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WAHM Expo 2014: My Experience and Takeaways

WAHM Expo 2014: My Experience and Takeaways

I attended my very first WAHM Expo last weekend and I came home inspired and very much empowered that I can really do this – work at home for the long-term and find personal fulfillment from it. I have been a quiet participant in the WAHMderful Life Community since last year and I have been greatly encouraged and motivated to really “go out there” and own my lifestyle decision (to work from home) from the women who actively participate in our Facebook page.

 

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I originally planned to go with friends – fellow WAHMs who I have been friends with since 2008 but personal schedules didn’t match with the event so I had to go alone. If this happened during the time when I was happy staying in my comfort zone, I would’ve foregone going. But as part of my One Little Word this year – BRAVE – I went alone. This is the third workshop I have attended by myself this year (Major Achievement for Me, friends). A friend who wants to explore her options went too but for most part of the event, I was by myself. And I was perfectly OK with it.

I got the unlimited pass to attend the classes being held all throughout the day. I chose to attend the following classes:

  • How to Land Your First Virtual Assistant Gig by MarjAberásturi
  • How to Get (and Keep) Your Freelance Writing Jobs by Tina Rodriguez
  • Money Smarts: Beginner Level Investing and Personal Finance by Fitz Villafuerte
  • Legalizing Your Business the Hassle-Free Way by Dandy Victa
  • Computer 101: How to Use and Care for your Investment by Jennyfer Ang Tan
  • How to Create a Winning Business Plan & Reach your Perfect Clients by Joy Gurtiza
Picture grabbed from The WAHMderful Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/WAHMderfulLife

Picture grabbed from The WAHMderful Facebook Page

I have learned many things even if I have been working from home for many years already. Here are just some of my takeaways:

Be Brave.

I especially connected with Tina’s talk because I identified with her a lot. We both came from totally unrelated (medical) degrees and yet here we are, presently, working as writers. Tina narrated how she started and landed her first writing gig and one thing just really resonated – you need to be brave and put yourself out there. Take courage. It’s okay to feel fear – just still do it anyway (this is something I’ve heard Lara Casey say in a podcast, but is totally related to this lesson).

Never Stop Learning.

I think this was one of the things that hit me the hardest (along with no.1, see lesson above). I have been working from home since 2008 and I was pretty content and happy in my own little shell (aka my comfort zone) that I didn’t bother learning new things, improving my skills and expanding my network. When I had to start from scratch in 2013, it was hard. When you work alone, it’s challenging to put yourself out there again. I also realized how far behind I was in terms of network and skills. This is one of the reasons I’ve been working double time to catch up and with lesson no.3, I am confident I can. Never stop learning. There will always be room for improvement.

Fake it till You Make It.

Tina told our class that there were some job responsibilities that were offered to her that she absolutely knew nothing of but accepted anyway because Google can be one’s teacher. I also think (and believe) that “faking it” is just one way of really having belief in your capabilities. “I can do this.”

Learn the habit of saving.

Fitz said in his personal finance class that people think that investing before saving is a “good” way to grow one’s money when in fact, you need to develop the habit of saving first. Personal goal: Build that emergency fund and then invest.

I have more lessons to share but that would be sharing the most of the classes with you – so I suggest you attend workshops held by Manila Workshops and Wahmderful Life! The Expo was perfect for those considering working from home (most of the attendees have full-time jobs in the office) to “get their feet wet” and gain perspective on what working from home feels like. If you have been working from home like me, the additional talks might not be as technical (classes were too short to be extensive) but it was super empowering. I have gleaned so much insight on why I work from home and how I can make working from home better for me and my family  from this event and I look forward to empowering myself more through workshops like these.

Kudos Manila Workshops + Wahmderful Life!

Aggie Aviso

Aggie Aviso describes herself as her family’s storyteller and memory keeper. A mom to two kids ages 14 and 8, she is certainly past the age of sleepless nights and adorable pigtails. However, motherhood stays exciting, more meaningful and yes, more challenging. She takes it all in stride, knowing fully well that moments pass by in a blink of an eye. As Gretchen Rubin famously said, “The days are long, but the years are short.” She has discovered how wonderful it is to have those fleeting moments in time documented in their family books and has made it her personal mission and passion to be able to tell their stories for her future grandkids. You can read more about her here.. Subscribe to blog updates and the occasional letter here.
  • What a wonderful article Aggie! Congratulations on taking on the courage to join us last Saturday! 🙂 I agree with all of the key net takeaways. I believe that if an endeavor is something that scares you but you know it will benefit you, it’s worth it! And yes, never stop learning! I’ll see you again! Huugs! – ginger

    • Thanks Ginger for organizing the event – so much hard work went into it but the results were spectacular. See you around 🙂