I am working on a startup business at the moment while homeschooling my kids. I now love the feeling of being able to create something and playing around with it. It's not all fun and games, there are times I don't feel like working on my website, or opening my emails or clicking on "learn more" links so I could understand how the heck Google Analytics work.. I'm really not techy, but I have a passion to learn. It is my wish my children will do the same or better when it comes to love for creativity and entrepreneurship.
"Nanay, I forgive you...," said Haley.
I turn and see her face her eyes are tearing up. I say: thank u for forgiving me... Why are you forgiving me? This is the first time she said she forgave me without my having asked for forgiveness. I don't even know what I did!
"Nilaksan mo ung boses mo kanina," (You raised your voice at me a while ago) her 4-year-old voice breaking up as she talked, "but I forgive you very much."
Then I remembered how I told her to stop putting her fingers in her mouth. I was annoyed but I hadn't even realized that I'd raised my voice!
How cute that Haley has developed this wonderful character trait. It was not my original intention to teach her this.
I had picked up from homeschooling blogs and seminars that we as parents should ask our children for forgiveness when we commit mistakes. So I began doing it whenever I forgot things I said I would do for my kids, whenever I lose my temper and such.
"Do you forgive me?" I would say. When Haley did not know how to respond at first, I used to ask her to repeat after me "Say: Yes, I forgive you nanay."
From there she learned. But it's amazing how she seemed to evolve. From being able to simply respond, she now understands an abstract concept that most people find hard to do in their mature years.
There is beauty in a child who knows how to forgive and I pray she will continue to grow with a kind heart.
This photo was taken on a Monday, while most people were starting to go back to work in the office or school, handyman decided to do something together as a family to kick off the year. Jogging and biking together, nothing fancy. Just one of those peaceful moments.
I was going to title this post Starting the Year Right but then I thought how do I know I have done right? What's important is that things got started. Get the ball rolling.
Where am I at three months later?
- I'm still an insurance adviser of life insurance and investment-linked products.
- I'm still a visa consultant for people wanting to travel or study to Australia.
- I'm still running the real estate family corporation and have been able to buy an investment under the corporation's name.
- I'm still selling natural and organic cosmetic products by Human Nature.
Now how do I say this without sounding like I'm full of myself:
That is what you call having multiple streams of income.
In the last two months here's what I've been preoccupied with:
It's been difficult for me to homeschool multi-level because of all the other things I allowed myself to get into. My three boys are in this level: Grade 8, Grade 5, and prep. (My 3 year old daughter, the youngest, is not yet officially homeschooling, everything is just play with her) I read so many articles on how families who are multi-level homeschool, but I honestly find it very daunting to teach all three boys at the same time and even feel that this style was making our progress slower. So here's what I did:
Scratch that. How can I be meek? Period. I'm a loudmouth, it's the truth. It's a weakness. I have a need for my opinion to be heard, for my thoughts to be voiced out. That's why I have a blog. I need another outlet for my thoughts other than my mouth. Some might say that's good because you are strong-willed and you are passionate in what you believe in. Wrong. Sometimes a woman should just shut up about it. Especially when it comes to marriage.
So folks if you want to homeschool and work at the same time here's the truth:
It's possible. It's doable. It can even be fun at times because in my case I can bring my children with me to work, they like to see what I do in the office and I get to take them out to the mall nearby for lunch. I think that's the part that they really like about it.
Yes! You've finally saved up a few for that investment you've been meaning to get. You hear many people tell you:
"Invest in your future"
"If you want to be rich - invest"
"Investing is the financial smart thing to do"
"Save money for an investment"
Ok, so now I've got the money. What should I invest on?
This morning I was desperately craving for cake. It's been a week that I'd been craving for something sweet, but there was none. I was not scheduled to buy anything until the first Wednesday of November. The reason for that is to save money and my post about that can be found here.
So I'm in the living room on the couch with my daughter Haley, eating peanut butter straight out of the jar and it's nearly cleaned off. I'm thinking of what I should cook for lunch maybe I can cut up the piece of chorizo real small and make fried rice. Or I can use the nori seaweed and just make sushi rice. Toss coin. Three more days to go till grocery time.
Beginning of the school quarter I sat down with the kids and wrote out our goals for the year. Two of the goals I wrote was to post a blog 3 x a week and treadmill 3 x a week. How I have failed miserably. I read my children's written goals and they have been doing way better than me.
Another failed goal that I am about to confess: I am no longer a full-pledged Taumbahay or homebody. I go to the office upto 4 times a week and the kids are starting to complain. They don't feel as homeschooled as they used to. I don't read aloud as much and according to them, I just give assignments and check their work and that's it.