Mothers’ Day Tribute

My SuperMom

 20 something years ago, when I was just about 7, I regarded you as the antagonist in my own story:

  • A woman who woke me up early everyday
  • A woman who nagged at me when I went home late from school
  • A woman who required me to pay respect to ALL people even when I didn’t feel like doing it ; even if they were mean
  • A woman who would scold me when I got home with bruises and cuts from my irresponsible- childish games ( duh! Mom, I was the one who got hurt!) 
  • A woman who violated the anti- child labor law by forcing me to make my bed; to clean the room; to wash dishes and worst of all, by forcing me to learn how to do the laundry.
  • A woman who forced me to stay at home when I felt sick.
  • A woman who turned off the TV during exam days even if our favorite show was airing.
  • A woman who made me wear clothes I didn’t like wearing at all, I mean AT ALL!
  • A woman who made an inventory of how I spent my allowance  for the day by making me recite everything that I bought.

My list was never- ending. I could go on and on pointing out  all that I hated in you when I was growing up.

But you know what? I miss all of those things now.

Now that I have grown into a fine woman, living my own life, all I can say is, thank you to the WOMAN who made me into who I am today.

 Thank you for teaching me to develop a pattern of waking up on time every day, it taught me how to value not just my own time but of others too.

 Thank You for training me how to make the bed and for  forcing me into doing the laundry. I am now living on my own and surviving because I can do all these chores.

 I am on my way to reaching my dreams because you didn’t give up on me and my siblings. We are living life to the fullest now because you raised us well.

 Just when I thought you were just simply being difficult to us when we were growing up, you were patiently giving us your tough love all along. You only wanted the best for us.  And I have long realized that.

Thank You for playing a very important role in my life, Nanay.

You are the best woman in the whole –wide –world. And I’m taking  my word back 20 years ago.

 I meant to say, you were, you are and will always be a Superstar in my life story!

With  so much respect and love,

– Your Daughter

A Short Trip To A Lifetime Journey

Traveling is one of my favorite things in life.
Not only do I get to see beautiful scenery and visit top tourists destinations in the country, I also get to learn every provinces or regions’ culture.

I enjoyed every steps of my travel, from booking a flight, to going through all travel blogs for suggestions , to learning about my destinations geography and culture. During my travels, I get to live life fully! ( At least, that’s what I thought)

Due to important things that I have to apportion my budget to, I mellowed down on my traveling in 2013.
Instead of booking flights to different places within the country, I settled for short trips with cheaper expense.

One short trip brought me to a very special place. A place beyond compare: A trip to ANAWIM, a home for the aged in Rodriguez Rizal.

Seeing Lolo’s and Lola’s (old man and old lady ) at ANAWIM and hearing their stories set my heart to bleed specially when I found out that some of them were abandoned by their own family, yet, I am happy to see the positivity in them.

At the mini program held at the ANAWIM compound, our dear oldies showed off their talents in dancing and singing.
I felt proud that I get to witness how Lolos and Lola’s wowed the visitors.
I also thought of what their families, the family that abandoned some of them was missing out.

They didn’t get to cheer Lolo Rod in his Boogie and Cha-cha moves. Lola Ana’s family didn’t see how graceful she was at the dance floor, or how Lolo Steve serenaded the crowd. Lolo’s grand children or Lolas’ kids didn’t get to push their wheel chairs while wandering around, talking about anything under the sun. I know these old buddies miss them so much.

Despite what these oldies have been going through, they still manage to be happy in a community that they belong. They maybe away from their own families but ANAWIM tries so hard to give them care and comfort that of a family.

The entire experience changed my perspective in life.
I valued my own folks more than ever. I value life in general.

What seem to be a short trip to ANAWIM paved the way to my lifetime journey. A Journey to a meaningful life!

Thank You Tracy Fordan for the invite!

(**** names are intentionally changed to protect the oldies’ identity)

Jolan Rocks!

CaptureThis is the transcript of an article that made it to the IM Q3 Newsletter!

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A team without a leader is like a ship without a captain. Just like a ship, without a great captain, the team will sink. A team lead makes or breaks the team for it’s the TL who oversees performance of the entire group. Many call themselves a leader but only a few embody “leadership” in its truest, deepest meaning. For me, leadership is the art of motivating a group of people to act towards achieving a common goal and my Team Lead is one of the few.
The first time I got to talk to her was two years ago when she had a one-on-one talk with me as a newbie to the call center team. She had my trust in an instant because she made me feel welcome and she let me voice out my expectations from her, from the team, and from the program itself. In return, she also pointed out hers. This alone was a sign that she was willing to listen to a subordinate like me. Her being open to suggestions and feedback and her flexibility have impressed me the most. Not to mention her fair treatment of everyone in a team. She set rules agreed upon by the entire team and she imposes these rules no matter the person involved. This is apparent in simple attendance or stats issues.
We have been under her leadership for a couple of years now, and we are witnesses to how she constantly exerts effort to improve her craft. Just like us, she does not rest on her laurels, too. She also goes out of her way to study the process and even asks clarifications. She has visions not just for herself but for the entire team. This is obvious with how she encourages the entire team to excel in everything that we do in order to get qualified in any career opportunities within the company.
Furthermore, she goes out of her way to ensure that her associates who show potential get support and additional trainings that they need to prepare them in stepping up to the plate. She does this by devoting hours of her Saturday mornings conducting learning sessions for some reps; she teaches a group of rep from the team about management skills and coaching techniques to name a few.
Juggling her time between motherhood and leadership, she aces both fields and that makes her exceptional. At work, she manages the call center team so well, making sure that a day-to-day service level is met. Back home, she never misses any single milestone in her kids’ lives, be it at school or simple things at home, and she proudly shares them with the team. She isn’t perfect, just as the team she leads has imperfections too, but everybody strives to excel because she never fails to inspire and motivate.

She is Josephine “Jolan” Regaspi, CS-Call center team lead, a friend, an adviser and a protector. And yes, in her own quiet and simple ways, she rocks!

My SuperMom

 20 years ago, when I was just about 7, I regarded you as the antagonist in my own story:

  • A woman who woke me up early everyday
  • A woman who nagged at me when I went home late from school
  • A woman who required me to pay respect to ALL people even when I don’t feel like doing it ; even if they are mean
  • A woman who would scold me when I get home with bruises and cuts from my irresponsible- childish games
  • A woman who violated the anti- child labor law by forcing me to make my bed; to clean the room; to wash dishes and worst of all, by forcing me to learn how to do the laundry.
  • A woman who forced me to stay at home when I feel sick
  • A woman who turned off the TV during exam days even if our favorite show is airing
  • A woman who made me wear clothes I don’t like wearing at all
  • A woman who made an inventory of how I spent my allowance  for the day by making me recite everything that I bought

My list was never- ending. I could go on and on pointing out  all that I hated in you when I was growing up.

But you know what? I miss all of those things now.

Now that I have grown into a fine woman, living my own life, all I can say is, thank you to the WOMAN who made me into who I am today.

 Thank you for teaching me to develop a pattern of waking up on time every day, it taught me how to value not just my own time but of others too.

 Thank You for training me how to make the bed and for  forcing me into doing the laundry. I am now living on my own and surviving because I can do all these chores.

 I am on my way to reaching my dreams because you didn’t give up on me and my siblings. We are living life to the fullest now because you raised us well.

 Just when I thought you were just simply being difficult to us when we were growing up, you were patiently giving us your tough love. You only wanted the best for us.  And I have long realized that.

Thank You for playing a very important role in my life, Nanay.

You are the best woman in the whole –wide –world. And I’m taking  my word back 20 years ago.

 I meant to say, you were, you are and will always be a Superstar in my life story!