A Change Would Do You Good

It’s been months since my last blog post and I feel really bad about this. It’s not that I don’t enjoy doing it anymore. It’s just that I’ve been so busy and I went through so many personal and professional changes that I had very little time for myself.

So I had to take a break and focus on my family for a while, work out my priorities. It took me several months for figure things out but now I’m back, hopefully better and stronger than before.

Change is inevitable, especially for work at home parents. Kids grow up, their needs change and we have to change with them. When I started this blog I mostly worked at home. My daughter was with me 24/7 and everyday I had to find ways to entertain her so I can get some work done.

Now, my daughter’s going to school and my husband also works at home. The work I do now requires me to leave the house every once in a while.  I now have real life communities that need my input and participation. It’s crazy hectic but thankfully, we’ve all been able to take things in stride.

And now that we’ve settled into some sort of routine again, I’ll go back to posting jobs  and work at home tips here again. There will be some changes in the future, it can’t be helped. But the great thing is I now have friends to help my out and my mission to help parents find a balance, find the best of both worlds remains.

Watch out! Wailings is back! Bigger and better than ever!

Technical Analyst – June 3, 2014

Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering (Photo credit: wburris)

Any engineers that want to work from home? I have a great job for you!

Gatehouse Enterprises, a company that provides services to the oil and gas industry is currently looking for a technical analyst, preferably with an engineering background

Your primary focus will be the day to day management and support of process data capture and storage systems (relational SQL database) and their interfaces to both DCS and SCADA systems.

You will be regularly interfacing with the client’s personnel to solve problems with data and its collection, and provide support to these groups by developing timely and targeted reports.

Desirable candidates will draw upon their experience in real time process data collection, storage and manipulation in the chemical processing, or manufacturing industries.

Essential Skills:

  • Diagnosing instrumentation issues
  • Microsoft SQL Server knowledge
  • Good spoken and written skills in the English language
  • High level numeracy, analytical, auditing and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work within tight and conflicting deadlines
  • Results orientated with attention to detail

Desirable Skills:

  • A degree and experience in Mechanical, Industrial or Mechatronic Engineering
  • Experience in programming, supporting Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems
  • Aspentech IP21 real time relational database management
  • Technical and engineering systems and associated field based technology (including P&ID)

The successful candidate will be engaged on a paid training/ trial basis for 2 – 4 weeks, and if successful will be engaged in a long term contract.  Click on the link for more details about the position and how to apply.

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Hitting the Big Three-Oh

Making lifestyle changes we’ve only had nightmares about.

Our parents had to wait for their 10th year or 20th year reunion to realize what the trend was for their school batch. But for our impatient, information-whore generation, all we have to do is log into facebook.

If you wanted to find out if sh*t just got real, check out your facebook feed trend. What I find in my account are either weddings, kid photos, or the current exercise trends. Because just like me, many of my generation are finally figuring out they’re not superhuman, and the years of late nights, early drinks and that crispy, juicy, oily crispy pata is finally catching up.

Working from home, things are often either better, or worse than the normal commuting public. When we say we stay up late, we stay up til 9 in the morning. When we say we eat a lot, it’s actually every 15 minutes. So when I hit thirty, it felt like hitting forty. It was like time finally slowed down just because it wanted me to see how dry and pasty my complexion was, how bad my posture had become, how many flabs had formed on my waist line, how many more pounds there are on the weighing scale, and how many medical specialists I was thinking of seeing. I didn’t have the luxury of choice, I knew I needed to make that change.

When working from home, it’s easier to indulge to guilty pleasures, and harder to keep a healthier lifestyle, but once you make that choice, the simplest of things can make a difference.

Here’s a list of things you can do to become a healthier work at home mom:

1. Drink lots of water. In fact, just keep a bottle beside you and refill immediately when it runs out. This is the easiest thing you can do. It will do wonders for your skin. Aside from the obvious health benefits, the need to walk to the bathroom will keep you awake. :D

2. Do yoga. Since I started yoga classes, I have lost that all backpains I’ve been complaining about over the years and develop better posture. I can swear by it. It also relieves a bit of stress by taking your mind off work.

Don’t have time to go to the gym? I would first recommend you make time. But if that’s a hundred percent impossible, there are apps you can download to teach you the basic poses. However, there are some poses that you might do wrong, and it’s best to at least know the basics.

I’m not singling yoga out, it’s best to do any exercise. Start your day by takign a run around the neighborhood. Can’t focus? Do a set of sit-ups. You don’t have to be G.I. Jane, just listen to your body, and just find ways to break a sweat.

3. Replace your munchies with fruits. Living in Davao, I have the benefit of having several fruits in season the whole year round. I resisted at first, but the habit will grow on you.

Love ice cream? Replace it with fruit yogurt. It’s a bit expensive, but there are lots of DIY yogurt videos. I haven’t tried making my own, but my sister has, and I’m also considering learning to make it to get more off the computer time.

4. To follow-up on #3. Take some time off the computer, without doing chores for the kids. It won’t kill you I promise. If you drink coffee before and in between work, take it away from the computer. Play with your pets. Start a mini- garden. Learn how to cook (note to self).

There are a bunch of other things you can do, or I should have done, but so far, these 4 are the only ones I have managed to start. This isn’t even limited to the WAHMs out there. If you’re young and working online from home, don’t be like me. I’d be laughing at this article.

Try and take the best out of working from home. You’re never stuck with just fast food as your only lunch option. You get to eat healthier, home made meals. And if you’re you’re young and still far from feeling pains from your back, arthritis, liver, lung and whatever body part, like us, then at least think of your vanity. Imagine what your skin, eye bags, and body will look like 5 years from now with that kind of lifestyle.

Weird, wild, and wacky world of work-at-home moms!

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