Here’s how mompreneurs Marie Field-Faith and Bambi del Rosario-Young are making parenthood and running a business amid a pandemic look easy.
A modern lifestyle is greatly defined and informed by the concept of multitasking. It’s having to wear several hats in a day and taking on a multitude of roles. Mothers, most especially, have become masters at this art form with parenthood being their full-time job. Juggling an enterprise and other projects are also part of this mix, where lines between work, home, and play are oftentimes blurred.
This month, as we celebrate mothers the world over, all eyes are on two amazing moms in their own right: Marie Field-Faith and Bambi del Rosario-Young.
Meet Marie and Bambi
An active life on social media, long days as a business owner, and a full-time commitment to being a mother to three “curlies” are forever intertwining for Marie Field-Faith. Apart from using her platform to promote fitness and positivity, she also utilizes her creativity for her furniture brand, Pottly N Tubby.
When the pandemic struck in 2020, home life, work, and social media were suddenly compressed into a small lockdown universe at home. “Work and home suddenly merged. Add [home] schooling into that mix,” she recalls. “Now, our house is basically [dedicated] to hosting classrooms, work stations, gym, and everything else that happens in a home.”
Additionally, the F&B industry took the hardest hit in 2020. In her BC (before COVID-19) life, mom and restaurateur Bambi del Rosario-Young admits to spending more time with family. As the proprietor of an institution as established and beloved as Icebergs, operations were running like clockwork. But that was the case before lockdowns.
“Since our restaurants took a deep dive in sales, I had to step up, pivot our business, and launch multiple programs for our brand to adapt to the times,” she shares. Simultaneously, Bambi was navigating a new economic landscape while creating a safe space at home for her family—and also adjusting to the times.
The Art of Adaptation and Communication
Bambi intimates that inspiration helped her survive uncertain times. “Since I wanted to be solution-based, I went into hyperdrive. I worked [tirelessly] to launch multiple programs for our restaurants.”
She also made a conscious decision to use open communication and tolerance within boundaries with her children. “I lead by example. I don’t force them into doing anything. Instead, I show them so that they eventually follow.”
Bambi adds that when connecting with her kids, she prefers to listen with an open heart. “Constant communication is my go-to parenting strategy. I deal with my kids differently, and according to their personalities. My daughter, Annika, is frugal. So I motivate her to excel by telling her that she is saving our family over PHP100,000 by not needing a tutor… Laszlo loves to impress so I always compliment his great work to motivate him.”
Both of Bambi’s children are closing the school year with flying colors. Laszlo has been acknowledged as “Most Polite in Class,” while Annika’s grades are at their peak.
Confidence at a Time of Chaos
The major shifts in 2020 were tremors that shook everyone. As a parent, most especially, its effects were extremely profound and sometimes overwhelming. Marie remembers, “It throws all the balls up in the air and you better find a way to catch them all before they hit the ground. It was definitely hard because you also had to go through something personally. But I always trusted in the process of adaptation and did not panic.”
She knew despite the chaos that she and her family would learn to cope and calibrate. “That confidence and belief in our family unit made it easier for us to sail through without any major hiccups.”
Distance learning was a challenge often cited by parents like Marie. “We struggled to cope with the sudden need to become teachers. That was a shock to the system! I am not sure if it was harder on the teachers, the kids, or the parents… Surviving each day was a win,” she confides.
But having faith that support was available got them through. “The breakthrough came when we had open discussions with teachers, our help, and even my mom who’s been staying with us. Allowing them to take part in these struggles helped us to sort out these challenges.”
In a few days, her children will be moving up another grade. From the start of lockdowns, Marie has made it a point that her children spend as much time outdoors as they can. Travel is also a possibility especially now that she’s joined the roster of columnists at OneMega.com, where she writes about travel. She has also just recently launched a new platform on social media, @mariesdiscoveries.ph, where she shares little-known finds in and around the metro.
Regardless of where the season will take her and her pack, one thing is on the agenda: “We want the kids to rest and play.”
Marie and Bambi’s Hacks for Living Fuller Lives
Time for self-care has also played an essential role in surviving the past year. For Bambi, it has brought a sense of calm and wellness to her days. “I wake up earlier than everybody at home to make time for myself. I follow the 20-20-20 formula.” She’d allot 20 minutes for workouts and another 20 for her gratitude journal. The last set is dedicated to learning something new. “This way, I take care of my body, spirit, and mind. After which, I am ready to take on the day and serve others with a smile.”
She has also gotten into bio-hacking, which is basically a change in diet, exercise, and lifestyle to help enhance performance and health. Bambi explains, “I want to live longer and be unfazed by the virus. I enroll in programs, listen to podcasts, and read up on how to hack my body so I can live better.”
Despite being immersed in the worlds of fitness and wellness, Marie admits that the pandemic has opened her eyes to new ways of filling one’s cup. The fitness enthusiast behind @fitmomsprojectph asserts, “Self-care does not equate to just working out. I’ve grown to appreciate that self-care can be as simple as taking a deep breath when I’m starting to feel stressed out or claustrophobic.”
“It’s about finding the time to do joyful things with kids. It can also be about talking to your group of friends—whether they are your fitness friends or hustle buddies, just to feel connected,” she adds.
Marie and Bambi on Surviving, Thriving and Support
Inspiring followers on social media has also helped both Marie and Bambi stay connected. Since day one of the lockdown, Marie has been sharing exercise routines, fitness tips, and smart parenting ideas through her platform. She has since expanded with her travel column on One Mega and her new social media account, @mariediscoveries.ph. “If there was a time to help promote these amazing local places, it would be now. They need all the help they can get to bounce back,” states Marie.
Devoting time and energy to help boost local tourism has likewise brought on a new surge of energy. “The pandemic tries to squash your life force,” she continues. “When I was able to go out there and see these places, it felt like finding a new zest for life. I want to share that feeling with readers and those who are ready to discover the country again safely.”
Marie has also poured her heart into keeping her furniture business afloat. When the company temporarily shut down for three months in 2020, ensuring work for her people was a top priority. “A year has passed and I am thankful that we’ve managed to keep our word. I’ve prioritized humanity over profit and that is of greatest importance to me.”
The same sentiment is shared by Bambi, who has also managed to provide jobs for her people. She ponders, “Women are incredibly resilient. As long as you stay focused on your goal, you can achieve it. As a businesswoman, one cannot remain complacent. We have to continuously grow and pivot to thrive in the global health crisis.” She, too, understands how support—no matter the size—can make all the difference for a company.
As such, she’s dedicated her platform to support local enterprises to get their names out in the market. “I strongly support local small businesses by posting about their products to help create awareness. I fully understand how difficult it is to sustain a living nowadays. So I act on compassion to help in my own small way.”
A Day at a Time, with Eyes on the Prize
Marie and Bambi—both mompreneurs in their own right—acknowledge that tomorrow is never promised and they are okay with it. They take each day as they come—the ups, downs, twists, turns, and unexpected detours. Marie and Bambi’s goals are clear and they’ve certainly poured their hearts into them.
Marie declares, “I want to continue keeping my family safe and strong. I would also like to cultivate better wellness and fitness habits that are easy to integrate into our lives… And for as long as we still have our sense of humor by year’s end, we can call 2021 a success.”
Bambi is laser-focused on keeping her families both at work and at home motivated. She’s been working closely with staff to find best solutions and innovative ways to thrive amidst the times. Bambi projects, “This year will end better than last year. It’s onwards and upwards.”
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Bianca Salonga is a lifestyle journalist who has been in publishing for the last two decades. She took up her MBA in Luxury Goods and Fashion in Paris, France. Both experience and higher education continue to inform her work as a brand story teller and advocate for purposeful living.
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