Friday, September 17, 2010

Favorite Mommy

I am amazed on how my daughter grew. It seems that she is growing doubly everyday – physically and mentally. If only I have my way, I would like to slow it down, tremendously.

She tells things that I cannot imagine her saying. One time, she saw her grandma praying, she sat beside her and said, “Lola, I pray that when I grow up, you are still here with us”, she started crying and embraced her grandma. I asked her later where she heard what she said, she just told me, she just felt it.

And the same night, before she slept, she prayed loudly. And I overheard her say, “…thank you for my favorite Mommy.” It made me smile and I asked her again, why did you say ‘favorite mommy’. What do you mean by that?

She then said, “Mommy, we all have our favorites. I like spaghetti, that is my favorite food. I would like to eat it every day. And you are my Mommy, so you are my favorite mommy. I do not like anybody else.”

Oh, that made my day! What about you, are you your kid’s favorite mommy?

Be happy... be successful,

Zarah


Zarah Pimentel is firstly a very proud mother to a 5year old girl. She is a co-founder of Hire a VA, an SEO Company in the Philippines that outsources SEO Specialists and Virtual Assistants from the Philippines. She takes delight in with serving to entrepreneurs grow their companies by setting them free in doing boring duties and assisting them in more ways they could imagine. She has been featured in numerous magazines and a book entitled, How to Start a Home-based Business to Become a Work-At-Home Mom.

For additional details about what she does, kindly visit her blog, Virtual Assistant Mom.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Spell LOVE... T-I-M-E!

Are you a working mom?  If you are, you know the feeling...  when you go home and find that your kid is already sleeping.  During weekends, you still bring home some work.  You cannot cook your family's favorite dish because you cannot leave your office early.  You missed out several recitals...  Oh, there is a long, long list.

I am one of you, guys!  I want to stop working and be a mom - i hope it will just be that easy!

There was even one time, when my daughter and I were having fun, telling stories, rolling in bed - tickling each other and then i realized i have to make a call to my prospective client.  So i told my daughter that i need to work.  She just said, "You know Mom, i pray that you stop working already."  Oh, that melted my heart!

And then one time, i saw a quote, "Parents Take Note: This is how your kids spell the word LOVE ... T.I.M.E".  I just said, "Yes, that is true!"  So i need to take action now.  Kids need you during a certain age only.  When they are old enough, they would not need you much anymore.  And time flies very quickly.

Moms, let us spend TIME with our kids.  So next time, they will spell LOVE it will be M-O-M!  :-)


Be happy… and successful!

Zarah

Zarah Pimentel is firstly a very proud mom to a 5year old girl. She is a co-founder of Hire a VA, an SEO Company in the Philippines that outsources SEO Specialists and Virtual Assistants from the Philippines. She takes delight in with helping entrepreneurs grow their companies by setting them free in doing menial tasks and aiding them in more ways they could imagine. She has been featured in lots of magazines and a book entitled, How to Start a Home-based Business to Become a Work-At-Home Mom.

For more information about what she does, kindly go to her web site, Virtual Assistant Mom.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Perfectionist Mommy

In work, I am obsessed with perfection. I do not want to make mistakes – and I make sure that all tasks are done properly and timely.

Many says I am a control freak! And I admit it… I am really is. If I can only do everything by myself I will do it. Because I believe that when you want something done perfectly, you do it yourself. But, of course I cannot – so I am still learning the art of delegation!

It is really a great deal for me to delegate. It is because when I see the outcome, I tend to think immediately that it would be better if they have done it as I would have. And it will be perfect if they have adapted my method. But I know that everybody has their own style of working.

That is why, I made a solution. When there is a task, I first do it myself, I write down the steps, make screenshots and make a PDF file for the activity. So that when the same task will be required, I can just forward the PDF instruction and you know what, it usually turn out as I expect it. Great technique, huh!
And right now, I am still digesting the fact that there are really many ways of skinning a cat. And I should accept the truth that even if the task is not done exactly as I wanted, it can still be great… or even better! I should face the reality that I cannot control everything… period. And in a company, delegation is one of the keys of success.


Happy delegating, everybody!

Be happy...  be successful,

Zarah


ZSPimentel is first and foremost a very proud mom to a 4year old girl. She is a co-owner of an outsourcing business, Hire a VA, a company that outsources Virtual Assistants and SEO specialists from the Philippines, that was put up together with 2 other female colleagues. She very is content with helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses by setting them free in doing menial tasks and assisting them in more ways they can imagine. 

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Work in the Eyes of a Child

"Mommy, i do not want money anymore.  Can you turn off the laptop so we can just play?"  How will you react to this request from your child?

Full time work at home moms tend to think that they will have more time with their kids if they work this way.  NO!  It is because full time office work and full time work at home work is still the same.  You have to work 8 hours still...  No less!

But of course WAHM has its perks and priviledges.  They have a lot more hugs and kisses as compared to those who work in the 'real world'.  They will have a peace of mind that their kids are safe - and no need to install a nanny camera.  When they wake up, they can work immediately - less 1 hour of preparation for office and another 1 hour travel time.

How can you tell your kid that you have to work and leave her with her nanny?  How can you explain to them that you cannot be disturbed when you work?  That she has to wait until you are finished with your work before you can play with her?

Kids nowadays are very smart.  They can understand well enough - moms just have to talk to them straight.  With this, they will see the value of work and money.


ZSPimentel is first and foremost a very proud mom to a 4year old girl. She is a co-owner of an outsourcing business, Hire a VA, that was put up together with 2 other female colleagues. She very is content with helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses by setting them free in doing menial tasks and assisting them in more ways they can imagine.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

How "Mommy" are You?

There are no schools for mommies – I sure hope there is one! Hahaha!

Seriously, being mommy is a BIG responsibility. I received an email from a very good friend of mine, Mrs. Weenie Wee-Quiambao and this made me stop and think, “Did I do good with my mommy job?”

What if you are a working mom, do you still have time, energy, patience and strength to be a mommy when you arrive from work? Or it may be a case of, 'the mind is willing but the flesh is weak'? :-)

I will share this to you and I hope this will make you realize what being a mommy reall is:

A Newborn ' s Conversation with God

A baby asked God, "They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow, but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?"

God said, "Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you."

The child further inquired, "But tell me, here in heaven I don't have to do anything but sing and smile to be happy."

God said, "Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you. And you will feel your angel's love and be very happy."

Again the small child asked, "And how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me if I don't know the language?"

God said, "Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak."

"And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?"

God said, "Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray."

"Who will protect me?"

God said, "Your angel will defend you even if it means risking its life."

"But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore."

God said, "Your angel will always talk to you about Me and will teach you the way to come back to Me, even though I will always be next to you."

At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from Earth could be heard and the child hurriedly asked, "God, if I am to leave now, please tell me my angel's name."

God said, You will simply call her, "Mom."



What do you think?



Be happy… and be successful,

Zarah

Zarah Pimentel is firstly a very proud mom to a 5year old girl. She is a co-founder of Hire a VA, an SEO Company in the Philippines that outsources SEO Specialists and Virtual Assistants from the Philippines. She takes delight in with helping entrepreneurs grow their companies by setting them free in doing menial tasks and aiding them in more ways they could imagine. She has been featured in lots of magazines and a book entitled, How to Start a Home-based Business to Become a Work-At-Home Mom.

For more information about what she does, kindly go to her web site, Virtual Assistant Mom.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

You Can Let Go Now, Daddy!



This is a video of how a father loves his daughter... shown in different settings, different milestones in a woman's life. Any daughter can surely see themselves in this woman's place.

This is a heart warming video. I cried buckets of tears (no exaggeration... really!).

After watching this by myself, i showed this to my 4-year old daughter. I thought she will not understand it, but she cried too. I asked her why and she told me, "That is Daddy! I love my Daddy!" And we both cried.

These kinds of videos will make us realize how we love somebody... And as we look back, we will also recall the times when they showed us our love but we did not acknowledge it.

It is not Father's Day, but let us celebrate all the Dads in the world. And let us make everyday a Fathers' Day (and of course, Mothers' Day!

I love you Tatay!

The author, ZSPimentel is a Virtual Assistant Mom and currently a co-owner of the company, Hire a VA which outsources VA and SEO Specialists at a very reasonable rates.

Friday, February 26, 2010

How Working at Home Helped Me

I have been working at home for almost a year now – and I am loving every minute of it.

Looking back, I have been thinking that I should have discovered this a long time ago… lol! Maybe I have not wasted so much time for doing nothing or doing irrelevant things while being a housewife.

Many would say that being a mother is the most difficult job of all. Yes, I agree with this completely. But I would also say that if you a mother who used to work 9 to 5 before, this will be doubly difficult for you.

Being a stay at home mom is really fulfilling, you get to see your kid grow up. You will not miss his first smile, first word, first step and all those milestones in his life. You got to monitor everything about your baby – the food, the nap time, the play time, the tv shows being watched, and all the rest.

But I guess you will feel that there is still something missing, something lacking in your life. You have to be intellectually active – you have to make your brains work. And if working in the ‘professional world’ is not an option anymore and then, the ‘virtual world’ is the answer.

You can work as a Virtual Assistant. You can get trained by accessing online trainings (there are free ones out there) or you can sign up to some outsourcing companies like oDesk, Elance, Bestjobsonline, onlinejobs.ph and many others. I can personally recommend to try out oDesk first. There are many jobs you can choose from – but I must warn you, the competition is very stiff there. But perseverance always pay off, remember that!

When you work at home, you can have the luxury of both worlds – and earning! What more can you ask for - be a virtual assistant mom!

The author, ZSPimentel is a Virtual Assistant Mom and currently a co-owner of the company, Hire a VA which outsources VA and SEO Specialists at a very reasonable rates.

Friday, February 19, 2010

How Time Flies..

Whew, how time flies! It is almost a year since i last written a post... I have been super dooper busy!

Right now, i am still busy as a bee, juggling my being a mom to Erica and being Zarah the super VA (hahaha)! But both roles have been well and good.

As a matter of fact, me, together with some colleagues put up an outsourcing company, Hire a VA. And we are now closing 2 big accounts (crossing my fingers and praying hard)!

With Erica, she is in honor roll now and very, very, very smart! (this is her mom talking, sorry!) She usually tells me when it is time for me to work, "Mommy, you can leave me and go back to work now!" or "Who is your boss now?" She knows i have different bosses in different times of the day.

So far, so good then. And i am always thankful for all the blessings that i am continuously receiving.

Hope it is well with all of you!

Till the next post...

Ciao!

The author, ZSPimentel is a Virtual Assistant Mom and currently a co-owner of the company, Hire a VA which outsources VA and SEO Specialists at a very reasonable rates.