For others, going to Tagaytay in July is already a post-summer getaway. However, I work from home anyway, so honestly, I can go there when I want (aside from the fact that it is just a one-hour journey from where I am. That does not include traffic).
Last month, I am blessed to visit Tagaytay twice – with different sets of people. With different sets of people, I saw two kinds of freedom.
FREEDOM FROM FEAR
On my first trip to Tagaytay, I went with several participants of the Date with Freedom: 2015 Virtual Careers Summit and Seminar. Almost a month after the event, one of the participants sent me a private message on Facebook: “Help, my Date with Freedom friends and I are going crazy.” Although not the type that needs mental consultation, I felt their need of talking to a virtual professional like me. After the several Date with Freedom participants decided on a day and a venue, I sought the help of Positively Awesome VA Jones Mancilla in preparing a productive day.
A productive day indeed! After instructing them to sit down based on their DISC scores (to prevent the friendly ones talking all the time), we started the activity with a prayer and short sharing of stories (I forgot to bring a box of tissue on this part). The Date with Freedom participants that were with us were all mothers. They are keen in becoming the best mothers that they can be while helping in the family’s income.
Jones and I then gave them 15 minutes to either continue writing their WHY reasons or starting their first tutorial slide (two of the assignments in the Date with Freedom event). Then they have 10 minutes as a break from what they were doing and at the same time ask questions from us.
On the first set of the 15-minute and 10-minute activities, Jones and I saw what they needed – they needed to see someone doing the same thing that they were doing. All along, they were afraid that they might be the ONLY ONE in the world doing the assignment! On that day, they got their freedom from FEAR.
Currently, the moms are sending and receiving support from a Facebook Group. They are working on their assignments “one slide a day” (see Jones’ awesome blog post about this. It will definitely help you, too!)
FREEDOM OF HAVING THE TIME
I was back in Tagaytay ten days after. This time, I was with my virtual professional friends. We planned the event three weeks after invading Los Baños, Laguna (we missed each other, I guess). It was the day of learning from the stock market (courtesy of The Stock Market Crusader, Jonas San Luis). Well, we need our hard-earned dollar currencies to work for us by looking for legitimate ways, right?
Aside from learning financial literacy, we felt the cold breeze, visited the Puzzle Museum and ate the best bulalo in the Philippines.
I am happy to be in a company of happy people like my virtual professional friends. We may not be office mates, but we experience the same realities of virtual careers. What I love about them the most was that you could reach out to them if you need help on your virtual career. I am blessed to have these people in my life.
Truly, I am grateful for the freedom of having the time to go out and smell the flowers with my virtual professional friends because we can (and we sometimes need to feel Mother Nature’s elements).
I do not know which freedom you are now, but I want you to know that being in one of them is good. If you are in the “freedom from fear”, I pray you would get to the “freedom of having the time”. If you are in the “freedom of having the time”, well, you should join us next time. You see hope instead of fear, gratefulness instead of complaints, and you get to experience it with people who have the same exceptional mindset as yours.
Just a final thought: Tagaytay is one of the most beautiful high places in the Philippines where you see the mountain ranges and trees. It was like looking to their beautiful future.
Ann Kristine A. Peñaredondo is a Facebook Marketing Strategist who has managed and grew Facebook Pages of top shopping malls, lingerie, and dairy brands, as well as authors and experts in business, food, health, and education. Ann's podcast show, Pin To Top, is listed in Growth Mentor and Feedspot as one of the top podcasts for Facebook and marketing for 2020. Ann is also one of the Manila Workshop’s resident speakers and facilitators. She’s been featured in Jomar Hilario’s Online Show and book Virtual Careers, Wazzup Pilipinas, Astig.PH, Prime Influencers, Marketing in Asia, Thrive Global, and The Manila Times. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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