Dainty Changes to Look Forward to in 2013

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I’ve been thinking a lot about dreams lately. I have a whole list of them, and in just a year, I’ve seen some major ones come to life. And why? Because I went out there and did something about them. I had to purposely go out of my comfort zones and just pursue them. Thanks to the help of wonderful people, these dreams were realized this 2012.

The first “dream” that came to life happened in a span of a couple of weeks, actually. I was asked to join a writing contest, about what I wanted to do before I turned 40, and well, I won! The prize: an all-expenses paid trip to Tuscany, care of CalChews and the Lifestyle Network. I will never forget this experience. It’s been a while since my first trip to Europe, when I turned 18. Paris was my favorite city back then, but I can easily say that Florence stole my heart this year and replaced Paris as my favorite city. I am definitely going back, with the hubby, one day!

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Me in Florence, with the Duomo di Firenze at the back. Amazing.

The second dream I saw fulfilled had been in the works, even before that whirlwind trip to Tuscany. Some time in June, I stepped out and started planning my first workshop for work at home moms. It was an idea I’d been throwing around, among other mom bloggers and friends. It was through the WAHMerful Life Workshops that I saw the power of positive connections, of the mom community. I want to say a massive thank you to the Arboleda blogging fam, specifically Neva of Manila Mommy, who introduced me to her wonderfully-talented sister-in-law and blogger-entrepreneur, Ginger, of Manila Workshops.

I’m so glad I met Ginger, because she and I complement each other like… beignets and espresso? (There is nothing more sublime than this winning combination. I’m talking about the food, yes.) We both have the same heart for new paths to learning, and a passion for advocating thought leaders. I owe the WAHMderful Life’s success to Manila Workshops. They are the perfect partners for this endeavor.

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After seeing these major goals fulfilled, I’m even more excited for 2013. It will be a year of many firsts, I just know it. For starters, it will mark Ton’s and my 5th wedding anniversary. Vito will officially be a pre-schooler, as we plan to make him take part in regular play group activities and extracurriculars, as a supplement to his homeschool formation. It will also mark three full years of blogging for me, and thus, three years of being a work at home mom. I have 2012 to thank for that last part, in particular, because 2012 was a year of seeing many of my life list items checked off.

Hello, 2013.

Starting 2013, my posts on being a work at home mom will have a new home. It is still in the works, but nonetheless, it is an exciting new place. Thanks to the success of the WAHMderful Life workshop, this movement for work at home moms has blossomed into a quaint and unique community of women, united in making a living while making a home.


WAHMderful Life will be my new website and work-at-home professionals concierge. It will be dedicated to articles, even job leads and other resources, for work-at-home-marrieds and work-at-home-moms. Yes, the WAHMderful life is not limited to moms; our lively Facebook community has welcomed wives and expectant moms warmly, and we’ve seen how helpful the camaraderie and encouragement has been for all. If you have stories to share about the work at home life, do send them my way! I’d love to publish it on WAHMderful Life, which will be dedicated to supporting and empowering work-at-homies, especially here in the Philippines.

Dainty Mom will still be here, of course! But I’m reserving it for posts about my life, my bliss, and my musings as a mom. So stay tuned for 2013, where I’ll surely be ticking off a couple more items on this life list of mine. (Stay up to date with me by subscribing to the Newsletter, where I often email subscriber-only news — and where you’ll get my free ebook for work at homemakerswhen you subscribe.

How about you? What are you looking forward to in 2013?


  1. says

    Happy New Year, Martine! Just like you, I am very much looking forward to 2013. For the past years, I haven’t really sat down and created life lists but I am very excited for the months ahead and my head is full of ideas that I am finally making time to make a 2013 life list. Writing it down finally affirms my dreams that I would like to fulfill this year. More power!
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    • Martine says

      Happy 2013, Ethel! Oh, do, do write your list. It’s so freeing, and it really helps you have that ‘go-getter’ attitude towards happiness. I pray you have a great year ahead!

  2. Ginger P. Arboleda says

    Hi Martine,

    I am so happy that I met you, too. I’ve been inspired to create my own life list, and to achieve more goals in 2013. :) I am so happy with how 2012 turned out. I wish more women find their bliss, too, this coming year. I’m excited for my baby, for more workshops and events this year and for my new mommy blog, MommyGinger.com :) cheers to all of us! :)

    • Martine says

      Thanks, Mia! I, too, am excited. 2013 is going to be a great year, and I’m SO glad we’re partnering on some of those great ideas! :)

  3. says

    In 2013, I’d like to work on my blog and really make it work. I want to plan my posts well and be able to post relevant content regularly. I kick started everything by finally getting my hands on my own domain as a Christmas present to myself (yay!). So now I’m working on migrating my old site to my new one on my own. I really wanna do it myself. You and all the other Manila WAHMs have been so supportive. Thank you for giving me the courage to finally do this! :)
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    • Martine says

      I love your goals for your blog, Patty! I’m happy that you’re taking action, and I’m always here to cheer you on!!!

  4. says

    It really is so wonderful to read about dreams coming true and living out God’s purposes for your life. You really inspire me to pursue my dreams, too. You really are instrumental in making me want to go out there and do something about that dream. I’m looking forward to projects for The Camera Diary in 2013. I also want to finish the children’s books I am writing and see them published, hopefully. :-)
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