book, entitled, Stock Smarts Stress-free Investing, which was a big hit at the event. And thanks also to Mrs. Stock Smarts, Yvonne Goh-Germo, for giving me a copy of this book. 🙂

#iCon2015-Investment Conference-Randell Tiongson

So how did the conference go?

This year’s iCon was a full house with more or less 1,500 people present at the SMX MOA Convention Center.

I was able to take a few notes from some of the speakers before I got busy accommodating inquiries for our workshops.

Pinay Investor-with-Randell Tiongson
With Mr. Randell Tiongson, the pioneer of iCon Investment Conference

The first speaker was none other than the man behind iCon, Mr. Randell Tiongson, a columnist, and best-selling author of “Money Manifesto,” who talked about balancing finances and investments and an overview of growing trends that affect investing.

According to him, there are more reasons to invest in the country including strong infrastructure development, public private partnerships, demographic sweet spots, and the increasing number of OFWs and BPOs.

He also stressed that interest rates are so low, thus we have no choice but to INVEST!

How?

Invest EARLY, WISELY, and REGULARY.

Step 1 – Improving Cash Flow

Step 2 – Getting out of debt

Step 3 – Setting up your Emergency Fund

Step 4 – Getting protected from life’s risks

Step 5 – Investing for your future

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With Mr. Chinkee Tan, radio host, wealth coach and best-selling author of “Till Debt Do Us Part”

The second speaker was Mr. Chinkee Tan, a radio host, wealth coach and best-selling author of “Till Debt Do Us Part”. His topic was: Breaking the Entrepreneurship Mindset.

Some of us think that the rich people became rich because they have a lot of money. But according to Sir Chinkee Tan, money does not create money. It’s the ideas that create money.

“If you have a burning idea as an investor or entrepreneur, never allow the lack of money to stop you from working on that idea and making it big.” (not his exact words but it was something like that)

3 reasons why people fail are the lack of knowledge, fear, and greed. That’s why he suggests,

  • Only invest in what you understand
  • Don’t use your feelings / emotions in investing
  • Never invest out of greed (because greedy people get burned)

How to invest successfully?

  1. Invest WISELY – Knowledge is power, as well as investment.
  2. Invest CONSISTENTLY – It takes time to achieve financial freedom.
  3. Invest PATIENTLY – Patience is truly a virtue in successful investing.
  4. Invest CAUTIOUSLY – One rule of investing to live by: Always have a backup plan.

In investing, hope for the best, but expect for the worst as well, because anything can happen. Don’t invest all your hard-earned money. Only invest what you can afford to lose.

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iCon 2015 Program Flow

This is the official copy of #iCon2015’s program flow with the complete list of speakers and their topics. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take additional notes from the other speakers because I was busy promoting our workshops and accommodating inquiries. But I sure did learn a lot from all of the speakers.  

This year’s Investment Conference was indeed a big success — power-pack, informative, insightful, and empowering! Congratulations to Sir Randell Tiongson and his team! I can’t wait to attend next year’s iCon! 🙂

Sharing some of my photos at the event…

It was my second time to listen to Mr. Francis Kong in an event like this and I always get inspired by his wisdom and public speaking skills. 

Mr. Francis Kong: My wife is my great TREASURE…

Audience: Ohhh, so sweet.

Mr. Francis Kong: and my great TREASURER as well.

Audience: clapped and laughed out loud 🙂

Investing is not all about building wealth. According to Mr. Kong, we should also invest in other things like:

1. Investing in yourself – attend trainings/seminars/courses that will add value to you.

2. Investing in good friends – they are the people who can bring out the best or worst in you.
3. Investing in culture and adventure – experience is always the best teacher.
 
4. Investing in your family at all times – they are the reason you are striving to be the best.
5. Investing in spirituality – remember, everything that we have comes from God. We should give thy glory and honor to Him who make things possible. 

(Courtesy of TheCristobal.info

I first met Sir Efren Llamas Cruz at the #FFF2015 event and we had a photo together but he had already left the venue when I realized that our photo was blurred. So when I saw him at the #iCon2015 event, I made sure that we’ll have a photo taken together and this time it was clearer. Yay! 🙂 

Sir Efren talked about Managing Investment Risks and he emphasized the importance of diversifiying our investment. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Meaning, we should put our funds in savings, mutual funds, stocks/equities, among other options. 

I also had the chance to have a small talk with Jess Uy after his talk on Global Investing, where he stressed out the importance of thinking global. He said that it’s good to invest in the Philippines because of its high investment grade, but we should also consider other investment opportunities outside the country. He also mentioned that in Singapore and some other countries, we can buy insurance 3 times cheaper than its price in the Philippines for the same or even higher value. Hmm, that sounds interesting!:) I also commended him for his amazing video presentation during his talk. It was nicely done. Very unique and powerful. 

And of course my favorite speaker, Marvin Germo! 🙂 He never fails to amaze his audience by his wit and humor, and his ever-sweet jokes about his being a loving and understanding husband to his lovely wife, Yvonne, who was sitting right beside me during the event because we were on the same table. 🙂 

Carl Dy, a propery investor and the President of Spectrum Investments, was also at the event, together with Ms. Christine Foong-Wong, the founder of Rhemaworks in Singapore to introduce and invite people to their “Spectrum Education.” Ms. Wong answered the question of “what is stopping us unconsciously from having it all in our life?”, where she shared a little bit about herself and experiences before she founded Rhemaworks.

Lianne Martha Laroya, commonly known as the Young Pinoy Millionaire and the founder of thewiseliving.com, was also at the event to promote her book. I’ve seen Lianne a couple of times in some of the seminars that I’ve attended and we’ve exchanged emails too, but we never had a photo together. So when I saw her at the iCon2015, I made sure that I won’t leave the event without taking a photo with her. We had our photo together finally! (medyo blurred nga lang hehe).

I also saw one of my good friends in college and my co-varsity player of Arnis :), Vanezza Bayaton-Obispo, who now works for MoneySense

I’ve heard a lot about Marvin’s wife during his workshops (which I organized), and I was pleased to finally meet her in person. Such a wonderful and approachable lady. It was nice meeting you, Mrs. Stock Smarts, Yvonne Goh-Germo! 🙂 And it was also nice to see Rhizza Diaz again, whom I first met at the FFF2015 event. Thanks for taking most of my photos with the experts! 🙂

With-Yvonne Goh Germo-and-Rhizza Diaz
With Yvonne Germo and Rhizza
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My Experience working with Marvin Germo and attending his Stock Smarts Workshop Series

My first project with Manila Workshops as an Event Director was a success and I’m proud of it! 🙂

I’ve never seen Marvin Germo before, but I have been hearing a lot of good things about him, especially when it comes to stock market investing. When I learned from Ginger, the General Manager of Manila Workshops, that I’ll be working with Marvin for his Stock Smarts Workshop Series, my heart jumped in excitement because I will finally see him in person. I only knew him as the “Stock Smart”, but I later found out that he’s also a rock star! 🙂

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Pinay Investor welcoming the attendees of the Stock Smarts Workshops and introducing the Speaker, Marvin Germo (who took this photo! 🙂

After coordinating with him for a couple of days through texts, calls, and emails, I finally got to see him personally on the first session of the workshop series. He came into the venue/room wearing sunglasses and when he took it off, I was starstruck! I just saw one of my idols in finance! Haha! 🙂

Because I was at the event, I also got the chance to listen to Marvin as he was discussing the different topics of the Stock Smarts Workshop Series.  And I could say that he is indeed a Stock Smart. He knows his craft very well and he’s able to deliver it to the audience without boring them. I’ve attended a lot of seminars before, but this was the most intensive and comprehensive stock market workshop that I’ve experienced so far. His approach is very light and cool. I’m not saying this because we work together, but because that’s what I experienced. In fact, I’ve been investing in the stock market for almost a year now and I’ve only discovered some of the very useful techniques and strategies in the stock market from his workshops. Now I understand why most of the attendees didn’t mind paying a ‘lot of money’ to attend the workshops because they got what they paid for and it’s totally worth it.

We got the chance to talk after he finished the two workshops on the first day. He was very friendly and accommodating. He shared a little bit about himself and what he does and I’m impressed with his passion, hard work, and dedication to help Filipinos achieve financial freedom by investing in the stock market.

And it was so nice of him to give me a copy of his new book plus a dedication when I half-jokingly asked for it. And of course, knowing myself, I won’t let the day pass without having a photo taken with him. 🙂

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Pinay Investor with Marvin Germo at the Stock Smarts Workshops

The Stock Smarts Workshop Series is composed of four modules, namely, Stock Smarts Basics, How to Find the Perfect Timing in Buying and Selling Stocks, Technical Analysis, and Fundamental Analysis. It’s a full course (but you can attend any module), that’s intended to teach the ins and outs of the stock market from the basic essentials to the most complex topics like technical analysis using chart patterns and oscillators and other tools. And Marvin’s role here is to simplify everything to make it easier for the investors to know how the stock market works without bombarding them with a lot of information.

Below are some of our pictures during the workshops.

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Stock Smarts Basics and Perfect Timing by Marvin Germo, January 31, 2015
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Stock Smarts Technical Analysis by Marvin Germo, February 12, 2015
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Stock Smarts Fundamental Analysis by Marvin Germo, February 26, 2015

After the success of the first run of the Stock Smarts Workshop Series this year, we will be having a re-run this April 2015. Yes, so please reserve all your Monday evenings this April if you want to attend this series and learn how to the invest in the stock market, the Stock Smart’s way!

  • Stock Smarts Basics
    April 6, 2015 (Monday)
    6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Perfect Timing
    April 13, 2015 (Monday)
    6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Technical Analysis
    April 20, 2015 (Monday)
    6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Fundamental Analysis
    April 27, 2015 (Monday)
    6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

For registration or for more info, please visit this LINK, or feel free to contact me! 🙂

I’d also love to hear your thoughts about investing in the stock market or maybe you’ve already attended one of Marvin Germo’s workshops before, so feel free to share it with us here!

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I’m now officially part of Manila Workshops! :)

After resigning from my 7-year employment with a BPO company last May 2014, I spent most of my time learning new skills and adding value to myself by attending seminars and workshops.

I like attending seminars because it offers a more interactive learning experience plus I get to meet the speakers and other participants in person. It also gives me a good idea on what topics to write and share to my readers which gives me that sense of value and fulfillment.

Below are some of the significant seminars and events that I’ve attended.

  • Cashflow 101 by Robert Kiyosaki
  • Financial Management
  • Stock Market and ForEx
  • Technical and Fundamental Analysis in Investing
  • Philippine Retail Investment Conference
  • FLEX and ALC Leadership Seminars
  • Strategic Communication
  • WAHM 101 with Mastermind Sessions
  • Love the Leap Program

Most of them are related to Personal Finance and some are about Personal Development and Entrepreneurship because admittedly, those are the topics that I’m most passionate about. Aside from the valuable learning experiences that I get from attending seminars, it also serves as my guide to achieving my personal and financial goals.

As an advocate of financial literacy and a believer of continuing education, I am very excited to announce that I’m already a part of Manila Workshops (under GPA Events Management Services), which is owned and managed by my mentor (of the Love the Leap Program) and mompreneur, Ginger Palma-Arboleda.

As an Event/Workshop Director, I will be handling different workshops series about Personal Finance and Investments. And I’m privileged (and thrilled) that I’ll be working with two of the most popular and award-winning Personal Finance Experts in the Philippines, Fitz Villafuerte of Ready To Be Rich and Marvin Germo of Stock Smarts.

Please watch out for my posts about our upcoming Workshop Series! 🙂