Michelle Mart

Juggling Dreams and Distance: A Single Mom’s Decade-long Journey Away from Home

Every journey starts with a single step. For me, that step was onto an airplane that would take me thousands of miles away from my hometown in the Philippines. As an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW). My story is a tapestry woven from threads of sacrifice, resilience, and unwavering love. Here’s a glimpse into my life as a single mother of three who has lived away from my family for over a decade and this blog dives into my extraordinary journey, shedding light on the trials and triumphs of my life abroad.

The Decision to Leave

The Philippines, with its sun-kissed beaches, vibrant culture, and the ever-resilient Filipino spirit, was home to me. However, with rising costs and three young mouths to feed, staying home wasn’t an option hence I decided to venture abroad in search of better opportunities. 

The First Goodbye

Tears flowed as I hugged my children, then aged 5, 9, and 12. I promised them I’d be back soon, with stories of foreign lands and a brighter future. But the goodbye was harder than I had ever imagined. The weight of responsibility and the pain of separation pressed heavily on my shoulders as days turned into months and months into years, I morphed into a pillar of strength, nurturing my children’s dreams from afar.

Juggling Work and Motherhood from Afar

Being a single mom is challenging, but being one from thousands of miles away is even harder. I worked in an office in the Middle East. The challenges of maintaining strong connections with my children from miles away, the long hours at work, adapting to a new culture and finding a sense of belonging can be tough, especially when you’re alone. The language barriers, being new to social norms and the relentless pursuit of financial stability are all part of my daily reality. I would video call my children to listen to their day and remind them of my love.

The Festivals and Milestones Missed

Over the years, I missed birthdays, graduations, and even the small victories my children achieved. While technology bridged the gap somewhat, it couldn’t replace the warmth of a mother’s hug or the joy of celebrating milestones together. Loneliness, anxiety, and homesickness were constant companions. I often found myself gazing at old family photos or quietly weeping in my room, missing the cacophony of my children’s laughter and bickering.

The Triumphant Moments

But it wasn’t all sorrow. With my hard-earned money, I was able to send my children to good schools. I relished the pride I felt when my eldest finished college, then my son and now my youngest. These moments reminded me that my sacrifices had not been in vain.

The Digital Spark

As I became accustomed to my new surroundings, I started to notice a pattern. Many people nowadays are looking for products online, whether it is fashion, beauty products, food, gadgets etc.  Curiosity piqued, I started exploring the world of online shopping and stumbled upon the concept of affiliate marketing. By promoting products online, I could earn commissions on each sale. Armed with determination, I began my journey into the digital realm.

George, The Catalyst

Enter George, a digital enthusiast. He introduced me to the lucrative world of affiliate marketing highlighting the potential of giants like Amazon, AliExpress, Riohas, Puma and many more but also offered to be my guide on this new journey. A partnership was born.

Navigating The Affiliate Waters

With George’s expertise and my relentless drive, we began to set up our affiliate profiles, meticulously choosing products that resonated with the community. Nights were spent in learning, understanding algorithms, and devising strategies while daytime saw me fulfilling my duties as an OFW and nights turned me into a digital wizard. We were engrossed in online courses, video tutorials and understanding the nuances of affiliate marketing. My kids, although thousands of miles away, became my biggest cheerleaders.

The Rise of the MomPreneur

Still a long way to success but I do believe that it won’t come overnight. With every small commission, our confidence grows and our determination to make this a successful venture is our main objective. 

Today, as I reflect on my journey, I realize it’s not just about financial success. It’s about resilience, adaptability, and the power of collaboration. My children, once my primary motivation, now look up to me as a role model, seeing firsthand the results of determination and hard work.

In conclusion, the life of an OFW, especially a single mom like me, is a testament to the strength of the human spirit. It’s a story of sacrifice, hope, and boundless love. While the challenges are immense, the rewards, in the form of a brighter future for our loved ones, make it all worthwhile.

Cheers to the MomPreneur in me and in every OFW daring to dream big!

Embarking on a thrilling journey into the online business realm, I deeply appreciate all the love and support from everyone. Remember, every time you support a small business, you’re helping someone’s dream flourish. Wishing myself luck on this new adventure and sending gratitude in advance to all who choose to walk this path with me. Let’s uplift and champion small businesses together! 🌱🌟 #SupportSmallBusiness #Mompreneur #affiliatemarketing

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