This past year was tough for families worldwide, and serial entrepreneur Didi Wong was no exception. Even though the odds were against her, Wong was still able to effectively manage her work and home life well.
So what’s her secret?
“It’s all about who you surround yourself with. If you pick positive people in your life, who support you, that’s when you can thrive. We have a choice to pick who we give our time, energy, and thoughts to, so we must choose positivity. Also, you must decide to wake up each day with a smile on your face, positive thoughts in your head, and actions that align with that,” says Wong.
“As I’m stepping up into the latter half of my career, I have a newfound responsibility to make a lasting impact and be a positive influence for my children. I want my children to look at all I do and say, “Mommy really loves what she’s doing. I want to be like mommy when I grow up,” says Wong.
“I see myself as a mentor to a lot of people, but the biggest role I have is being a great mentor to my children. I want to make sure they know I enjoy my work and I’m having a good time. It seems like it’s working so far. My son wrote an essay about me. The prompt was who inspires you the most. He said he chose me because I teach people how to live a better life. It made me cry, and now I keep it framed in my office,” says Wong.
“I can’t believe it’s already been a year since the pandemic started. For the past year, I found myself without help from our babysitter, as I’m sure other parents did too. I’ve had a babysitter helping me with my kids, prepping food, picking them up from school, driving them to activities, and helping me out with the laundry since my son was 7 months old (he’s now 10). I needed all this help to juggle running multiple businesses and raising 4 children under 10,” says Wong.
“Any parents out there doing the same, I commend you and all you do. It’s definitely not easy, but we’re getting through it. To help, I’ve been teaching my kids to help around the house by unloading the dishwasher, making their beds, and my 10-year-old son has learned to cook. He can make himself ramen noodles, eggs, toast if he needs to do it,” says Wong.
“Working and raising a family during the pandemic has not been easy. I’m absolutely exhausted. I’ve gained 15 pounds and have been experiencing high anxiety. But I’ve learned to let it go because I know one day soon I’ll have time for myself again. Right now, I’m more than okay with giving my time to my family,” says Wong.