Mom Bliss Interview: Ruth Wong of The Mommy Cafe

Welcome to another Mom-Bliss Interview! Here, I feature awesome readers of this blog, who are motivated moms from around the globe! From business owners to bloggers, this feature is meant to inspire you to create your own bliss, a life that works for you. Today, my guest is a fellow work at home mom writer and World Moms Blog co-editor, Ruth Wong, a mom and wife from Singapore. She’s a former image consultant, and the blogger in residence at The Mommy Cafe


1. Please tell us about yourself and your work as a mom and blogger.

I’m a Christian, wife and mom of a 2.5 year-old boy. I work from home as a writer and my blog Mommy Café is a place where I express myself, share about things I’m passionate about and hone my writing skills.

2. What inspired you to begin “Mommy Cafe?”

Like many blogging moms, my son is the reason I started the blog. I felt that my boy is growing up too fast and I needed a place to document the details. Along the way, the blog has evolved into a motherhood and lifestyle blog where I also share about my other passions, such as my love for mompreneurship, food and fashion.

3. Can you tell us about your work and how you manage this work from your home?

I’m a freelance writer. I write for print and web publications on diverse topics including career, health, beauty, fashion, food andeducation. I also do copywriting for corporate clients, projects include corporate profiles, company website, press releases and corporate newsletter.

Freelance writing has been something I started doing even before my son came along, because I know I want to be a stay-home mom and I felt it would be easier to make the switch (I was a Human Resource professional) before the child came along. The good thing about writing is that I can do it almost anywhere and being a freelance writer means I have greater control over my time and to work according to a schedule that meets my family needs.

 

4. What’s a typical day like for you as a work at home mom?

My day usually starts at about 6.30am in the morning. I prepare my son’s breakfast and after he’s done, I’ll drive him to school. He attends school for half a day in the morning. So I have about two quiet hours in the morning to do my work. I get to squeeze in about another two hours of work in the afternoon when he is having a nap. Once he’s up, it’s impossible to get uninterrupted work time. Evenings are reserved for family time – meal time, playing and reading with my son, catching up with my husband. Once a week, we’ll go on a date night. I normally work or have some me-time after everyone at home is asleep.

Recently, Ruth was tapped to be one of Lifebuoy Singapore’s brand ambassadors. Here’s a shot from the campaign photo shoot, of Ruth with her son, Kenan.

5. What’s one piece of advice you can give to a potential or aspiring work at home mom?

To work successfully from home, planning your time well is crucial. I find that working in blocks of 30 – 45 minutes has worked for me, especially since my son is young and he cannot play alone for long. The other part of time management is about finding your rhythm i.e. what hours are most effective for working on certain tasks. For example, I write best when it’s really quiet, so I usually do the more serious writing late at night or early in the morning. The rest of the day I will do editing, research or manage the admin work.

Get to know Ruth better!

Website/Blog: www.themommycafe.net

Facebook: The Mommy Cafe

Twitter: @ruth_wong

 

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