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"ann exceptional virtual assistant"

I have managed this blog for five years and 5 months (as of this writing). I was able to build not only my portfolio as a virtual professional through this blog (and got me exceptional and trusting clients). This blog became a storage of my online work stories – be it a challenge or a success. Those stories inspired (and amused) many, based on people who told me that they follow my blog (thank you!).

However, after more than five years, I decided to up my ante. But not leaving the exceptional level mark, mind you.

Therefore, without further ado, I would like to invite you to my new home on this side of the Internet, AnnKristine.com.

See you there!

"ann exceptional virtual assistant"

photo credit: empowernetwork.com by Shakeal Taylor


This is Ann Exceptional VA – Realizing a Simple Dream!

I can not remember the exact time or year, but a few years back, I declared (written or verbal, I’m really not sure) that when I become a virtual assistant, one of the things that I see doing is going to the mall on a non-peak day (Tuesday or a Thursday). And in the mall, I will smile to a few people because all of us are virtual assistants. We are the ones inside the mall because we have time to do it – we just simply can.

Well, God has a way of tweaking dreams – but it happened to me anyway! Continue reading

Date With Freedom Highlights Part 2

Here’s the second part of the Date With Freedom: Virtual Career Summit and Seminar highlights.

Again, super thanks to Jonas San Luis (believe me, when this guy passes by, everybody smiles). Layouts done via Canva.

To all those who have attended: I suggest you post the visuals on your favorite social media accounts. Or better yet, post them on your wall or in your bathroom or in your refrigerators. Let these serve as reminders for you to act. 🙂 Continue reading

Date With Freedom Highlights Part 1

If you attended the Date With Freedom: Virtual Career and Summit Seminar, your Facebook News Feed is full of smiling and happy people. The event was so much fun!

I am honored and humbled to be part of the summit and seminar. I’m still wondering why the participants were laughing on almost every word I said (LOL), but do know that I pray for their journey towards freedom. May the fun and inspiration they got propel them into action.

In case you missed the event (where were you?), here are the highlights. Super thanks to Jonas San Luis for the photos. I did all of these layouts in Canva. Continue reading

Date with Freedom Week: A Note from J.A.R.V.I.S. and Hawkeye

I watched the movie days after Captain America: Civil War started its production. See, I really can delay rewards.

I watched the movie days after Captain America: Civil War started its production. See, I really can delay rewards.

I just watched the Avengers: Age of Ultron last week. I really can delay rewards, especially if it is watching a movie. I watched it for two reasons: one, I realized that once Tomorrowland and Pitch Perfect 2 hit the theaters, Avengers 2 might be bumped off the cinemas; two, I got a new client to work with.

A new client! I got the latest opportunity from OnlineJobs.ph.

A new client! I got the latest opportunity from OnlineJobs.ph.

When I finally watched the movie, I realized another reason: LESSONS! For those of you who will be joining the Date with Freedom: Virtual Career Summit and Seminar, these lessons are for you. Continue reading

Lessons from Firing and Running (or Walking)

Two weeks ago, I was in a roller coaster ride. Not the type that will make you scream and make you pray to all the saints while others are looking at you at the park, though.

On the last of January, my client let go of most of the Philippine team of VAs to cut expenses. One of them was me. In between the horrible “We’d like to inform you…” until the end of the contract was only 4 days.

A few days later, I started February with a 10K walk on Skyway. I walked because I did not have the slightest decent training.

I was tempted to think “So that’s why I was pushed by the woman behind me when Pope Francis was passing along the road leaving Intramuros during his Papal Visit. I should have thought of that as a sign!” I do not really see that as a bad omen or sign of bleak days to come. Continue reading

The truth about the 12 fruits for the new year

Have you got fruits at your table for New Year's Eve? There's more to that.

Have you got fruits at your table for New Year’s Eve? There’s more to that.


I am sure you that as you are reading this, it is either you are a) liking and commenting “Happy New Year!” on your social media accounts, b) busy in the kitchen, or c) you just survived an avalanche of people in the market (congratulations, you made it alive just like my mother).

During this time of the year, some Filipinos are making sure that there are 12 fruits on their table by New Year’s Eve as a superstition. It’s said that you are in for an abundant year if you have 12 round fruits as the new year usher in (12 symbolizes the 12 months a year). Continue reading