Bringing back my desire to work!

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I am glad that I am bringing back my desire to work. It’s been more than a week now and I found the things I did in my article faith and work really works for me. I am now bringing back my desire to work and enjoying everything I do.  For a week of trying to practice good habit such as following my to do list, has been a good help for me not focus myself on just one and repetitive task.

My usual everyday task just revolve in the four corners of our house, my laptop and my freelancing task then kids, and maybe because I have been doing these for so long then,  I lost my passion, I get bored as I also disconnect myself  with the Lord. What are the things I think helped me to bring back my desire to work?

  1. I call God’s grace everyday, when I wake up and before bed time. I am trying to build a good habit of listening to wonderful praise songs and meditation songs like that from Don Moen. I love listening to his songs. And his songs from Hymnbook full album are just great songs that brings back my connection with our creator. I even listen these when I am working. It refreshes my thoughts.

2.  My realistic and achievable to do list has helped me to form a good everyday habit. Such as:

  • In the morning while waiting for my son at school, I do my freelancing task.
  • When I am at home I prioritize doing my mother’s task including unlimited breastfeeding my youngest son.
  • I work sometimes when my kids are watching youtube and if there is somebody who will look after them.
  • Then 4-5 times a week, I spare 1-2 hours jog or play tennis with my kids; breath fresh air outside our village.
  • When my kids are sleeping at night and if my body has still energy to tick my time to work, then I do.

3. I take time to talk with friends I just knew when my son entered school. Now I am learning to mingle with others. As a freelancer we tend to isolate ourselves with others because of the nature of our work. We always need internet.

I am connecting myself to my inner self, people, God, environment and my responsibilities to the best of my abilities. Embracing the things that I can do and not mending on the things that I can hardly do yet, like working 8-12 hours a day; and connecting to what I really need to do in the present situation of my life, helps me to bring back my desire to work and enjoy each responsibilities I have. There are many things I would like to do  but as a mother I need to prioritize my kids. As what I read from  the book “One Thing” I just have to build a good habit in hitting my one thing, and I know when they grow up, nobody will grab my hand, ask me to carry them anymore. 🙂 I will just take each plan one step at a time by forming a good habit.:)

Faith and Work

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Lord, please help me! Was my thoughts before I slept yesterday night. I felt my desire of forming a good habit in reaching my “One Thing Goal” was slumping. That fire I had before working my online task as  freelancer for almost four years was not the same as I had it, last February this year and the previous years.

What is happening to me?! This is not me? I have goals to achieve but that fire in my heart to do the things I usually do for over three years is almost dying. I wanted to let that fire burn as my faith in the Lord burns everyday when I do my work at home these previous years. I felt a very powerful mother that time.

My desire in doing my task was slumping and I lost my intimate connection with the Lord. What is happening to me?! I don’t like this feeling. Help me Lord. “This was my thoughts yesterday! While my kids were sleeping and after photocopying my son’s workbook for a review before going to school the next day,   I tried to get my journal, I started writing my to do list. At the back of my mind, to do list again and I am not achieving them! That night  my to do list for the next day was realistic. I learned it when I was making a  book summary for a client. The book title was  “One Thing” by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. I learned that when we make everyday to do list, it should be:

  • Realistic
  • Achievable
  • Can form a good habit towards my “One Thing Goal” that needs a long term hard work.

Before; my to do list didn’t include taking care of my kids or tutoring them, because I am very focused of completing the task and the penny that drops each time I turn on my time tracker. Yesterday, I am being honest to myself that I am not a superwoman anymore, who can work 8-10 hours a day and take care of my kids as well. Because, my eldest son is already in K1 and he needs follow up; my youngest also loves someone to read book for him. They always wanted to be with me when I am at home.

I realized that aside from working at home I should prioritize my two kids more than before( three years ago) because, they are growing up and they are forming their values and emotional strength as well. It would be a consequence if  I  let them watch educational youtube videos more than four hours a day. I should take the challenge watching over them and making them feel the love of their father working overseas. My to do list has only four hours work – obligatory; and I do it while waiting my eldest son’s school break. Then,  when I am at home, it’s a mothers task. Read books, play with them, jogging, playing tennis and trying to insert gardening (I hope, I can make this). And, if there would be somebody to look after my kids, I can work or do stuffs like blogging, do some work when needed, reading and applying for projects online.  I think this is the best to do list I can achieved everyday. And may be this, will bring the fire in my heart again connecting to the real world and situation in my life. Not just computer, house, mall; computer, house, mall.

After doing my to do list, I went to the toilet and saw the bible in the Altar. I got it and ask God’s guidance to talk to me. Lord, please talk to me, I closed my eyes asking his Holy Spirit;  tried to open the bible without any bible verse in my thought. In my prayer whichever verse my hands flipped through it was the message that the Lord was trying to convey.  It was about Baal and idols, I told myself, ” I don’t believe in Baal’s,  this is not a message for me”. I prayed again and flip through , I opened Hosea 2, it was still  about Baal. “Oh, why is this? ” when I tried to  flip through again, a message deep within me “money is also a form of Baal” . I Stopped and read back each word in Hosea 2.


I started  flashing  back my attitude towards work and how I value faith. And these verse strikes my heart. Reminding me that this previous months I lost connection with the Lord; I was so focused of earning more and working hard. I forgot to praise him first day in the morning and  before bed time.

Now, it seems that I could not go through pursuing my goals because I lost my desire to go through opportunities are also like blocking my way. My wisdom and perseverance and that fire to push through are slowly vanishing. And these verses hit my heart! I simply forget the Lord who was my husband when I was trying to start my freelancing career.

I want to go back to myself before; and work with faith. I am there trying to build back the habit of praying before working and while working. Bringing back all the glory to him; after all these opportunities I have came from him.

As I end this note. I am about the complete my half day to do list for this day.


I need to end now, my eldest son is already waiting for me in school.

Later, I need to complete my other half day to do list and prioritized my thoughts completing my motherhood task.







How to prepare yourself for a freelancing career?

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Breaking the wall of becoming a freelancer isnot easyy as you want to have it quick. There is no easy way. What makes it difficult is to get your first job or project; but once you are already there and you have build your profile as a freelancer- that will make things easier.

I can say that there are simple task and difficult task. And the most important thing, you  need to be the jack of all trade. When I got my first job in Upwork it’s like breaking the wall. It took me 4 months to get the first job with a very small pay! Yes, with a very small pay, not even worth the time I spent in doing the job and snitching my time between my kids and doing the task; I read an ebook about real estate and write questions and answers without plagiarism. I made 40 questions and answers a day with only 0.04USD per question. I didn’t work full time; I have to take care of my eldest son so , I need to balance my time as a mother and delivering quality output to my client. What keeps me going at that time was not the pay, it was the privilege to do my first project and I love what I am doing. Why I am saying this? Because being a freelancer- the most important thing you need to have are:

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The internet world is composed of many freelancers from all over the world. The competition is very tight as skills. But, once you already have a profile in websites such as Upwork or any websites, you have free slots to bid as many as you are willing to go through sending your proposal to every job post that you think you can do.

Make the most of your time in bidding and never give up until you get the first job. When I tried to break the wall of my freelancing career, I did not stop bidding because I want to have a job, I want to earn on my own while taking care of my kids. My husband is an overseas worker so, I need to be the mother and the father of my kids while he is not around. When all I do was taking care of my firstborn son, I missed spending my own money without my husband handing me his hard earned money. I wanted to empower myself as a woman,  mother, and a wife. So, I kept on bidding whatever I thought my work experienced in the office and skills would be relevant to the job. 




Being positive that even how many times you bid, you still have that positive attitude that you could have your first job. When I bid in projects I always speak to myself; I am unique, someone will hire me. Believe in your skills, explore and learn more to enhance it. In bisaya I say it “pabaga ug nawong”  No guts no glory! 





Online work needs you to learn a lot of things even at the expense of your own research. Almost everything can be searched on the internet. Google things that you want to learn. Always remember “Knowledge is Power”




The love of the work is very important because this will make you successful; this is where you get perseverance. When you love what you are doing it will take you to success and make your brain work more on how to improve yourself and your skills.


5.  Trust   in   Lord


Believe it or not my first $3.6/hour project. I have prayed and worked hard for it. I woke up 12am, kneel down and pray because I believe, God will provide. And luckily a very good client hired me as a researcher, he molded my skills in writing and research. I gained more confidence in myself and that was the starting of my breakthrough as a freelancer. Now, I am very thankful to be one of those who has “Top Rated” badge in Upwork.

This all for now!  🙂 When you feel like quitting always remember “the 2 P’s and 3 L’s “


And if you are willing to do whatever it takes. Then you are ready to do the techniques with skills. See you in the next article.


The books that taught me to dream and achieve.

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7 Steps to Living at your Full Potential by Joel Osteen and Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. These were the books which taught me to dream and achieve.

7 Steps to Living at your Full Potential by Joel Osteen was a perfect book into knowing about what God has in store for us. I have read books about positive thinking, but I felt something was missing. When I happened to read cover by cover about this book written by Joel Osteen, I found the book very interesting. It was about the integration of being positive and being faithful to God – are the way to achieve our dreams or live at our full potentials. It filled that missing part I felt when I knew about positive thinking. Finally, it helped me understand that being positive was not the only way to achieve my dreams. Through this book, I learned to believe in my strength and my dreams; through believing that God was and is with me in everything I do. I remember reading on that page talking about a person who dreamt of having his own house; he stood in front of that house he wished to have and declared that one day he would have that kind of house too, and indeed that dream came true. I internalized that page, I started believing that I too could have a house of my own, in a beautiful place where the ambiance was the same as the place where I had spent my childhood. After reading the whole book, I started to build positive thoughts and being positive in all that I do.

At the same time, I also read the book “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Kiyosaki. This book.. oh, this book! It was really great! it was about being successful by, this thought “stop complaining, instead make the most in learning”. The book was about making the most of the job we have, and to persevere even with a very small salary. In working our main goal should be “learning” and not just about earning. Pave that way to make that big dream come true through “learning”. It talked about why poor remain poor and why the rich became rich or richer, and all of it was caused by our estate of mind by limiting our dreams and thoughts of becoming successful.

While I was reading these books, I was at the lowest morale of my life where I got rejected for a job; I tried looking for a job but I had no luck. One day, I got hired as a sales executive in a jewelry export industry my salary was just so small, enough for my own needs, but couldn’t even afford to buy expensive clothes. I remember the book  “Rich Dad Poor Dad”; each time I woke up every morning to work, I kept telling myself, “I am in that job to learn and stop complaining”. Then, I put all my dedication in that job and it last two years. That was the last job I had in the office.

I got pregnant and had spent my life being a full-time mom. My husband was an overseas worker. The time came that I felt bored and I wanted to earn on my own. I tried to make the most of our internet. My eldest son was 7 months old; I was a full-time mom then. While he was sleeping, I snitched time in googling how these people making money online? I could still recall, I’ve gone to many websites and sometimes got scammed, but I did not stop. I came across with the website and now Upwork; believe me, I kept bidding but with no luck; I did not stop and I believe in myself that one day someone would hire me, and of course I had with me that “faith” that God will provide. I put all in my heart the hope that Joel Osteen and Robert Kiyosaki printed in their books. Indeed, I got hired; making questions and answers from a real estate book for $0.04 per question. I did not complain and yet very thankful for the opportunity. I was enjoying the job and again I told myself  “I am here to learn”. With perseverance I kept bidding for work and kept on praying; indeed doors of opportunities opened up. And I have been a freelancer and independent contractor in Upwork for over three years now. I got my top-rated freelancer badge in Upwork late last year.

I am very happy that through those books, it points me the right path what my heart really wants to do. I am now earning more than I worked in the office; in the comfort of my home and still able to watch my kids. And just this year with a couple of hard work between me and my husband, and some instruments from the Lord, we got our dream house from the perfect place which seems to be nostalgic from the place I spent my childhood with. And all this, I believe; because of that faith in Lord, hope, and perseverance which I got from these two books I read.

Though there are still things I want to achieve, I want to do more with my online career. But, I am very happy that I am now gaining some fruits of reading the book and applying them in my personal life.  I still love learning and dreaming. Now, I am reading “Beyond Talent” by John C. Maxwell and I would be glad to share it with you once I am done reading the book. As the book says, talent is nothing if we will not work and explore it; this book has more to learn and I am very excited to know more about it.

If you are interested in these books, you can buy Joel Osteen and Robert Kiyosaki books Amazon

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