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There are times in our life when we wonder about getting by. I am a mom of three wonderful children aged 12, 10 and 8. I work as a Journalist during the day, and sometimes, at night too, and that gives me little time to spend with my children who, sadly, have gotten used to not having a dad around but craves for the love and attention of their parent. And the thought of not being able to spend more time with them and look after them haunts me everyday. Hence this endeavor.

A friend suggested I start something at etsy.com. If I could get the ball rolling, I am closer to my dream of being a full-time mom I'd long to be and still be able to provide for my young ones. As a parent, I do think of ways to make ends meet for my kids, but so far, all four of us are falling splat on our face. Life is difficult, but we're trying to keep being optimistic as there are so many out there facing worse predicaments…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 13
  • Joined February 2, 2010

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slr camera, high quality photo paper, 200gsm art papers, water color, sewing machine, cotton cloth, thread, batik, fabric, computer to type my stories

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There are times in our life when we wonder about getting by. I am a mom of three wonderful children aged 12, 10 and 8. I work as a Journalist during the day, and sometimes, at night too, and that gives me little time to spend with my children who, sadly, have gotten used to not having a dad around but craves for the love and attention of their parent. And the thought of not being able to spend more time with them and look after them haunts me everyday. Hence this endeavor.

A friend suggested I start something at etsy.com. If I could get the ball rolling, I am closer to my dream of being a full-time mom I'd long to be and still be able to provide for my young ones. As a parent, I do think of ways to make ends meet for my kids, but so far, all four of us are falling splat on our face. Life is difficult, but we're trying to keep being optimistic as there are so many out there facing worse predicaments. Work as a journalist should pay well, but here, its one of the lowly paid positions, when you take into account all the travels one has to make. Still, it puts some food on the table.

And until 31 August this year, I've been caring for my mom, who was suffering from end stage renal failure. Despite the hardship, you know, it is nice having ones mom around to give one, that hope that things will eventually turn for the better. My mom was and still is, among the inspirational people I have in my life, in addition to my three adorable kids. I told her that I was going to make things turn for the better and that she won't have to foot her medical bills, which were unending as they were expensive. I believe she wanted to die not only because she was acutely sick, but also because she doesn't want to be a burden. It was difficult, but I would have preferred her to be around. Now she is gone and I feel empty.

Yet I am still a mom and my kids need me. I love taking photographs, and I love sewing bags, purses, I love fabrics, I love fashion, I love writing, and I love speaking to people and writing about them, particularly when my writing helps, in some ways, to turn their life around for the better. Some people love writing about politics. I like the small people, those we don't really bother about so much and would probably only realise when we're made to sit down next to them, absorbing their pain and unhappiness or more rather, their gratefulness and thankfulness that life, despite its hardship, still present a ray of hope somewhere. They just haven't grasp it fully yet. And they probably will never do, but they have that hope, and that keeps them going.

I write about little children who suffers from hole in the heart - whose parents are so poor, they can't even pay for paracetamol medication, and who live so far in the interiors that they have to walk for six hours, carrying their sick child, on gravel road to get to the nearest bus station. Writing about the rich doesn't give me that much inspiration - especially those who was born with a silver spoon in their mouth. I am sure they are equally interesting, but they don't need me to help them address their plight. Anyway, they already have the entertainment reporters covering them whether they like it or not. My focus will continue to be those whom we would like to forget because their condition touches our core, because the hurt they feel stings us, and simply because I need to help in any way I can.

these are the things I aspire and would like to do:
1- be a full time mom and be with my kids when they are home from school.
2- continue to source for materials and create beautiful things.
3- find and create our own home sweet home.
4- continue to write about the 'small and forgotten people' and create awareness that they need our charity, our heart, our help. They don't want to beg at the street - life is hard enough as it is and they don't deserve to be put in a demeaning condition whereby they have to do that. The 'little people' toil the land for a living and earn less than USD50 per month. With that, they have to support their family.
5- provide some monetary assistance to the 'little people', help with sending them for medication if and when they need to.
6- create awareness among public medical workers in the country, and in particular, in Sabah Malaysia to have a heart and not be cold towards the sick, the elderly. I cannot believe how heartless some people are. Perhaps its because hardship has not entered into their lives and they need a taste of it.

You know, when you deal with people burdened with hardship day after day, but still gives you the sweetest of smiles, that lacks any hidden agenda, it drives you on, it encourages you. I hope you can make this dream of mine come true so that their smiles would really be one that says 'I hoped in God and He made it come true'. That would be wonderful.

I want to start with my kids, to help them, and then help others until what I do will become an umbrella for all those that needs help. It is a big dream. But then, there are so many people who are capable of helping and don't know how to look for those to help to assist to grow.

Thank you for visiting my shop and God bless you.

Jenne
http://www.sabahportal.com




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