#GirlBoss. I just finished reading the book and found this quote on their Instagram page:
To think big. To start off thinking we can pull it off and then to go and actually do it. The nerve!
Yes, nerves! I’ll be bold enough to say that I’ve got a lot of those! And I think it’s also the nerve(s) that may have been the cause of my hyperacidity, crankiness and stress the past few weeks. (Thanks for bearing with me, Gary!:( )
I was beginning to wonder if I had become to ambitious as I’d set out to launch Mommy Mundo out of our Philippine shores and was getting ready to do this in the prestigious international event, CBME-SEA, the only business-to-business expo in South East Asia, where we were to be an exhibitor.
Since I started attending expos and trade shows overseas in the parenting category, I’ve always envisioned having a booth and have our country represented in the industry. There were always booths from our ASEAN neighbors, Korea, Malaysia, even Vietnam and Thailand but never anyone from the Philippines. Why is this so? It isn’t for lack of innovative products to sell and showcase. Being in industry, we have so much to offer. There is definitely potential so we may just need a bit of a push, or perhaps just a golden opportunity?
I’ve also dreamed about bringing Mommy Mundo overseas, to reach out to moms outside our country, try to serve their needs, simply because we think moms abroad would have similar concerns and needs, and may find relevance in the resources we can offer. So we worked for months on our Mommy Mundo Singapore website and found the venue to launch it.
So it happened. We launched MommyMundo.SG at CBME SEA, The experience was a memorable one. First I was happy and relieved my dearest partner in life and work, Gary aka @daddydribbles was able to drop work for a while to come with me, and rightfully so. Not only was he a big help psychologically and logistically, but because he is part of Mommy Mundo’s growth as well.
Going global is a new adventure for us, and that is how i see it, an adventure. This adventure in particular was nostalgic more than anything because it brought back memories of the very beginning when I started Mommy Mundo on my dining table using Gary’s laptop and dial-up internet by PLDT, working at night as soon as I had put the kids (then babies) to bed.
I had a staff of 1, a messenger who did deliveries and pick ups for me, but when he didn’t have anything to do id give him the yellow pages and ask him to use the landline to call everyone on it and after that send out letters to all the companies he could find in the directory via FAX.
Back then I’d connect with moms via sms and email because there was no such thing as social media back. Dial-up internet made way for broadband but still wired to the telephone unit and modem. I’d be working in the office (I was working with friends on my other publishing venture) I would bring my then only baby Coby to work and everywhere else because he had major separation issues and I wanted to keep breastfeeding him.
On occasion I’d be working from home when there were no meetings, and soon wireless internet happened and I could work on my laptop wherever I wanted, the beach, cafes, even the car while waiting for the kids to get dismissed from school.
It was a blessing to be connected, especially now when I could do any work I wanted and just be connected to our well-grown community, even with just my smartphone in hand and the optimum signal of SMART.
It’s been 13 years, and now, with Mommy Mundo going global, I know firsthand the difference an empowered mom can make in her home, her community, and the world. How we can change mom mindsets, transform parenting practices for the better, improve lives, not only of fellow moms, but of children and of families that she pours her love and care on.
Even if the journey to this moment took years and a lot of hard work, I’m grateful to have had “the nerve” to think BIG, grateful for the opportunity (to Louise and Melissa of UBM for allowing us to be a partner at CBME SEA) and grateful to have had the connectivity (Thank you PLDT!) #ChangingLives
Following are snapshopts from CBME-SEA where we launched Mommy Mundo’s first foray regionally and we were happy to be with some of our mompreneur friends who flew from Manila to Singapore for the show.
Our Singapore launch was an awesome experience!
The fun mural art wall at the hotel we stayed in. More details on Hotel Tanglin here.
Just goes to show that dreaming up things, taking steps towards making it real, gathering up the nerve to make it a success, plus having loads of fun while doing it can really make dreams come true just as we had in Singapore.