It's not a secret that we are financially struggling. It's hard to budget my salary monthly. But surprisingly, we are overcoming it and we don't have any credits. I've been juggling with my 9 hrs work 5 times a day then my rakets on the side just to have something extra. I believe that moms are really good at multitasking. And I am so grateful that I have my patient partner with me. I know that our situation is not the usual for a family, I am the one working while he stays at home. It's just a matter of sacrifice and compromising. And I know that we will not stay this way forever. Tiis tiis lang kumbaga.
I've been more creative when I've become a mom. I never thought that I will be. I am forever thankful to the times that I learned some things from my childhood days that is so useful now. In addition to that is also the experiences that I learned when I was still a member of a theatre group, I learned to be more artistic, dicipline, and confident of myself. I can still remember back in college, my first ever big raket was a theatre musical performance titled "Pag Ibig Sa Bayan" held at the Meralco Theatre. It was Senator Nene Pimentel's story about martial law. I was a dancer and a koro that time. We held the play for 2 shows in a day for 4 days. and I got paid for almost P15k. And that amount of money was really big that time dated around 2006. We had a lot of performaces back then and I got to earn some money and buy for the things that I wanted out of my allowance. So I think that's the time when my creativity strikes in. And until now I am still passionate for doing the things that I love and at the same time earn from it. Though it's not that much, it still somehow helps us even in a small way.
1. Lipsticks & Make ups
If you are following me on IG, I always post this #LOTD (Lipstick of the day) with my selfies. Yes, I do selfies, He He He. Just because I am selling those lipsticks that I am wearing. Naks. I also sell Maldita Bleach, Bags, Wallets at kung anik anik pa. The bags are from my mom and I have a supplier for the make ups. So far my bestsellers are the matte lipsticks.
My friends trust me enough to do their hairs and make ups on some of their events. I am a self taught braider and hairstylist. For the hairstyles that are complicated, I will watch them on Youtube but my forte is really on braids.
I am only working at Odesk for 2 hrs per day for a week. So its really not much. It's just on easy reasearching and freelance. My late Auntie (who died from ovarian cancer last year) taught me on how to work here. But my work is not exclusively, it really depends on the contract. Right now, I don't have a job because my previous employer ended our contract. She got a lot of leads from me. She will just contact me if she needs more.
There, these are my rakets as of the moment. It is really exhausting and very tiring but nevertheless I am happy that I can still include it on my busy schedule at work. Now you can suggest that I should just find a new job that has a higher salary. Yes, that's easy to say but right now I love my job. I am still looking forward to waking up each day and go to work. And where can you find a job that you feel like its not work at all? It makes me happy. The least that I can do is to have some part times and rakets on the side that will help us on our daily budget. But I am not closing my doors from big opportunities. If it will come, it will come.
My partner is also helping me to sell our perfumes at our neighborhood. And next week I am invited to have a small bazaar at Teletech, Cainta. I hope to display and sell my available stocks for bags, wallets, perfumes and accessories there. There are still a lot of things that I wanted to do and sell in the future. I always wanted to sell the crochets that I am making (I got a lot of orders from my friends) but I don't have all the time to do it. Before my bestseller is the ear pads crochets for headsets because most of my friends are working on a call center. :)
It's also on my bucket list to learn how to do make ups for events. I can do the usual neutral eyeshadow and basic make up but I want to learn more. Moreover, I miss dancing a lot and having performances in different places. All my co-theatre friends are busy with their respective jobs so there is really no time to prepare for plays. Having been said that, I am still happy that I still get the chance to do what I love aside from performing. I am not getting any older and my bones are not flexible as before, that's why rakets that does not require any body effort is the easiest for me now. He He He.
It is a lot of work, sacrifices and time. But I really don't mind. Sometimes, struggling financially helps me to become more productive, resourceful and creative. I will never be rich but atleast I will never ran out of ideas to survive. :)