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Messy Life Lately: Too Blessed To Be Stressed

Hi! I think it’s time for me to come out of hiding. Lololol. I miss blogging! After all, it’s been three weeks since I started my self-imposed hiatus. And it’s March now! Come on, how fast does time fly? Wasn’t it just yesterday when I was freaking out because it’s Christmas season?

It’s supposed to be the start of summer, but it’s still cold and rainy! I can’t complain, though. As much as I love clear and sunny skies, there’s just something so enchanting about gloomy weather. I’m enjoying it now because I’m sure I’m going to miss it when the sun finally takes over.

Anyway, how are you? As for me, life is full lately – and that’s a cute code word for stressful. And it’s only about to get even fuller!

1. Helper wanted!

I’ve taken my recent hiatus because I just didn’t have any time to blog anymore. I still haven’t found a helper for the house, so it’s looking like a disaster zone and a daycare had a lovechild. Seriously! Why is it so hard to look for decent help nowadays? There was one who came to our house last Sunday. My friend, Yankee, referred her to me. However, upon arriving at my house, she was shocked to know that she will be serving an entire family. She thought she will be working for me alone daw.

I was surprised; it turns out there was a misunderstanding between her and my friend, and I can’t blame either party. Long story short, even if she didn’t insist, I made the helper go back home. Mahirap na, baka manumbat pa in the future.

2. Operations Manager -slash- Real Estate Broker

I’m still working my 8-hour job, which I thankfully love. And we’re still terribly busy setting up our real estate office. We’re not yet done with the preliminaries; there’s so much to do!

Cavanico Il Mare!

Here’s my routine. Right after I’m done working, I proceed to either work on my real estate website or head out to visit sites, get accredited in offices, or do whatever. All my weekends are fully booked, but in fairness not everything is about work. Just last Saturday, we spent the day at Cavanico Il Mare, which was a welcome opportunity for some R&R!

3. School hunting season starts now

Oh, and there’s Yuri. Thank God he doesn’t have to do any homework at the stage he’s currently at in Eye Level — or else there will be a four-year old kid who hands in empty workbooks every time. My Type A personality would not be able to handle that!

Then again, reality check: Yuri’s starting kindergarten this school year and we can’t delay it any further. Also, I will have to face the truth that homeschooling is not for us. It does not fit our current lifestyle. Even though Job is supportive, he is more than 5000 miles away, so everything that needs to be done (at least physically) is up to me. And my katawang lupa can’t handle it. It’s time for big school and we have to prepare for it!

4. Yuri’s birthday

And speaking of Yuri, he is about to turn 5 later this month! His birthday is actually on the 26th pa but because we’ll not be in Davao that day, we will celebrate his birthday a week earlier.

It’s just a small party – actually I wouldn’t even consider having a party if not for McDonald’s. I’m not really the type of person who holds parties, pero sayang naman ang gift certificates lol. His party is already booked (which was a breeze — thank you so much, McDonald’s!) but I still have to finalise the menu, the cake, etc. I haven’t even finalised the list of invites yet. Help!

I’m supposed to be losing weight now because I’m doing a lot of things, but the opposite is true. I’m stress-eating more so I’ve gained more weight. Eek! So I’m planning to revisit my routine, follow it, and find a way to prioritise my faith, health, and well-being.

Let’s start with a couple of minutes of positive thinking. I’m thankful I have to scrub tiles and wash dishes and mop floors because it means I have a house. I’m thankful I have to balance my time between my day job and my being a real estate broker because it means I have valuable skills to impart. I’m thankful we have the option to look for a good school and have a party! Even though I barely have time to shower — let alone moisturise — I’m grateful.

PS: I want a new bag though. Huhuhu.

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  • Reply Shalene R March 8, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Sister hug to you! Wala rin akong helper. 🙂 Sometimes it’s better to have everything happen all at once than nothing happens at all. Breathe in, breathe out. You’ve done it before and you can do it again. Way to go momma! 🙂 I’m searching for summer activities for the kids right now, and I’m stressed too kasi ang dami kong gusto, but budget and time are limited hehe.

    • Reply Maan March 9, 2017 at 8:11 am

      Thank you for the encouragement! <3

  • Reply Jen Ubongen March 8, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    I guess when you become a mom, we tend to become very loaded. I am also currently juggling a lot of tasks.. but you’re right, we need to think positively and be thankful for everything. (and yes, I also need a new bag!) ;))

  • Reply Michi March 9, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Here in our place, feel na feel ko na ang summer at mainit na. hehehe! Homeschooling is not really for everybody, good luck on your school hunting.

  • Reply juvy ann March 9, 2017 at 10:01 am

    I love that you always find things to be thankful for in your busy-loaded schedule. May God bless you and your family more.

  • Reply RJ Dancel March 9, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Grabe, you have a great grasp of the things you’re doing in life. I’m so happy that things are going on track, and know that when everything gets tough, just take a breather, okay? 🙂

  • Reply Josephine March 10, 2017 at 5:54 am

    Relate much! Go get that new bag sissy! We mommies deserved a little treat every once in a while! 🙂

  • Reply Chessy March 11, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Always look on the brighter side of life! And yes, why is it so hard to get a decent helper these days?! I haven’t had a yaya since December so toynado and no alone time either! Get that bag (or hair cut or sleep!) You deserve it!

  • Reply Mommy Levy March 11, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    We will be having a Mcdo party this year too yahoo! I want a new bag also huhu

  • Reply Michelle March 11, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Your post made me smile. It reminded me that even though I feel tired every single day, I am still blessed. The house is messy because there’s a toddler playing around. There are dirty plates in the sink because we’ve eaten our food. It just really depends on how we look at every thing. Let’s choose to look at the positive side. God bless you more sis 🙂

  • Reply Rowena Wendy Lei March 11, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Wow baka gusto ni helper maging PA ng artista para isa lang boss nya XD

  • Reply Malot March 11, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    It’s always good to look to the brighter side of things, and I’m glad that you’re able to do that. We, mommies, are overcomers. 🙂 My husband is also miles away from us, we have two girls, and no helper. I also used to get so stressed when I see toys and arts & crafts, even food items, all over the house. In time, I learned to live with the fact that our house will never be spotless again, or at least not for long. I have also stopped apologizing to anyone who would come over and see the mess, and learned to embrace fully my daughters’ creativity and make others see that, too. Now that my girls are a little older na, they’re able to help na rin with the chores. 🙂

    • Reply Berlin | Momi Berlin March 13, 2017 at 8:37 am

      So many to be thankful for. Youre so masipag. Being able to manage a managerial job plus real estate then still finds time to arrange your son’s birthday and scout for a school for him. I hope you’ll never run out of energy. Abd may the deat Lord bless you more with patience, strength, and determination.

  • Reply Teresa Martinez March 12, 2017 at 9:31 am

    You just described what most hardworking moms go through everyday. Never the less, it is still a blessing for all of us concerned, right? Have a blessed day!

  • Reply Joy March 12, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    The world turns a better place when we count our blessings. Good job!

  • Reply Mommy Queenelizabeth March 12, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    I’ve been too blessed to be stressed too lately which led me to a long hiatus, i missed blogging terribly. I need a helper too! And yes a bday party for my daughter is coming up so yeah, its kinda busy.. this too shall pass!

  • Reply Badet Siazon March 12, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    Every mom I know is looking for a helper, haaay, ang hirap na talaga nilang hanapin ngayon. You can do it Maan.

  • Reply Nini Perez March 13, 2017 at 12:04 am

    My friends have the same woes on finding helpers. I had the same problem last year when I got a job offer. The job was easier to find than the helper and ended up letting the opportunity go. I hope you get that new bag that you want. We all need some sort of reward. 🙂

  • Reply Janice March 13, 2017 at 12:07 am

    We’re having a party at McDonald’s too in a few weeks. But instead of a birthday party, it will be for my son’s baptism. 🙂

  • Reply Abby March 13, 2017 at 12:44 am

    We also don’t have a helper/yaya 🙁 Since December! It’s so difficult for a WAHM/Mompreneur like myself! Oh and please read my blog for some tips regarding McDonald’s party. Good luck! 🙂

  • Reply Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen March 13, 2017 at 3:42 am

    Good thing I found a helper na last November. I hope makahanap ka na rin. Advance Happy Birthday to Yuri!

  • Reply Ayi March 13, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Browsed through your real estate website. Ang ganda 🙂 Good job momma! As for the helper, nako, I gave up on finding one a long time ago. Good thing the kids are more manageable these days now that they are growing up 🙂 One step at a time and surely, you can manage anything 🙂

    • Reply Maan March 31, 2017 at 5:52 pm

      Uyyy thank you! So kilig! <3

  • Reply Tetcha Figuerres March 13, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Go and get yourself a new bag, Maan. You deserve that and a lot more! You’re blessed to have found a job that you love and another lucrative side job.

    • Reply Maan March 31, 2017 at 5:51 pm

      Thank you Ms. T and belated happy birthday! 😀

  • Reply Denice March 13, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Advance happy birthday to Yuri! It is hard to keep up with everything, but welcome back! I feel that like you, we couldn’t afford homeschooling Bunny. Perhaps this is why I have started scouting for good schools as well.

  • Reply Macy Santos March 13, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    Bwuahaha..I feel you dear. Yo are not alone in this situation. I can sense the intensity is building up but don’t let stress gets you down. It’s okay to vent out and let this blog be a channel to’s nice that we are able to have an outlet such as this. Just breathe in and breathe out- you one amazing woman and for sure you’ll be able to pull this one through. Chill girl and oh…ask hubby to buy you the bag you want- or get it for yourself as a reward.

  • Reply May Palacpac March 15, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    yes homeschooling can be a seasonal thing. our eldest is also graduating from homeschooling and will be attending a semi-progressive school on July. Di na rin kinaya ng katawang lupa ko ang needs niya sa level niya hahaha

  • Reply Korai | March 17, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Good job momma! After all those hardwork, you truly deserve a new bag.

    Ps. I just found out that your from Davao too. 🙂 😍

    • Reply Maan March 31, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      Oh haiii fellow Davaoena! 😀

  • Reply TweenselMom March 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    It’s nice to read that you take everything as blessings. Masarap talaga maging busy and see them as opportunities and not workloads.

  • Reply Ma.Me.Mi.Mommy March 28, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    At least it’s not so hot there, whereas here, it’s scorching hottt! Happy 5th to your Yuri! Big boy na! 🙂 When you mentioned about at least no homework yet for Yuri, I thought, buti pa kayo. It’s still a warzone here, and it’s finals week for the kids. I’ve been getting complaints from the teachers that the kids are underperforming and look sleepy. Oooh boy. Good thing school’s almost over so maybe we can adjust better na.

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