I Am Her: Ginger Arboleda On Choosing Both Work And Family | Clozette

Our “I Am Her” series features the female movers and shakers of the industry to learn how femininity and power coincide beautifully and seamlessly together.

Career or family — time and time again, even at this seemingly progressive age, there are still women pressured to make the choice. Thankfully, full-time entrepreneur Ginger Arboleda is among many others who have decided to change that "or" to "and," balancing career and family in the pursuit of success and happiness. 

Ginger Arboleda-casual

In 2012, Ginger decided to swap her corporate suit and heels to prioritise raising her daughter with her husband. But it didn't stop her from eventually starting her own single proprietorship business Manila Workshops and co-founding another tech-startup, Taxumo — all while being by her family's side. She also has being a professional blogger on her belt, where she shares inspiring anecdotes on how she's powering through as a mum and an entrepreneur. Today, we chat with Ginger on what keeps her inspired, how she overcomes entrepreneurial challenges and her decision on choosing both work and family. 

Fill in the blank: I am a mother, an entrepreneur, and _____________.

A Korean drama and K-beauty addict.

With two companies, how do you achieve work-life balance?

The best part of being an entrepreneur is seeing the direct impact of your business. [But] I'll admit, it's a struggle. Since both businesses are in the growth stage, the main challenges are scaling fast and reaching more clients and users. It's answering the question "What's next?" or "Where do I want to take this business?"

With this, every day, I try to accomplish the three most important tasks for each business so that I, at least, do something for each. I also have a good support system. I have a reliable and very competent team who help me out in running the business.

What’s the biggest misconception people have about entrepreneurs?

[The most common would probably be] "entrepreneurs are all financially free". Haha! [The truth is] a lot of entrepreneurs start their businesses because they saw a problem that they wanted to solve and create a solution for. Just like [my experience], I saw and personally felt a "pain" so I went on and addressed it.

How do you stay inspired and motivated?

I have several role models and I admire each for different things. My role model for building a structure for earning would be Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income. For marketing, it would be Amy Porterfield. In terms of building a life that I want, I look up to Marie Forleo and Timothy Ferris. I also love how Oprah, Ellen Degeneres, and Tyra Banks have built their brands and businesses.

[Above all,] my daughter inspires me. Everything I do, I do it for her. Simple things that I do, too, when I feel uninspired are listening to podcasts, watch inspiring videos on YouTube and documentaries on Netflix. I love reading business books, too.

Ginger Arboleda with family

If you had to give budding women entrepreneurs one piece of advice, what would it be?

We are worth more than we think we are worth. I've come across young female aspiring business owners and even professionals who think that they're not as good or not as competent as their male counterparts. I think we need to stop listening to that voice inside our head and start believing in ourselves. Continuously grow and learn. Upskill and continue to love life!

[At the end of the day,] success is achieving happiness and contentment. It's living a life without fear and living a life with no worries. I don't aim to have life's luxuries. I just want to have a simple life where my loved ones are worry-free, healthy and happy.

Ginger Arboleda - formal

Share your five closet essentials. 

Laptop, phone, sneakers, passport, and charger or powerbank. 

What can we expect from you and your businesses this year?

Oh, a lot of things! For Manila Workshops, there will be a lot of new workshops — new topics, new speakers. We'll also have a lot of changes to the website. For Taxumo, you'll be seeing a lot more from us since we're gearing up for rapid growth. We'll also be adding new offerings and products that businesses will find value in.

This interview was edited for brevity and clarity.

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Something blue

Girl in black with a blue belt bag

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Back in business

Girl in orange suit and shorts

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How are your fitness goals working out for you? If we're going to do some guessing, we're sure that everyone who's tried their hand at exercising all started with the same activity: running. Everyone — and we mean everyone — surely has given it a go at least once in their life (hello, flashbacks from gym class). For one, it doesn't require a gym membership or a complex set-up, making it accessible to everyone. It's also an effective way to pump yourself up at the beginning of the day or cool down after a hectic one. If you're the type to go for a challenge, maybe you even signed up for marathons at one point — the possibilities are endless.

All we're saying is if you find yourself bored with your usual gym routine or are looking for ways to reignite your fire for fitness, going back to the basics will do you some good. And since we want you to be en route to achieving your fitness goals (always!), add some flair to your running sessions with these shoe suggestions that will match your running personality. 

The sprinter

adidas Ultraboost 2019


Running, for you, means business. You probably discovered your passion for it the first time you signed up for your first ever marathon and have embraced it since. With this, like a soldier gearing up for battle, you love kicks that won't disappoint while you're performing at your strongest. This is why a high-performance pair like the adidas Ultraboost 2019 fits your running personality like a glove.  This pair gives you adaptability, support, and a striking appeal that matches your fire and energy. P.S. If you enjoy Game of Thrones as much as your marathons, adidas also released this pair in Westerosi designs for a limited time

The doll

Roger Vivier Viv' Run Strass Buckle


Style is of the essence in everything you do and that also counts when you're getting fit. Dressed in your most stylish running clothes, you have the amazing ability to look and stay fresh even after a running session — a feat that not everyone can achieve. That's why when we saw the Roger Vivier Viv' Run Strass Buckle running shoes, we immediately knew that this pair is your match. For the first time, the brand introduces that unlikely pairing of high fashion and running and for some reason, it just works so well, just like your signature persona of running-meets-runway. 

The fitness buff

Adidas Running's PureBOOST GO

SGD170 /~USD125.78

Hey, even the most competent people need assistance and reminding, too! This is why even you, dear fitness buff, is included in this list. Running is second nature to you, complementary to your hectic workout plan and heavily practised wellness measures. And since you know your battleground well, we're giving you a trusty pair that will slide into your routine effortlessly. adidas Running's PureBOOST GO gives agility and adaptability that will support not just your runs but even the rest on your fitness agenda. Featuring materials inspired by the military which are of industrial strength, the design is definitely tailored to keep up with you and not let you down even in the most strenuous of workouts — even if you take it to the streets. 

The busy bee

PUMA Nova 90's Bloc


Choosing to run as your go-to fitness activity is at most made from practicality, considering that your schedule is already packed as it is. With this, everything about your routine must be efficient, fool-proof, and as multi-purpose as it can. With these circumstances, one choice definitely came out on top: the PUMA Nova '90s Bloc. Specially designed for women who are all about versatility without shying away from style and fashion-forward detailing, this silhouette is great for both work and play that will not disappoint no matter where you take it day in, day out. 

The casual racer

New Balance 574 Sport V2


A routinary schedule and a time limit to boot? So not your thing — at least when it comes to running. You're not a fan of keeping track of your runs with all the technicalities of timing and number of steps, and would much rather take it as a way to relax and unwind. You love to keep your pace steady, with the occasional sprints should you feel up to it, and just live in the moment. Given this, our best bet for you would be the New Balance 574 Sport V2. This pair combines craftsmanship and fit without compromising versatility, while also featuring the brand's modern Fresh Foam cushioning tech that promises maximum comfort. Perfect for your at-ease running moments, don't you think? 

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