Today is day 14 since we had our nerve-wracking experience in Maui. I woke up with a grateful heart, knowing we are all healthy! I said a little prayer and had breakfast with hubby. Oddly, my kids woke up earlier and made breakfast for themselves – they both love making scrambled eggs and toast with butter. I thought I should write a post about everything that has recently happened to us.
The year 2020 didn’t start off well for me, my Dad just suffered a stroke in the second week of December and in early January was back in the hospital with complications. The family really thought he was on his death bed, so I decided to go home in the Philippines to be with him and help take care of him. I am thankful that I could do that with my husband’s help; he managed to balance work and taking care of the kids. He’s been so AMAZING! My Dad is still alive but bedridden until now; it has been a considerable strain to the family- emotionally, physically, and financially.
My husband, with his engineering background, has always been fortunate with having a good-paying job, but a week before spring break, he received a piece of unfortunate news. He got let go from his team with whom he worked for almost six years. I seriously don’t know how I felt then, yes, … I was sad, but I wasn’t anxious. We both knew that opportunities are out there; it’s just a matter of timing. One thing that I admire about my husband so much is being compassionate for others, and I always believe that you get what you put out into the world. I know he is getting that energy back with all the support that ex-colleagues are giving him in his job search!
And as for my business, everyone knows that I am in the travel industry, and the recent Covid-19 crisis just killed it. I have lost my income for this year and still have no idea what the future holds for my business. There are many industries that solely or almost solely rely on commissions, but a travel advisor has it harder than most with the situation that they don’t get their commission until their client actually finishes their travel and that can be months even a year out – most other industries the commission or payment is received within weeks. However, travel is my passion, and it will forever be part of my life, and I will be around. So if you ever need help in planning your next vacation (when the time comes that we can all go back exploring our world), please consider my expertise. You don’t only help me, but also some of my agents, suppliers, and the millions of workers in tourism and hospitality who needed some income.
Well… if you know me over the past years, you know that I am not just going to sit back. Ever since I became a SAHM (stay at home mom), I have been doing one or another side hustle – to mention a few: writing how to’s articles, buy and sell online (international retail arbitrage), blogging, and even financial services. What may be my new side hustle, I have no idea yet, but I am open to any opportunities out there. In case you or someone else need help with marketing, sales, customer service, or business development, please do let me know, and we’ll see if we can work together.
For now, my family is focusing on staying healthy and doing our part to “flatten the curve.” And here’s a simple reminder for you all, 1 Peter 5:7
Stay safe and healthy! xoxo