I must admit having a soft spot for OFW’s (Overseas Filipino Workers). Maybe because I have been one and my parents are both an OFW as well.
When I went to London due to my mother’s persistence to work there so I can save up for my family, I was a bit confused at that time. The first plan was for me to go there after finishing college but because we really don’t hold what the future will bring, as we were making plans after my college, I had no idea that there was a different plan that God has for me.
After I finish college, was able to work as a manager at Chowking and seven months later, I got pregnant. So you know, cut the story short, my mother’s plan for me to go straight to London after college was put into the sidelines as I had to deal with my pregnancy and the next chapter of my life into motherhood and suddenly getting into the married life.
When I gave birth, my mom was still convincing me to that I should think more wisely now not only for my future but for my son’s future. But I knew in my heat that going to London to work for our family’s future can wait and not the first moments that I could spend with my son as he grows up. I wanted to be personally witness every first in his life like the first word he will utter and his very first step.
So I waited until he was about to turn 2 years old and that’s when I decided that I will go to London and work for just 5 years and go back here in the Philippines. But I made sure that I would still be with my family by finding way on how I can get them to stay with me in London while I was studying and working at the same time.
By God’s grace, I was able to go to London and after 5 months, I was able to get my husband and my son to join me in London. I knew that if there was no way that I could get them and be together with them while I was in London, I would have not really decided to go to London after all because its not the money or the bright future that I am after for. My real treasure is with my family and it can’t be found in places where there is milk and honey.
And I totally understand why OFW ‘s have to make such bitter decisions of leaving their family because its also for their family’s sake that they have to make such a painful decision. Given with the present situation that our country is into, we cannot blame them to leave our country and their families to find opportunities from other countries to provide them a bigger salary that will enable them to provide a better life for their families.
Its sad though that sometimes, families are also destroyed by such decisions. Coming from a family where my mother became an OFW when I was just sixteen years old, I felt lost. I was overwhelmed with the freedom I had because my mother was not around and my father was busy minding his own affairs at that time and little did I know that I was getting into self destruction.
I ran thru periods of depression and took suicidal attempts without my father being aware of it. When my mother found out about it, she was petrified and kept on asking me questions why I did it but she could not really decide if she should go home or not as she was thinking about the financial implications of such decision so she stayed as an OFW despite of all the troubles that me and my father was giving her.
And I see so many families affected by these kind of situations and I feel for them. Its so hard to be torn in such situation where you want to provide financially for your family to live a better life but then you see your husband and your kids getting themselves into self destructive ways.
I’m not saying all OFW families are in a situation like this but most of them are in some way or another experiences similar situations. That’s why I want to share with my fellow OFW ways on how they can create a career plan that will enable them to be reunited again with their families and still be able to provide a better life for them through my training and coaching programs.
There are ways how to create additional income while working as an OFW abroad and there is a career plan that you can take that will enable you to retire from your OFW work and go back home to your loved ones in the Philippines.
I invite you to attend my webinar training: Business Ideas For OFW While Working Abroad.
I have been there and been through with it and its time to share what I have learned.
“All the wealth of the world cannot be compared to living together happily united.” Saint Margaret d’Youville