Empowered by Fiona Kong of Residence Candy Houses Journal
Be part of us for a peek contained in the empowering world of Fiona Kong. After working as an analyst at Yahoo for 7 years Fiona was laid off on the finish of 2019. This was additionally the identical yr she and her son’s father separated. And the daybreak of the COVID pandemic. In comes the facility of feeling empowered! A motivation which led single first-generation Asian American mother, Fiona Kong to start out Residence Candy Houses Journal as a primary of its type device for profitable co-parenting.
Learn on and be impressed by Fiona Kong on this version of the Lh Empowered Ladies Empower collection.
Be Empowered by Fiona Kong, Founder & Managing Director of Residence Candy Houses Journal
Love Occurs: As our identify and the tagline of our writer, KOKET, denotes, at Love Occurs, we’re agency believers that you just can’t obtain any degree of success with out love. When did your love affair with entrepreneurship start? How did it make you’re feeling?
Fiona Kong: I didn’t deliberately got down to turn into an entrepreneur, moderately, I’d prefer to say it discovered me and it instinctively felt proper. My love affair started after I got here up with my Residence Candy Houses co-parenting journal that travels with youngsters between households. My son’s dad and I had simply began utilizing a $2 planner I bought as a strategy to share details about our son between households and the very first time I acquired it again and was in a position to examine his day and what he did, I knew it was one thing particular and felt like I used to be onto one thing.
Identical to they are saying you recognize whenever you fall in love with an individual, this was the same expertise the place I felt such a robust perception in my thought and wished to make it come to fruition. Since then, though it’s been stuffed with challenges, creating my co-parenting journal and enterprise has actually been a labor of affection.
Lh: Inform us about your profession change from an analyst at Yahoo to an entrepreneur and founding father of Residence Candy Houses Journal?
Fiona: It was in late 2019 when Yahoo laid me off. Part of me felt scared being a single mother however on the similar time, I additionally felt issues can be okay. It was in the course of the pandemic after I got here up with my co-parenting journal thought and determined to pursue it as a enterprise since many corporations weren’t hiring.
Getting laid off was a blessing in disguise because it led me to not solely assist my circle of relatives nevertheless it fueled my ardour for serving to others, particularly youngsters of divorce. Though there are lots of advantages to working a company job, founding the HSH journal has been extremely fulfilling, rewarding and therapeutic figuring out that I created one thing that’s doing good on the earth.
Lh: How does Residence Candy Houses Journal & Planner deliver stability to co-parenting?
Fiona: It’s a actually distinctive device and strategy to co-parenting by placing the kid entrance and middle and specializing in their wants. Utilizing Residence Candy Houses supplies a novel means and straightforward strategy to talk between properties for all events. For cut up households, it permits for each mother and father to nonetheless be concerned in your baby’s life and really feel related as a household.
Lh: How do you describe the proper co-parenting expertise?
Fiona: Co-parenting is tough throughout whether or not you get alongside along with your baby’s different mum or dad or not. I don’t know if the proper co-parenting expertise exists however the supreme state of affairs is one the place each mother and father make selections and act based mostly on what’s greatest for the kid.
I consider treating your co-parent with respect and honoring their relationship along with your baby is actually vital as a result of they are going to all the time be your baby’s household.
Co-parenting additionally must contain having open conversations along with your baby about their expertise dwelling in two properties so you possibly can perceive their emotions and what it’s like for them to navigate their twin lives.
Lh: Why do you consider journaling is so efficient and what do you assume individuals can be taught from this device?
Fiona: Journaling is confirmed to be useful for psychological well being, stress aid, expressing feelings, open communication, uncovering fears, growing self-awareness and a lot extra. Taking the time to deliberately replicate is a superb and wanted exercise that may actually assist youngsters of divorce that must cope with a lot extra complexity of their lives.
The Residence Candy Houses co-parenting journal offers youngsters a platform to course of huge emotions and occasions happening of their lives whereas serving to mother and father see life by means of their baby’s eyes. It’s a device that holds house for his or her wants and emotions, and helps them embrace the chance to do exhausting issues. For co-parents, our journal helps you higher perceive your baby and make higher decisions as to the way you information our youngsters.
Lh: What’s Residence Candy Houses Journal to you?
Fiona: It’s a strategy to foster and nurture the bond between a baby and mum or dad for all times which I consider is so instrumental in setting youngsters up for achievement.
Having lived by means of a tricky childhood, one the place my household didn’t specific feelings and lacked deep connection, I would like all youngsters of divorce to really feel like they’re nonetheless a household and to know they’re heard and that their voice issues.
After I look again at my son’s prior journals, it’s crammed together with his dad’s, my son’s and my writing, photographs, drawings, and extra. I see a lot love and recollections that I hope my son and all youngsters of divorce won’t ever doubt their mum or dad’s love for them.
Lh: If you happen to might give one bit of recommendation to your youthful self what would it not be?
Fiona: I’d inform my youthful self to know and consider you’re worthy. I spent a lot of my life not appreciating or loving myself and it actually affected my self-worth. All the things we do is pushed by our psychological state in order that self perception will get you additional than anything in life.
Lh: What empowers you most?
Fiona: Dwelling with function, frequently discovering and dealing towards being my true self, being one of the best mother to my son that I could be and serving to others by means of my co-parenting journal are what drives me and will get me up daily.
Lh: Do you’ve gotten any mottos or favourite quotes you prefer to dwell by?
Fiona: One among my favourite mottos is Be the healer of your coronary heart, holder of your peace. There may be no person that may do issues for you, and so many issues outdoors of our management. It’s as much as ourselves to find out and select how we wish to dwell, our attitudes and what we permit into our lives.
Lh: What’s subsequent for Fiona Kong?
Fiona: I’m taking sooner or later at a time! I’ve fairly a number of concepts which might be brewing. Late final yr, I launched my affirmation product line of t-shirts and pencils that tie in with the affirmations offered within the journal however are for everybody! I’ve plans to launch a number of new merchandise later this yr and am additionally desirous about completely different journal variations so keep tuned!
Study extra about Fiona Kong and Residence Candy Residence Journals at homesweethomesjournal.com.
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