• Mrs. S: Tale of the modern mom

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    CARLA BIANCA RAVANES-HIGHAM

    CARLA BIANCA RAVANES-HIGHAM

    One of the fondest memories I have of high school involved hanging out with a fellow new student. Her name is Nouelle. We spent hours talking about the difficulty of starting out in a new school in our sophomore year while trivializing everything under the sun. We were partners as the new girls but eventually drifted apart when we found our own group of friends. Nouelle eventually transferred schools and went on with her life. However, since social media has a way of allowing people to keep in touch, we were able to connect again.

    Through the years and with many length conversations in between, I have seen Nouelle develop into a young mother of two who not only takes on the role of being a full time mom but also a homeschool advocate and an entrepreneur. To watch her blossom from a life of the party kind of girl into a full grown responsible woman is exciting at best, especially since she had her head start early one.

    Nouelle Sanchez with husband Mike and two kids

    Nouelle Sanchez with husband Mike and two kids

    Nouelle recalls of her younger years, “Before having kids, I was a typical teenager who was a bit rebellious. Being a young mom is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. It got me to where I wanted to be even though there were a lot of challenges at the beginning.”

    Though not advising to go the route she did, Nouelle believes that it all worked out for the good, “The challenges enabled me to grow up. I had to be responsible and be focused on managing a household and raising two human beings instead of shallow things I used to occupy myself with.”

    From then on, she transformed into a modern mom of some sort even advocating home school in the Philippines, a choice that is slowly accepted by society.

    “Most people were initially adverse to homeschooling because they think it’s not the best option for kids. Some would even go as far as saying they pitied us because our kids cannot attend ‘real’ school. However, for my husband and I homeschooling is actually the best option because it gives your kids the chance to become different in a cookie-cuttered world. It’s about giving them genuine experiences that can’t be achieved within the four walls of the classroom,” she explains.

     Nouelle Homeschool—a fun way for kids to learn in a different setting

    Nouelle Homeschool—a fun way for kids to learn in a different setting

    Aside from creating her own lessons based on a curriculum, Nouelle is also an entrepreneur with Mrs. S Bakes, a home-based bakeshop that sells everything from beautiful cakes to scrumptious cookies. When asked where the inspiration came from, Nouelle quickly credits growing up in a family who loved sweets, “I didn’t always have money to satisfy my cravings so I learned how to bake.” When asked what her secret was she was quick to say, “There is no secret other than hard work and passion. Also, I don’t scrimp on ingredients, I always give the best of the best.”

    When asked how she is able to do it all, Nouelle says it’s really “lot of prayers.” She recalls the times when she would go to bed crying because of fatigue but prayers of strength and a refreshed soul have always been answered. It also helps that she has a supportive husband who is also heavily involved in their business.

     Partners in life, partners in business: ‘We want our customers not to only enjoy the food we make but also have a great overall experience with us’

    Partners in life, partners in business: ‘We want our customers not to only enjoy the food we make but also have a great overall experience with us’

    “My husband’s nature of work is e-commerce and customer experience. He is thirsty for change in the online shopping scene and how businesses treat their clients. We want to treat our customers as family and not just revenue-generating people. We make sure every feedback is carefully reviewed and taken into consideration. We want them not to only enjoy the food we make but also have a great overall experience with us,” she shares.

    And while many people find it exhausting to be the all-around modern woman, seeing how Nouelle glows despite of her busy schedule is an inspiration to all. Her story of overpowering life’s challenges to become a better mother and most importantly, a better person, is one that someone needs to hear today. And sharing her tale reminds me that in doing so, it may inspire another to take a peculiar step, and truly for a writer, that is the job’s greatest fulfillment.

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    For more, visit www.nouelleanne.com or like Mrs. S on Facebook.
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