Work-At-Home Mom Midnight Musings: On Failure and Growth

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It’s past midnight and I’m sitting here in front of my computer, thinking about my future as a work-at-home mom.

2017 was an awesome year for me. I started my own agency, got to meet so many awesome people in freelancing, and learned a lot from them. I grew as a person, a woman, and an entrepreneur.

Chinese horoscopes predict that those born in the year of the Ox, the Rooster, and the Dragon will have particularly difficult times this 2018. In short, this is not going to be my year.

I’m not really into horoscopes though. I believe in working smart, and I prefer to think that people create their own destinies.But with the current things that have been happening to me and my family, somehow I’m beginning to wonder if it’s true.

They say that the universe will conspire to give you what you deserve as long as you work hard for it. You need have the right mindset in order to attract the right amount of luck your way.

But things started going awry by the end of the year. My team and I lost contracts and clients. And recently, my mother was rushed to the hospital for gastric ulcer.

What a roller coaster, right? One minute I felt like I was unstoppable, and the next one, I’m being dropped into the pits of despair.

Life will always find a way to kick you in the balls and make you shit bricks, especially when you least expect it.

If this happened to me five years ago, I would have drowned myself in tears and wallowed in despair. But now that I’m a work-at-home mom, I know I could turn things around and make things better.

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I’ve been freelancing for three years, and since then I have had clients and contracts that have come and gone. Each of them taught me valuable skills and lessons that I now use to earn a living. Most importantly, these experiences toughened me up and taught me how to be better. It has taught me how to adapt much quicker and accept failures as part of the process.

Most fear failure and think of it as a dead end. In reality, failures teach us the lessons we need to learn hard and fast.

I remember my mentor talking about how he went bankrupt a few years back. He told us that he failed in business three times, and yet he made it out alive.

Everyone fears losing everything they have, especially their hard earned money. But the truth is, it’s not as bad as it seems. Failure is painful, yes. But it also brings about growth and change.

So if you’re like me who’s going through a difficult bump, let’s all take a deep breath. Whatever situation you’re going through, know that it’s not permanent. As my friends and fellow work-at-home moms say, “ang bida nagpapabugbog muna’.

Let’s start counting our blessings, and focus on the good in what we have.

Like great friends and company, time for sleep. Night time hugs from our little ones, and the chance to pick up the pieces and start over again.

To you, work-at-home mom, raise your glass and embrace pain and failures. After all, it’s the difficult times that make us shine the most. Let’s keep on treading, and keep on moving until we get to where we’re supposed to be.

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