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My VA Journey

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December 09, 2021

Welcome back to my VA Journey Journal!

Today, I had a meeting with my clients. This is my first meeting after a long time of waiting for the right people I could work with. I definitely have encountered fake jobs, people, and scams along the way which I can talk about later on. I have to say, my clients are very professional in a way that they want you to be yourself. They don't expect me to be the perfect person although, I believe our differences is what makes us perfect. They just want the right and maybe I can say perfect fit for their business. I enjoyed my interview with them and I can tell how much I feel like myself again during and after the interview.. I may not have any VA experience as this one is for subcontracting position. As a matter of fact, I don't mind that. I just want to start somewhere. I mean, I want to find something that will work for me and I think being a VA is really for me. 

The challenge of moving to a new country is when you already have the mindset of practices from your childhood and growing up. It influences you as a person, from the things you have to make decisions whether be it personal, family, or career to finding your own happiness by doing the things you love to do for yourself and others. I come from a country where you strictly have to follow the rules otherwise, you will serve the consequences. How we are raise reflects on why we do things that we do in life.

What is mindset? According to Verywellmind website by Kendra Cherry, "Your mindset is a set of beliefs that shape how you make sense of the world and yourself. It influences how you think, feel, and behave in any given situation." I would say it contributes to your sense of self-knowing. It's your personal understanding of how things work and how you make a decision in life. Through mindset, you can contemplate about the meaning of things. How do you define practices anyway? I do believe there are various types of practices. In high school, you practice in the gym class for a sport you really like to do. You can practice Yoga in your free time at home or in a yoga in-class session. When I was a little girl, I practice my writing skills in order to get good grades. Yes, you can get a grade of 90% over 100% in your notebook hand writing skills. And I am talking about cursive. So, you really have to do a lot of practicing if you want a satisfying grade. I believe it does boost up your total mark at the end of the grading period or here you call it, semester. I definitely consider it a bonus! What else do people practice? Recital? Choir before the Mass starts? Practicing an instrument? How about driving? I practice a lot of that too. I honestly volunteer to drive halfway to pick up my stepson from his Mom's house that way I can get used to a lot of driving before I take my G license and when I did, I passed. I'm talking about 2.5 hours going to her house then another 2.5 -3 hours coming back home again. Practice makes perfect they said. How about a traditional practice? and Cultural Practices? Are both the same in a way? or are they not similar in any other way? Let's find out from your point of view.

This time, I want to talk about my childhood practices. For example, I get up as early as 5am to prepare for school. Your parents expect you to get up this early so that you can go to school on time. I have enough time between waking up to eating my breakfast, preparing my school bag, and finishing homework. Oh! don't forget the parent's signature! especially the ones that needs to be signed on each and every page..literally like back to back. We do these from Monday to Friday. Well, the signing is probably twice a month and does not apply to all the subjects I have. Usually, I prepare my backpack before going to bed at night. Education is very important back home. Well, I have a strict dad who tries to take good care of everybody at home and make sure we really attend school. My mom is very caring as well. She make sure I got everything I need for school. She completes my ridiculous homework and impossible projects. I can't even imagine the impossibility! Seriously. Let me tell you once, I have to collect every various flowers I could find in our area. Omg. My mom knock at every door and gates(some have dogs! Oh boy they bark a lot) just to get me what I need for that homework. I cannot imagine myself doing all those work for my kids but soon I will be for sure. lol.  Now that I'm reminiscing about it, it makes me feel very grateful for my parents hard work. 5am is honestly very early. I have to wake up and choose which task to do first. For me I prefer bathing as it lets you wake up and be alert and force yourself to accept "hey! it's another day. My day just started"-kind of thing. Then, you have to obviously eat so you don't get dizzy once you get to school. I'm always full. My parents always make sure we have food everyday. I imagine this experience and it makes me wonder wow. I think it's really a full self-discipline, perseverance, and hard work to be able to grow up the way I am now. When I say I wake up 5am that's because my parents are always on time. Since education is very important to them they never want you to be late in school, or have such low grades. I mean I survive. I may not be the smartest in school but I am a good student. I learned good manners and right conduct. Yes! That's part of the grades the teachers give you. They recognize your attitude and behaviour. They also sometimes give you an award for that. My dad always has the most punctual award. haha! I remember sometimes my parents forget to wake up early during my school days, they rush and my mom always panic. like. a. lot. of the times. Haha! I find it funny. These practice has made me oriented, well-organized, and professional. In an early age I was able to understand the concept of being on time, respecting other people's time, and discipline. It's a big deal because if you are always late in school, that reflects to the parents and can leave yourself in the bad image section. You don't want that, do you? I can say I am very fortunate to have such responsible parents who cares so much about me and my siblings.

Moving here to Canada, I went back to school to study again. This time I'm in the last year of high school. I didn't know they have different requirement depending on how much your knowledge and skills are. It was very different from what I have in the Philippines. I mean, when I move here I need to go back another year in highschool in order to transfer the school credits from back home and translate it to a Canadian version. Kind of like in language lol. The Government of Canada for Education will only approve you to go to College once you completed their GED/your GED which is Canadian based. Anyway, I relearn things again. If that's even a word?Here we don't need to wake up as early as 5am. I don't need to sleep early at night. I have enough time to finished my homework. Whereas, back home I spend 12 hours everyday in school. We have a lot of subjects I think about 10 subjects a day that we have to attend to. Plus, the club activities after 5pm. I can say it's a lot more stressful back home but at the same time we learn a lot. 

Few days have passed, after the interview, the VA business owner who I am subcontracting with supposedly seems like a very nice lady. She updated me after a week then updated me again a few days after. Then, after all the deliberation and waiting days, I got the position! I was so excited I told my husband right away lol. Even though this is "only" subcontracting, I don't want to say "only" subcontracting because for me this is a big deal. I have dream of becoming a VA through subcontracting. This is a great opportunity. For me, personally, nothing is to big and nothing is too small. This is just the beginning of my journey. I read about an article saying, "You are not a VA without clients" I think these words resonates because of how important it is to take jobs according to what really fits your desire and the things that you like to do. Without clients, how can you say you are a VA? really. It does make sense. I went on on-boarding with the business owner and the people I'm working with who needs help with their business. I just think I fit perfectly for their business because of my medical background. 

I like to learn everyday as much as I can. I read the business manual and went on from there. I really like it because I can do it all from the comfort of my home. They are good people who I really enjoy having meetings with every Fridays. So, my childhood practices does make sense now. I grew up being on time, treating almost everything in the most professional way possible. Communicating updates and what's going on with the business and everything in between.

December 19, 2021

I like to talk about mindset because of how important it is to be professional in what you do. I really want to become a Virtual Assistant not just be good at it but be a responsible business owner as well. I can't believe I'm saying this. lol. I never thought I would consider myself a business owner. Right now, I do. I honestly feel like I'm making a difference by helping other business owners with their administrative task and anything in between. Like I said, I'm not an expert but I was able to learn few things one at a time and eventually expecting it to lead to where I want to be someday. Personally, when working with other business owners I treat their business my business as I handle some things that they can do themselves. I am basically their go to when issues occur. As of now, I am beginning to have the momentum I needed for my business. I'm slowly getting connections with other VAs and business owners out their in the online world. 

Meanwhile, I really couldn't finish this post from last week because of how busy my schedule turned out ot be. I mean, what really keep me busy is between watching my son, working from home, keeping the house clean, and creating a list in my mind on how I'm going to keep the holiday party all set then at the same time keep my business open. Even that, I almost forgot to send the boys combined gingerbread house last night for the online draw prizes. Even though the last day is today, I still want to send it on time at least. There's just always a lot going on that I have to keep up. If I can keep up with household chores, I know I can also keep up with my business. I have a practice at home where I divide my cleaning time with which room. That way, I can keep up with the chores and still able to finish other things like updating my website and learning something new. 

Just like my clients who practices Counselling, it really opens up my mind to all the possibilities out there. They truly inspire me right after I read about their websites. I think this is the real beginning of my Virtual Assistant career. To be able to work with people who has the same value as I do. To be a part of a team that gives back to the community and give others a chance to be heard of their feelings. To have a better understanding of why they do what they do. I think that's amazing. I'm learning as I go. Honestly, all it takes is the skills that I already have. I look forward to working and learning as the months go by. What practices do you have in mind? Is there something new you'd like to learn about? Don't hesitate to send me an email. I would love to connect with you. I will write another post for this Holiday. 

Thank you.

ALMIRA ALMONTE                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Your Trusted Virtual Assistant                                                                                                                                                                                              mhiavirtual@gmail.com





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