Tag: Motherhood

Mindful Mom Re-Treat by Mommy Mundo

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to attend the Mindful Mom Re-Treat organized by Janice Villanueva of Mommy Mundo. It is an off shoot of the Mom Manifesto that she co-created last year with Mommy Mundo Head of Content, Jing Lejano, and registered psychologist and counselor, Michile Alignay. The series of Mindful Mom Re-Treats happening this year, in the words of Janice herself, “are all focused on helping moms be more mindful of where they are in their lives right now so that they can consciously live out their mommy mission amidst the joy and challenges of motherhood.” It is the perfect venue for re-centering and re-energizing for moms.
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Janice Villanueva, founder of Mommy Mundo
A quick rundown. During the Retreat, Mom Manifesto co-creator, Michel Alignay, walked us through the different mindful activities that had us reflecting much about ourselves in a way that we had never before. In the first activity, she had us charting our daily schedule to know whether we are letting ourselves run our day or letting our day run us. Most of us, surprisingly, found out that if we just mindfully go about our day, we need not bend ourselves backwards trying to juggle everything. We can in fact, strike that balance in all areas. In the second activity, Michele had us examine our life scripts, the things that we had ourselves believing and now naturally, doing. This was actually the part where most of the realizations came in. Moving to the third activity was quite easy for most of us then after having had a clear understanding of how we were wired and programmed growing up. The way Michele made us understand our weakness and the way she encouraged us to give more importance to our strengths in the third activity was truly self affirming. By the time we were in the fourth activity, it was pretty clear to most of us who we really are as an individual and as a mom, our special chracteristics and unique talents, and what we want to personally attain for ourselves.
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I had a lot of take-aways from this retreat. Personally, it made me realized that I should love myself better so I’ll have more to give to others. It made me see that I shouldn’t be apologetic of my weaknesses because they are often met and matched by one or two of my strengths. It encouraged me to break free from the trappings of societal norms and expectations often blown out of proportion by media, and measure and align myself only against my own life goals and aspirations. Right now as I am writing this, I am pretty excited to start my own Vision boards. I cannot wait to sit down and start affirming my strengths. I cannot wait to make personal breakthroughs and create my mindful plan of action.
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Kudos Janice Villanueva, Jing Lejano, and Michele Alignay and all the sponsors for a very insightful and inspiring Mindful Mom Retreat! I am looking forward to the next one already!
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(Photo grabbed from Mommy Mundo)
Oooops, before I forget, this Re-Treat is definitely a TREAT because of the ah-mazing treats! Thank you Pampers, Monogramstyleph, Trollbeads, Botanicals in Bloom, Moringa O2, Pylones, Photobooks Philippines, Philips Avent, Celebrity Mom, Urban Ashram, Brow Studio, Oscar Mejia, Blo Blow Dry Bar, Ogalala, Marie France, and Facial Care Center for filling our loot bag with goodies! It was a joy to dig inside the bag!

Music

imageMy dear Bianca Angela,
Quite frankly I really do not know where your talent in music comes from. It can’t be from daddy, he’s tone deaf or from me, I can’t carry a tune. But then you being good at it is no surprise considering how earnestly you danced and moved inside my womb before everytime you hear sweet beatiful music play. It must be that your ears were trained early to listen and respond to the melodies of your heart or my heart. There’s a certain kind of music, a certain kind role in the world that only you can play. I hope you will always find the passion to express and fullfill it.
Love,
Mommy

Six Mom Advocates and Their Inspiring Stories

Much has been said about motherhood being the toughest job in the world, but then ask any mom and you would be surprised to know that at any given time, the task of mothering is less of a burden but more of a joy for most of them.  In fact, some have even wholeheartedly embraced the calling so much that they have took it upon themselves to nurture the community as a whole. They have continuously work to ensure that the needs of other children in the coummunity are provided and met.  They have also empowered fellow women to become good mothers to their children by sharing what they know. This month in Working Mom magazine, I interviewed six amazing moms who have dared to make a difference through their chosen advocacies while staying loving and devoted to their own family. Here they are:
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Michelle Aventajado 
Down Syndrome Advocate
Michelle has been championing the cause of children with special needs since giving birth to her youngest, Evangelina. She chronicles her experiences as a mom of a child with Down Syndrome in her blog, mommanmanila.com.  She is active in organizations such as the Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines, Inc. (DSAPI) and The Center Of Possibilities whose programs caters to children with special needs and their families.


Jenny Ong
Breastfeeding and Natural Parenting Advocate
Jenny is a peer counselor for LATCH, Inc., an organization that provides breastfeeding classes for pregnant women and their families. She supports organizations such as Arugaan, a grassroots community based organization in the fight for the strict implementation of the Milk Code and Filipino Association of Babywearers, a group who strongly advocates the babywearing lifestyle. She is the blogger behind www.chroniclesofanursingmom.com.  She actively promotes the natural parenting lifestyle by giving talks on cloth diapering, breastfeeding and babywearing. 


Janice Trillo
Women and Children Causes Advocate
Janice is the reigning Mrs. Philippines Globe 2014 title holder who represented the country in the recently concluded Mrs. Globe World Finals at Shenzhen, China. She bagged The Philanthropy of the Year award and made it to the Top 16. She’s 37 years old with five kids.  She has been involved in different social and charitable activities in Subic and Olongapo as past President and now Secretary of Rotary Club Subic Pearl. 


Denise Manlapaz
Likhang Bata Online Gallery
Teacher Dindi is the founder and art teacher of Likhang Bata. She was a graphic designer, marketing image consultantant, and advertising teacher before she decided to concentrate full time in sharing and cultivating appreciation for the unique Filipino culture through her online arts gallery, Likhang Bata  (www.likhangbata.weebly.com).  She continues to organizes art workshops, festivals and summer camps in partnership with other institutions. 


Patricia Gonzales-Cruz
Kinder Project
Teacher Tisha has been a childhood educator since 1991. She founded Kinder Project which provides teacher training support and quality teaching materials to the poorest kindergarten classrooms in the country. A class project with her kindergarten students way back in 2002 brought them in Miarayon, Bukidnon where the lack of learning materials fuelled her desire to create teaching tools for classrooms that needed them most. She shares her mission to help in her website www.learninglion.ph


Joy T. Mendoza
Homeschooling Advocate
Joy is a homeschooling mom who blogs at Teach With Joy (www.teachwithjoy.com), a webpage devoted to faith, marriage, parenting, and homeschooling.  She is married to Edric Mendoza, who shares the passion for homeschooling with her and together, they have five children. All homeschooled. 
Check out the inspiring stories of these six amazing women in the Mother’s Day issue of Working Mom magazine. 



On Motherhood and Blogging

This is an official entry to Dainty Mom’s Bloggy Goodies Contest, in celebration of the Dainty Mom’s 2nd anniversary”
I see two words seamlessly intertwined whenever I think of myself these days—mom and blogger. I carry around so many titles, like most of you, but these are two titles that I am most proud of. I bask in the glory that motherhood and blogging bring. I’ve always believed that motherhood is the best thing that could ever happen to any woman. It is not falling in love, it is not finding Mr. Right, it is not getting married. It is having your own child. The greatest miracle in life is bringing into this world a child who is the best version of two persons.
Motherhood. There are so many things to hate about being a mother (sleepless nights, teething, boo-boos, poops, teenage drama) but then again, there are a lot more reasons to love being one too. I love how as a mother, I can make my child shine by providing her little and big opportunities to grow into the kind person that she would proudly call her “self.” I love how it has forced me to be at my best all the time–mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Fully nourished in body, heart, mind and soul so as to effectively give the best part of myself to my child and help her develop into the kind of person that we wish her to become. I also love the thought that through motherhood somehow, I am rightfully entitled to a spot in heaven for I was able raise a child who not only has grown confidently in faith and love but who is ready to conquer the world with her own brand of wit, charm, humor, and compassion.
Blogging. It is similar to motherhood in a sense that you do it from the heart. I love how blogging has expanded my horizon in ways that I never thought possible. I love how it has slowly opened me to a world of endless possibilities. How it has forced me to come out of my comfort zone and become involved with life itself. I love how it made me connect and reach out to people more. How it has allowed me to influence people to think, dream and become. And how through it, I can weave words into powerful thoughts from which big meaningful ideas can come.
Motherhood and Blogging, what’s not to love about them. They both have given me a sense of purpose in this world. They have made me realized that I do have something important to share, and what I do and say matter. They have made me richer in wisdom. Everyday, I wake up smiling because of them. They have given me good reasons to be proud of my own capacity to share and inspire others.