From a long time ago (way before I was even married), I had a dream, and that was to be a tai-tai (hah, not very much of an aspiration, I know). I wasn't kidding when I told my friends that, from the very beginning. The corporate world wasn't for me, I knew that eons ago as playing office politics and meddling with superficial relationships is just not my cup of tea. I had yearned to be a home maker from as long ago as I could remember. But then, I didn't imagine it'd one day be materialized because in a pragmatic society like ours, it's hard to live on one income. So that dream remained a dream, and was buried at the back burner for a while.
The desire to be a SAHM became more prevalent after I have my first child and I firmly believe it was a desire that was planted by God in my heart as my hubby shares the same view that it's beneficial to the child if the mom could be home taking care of him/her. Not long after our second child came along, I was given the go-ahead to stay home.
However, I am too far from being a tai-tai (definition by Wikipedia - a privileged, wealthy lady who does not work), I am neither wealthy nor have nothing to do. I jumped right into work being a full-time mom, with caring, educating and minding the kids right away.
Living on one income was hard and things didn't turn out as rosy as we've wanted it to be. We struggled a lot financially at home but we brave it and somehow get by. We had wanted to run a childcare centre but the dreams were dashed at the end of the day, though in retrospect, it was a blessing in disguise.
I am blessed to have a hubby who supports me in what I want to do and who is willing to work hard for the family even though it's been tough for him. We hardly argued or quarreled over financial issues at home. We placed our hope and trust in our Lord God who has promised to provide for our needs. While many nay sayers chided me for selfishly wanting to keep my SAHM status, we held onto our beliefs and faith.
Because of my time spent with the kids and my training in Montessori methods, I had the opportunity to share what I did with my kids at home through blogging. That indirectly opened up my world to many other like-minded moms. One of them was, Rachel Teo, who now has become my close friend cum business partner; together we formed MyPlayschool.net, a place where we share our experiences in home-learning with our children through workshops and written posts in our website. It was in the hope that by doing what we did, we will inspire many other moms to take on the task of educating their own at home. The business didn't take off far but with the many positive feedback we received from the moms we've come in contact with, we knew our prayers have been answered. (Read more details of how MyPlayschool came to inception over at Rachel's blog).
Crafting and sewing was another area that I've dabbled into. I have sold pieces of work that I've made and ran sewing classes along the way. It was fun though it's been a tad too laborious that it will be a hobby that I will keep.
HappyCall Pan, in Sep 2011. By the simple act of sharing the food photos daily, I was appointed by my friends in Facebook as a "spokesperson" for the pan somehow. Not long after, I hooked up with my other business partner, Louisa, who was a business associate turned friend through the course of work during my media/advertising job previously. We then started a Facebook community, Munch Ministry, which has now become a business, where we run baking/cooking classes and bulk purchases. With the media exposures given to Munch Ministry on Sunday Times, Yahoo News and Razor TV, our business took off so quickly, that we really didn't have the time to sit down to reflect but just had to keep on running.
I would say, I put in a lot more hours (average 14hrs a day online and offline) in the work that I do now than when I was at my corporate work previously, on top of taking care of the household, the kids and time for myself. But work isn't work when it's fueled by passion and interest. I am very blessed to be able to do the things I enjoy doing (teaching my kids, cooking/baking, sometimes sewing/crafting) as I continue my journey as a mom. Being there for my kids when they needed me, and at the same time bringing an income while being home. This flexibility has been perfect thus far and is certainly a dream being realized!
Honestly, everything that happened after I become a SAHM was "unplanned" but somehow, things fell into place, it was like a path that has been carved out for me, and I was directed to walk along it. It wasn't always easy, most of the time I was groping my way around and stabbing in the dark, but somehow many things came to past just as Rachel and I have prayed about. We wanted to impact the people around us positively one way or another and through our course as a SAHM/WAHM, we were blessed (not financially) many folds back. The friendships we have formed, the support we have gained, the experiences we've gathered over the years have been great and immensely priceless! I wouldn't have wanted my life to be any different from now, because it's more meaningful and definitely fulfilling this way.
In my quiet time with the Lord, I'd often ask what have I, an insignificant SAHM/WAHM, done to deserve so much blessings and grace from Him that He's blessed me so much in the things that I do. This was His answer to me -
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