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Friday, March 24, 2017

Efficient Tools You Can Use to Track Your Ovulation

Having children is one of the ultimate dream of couples who would want to have a family. There is a hard to explain joy that comes with having babies and raising children. Although parenting can be hard most of the times, the joy of bringing a child and raising a good person within the family that you create is a personal achievement any parent would be proud of.

Timing is very important for couples trying to get pregnant. Ovulation is when the woman’s body releases the egg which will be then be fertilized by the sperm. A woman with a regular cycle ovulates once in a month. Which means there are only a few days per cycle that a woman is at her best chances of conceiving. Here are tools you can use to detect ovulation.

BBT Thermometer

A BBT or a basal body thermometer functions almost like a regular thermometer, except that it is more sensitive to the body heat compared to a regular one. A BBT might be challenging to use at first as you will have to chart your result but as you go along, you will find that it’s easy-to-use. When you see a sudden rise in your temperature - that possibly means you are ovulating.

Fertility App/Calculator

A fertility application or calculator helps you easily monitor and track your ovulation using your mobile device. Most of these are free and are available to download for all Android, iOS and even Windows phone users. Some even comes with fun, colorful icons and easy tracking that will keep your monitoring less boring and complicated. However, this may just work on those with regular periods. You might want to ask your Obstetrician for advice when your menstrual period is irregular.

OPK (ovulation predictor kit)

A freeovulation predictor kit looks like a regular pregnancy test except that it detects ovulation instead. Depending on the brand of the OBK you will be using, you can either collect urine in a cup or hold a stick under while urinating. Colored bands will appear on a test card or the stick will indicate if LH surge is occurring or not. 

Digital ovulation predictor kits on the other hand use symbols, like smiley faces, to indicate if you are in your most fertile days. It would be advisable to collect your urine between 10am and 8pm since the optimum results are most likely observe between 2pm and 2:30pm. Collect your urine every day about the same time to achieve more accurate results.

Two dark lines in an OPK mean a woman is going to ovulate within 24-48 hrs. This is your que and window of opportunity you shouldn’t miss to be able to get pregnant immediately.

All these tools can help boost your chances of conceiving. Pick one that suits you best.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A Look Into the Mind of an Online Freelancer

Working online, as a freelancer is no joke. It is as challenging as any other job out there. The struggle is still there despite of being able to enjoy more time at home than at the road, enduring daily traffic. As an online freelancer, I have been in different situations and my mental health had its fair share of ups and downs while working online.

In a report from Counsel and Heal about the how freelance jobs affects the brain, having a freelance jobs gives a person the opportunity to control their movements and how they approach their jobs. This gives the brain the chance to easily predict a person’s movement. Unlike in an office setting, the notion that what we do today depends on what our superior says or what the current facilities present at the office may allow us to achieve is quite unpredictable and makes it hard to put the brain at ease.

How the brain activates depends on how we trace our own path, in the case of freelancing. Even with stress present, the body works better knowing that we are in charge.

However, there will be times that challenges will come and will rattle a freelance workers mind and mental health. Here are some of the “mental health status” I had experienced so far, working online.

The Worrier

During the first few months of my experience as a stay-at-home freelancer, I was always worried if I can sustain the lifestyle that I decided to take. Not knowing or worrying if you’ll have enough gigs to get you going for the week, the month or in the coming years can sometimes make you think twice if working freelance was indeed a great decision. If one had managed to prepare themselves emotionally and financially to the uncertainties of freelance working, getting out of this mental status comes easily.

The I am Still a Work-Slave

A lot of people thinks that working online gives you a lot of free time to browse through your social media accounts, watch Netflix or sleep any time you want. This is not always the case. As you go through your online freelancing career, you will meet clients that will demand most of your time, clients that have overwhelming workloads, clients that will require you to be online on weekends. You’ll meet a demanding client, maybe once, twice or even more during your stint as a freelancer. It is up to you if you will allow yourself to feel like a slave, even with a generous pay, or someone who has full control of their time and resources.

The Procrastinator

Procrastinating is one of the worst attitude an online freelancer should avoid. Having a career online can be temporary or substantial to your needs and aspirations depending on your attitude.  Being a freelancer does not give you the license to go easy with your life, most especially if you plan to make this your source of income.

The Why is Success Taking So Long for Me

Some freelancers reap their hard work earlier than other freelancers. However, even with the knowledge of this fact, frustrations and the feeling that you are not good enough still lingers inside the mind of a freelancer. This can motivate you to work smarter, better and harder. But for some, this can sometimes push them to give up. It is all up to how persistent and eager you are to achieve your dreams as an online freelancer that will help you keep going.

Online freelancing can be as tough or even tougher than the traditional jobs that we have in an office setting. It all boils down to how hard you intend to hold on to your dream in achieving your goals and aspirations in the freelancing world.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

5 Strategies for Achieving Your Goals as a WAHM

Working at home while being a mom and a home-keeper at the same time is a hard task. You really need to set goals and prioritize to be able to get through the day, the week, the month, and practically your life. Lol. Kidding aside, one should have different types of goals to work on even while being a mom and a career woman at home.

You can use these aspects in your life to be able to set specific goals for each important component on your life.

·         Financial Goals
·         Family Goals
·         Personal Goals
·         Spiritual Goals
·         Health Goals
·         Career Goals

As a home-maker you need to be able to set different goals in these different sections of your life to be able to achieve completeness, balance, and contentment in your life.

Here are 5 strategies that you can follow to achieve your goals as a work at home mom.

Create and stick to a schedule

Some goals my take a long-time before they can be achieved like buying your dream home, starting your own business, or travelling overseas with the whole family. No matter how long or how short it is to achieve your goal, you need to stick to a schedule, follow through and work towards your dream. You can check out my post Scheduling Tips for the Work at Home Mom to be able carefully plan, schedule, and execute your goals as a work at home mom.

Always look for things that keeps you motivated

Focus is sometimes not enough to keep you going for your dreams. You also need to keep yourself motivated towards a goal. Just like my article What Motivates You To Blog, you need to constantly seek inspiration in keeping up with your goals.

Let the whole family be a part of your goal

You can easily achieve something is you would get help from the people who believes and cares about you. If you plan to move into a bigger house in 5 years, ask the rest of the household to commit in saving and generating other sources of income that will help you achieve the goal. It makes the journey towards your goal lighter and fun for the whole family.

Celebrate small wins

No matter how small or big your progress is towards a goal you have in mind, learn to celebrate. Pushing yourself to hard may bring you to the brink of exhaustion. Learn to appreciate and be thankful for reaching milestones towards your ultimate goals. It is important to enjoy balance between your work and your personal life. Check out my article How to Balance Life as Mom and an Online Freelancer to enjoy both worlds while striving towards your goals.

Visualize your goals

Create a dream board or a representation of the things that you would want to achieve in your life or for your family. You can keep a sketch of your dream home near your working table to keep you reminded of why you are working hard every day.

Life is not easy, whether you’re a regular employee, entrepreneur, or a freelance writer like me. However, the things that we do with our life and the dreams that we go for is what makes life fun, interesting, and worth living.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Blogging for Direct Advertisers

Blogging about your passion has a lot of benefits. One of them is self-fulfillment. Nothings compares to the personal joy that you achieve when you blog about something you love or care about. You can also raise awareness through blogging. Sharing your opinions, points of views, and beliefs in life can motivate and inspire others. Blogging is also financially rewarding. We have already read a lot of successful articles about simple people who enjoyed writing and is not making money from it.

Advertisements is one of the major components in a bloggers source of income. This can be from a platform like the popular Google Adsense or other avenues like Nuffnang and Innity Ads.

Another way to generate income from your blog is through Direct Advertisers.
Direct Advertisers are brands or services that directly reaches out to you to promote or blog about their product or service for a token. Token can range from cash incentives, free products, coupons, discounts and even free hotel accommodations or free travel. Making money from your blog is indeed surprisingly amazing.

What makes you qualify as a blogger/influencer for a Direct Advertiser?

To qualify as an influencer for a specific brand, you should possess social and media influence in the niche market where the product or the service of the Direct Advertiser is offered. Getting opportunities like free clothes and jewelries or cash incentives for reviewing a beauty product or fashion accessory requires you to have an authority website in that niche. To make thing easier to understand, established beauty bloggers usually get direct advertisers from make-up brands, beauty products, apparel, and accessories while technology inspired website may get free gaming consoles from a technology brand reciprocated with a review. Building authority on your website in the niche where you intend to get direct advertisers is the key to making money from this side of the blogging industry.

How can you make money from Direct Advertisers?

Sponsored Post

A sponsored post is an article intended to describe your personal experience on the product or service a Direct Advertiser offers. However, some DA’s may require you to post a pre-written article that they have already made to promote their product. This usually includes a link that redirects to the brand’s website. You can double check and do revisions to a pre-written post to know if it is well-written, plagiarized-free, and aligned with your website’s niche.

Banner Ads

Some Direct Advertisers will ask you to display a banner add on your website that links directly to their product page or their company website. You can charge a monthly fee or annual fee for such advertising methods in the event that you would want one for your blog.

Sponsored Links

A sponsored link is a link attached to a word in an article that is already available on your website that redirects to a Direct Advertiser. You can ask a one-time fee to keep this link available on your website forever, or as long as you have agreed.

You may want to create a Media Kit for your website to be able to easily promote and offer your services to a Direct Advertiser. I’ll be writing an article on how to effectively create a Media Kit for your website soon. For now, let’s work hard and increase our influence in the niche that we love and hopefully welcome more Direct Advertisers in the future.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Scheduling Tips for the Work-At-Home-Mom

Taking care of a home is difficult. It is a fulfilling job but it comes with day to day challenges stay-at-home-moms face daily. Working at home while being a stay at home mom is even more difficult.

The truth it, it can be difficult balancing life as a mom and a work at home freelancer. This is even more difficult if you have young kids to take care of. Besides the never-ending household chores, spending quality time with the kids, helping kids with school and handling finances, plus being a great mom and a great wife, a WAHM is also a provider. To be able to provide a more stable and better future for your family, doing extra work at home is sometimes a must.

In my case, I have always loved writing, which is a bonus because I get to enjoy doing the thing I love while making money at home. It feels good to be able to contribute with the expenses at home and help for the family’s future. But at times, I must admit that the fatigue can sink in and you can really be physically and emotionally drain at the same time.

Scheduling helps a lot to be able to gain control over these things that you see as priorities in your life. Allotting time, quality time to the things that you need to do and want to do will help you get through the day, through the week, and through life in general.

The transition from being an office employees to a work-at-home-mom is difficult. But, staying that way while being Super Mom is even more difficult. Here are some scheduling tips you can do can adapt to be able to enjoy and make the most out of you journey as a stay-at-home-mom and online freelancer.

Make your mornings count

Mornings are the busiest time of the day. You can really do a lot of work and households chores in the morning. Wake as early as you possibly can. After your morning rituals, you can multi-task and cook/prepare breakfast while going through your e-mails. I practically do this every day to get started with work and housework as early as possible. My kids do not wake up early so I spend most of my working attending to my online job. If you kids wake as early as you do, consider spending most of the time with them at morning and then work at the later part of the day. It is important to do as much as you can in the morning, whether on your online work or with your household chores to be able to achieve as much as you can. Spend the later of the day catching up or fine-tuning anything that requires your attention.

Stick to your schedule

It is not always a chaotic or extra-ordinary day at home. Yes, your kids may throw flour on your kitchen floor every now and then but this is not the case every day. Thus, most of the time, it is a regular day for you at home, where you can religiously stick with a schedule.

Have time off

The best advice would be to work really hard on weekdays and save weekends for relaxation, rejuvenation and fun with the family. You can do the laundry on the weekdays and iron clothes at Friday night, a sacrifice that you should do to be able to free all of your time on the weekend. All work and no play does not only make a person dull but also exhausted. Get the rest that you need and deserve.

Loving the things that you do also makes a lot of difference in getting through the day, no matter how easy or how tough it may be.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Encouraging Your Kids to Write

As a stay-at-home mom and freelance writer, it is quite difficult for me to balance my time at work, my kids, housework and other things that requires my attention. I try very hard to keep up with my daily schedule, but sometimes, unexpected things happen, at work and at home, or at my child’s school that may interfere would my daily schedule.

One of the things that I really had to adjust to for the past few months was my child’s schooling. I have a 4-year-old who does not want to write. Yes, he DOESN’T WANT TO WRITE. I think he could excel at school but due to his lack of interest in writing, he needs to be guided at all times, in writing, to be able to catch up with the other kids and to accomplish the particular activity and lesson in school each day.

At first I was really not worried about him not being interested in writing. However, as the end of the school year draws news, his lack of interest in writing still started to worry me. I even had to give up one full-time online work to be able to spend more time guiding him in writing.

My kid is not a slow learner. His exams are above average and he understands his lessons well. The only problem that we have is his failing interest in writing. I was starting to get disappointed and stressed about the idea of me being a writer and my son having difficulties writing. I know that these are two separate things and that I should not be too hard on my kid.

Encouraging him to write was a very difficult task. At one point, I even got him a tutor to help him with his writing. Imagine my disappointment when the tutor told me that my child is not yet ready to write, on the first 30-minutes of their tutoring session. Imagine that, she only spent almost half an hour with my child and then she finally concluded that my child was lazy, “tamad pa po kase” was her exact words. I always knew that my kid has potential and what he needs is enough encouragement and motivation to help him write or enjoy writing.

I didn’t want to listen to what others told me. Being a parent is a relationship between me and my son. After exerting so much efforts, after reading so many articles on how to encourage my child to write, the bright light finally came. I finally encouraged my child to write using Stabilo pens. Yes, colorful, Stabilo pens. This also allowed me to discover that he knew how to write, he just didn’t want to write with the conventional pencil.

One time, I also saw him writing on a blackboard he saw on one of my colleague’s house. I told him to write the letter B, he did. I told him to write the letter A, he also managed to do so. Since then, I am encouraging and teaching my kid to write with Stabilo pens and through the chalk and blackboard approach. He’ll eventually be able to apply it on pen and paper as soon as he feels confident to do so.

The most important factor in teaching your kids to write is to never give up. Never believe what others perceives about your child, most especially if they are not professional or if they only manage to spent a few minutes with your kids. You should be the source of your kid’s courage, inspiration and motivation. Be creative in finding ways and methods that your kid will enjoy while writing. I manage to find mine, you can do the same with your kids too.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

How to Become an Online Freelance Writer

Being an online freelancer writer, I always make sure to be an active member of communities and groups that supports and inspires fellow writers like me. Two of my favorite Facebook groups are Work at Home Pinoys and Ask Pinoy Bloggers. Here is where I get my daily dose of inspiration, knowledge, and the latest trends and tips when it comes to online writing and freelancing. The members are really very helpful and it helps you realize your potential in earning as a freelancer. It’s true that some online freelancers, writers and other professionals can earn as much as 100,000 Philippine Peso ($2000) in a month, some even more.

I saw one post from the group Work at Home Pinoys. The member shared how much she earned for the month of February. There’s a road to 100k movement in the group where each member motivates and inspires each other that it is indeed possible to earn as much as 100k in a month. I have decided to post my income for February as well. I earned a total of $1,130 or 54k for the month of February. However, I only posted the earnings that I had in my PayPal account which was around $650 or 31k.

I was so happy seeing so many likes from that post. This only meant that somehow, I have inspired and motivated others that it is indeed possible to earn that amount of money even while at home, taking care of my kids and doing other things that I love.

I also received a few personal messages on my Facebook account asking what kind of online job I had and how I managed to earn that much.
Here are some of the questions and answers that I have provided to the few queries that I got from my Facebook account.

Answer: There is no definite requirement when it comes to freelancer writing. As long as you are capable of expressing yourself or an idea through an article, you can become a freelance writer. However, you will need to have sample works that you can show to your client. This can be through your website, an online portfolio or sample articles you have saved for such applications. Others may require you to submit and pass a test article.

Question: What if my work experience is from a different niche?

Answer: I graduated in college with a degree in Civil Engineering. Still I have managed to land in an online freelancing job because I have always loved writing. Reading other articles online also gives you an idea on how to write and how to attack certain topics that you are about to compose for online or offline use. Practice also makes perfect and you learn a lot from experience.

Question: Are you fluent in writing English, you seem so because you managed to land in a job like this.

Answer: Yes, you need to be fluent in writing English to land in a high-paying writing job. However, you do not need to be fluent immediately to be able to secure a writing job online. Again, you can always thank experience for it. There are also many online software out there that can help you improve your writing skills and grammar like Grammarly.

Again, it all goes down to taking the first step on applying for online writing opportunities. You will never manage to learn without actually testing the waters. You need to work hard and learn continuously to improve your craft in writing. Inspiration and people that motivates you to go further also helps a lot.
To know my story on how I transitioned from an employee to an online freelancer, you can check this older post.

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A graduate of Civil Engineering but a writer by heart was the main reason why I figured out that the corporate life was not for me. I enjoyed being at home, far from the competitive atmosphere of a typical 8-hour job. I hated the idea of extending work hours at the office or bringing work at home. I cringe about the idea of having to prioritize work over my family and living. Luckily, i managed to break free from the corporate world after seven grueling years. Although I must say that I have learned a lot both personally and professionally from my office job, I would never see myself turning back after being able to achieve my dream of being at home and working online. As I try to reach my first million while working online I also plan on entering a home-based business in between blogging and taking care of my kids.


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