Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Angels God Sent to Help Me Publish My Breastfeeding Book

I quoted Paulo Coelho in one of my previous blog posts recently. Today, I want to quote bestselling author and sought-after speaker Bo Sanchez. He said,
"Big dreams attract more resources from God's universe."
He further said in his book How to Know if Your Dreams are God's Dreams, "I believe that when we fulfill our Divine destiny, all of creation conspires to bless us, assist us, equip us, and provide for us."
I believe that God has called me to write about breastfeeding at this time of my life. In the beginning, I didn't know exactly how I would be able to complete this book and find all the necessary resources to have it published. It was a God-sized dream! It was so much bigger than what I initially imagined it to be. But as Brother Bo said, this God-sized dream of mine attracted the resources that I needed to complete it. God's universe conspired to bless me, equip me and to provide for me.
I believe that one of the ways by which God's universe provided for one of my needs in this book project is by sending angels my way. They are not angels dressed in robes with wings on their backs. They are mompreneurs with kids either on their backs, hips,  or bosoms.
I am honored and truly blessed to have them as my book sponsors. Writing a book is already an enormous task for a hands-on and work-at-home mom like me. Shouldering the costs of publishing one makes it even more daunting.
But as Bo Sanchez and Holley Gerth (both of them are bestselling authors) say, when you know in your heart that it was God who planted that dream in your heart, you cannot ignore it. You simply have to act on it in faith. That's what I did! I acted on this God-sized dream that God planted in my heart and took a step of faith one after another until that dream that seemed impossible to achieve was finally achieved.
Just like in my previous book projects, God provided just enough light and resources as the need for them came.
And when it was time to pay for the costs of printing the book, God gave me this idea to ask for help from other moms who supported the same advocacy.
I hoped in God and He did not disappoint me.
I am truly grateful for all these moms who didn't even know me personally yet they chose to believe in my book project and in me. I have already met some of them in person. However, there are still a number of them that I have not met. 
Let me enumerate and introduce to you these angels whom God sent my way to help me publish my book BREASTFEEDING: A Journey Worth Taking.
Venice Avante of MomBabyFabric. Ven is the mompreneur behind the very innovative nursing cape and nursing wrap. Those are just two of the items her business is known for. I first met her at Café Mary Grace one fine afternoon to give her a complimentary copy of my book. I was glad that we easily became friends.
This was my first meeting with Ven.
Denise Gonzales-Bernardo of Indigobaby. I first met Denise at a breastfeeding and babywearing talk last year which was held at Insular Life Building in Makati. But prior to that, I already felt drawn to her because of her breastfeeding story. She was also one of the contributors in my book and I could relate to her breastfeeding/weaning story with her eldest son. Indigobaby/Denise continues to support my book project by being one of my book's resellers through Indigobaby's online store.
First time to meet Denise. Signed her copy also.
Jonie Cheng and Jaydee Tan of Mamaway Philippines. I have yet to meet both these wonderful ladies behind this brand. I hope that it would be soon.
Maricel Cua and Beng Feliciano of Medela Moms, Inc. I first met Maricel of Medela Moms through our homeschool group called ROCKERS. We usually held our meetings at the Medela House. But I first met Beng at the first community weekend of Babyland in Shaw Blvd. Medela Moms has generously supported me and my book project even after the book has been printed. They sponsored Dr. Isip-Cumpas to be the other speaker in my book launch at Mothercare. They are also sponsoring the venue and the other speaker for my upcoming event on March 29. On top of that, you can also find and buy copies of my book Breastfeeding: A Journey Worth Taking at the Medela House. 
With Dr. Jamie Isip-Cumpas and Maricel Cua.
Jenny Ong of MamaBabyLove and the popular blog Chronicles of a Nursing Mom. I'm truly honored to feature this mom's breastfeeding story in my book. I first met her in the Hakab Na! Breastfeeding Mob organized by Breastfeeding Pinays last year in August. She's now also a published author. She co-authored a children's book on breastfeeding titled Snuggle, Wuggle Wee.
With Jenny and some of the organizers of the Hakab Na! Breastfeeding Mob. 
Chef Raquel Chua of Mama Chows. I first found out about Chef Raquel and her business through one of the moms who contributed her breastfeeding story in my book. I have not met the chef behind these tasty lactation goodies. I have only tasted her products. :) Chef Raquel has also sponsored my the snacks, giveaways and raffle prizes at my book launch and book signing at Mothercare, BGC last January 25. She is also sponsoring the snacks and giveaways in my upcoming book signing and breastfeeding talk at Medela House on March 29. She also said that they would love to sponsor my upcoming book tour as long as they can accommodate it in their busy schedule. Chef Raquel's currently pregnant with twins.
Cheryl Lynn Tom Wong, Lyn Reyes, and Goldie Lee of Latch a Babe Nursingwear. I have only met Cheryl Lynn from LAB Nursingwear. I met her last December at a bazaar in SMX where they displayed copies of my book in their booth. Too bad I was not able to meet Lyn with whom I was communicating most of the time when we were still finalizing the layout of the book. I hope to meet her and Goldie in the future.
With Cheryl Lyn at the LAB nursingwear booth.
Candice Cu-Yaw and Janice Crisostomo-Villanueva of Mommy Matters  Nursingwear. I'm honored to be supported by these two well-known mompreneurs. They are also the mompreneurs behind the Mommy Mundo bazaars that many moms go to. I hope I could meet them in person sometime soon and give them a signed copy of my book personally.
And last but not least, Mylene Santana of Moringana by Organics Asia. I was supposed to meet Mylene in person last December when my family went to Cebu for a vacation but our meeting didn't push through. I hope to meet her next time I visit Cebu. Moringana/Mylene continues to support my book project by signifying to be a sponsor in all of my upcoming events related to my book. Last January 25, they provided a refreshments through the tea station they set up at Mothercare during my book launch and book signing. They also provided giveaways to guests. They will also do the same on March 29.
I feel like I am swimming in God's ocean of love. May our Good Lord bless and prosper these mompreneurs and their businesses! And may God continue to use them and their businesses to inspire and empower breastfeeding moms in the Philippines!
If you are a breastfeeding mom or planning to breastfeed, I encourage you to support these businesses. Their products are very helpful to breastfeeding moms.
Thank you very much once more for your support! Let's continue to work together in helping make our country a breastfeeding nation!

1 comment:

  1. Awww, thank you so much, Teresa! Congrats again and we are happy that our paths crossed! : ) We are one with you in breastfeeding : )