Faith and Work

freelancer, motherhood, Uncategorized

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.

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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?

freelancer, Job, motherhood

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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 1. PERSEVERANCE 

 

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. 

 

3. BEING   POSITIVE 

 

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! 

 

 

3. WILLING   TO   LEARN 

 

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”

 

4. LOVE   IN   EVERYTHING   YOU   DO 

 

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.

 

I am bored of my job.

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I am in the stage of my life that I got bored of my job. It seems that my brain won’t work anymore of doing the same routine. I want to learn more but it seems I feel wasting a Dollar if I do something else that will not allow my time ticking to earn. I work at home as an online researcher and seems I am tired of doing the same thing. I remember this talk from Matthew Lesko in Ted Talk titled  ” Don’t Be Afraid of Being Anything ”   It inspires me to manage my time in doing my job and at the same time do the things I love and I have fun in doing even if  I don’t earn but I know if I will cultivate it I can think of something that I will earn from it.  This is what the talk all about. That we should not be afraid of being anything.

The thought that he says that motivates me to keep on writing is this:

“Finding what special about you and so that you can give it better than anybody else because you are happy everyday you do need a Million Dollars because you are happy ” – Matthew Lesko

By doing the things I love to do which is  “Writing” aside from the work which I have been doing all day. Will somehow give a diversion of my routine and will refresh my thoughts and boost my energy to work.

What are the steps I make to not feel bored with my job?

  1. I keep into mind that “I need my job, I am well paid off and I worked hard for this” I just need to do other things to refresh my mind.
  2. Since I love writing I decided to make this website and when I feel bored doing my job, I can stop for a while and write my thoughts.
  3. When I work I play relaxing instrumental songs.
  4. I take time to do household chores.
  5. I take time to take care of my kids, play and laugh with them.

Other plans:

6. In my payday, I will go out with my kids.

7. Play tennis twice a week.