Juggling a Virtual Career while Being a Full Time Wife and Mom – Grace Alviar Viray
I believe that when you finally know your priorities, God instructs the universe to open up opportunities so you can have what you need and want at the same time. I am Grace Alviar Viray and this is my story.
I grew up in a small town in Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines and was born to father who was an engineer and a mother who was a public school teacher. Growing up, I have gone through a lot of challenges: from selling our own house to moving from one small apartment to another, to losing both my parents.
At 14, I lost my father to a blood disease, and at 18 my mother was diagnosed with cancer. It was never easy but I was always positive. Fortunately, after chemo and radiation treatments, my mother recovered, and I was able to go back to school and earned a university degree while I was working part-time jobs.
Life worked well for me after I earned my diploma, I was able to get my licence as a Registered Nutritionist-Dietitian in the Philippines and I even got a job as Nutrition Representative in the biggest food company in the country. At the age of 25, I lived my dream job in the corporate world until my mother was again diagnosed with another form of cancer. She passed away that year and I was more than devastated.
I resigned from that job and went hopping from one role to another. I became a college instructor, a nutrition resource speaker, even a sales coordinator. I felt that I didn’t have any responsibilities and I only needed to take care of myself and never minded what role I had until I landed a role I really loved: corporate training. For some reason, I had to leave that job again. It was like I had to start all over again.
Eventually, when I had my own family, things started to fall into place. I started my virtual career as a Business English trainer, until I was given opportunities to write for several news and media websites. I also became part of REJS and Inspiring Women Today by Nikki Taylor where I learned a lot about marketing and global communication. Currently, I am a freelance social media strategist and content curator for several international companies and websites. I also launched my personal blog online named www.whatevergracemeans.com in April 2017 where I get to share my musings and also feature other bloggers globally.
I may not be working in a corporate office building like I used to, but now I earn even more than what I used to earn while I get to work with amazing people globally! And the best part about my virtual career is that I get to be with my husband and daughter almost 24/7, something that my previous roles can never offer.
Today, I’m not as restless as I was before: I believe that I already have learned my priorities and God is leading me where I should go, one step at a time.
Every woman has her own inspiring story to tell, and I believe this is mine. I still have many dreams I’d love to fulfill soon, and I’d like to inspire and help other mothers like me who would also like to have a virtual career while taking care of their children.
Know your priorities: this is what will lead you where you really to want to be!
About the Author
Grace Alviar Viray is currently a freelance social media strategist and manager for several international companies and websites. She just recently launched her personal blog online which is one of her personal goals. When she’s not in front of her laptop, Grace loves spending time with her amazing husband Troy and their adorable daughter Kahlila in their lovely home in Davao City, Philippines.
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