Inspired Space Products Now Available in Solution Space Makati

Makati City – Inspired Space has partnered with Solution Space to bring freelancers, entrepreneurs and passion pursuers premium quality gadget accessories.

Clients and visitors of the Central Business District co-working space can now pickup cruelty-free and proudly Pinoy-made items right off the shelf. This is good news for shoppers who aren’t keen on buying items online as well as gadget aficionados who would like to see how their devices fit on sleeves before making the purchase.

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The following Inspired Space products are available in Solution Space: SKILLED Mobile Office Laptop Sleeve, SLEEK Vegan Leather Laptop Sleeve, CLASSY Vegan Leather Tablet Sleeve, and VINTAGE Vegan Leather Phone Sleeve.

Solution Space is located at 5F, JCS building, 119 Dela Rosa St. cor. Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati City and is open Mondays to Fridays, 9AM – 7PM.

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The Blogger Recognition Award 2018 Nominee!

We are so excited to announce that Inspired Space blog has been nominated for The Blogger Recognition Award 2018! What a way to start the year!

We would like to thank Wanderries for the nomination. Her blog is just so much fun to read – the author’s love for travel makes us want to pack our bags and go on our next great adventure, and the way she describes her movie nights makes us want to crawl to bed in our PJs and comfy socks and watch classic films while nursing a warm mug of hot chocolate.

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So here are the rules for The Blogger Recognition Award nominees:

  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
  • Give a brief story of how and why you started blogging.
  • Give two pieces of advice you would give to brand new bloggers.
  • Select 5 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog letting them know you have nominated them giving the link to the post you have created.

How This Blog Started

We started this blog to encourage other people to try their hands at entrepreneurship, freelancing and pursuing their passion.

 

Two Pieces Of Advice For Brand New Bloggers

1. Just do it. Setting up your blog is the first most difficult step. Don’t procrastinate. Once you have a clear vision (or clear enough vision) in mind, click away, create your blog and write.

2. Respect your blog. The second most difficult part of blogging is actually being consistent in writing. The only way to find the drive to write regularly is to respect the blog as an entity – you have to commit to it and give it time and energy.

 

New The Blogger Recognition Award Nominees:

  1. SlimNHappy
  2. Think Right, Feel Light
  3. The Bong Fashion
  4. Expressing Life 
  5. Take Your Bag
  6. SheHearts

Instead of choosing 15 blogs as suggested by earlier nominees, I only picked six blogs which I think would be perfect for this nomination. Congratulations, new nominees! We look forward to reading your nomination posts.

5 Tips For Setting And Slaying Your 2018 Goals

Nearly two months to go before we bid goodbye to 2017! And as freelancers and entrepreneurs, it’s never too early to plan out what we’ll be working hard to achieve in the upcoming year.

They say a goal without a plan is just a wish. Sometimes, how much you accomplish depends on two things – the pact you make with yourself and your commitment to sticking to it. Here are five tips for setting your goals for 2018 – and actually slaying them.

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1. Keep your goals realistic. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to reach for the stars. However, one must be able to discern the difference between dreams and goals. Goals should be realistic, otherwise it will just be a list of wishes. When it comes to freelancing and entrepreneurship, one way to be realistic with your goals is to review what you have achieved this year and scale it up a few levels higher.

 

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2. Keep your goals measurable. One reason why many people feel like they’re not achieving their goals is because their goals are not actually measurable nor clear enough. Instead of writing down “learn more about SEO in 2018,” you might want to change it to “enroll in an online SEO course and earn a certificate in 2018.”

 

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3. Map out a plan on how to achieve your goals. The secret to achieving your goals is to break down your main goal into smaller goals that can be achieved in shorter periods of time. For example if you’re aiming to earn $120,000 in 2018, breaking your goal down to earning $10,000 per month can make it more manageable and less overwhelming.

 

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4. Allot one quiet afternoon for goal-setting. Setting your goals needs time and focus. Free up one afternoon, sit down somewhere peaceful and quiet, and prepare yourself a nice cup of warm drink as you reflect on the goals you want to achieve for the upcoming year. It’s an important pact you’re making with yourself for the next twelve months, so your head must be clear as you draft it.

 

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5. Write down your goals. Studies suggest that writing boosts a person’s memory and allow one to remember concepts better. With this in mind, it’s definitely smarter to write down your goals rather than type them. After all, having your goals in black and white is not your only goal – remembering and actually sticking to them is the more important part.

There’s a huge variety of planners in the market that could fit your preference. But if you’re particular about goals and accomplishing them, you might want to check out this Slay Your Goals Planner from It’s All You Boo. What’s great about this planner is that it helps you map out your goals and break them down into mini-goals and “quick wins,” allowing you to achieve your dreams one step at a time.

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How do you set your goals and slay them? Tell us on the comment section below!

Changing Maiden Name To Married Name In 6 Hours & 10 Mins

The vows had been said, the cake had been cut and all the best wishes and congratulatory messages had been responded to. Finally, wedding preparations and duties as a bride-to-be / bride are over.

But I’ve got news for you, newly wedded wife: after graduating from acquiring marriage documents (CENOMAR, Marriage License, etc), you’re in for another round of lining up in queues and filling up government forms – if you’re planning to take your husband’s surname, that is.

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After getting married in December 2015, my husband didn’t pressure me to take his surname. In the Philippines, women have the choice to legally keep their maiden name after marriage.

It was months after tying the knot that I decided to take my husband’s last name. Aside from sentimental reasons, I saw the practicality of this:

  • For official documents, having the same surname would immediately identify us as a married couple (or at least of kin, until they ask  us how we are related).
  • Having the same surname as our children in the future would also save me a lot of explanations and name corrections.

One disadvantage of changing surnames for freelancers like me is that past clients and employers may not find me as easily. As a remedy to this, I always spell out my middle name (my maiden name) so that people would know that I’m the same person. I also didn’t change my email address even if it’s my name and maiden name @gmail.com.

Below are steps on how I changed my maiden name to my married name in 6 hours and 10 minutes. Disclaimer: 6 hours and 10 minutes only included the time I was actively working to process my name amendment (filling out forms, lining up in offices, etc) and not the time I waited for document deliveries.

Step 1: Getting a National Statistics Office (NSO) Marriage Certificate (10 mins)

Getting an NSO Marriage Certificate is the first step in changing your surname. Government and even private offices will require this for name amendment after marriage. One original copy is enough as most offices only require a photocopy to be submitted (though they could also ask you to present the original document for verification).

I’ve requested three original copies of our marriage certificate – one for me, one for my husband (his office required an original copy to update his dependents) and an extra copy that I submitted when I applied for Japanese visa*.

I requested copies of the NSO marriage certificate through PSA Helpline PH. After filling out the Marriage Certificate Application form, I paid the bill through credit card payment. They also accept payment through Bancnet ATM, GCash, Metrobank and Bayad Center. Delivery takes 2-7 days after payment.

Cost of NSO Marriage Certificate: P350 per copy 

*Marriage Certificate isn’t a requirement for Japanese Visa. However, my immigration records (passport) hasn’t been updated yet and still states that I’m single. That would not be consistent with the marital status on my visa application form stating that I’m married. The travel agency advised me to attach a marriage certificate with my application form so that the consul wouldn’t be confused with regard to my marital status.

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Step 2: Updating Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Pag-IBIG, Philhealth & Social Security System (SSS) information through employer (30 mins)

Aside from being a freelance writer, I also work as a part-time college instructor. I couldn’t be more grateful to our HR Department for assisting me in amending my last name.

HR gave me member data change forms for Pag-IBIG, Philhealth, SSS and BIR. I filled them out and with each form, I attached photocopies of NSO Marriage Certificate and two government IDs (I think they also accept company ID). HR then submitted my forms and supporting documents to the aforementioned offices.

If you’re a freelancer and you have to amend your name by yourself, you might want to download the forms and fill them out ahead of time before going to their respective offices (Disclaimer: the form links below were taken from official websites as of writing time. Make sure that the version you would be downloading are updated).

Cost of amending your name: FREE

Step 3: Getting a Philhealth ID (2 hours)

Philhealth ID is the easiest government ID to acquire. However, there are insurance companies and other investment platforms that don’t accept Philhealth ID as proof of identity.

I got my Philhealth ID one Wednesday in Robinsons Sta. Rosa, Laguna. The lines were soooo long and it took me two hours before I reached the counter (mobile data saved me from fatal boredom and attempting to leave the line multiple times).

Some people advise going to Philhealth an hour before closing time at 6PM for shorter lines. But I didn’t want to be stuck in rush hour traffic going home, so I took the risk of going there at midday.

Since the HR department of the college where I teach already updated my membership information, all I had to do was surrender my old Philhealth ID. After waiting in line for 120 minutes, it only took attendants two minutes to print my new paperboard ID.

Cost of Philhealth ID: FREE, but you have to attach a 1×1 ID photo and have the ID laminated yourself. 

Step 4: Getting a Unified Multi-Purpose ID (1.5 hours)

I went to the nearest SSS office to acquire a new Unified Multi-Purpose ID  or UMID. First, I was asked to pay the ID fee of P300 (UMID is only free for first-time applicants).

I was then asked to fill out an application form. I didn’t have my SSS number with me, so I needed to use the self-service information terminal to get my SSS number. After filling out the form, I waited for my number to be called for document verification.

After that, I waited in queue for data encoding and ID photo. The attendant told me that the UMID will be delivered to my permanent address within three months.

Cost of UMID replacement for member data update: P300

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Step 5: Changing your name in your bank accounts (2 hours)

Since my surname was already updated in the school were I teach part-time, I had to update my payroll bank account for consistency.

The two hours I spent in the bank mostly involved waiting in line. When my number was called, I was asked to fill out forms and submit a photocopy of NSO marriage certificate.

The teller also asked me to submit photocopies of two government IDs, at least one bearing my married name. But since I was yet to acquire an updated government ID at that time, they accepted a photocopy of my old UMID (with maiden name) and a photocopy of my company ID  (with married name).

Cost of card replacement in my bank: P200 per card

Other documents I’m yet to update / IDs I’m yet to get:

  • Passport – I’ll update the name on my passport once I renew it.
  • Driver’s License – Same with my passport, I’ll update my name when I renew.
  • Pag-IBIG Loyalty Card – I’m yet to find the time to go to the nearest Pag-IBIG office.

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More tips before you go to the bank / government offices:

  • Most people go to the bank or government offices on a Monday or a Friday, as taking a leave from work on these days allows them to enjoy a long weekend. If you want to avoid long lines, it’s probably wise to plan your trip on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
  • Go to the bank or government offices early in the morning. It’s better to be done early and have the rest of the day to yourself.
  • Be sure to bring your original NSO Marriage Certificate and IDs. And don’t forget to bring multiple photocopies.
  • Visit bank and government office websites ahead of time to know about downloadable forms, additional requirements or new policies.

We’ve Been Nominated For 2017 Liebster Award!

Inspired Space blog has been nominated for 2017 Liebster Award! My heartfelt thanks goes to Joylee Arameje of Nanayhood Chronicles for the nomination.

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Joylee is a paralegal who wears many hats but takes the most pride in being a wife and a mother. Reading her blog is like listening to a friend share stories about life experiences. I love her positivity and I enjoy the candidness and sincerity of her writing. When my husband and I become parents, I hope I can be a cool mom like Joylee who seems to be a pro at striking a good work-life balance.

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I am officially accepting the Liebster Award nomination. Before I answer Joylee’s questions, here are 10 random facts about myself: 

  1. I was born on a Saturday.
  2. Ever since I left my long-time job a few years ago, I’ve been juggling freelance writing, project-based TV production, part-time college teaching, and managing a micro-business. I’m loving the independence of not being tied up to one company.
  3. Exercise bores me.
  4. I love fall. Whenever we have trips abroad, we schedule it during this season to take advantage of chilly weather, beautiful fall foliage and pumpkin spice treats.
  5. I’m a struggling minimalist.
  6. I love talking to people, trying out new cuisines, and travelling.
  7. I started avoiding personal care products with parabens and other toxic ingredients about a year ago.
  8. I like coffee and tea. And hot chocolate. And those warm herbal health drinks and golden milk recipes I see on Pinterest. I like hot drinks.
  9. I love aromatherapy, massages, relaxation stuff and the whole shebang.
  10. When I’m on a TV series marathon or a reading binge, I crave for whatever it is the characters are eating. I end up pausing the show or putting the book down to go grocery shopping.

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As for Joylee’s questions for her nominees, here are my answers:

When do you find time to blog?

  • Since I manage my own time and work load, I try to free up one afternoon every week for blogging.

If you can take someone with you in your travels, who would it be?

  • My husband!

What is the most extreme thing you have ever done?

  • Leaving my job at a TV network without any clear plans on what to do after. Read about the story here.

What is your favorite book or series?

  • I have a lot of favorites! On top of my head – Keigo Higashino’s Salvation of a Saint, Mitch Albom’s The Five People you Meet in Heaven, JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series (just like Joylee). For cozy reads to de-stress after a long day, I like Charlaine Harris’ The Southern Vampire Mysteries and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum Series.

If you were going to be a character in someone’s book, who would you like to write it?

  • George R.R. Martin. I like how he explains the history, reasons and motivations behind a character’s inclinations. In short, I want him to justify my actions!

Have you ever visited a place just because you saw it in a book/ series/ animation/ movie? What was that place?

  • Yes. Whenever I travel, I like going to places where my favorite fictional characters have been! Bellini’s Restaurant in Cubao Expo (One More Try), Shakespeare and Company (Before Sunset), an NYPD Precinct in Times Square (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Hotel Danieli (The Tourist), Tiffany & Co. Fifth Avenue (Breakfast at Tiffany’s). I’m not sure if these also count: Hogwarts & Hogsmeade USJ (Harry Potter) and Central Perk Cafe (Friends).

How long would you survive the zombie apocalypse? Justify your answer!

  • I’ll find a way to survive as long as I’m with my loved one/s. But as soon as I’m the only one left without anyone to talk with, I’ll most likely jump off a cliff into a horde of zombies (they’re probably my family and friends anyway).

And now, I would like to pass the 2017 Liebster Award nomination to eight bloggers. Hover over logos below to see the nominated bloggers’ names and title of their blogs. There’s also a list of links at the end of this post.

Here are my questions for the new nominees:

  1. What/who inspires you to travel this world?
  2. What is the scariest thing you have ever experienced?
  3. If you could be any superhero, who would you be and why?
  4. If you were going to be a character in someone’s book, who would you like to write it?
  5. If you could be invisible for day, what would you do?
  6. What is the one experience this year (2017) you’re most thankful for?

There you have it! For those who want to learn more about the 2017 Liebster Award, there’s a chock-full of information in this post by THE GLOBAL AUSSIE.

To nominated bloggers, please link your Liebster Award nomination posts on the comment section below. Have fun!

Nominated blogs: