Month: May 2016

Road to WAHM

*WAHM = Working At Home Mom As I said previously, I’m a type who plans everything. I have to say that my big decision had been considered since the day I got married. In 2014, I wrote about ‘Entrepreneurship & Working From Home’. That was when I started doing freelance illustration and accepting ‘art’ commission. I decided to explore some business and works that can be done from home with reliable internet connection and good reputation online. “Better start early and take some time to learn and prepare,” I thought. So I did. I learned how to draw for money, to deal with difficult customers, to meet the deadlines no matter how bored and tired I am. I tried to do business with a partner ending up with such awful experience but it taught me a lot of lessons. Little by little I built my own online store and figured out how it should work. I created my products, experimented with the packaging, branding, and marketing. I tried a lot of things while I had my full time job …

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The Big Decision

I’m a type of person who plans everything, including the unplanned. Every end of a year, I write things I want do and achieve for the following year. I turn them into plans and keep a checklist so I can review them before making a new one a year later. For 2016, I made the shortest checklist but also the hardest. Some of you may notice that I & my husband had been on long distance relationship-slash-marriage since 2013. In 2014, the year we got married, he got a scholarship for his second master degree. He studied in UK for a year and I decided to stay in Balikpapan. Last September, after he finished, he came back for good to Indonesia and to his job in Jakarta while I was still in Balikpapan for mine. We bought a house in Bekasi and of course we planned to make it a home; a family that stays together, hopefully with kids. The thing was: with low oil price situation, I had to choose between moving to Bekasi …

A New Journey Has Just Begun

In the name of Allah SWT, The Most Gracious and The Most Merciful, I’m gratefully sharing this news, I & my husband are expecting a baby boy :) I’m currently 20 weeks pregnant. Yesterday I visited my obgyn to do monthly check up and ultrasound scan. The baby was healthy and growing well along with the Mom who’s now 10 kgs bigger already! It was the first time we discovered the gender and the whole family couldn’t be more excited :D I’ve been pretty discreet about this and actually put quite a lot of thoughts about announcing the news. During the first trimester, I only told my closest friends in Balikpapan because I couldn’t stand going and hanging out in the evening. Fortunately (or unfortunately?), I didn’t suffer from morning sickness but evening sickness so I just worked as usual from 07.30 – 17.30 but after that I could hardly do anything. I had to say that I worried much from hearing the miscarriage experiences of some close friends and family members and also because …