What motherhood is
Motherhood is the toughest job in the world. There’s literally blood, sweat, and tears put into it. Though motherhood is celebrated a day in a year, it’s a job that doesn’t really have any time outs nor vacations. It’s joys and achievements are coupled with tears and failures. And I know all moms have their own challenges. At the end of the day, we all have one goal–we only want what’s best for our children.
The struggle is real
During the first year of being a mom to my children, I was so engrossed and focused on the struggle. Unconsciously I didn’t know I was being too hard on myself because I wanted to be the perfect mother for my kids. So much trying to be a Stepford mom, I burdened myself with ideals that I know are far from reality and not at all achievable. You know, giving my kids all-natural & healthy food, achieving their milestones at the right age, and letting them be independent while at the same time be the cool mom every kid likes.
These are just some of the things I was so focused on. It’s really tough to achieve perfection and to find balance in everything especially when it comes to motherhood. And I learned there is no one right way to be a mother so don’t let people tell you otherwise or make you feel insecure about how you raise your own children. Because at the end of the day, only you would know what’s best for your child.
When I started to see the bigger picture that’s when I realized how being the best mom is far more better than striving to be the perfect mom. Knowing this eased my heart and made me a happier, less stressed out mom.
Always have time for yourself
During my Mother’s Day talk at Robinson’s Galleria last Sunday, I shared some of my realisations as mom. I know some moms feel very guilty to be away from their child for a day, even an hour or a few minutes. But you know what? I’ve learned that putting yourself first and taking care of yourself is not an act of selfishness, it’s a good way to let yourself become a better mom.
Invest in yourself
As the saying goes, “You can’t give what you don’t have”. When you’re too stressed or too bothered trying to accomplish everything on your to-do list, the only thing you can do is give yourself a break. Who here feels guilty to do me-time?!
I just like to share that ever since I let go of being guilty to spend a few hours, even minutes to myself, I’ve been a better mom. Moms, if there’s one unsolicited advise I would give, it would be to invest in yourself. We moms are know for being selfless and putting our family first. But at the end of the day, if you’re not happy, how can you happily serve your family? As the saying goes, happy wife, happy life. I’d like to believe it’s also applicable to moms. Happy moms, happy kids.
I do believe that all moms deserve some time for themselves. Whether it’s Mother’s Day or not. We all deserve “me time” to recharge us and to keep us happier than we already are. I did just this during Mother’s Day weekend– I went to Belo for an afternoon of pampering.
Pamper Starts The Moment You Arrive
Lakas maka-donya the moment I stepped out of the car–these Belo men were so very hospitable and helpful.
Since it was my first time at Belo, I had to fill out a patient chart before I had my treatments.
What was lined up for me?
I had a body scrub with bleach, glycopeel cleaning and Revlite face. It was a 2 1/2 hours of me-time I definitely need.
Body scrub with bleach is a combination of sea salt and sugar that gently removes dead, dry, rough skin leaving skin, baby soft and smooth, followed by an application of a natural bleaching agent made from grapeseed extract, AHA, and liquorice to whiten the skin naturally.
After the body scrub, my skin was at its softest! So supple and smooth, like that of a baby’s. Now I get it why some like having this treatment regularly.
Glycopeel cleaning is a treatment that makes use of different concentrations of fruit acid applied on the skin to unroof pimples, blackheads, whiteheads and exfoliate dead skin. Recommend for oily and acne-prone skin, glycopeel cleaning can be done every week and the treatment lasts for 30-45 minutes.
I haven’t had a facial in a long time and I knew I was due to have one. Remember I went to the beach during the Labor Day weekend? For some reason, my skin got irritated and I broke out. Tiny bumps that were merely visible unless closely scrutinised were felt on my face. The bumps came with a few pimples scattered on my cheeks and chin. Hassle lang how I am developing adult acne/breakout now. I guess external factors are partly the reason why my skin is now more sensitive than it used to.
Thankfully, Cherie, my therapist was able to extract everything (ugh, TMI). Though my face was read after cleaning, I was glad I had it done. My face now feels cleaner.
Revlite is a versatile QW-switched Nd: YAG laser that works well to remove epidermal and dermal pigmented lesions like ephelides, sun damage, tattoos, and Nevus of Ota. It also helps improve skin texture and tone, as well as reduce wrinkles and acne scars. It may also be used to reduce unwanted velus or fine hair.
This isn’t my first Revlite experience (I love Revlite!) yet Dr. Guada talked me through and thoroughly explained to me that it’s best to have Revlite after cleaning for it helps improve skin texture and tone. I love Revlite and I know that if done regularly, it can really improve the overall look and condition of one’s skin.
I certainly enjoyed my not-so-often pamper time. It was refreshing to spend a few hours for myself. It really is a Mother’s Day treat! I’m sure a mom would be thrilled to experience the same thing. If you haven’t given a treat to your mom yet, then go ahead and join my giveaway because I’m treating one lucky mom to #BeloPamperDay.
As usual, easy peasy mechanics:
Follow Go Jackie Go on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram
Follow Belo Beauty on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
Post your most beautiful picture with your mom on Instagram (you must have an Instagram account to join).
Use #BeloPamperDay and tag @gojackiego and @belobeauty and tell us why you want to treat your mom to a Belo pamper day. Post should be made public for your entry to qualify.
We’ll choose one winner and she can treat her mom to the same treatments I had: 1 session of Glycopeel or Almond Honey Cleaning, 1 session Boyd Scrub with Bleach and 1 session Revlite face.
Contest will run until May 12, 2016 only! I’ll announce the winner on my Instagram on May 13. The winner can claim the gift certificate at the Belo office in San Juan from May 16-20, 2016. The GC is valid for 6 months.
That’s it! Easy, peasy pamper day brought to you by Belo Beauty! So go ahead and join. 😉
Edralyn Reyes says
Wow!!! Happy Mother’s Day Ms. Jackie hopefully manalo ko. 😀
Lhourdes Mercadero says
Being a mom is the best full time job interview he world but yes it’s the toughest one. I always wanted to be the best mom for my kids that’s why I always forgot to treat myself or pamper myself.
My mom work as a Domestic Helper in HogKong and she never had the time to pamper herself for 31 years.
I hope to win this for my NANAY.
This is a great giveaway! Thank you Ms.Jackie
Being a mom is the toughest job to fill in. When you leave the house,you have to have someone to clean the house,do the laundry, take care of the kids,cook food,tidy up the bed ,do the grocery and a whole lot more. See..one mom does all of that. And when we leave the house we are always in a hurry to go home.Sometimes my wish is just to stay still,take my time and drink coffee without being in a hurry. I just want to sit down and do something for myself..it is very tiring to be always in a hurry. But moms are like that..they trade in the things that they want and enjoy because as of the moment our kids need us most.We are more than just a daughter,daughter in law,sister, friend or a wife..we are our child’s mother.Happy Mother’s Day:)
Jackie Go says
Hi Gold! I agree! If you wanna join, go ahead and post a photo of your mom on Instagram! 🙂
Hi Ms. Jackie..yeah i want to join but i don’t have an instagram account. And i want the belo pamper day for myself haha! Oh my..my Mama walang ka arte arte sa katawan. Kung anong kikay ko sya naman nako walang kaartehan:) Naisip ko tuloy..siguro pag naging mom ka it will strip all your kaartehan sa katawan because all you think about is your newborn. I remember when i gave birth to our shobe oh my i was not able to cut my toenails for 3 months. Moms are the most giving and selfless in the whole wide world..but we must remember that our children are not ours. Pahiram lang sila sa atin. 🙂