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Learning the Art of Juggling Work and Family, and Everything Else

28 May 201312 Comments

Quite a few people have asked me, ‘So are you still a fulltime Mom, now that you’re in Jakarta?’

In response, I’d reply, ‘Yes I am, if you’re talking about whether I look after all three children myself for 24 hours a day.’


I guess now I’d need to add that I also have started working since last year.

Then, the next question I usually get is, ‘Where do you work and what do you do?’

Well, to answer the question simply, I’d usually share how I now am with Reformed 21, a non-profit Christian TV Network based in Jakarta, and I am a TV host there too (where I interview theologians and pastors in a programme called ‘In Conversation With’)

And so.

Yes I try to juggle everything as best as I can.

And yes, it’s not easy.

I’d need to pick up the art of juggling everything within the 24 hours we all have in a day

I’d need to pick up the art of juggling everything within the 24 hours we all have in a day.

From sending/picking up the kids, to spending time with them, to managing programmes and production shoots, preparing for interviews, to cooking and all sorts of house-related chores.

Oh, and of course blogging, which I’d never abandon because it’s something I’m truly passionate about =)

[By now, the kids would come along with me to almost all production shoots. Anya and Vai would babysit Brie when filming starts, and if Brie happens to nap, Anya sometimes assists me and jots down production notes =)]

Frankly, I’ve never imagined doing what I do now.

And I must say, the juggling of everything itself is not easy.

But you know what?

I really feel God is training me to ‘squeeze’ my hours every single day, so that ‘more’ can be achieved, and ‘more’ can be blessed.

So yes, it’s a privilege, AND a tough process for me to go through too at the same time.

It’s very humbling and I’m still learning. Every day.

Thank God for this ministry.

And, thank God for my supportive hubby and friends.

[Added notes on Reformed 21 Channel]

> If you subscribe to First Media TV Cable, Reformed 21 is on channel no. 21.

> Programmes are mainly in Indonesian, but some are in Mandarin and English too!

> You can watch the programmes ONLINE (sermons, seminars, interviews, children programmes, etc) from wherever you are (

> ‘LIKE’ Reformed 21 Facebook Page for updates, if you haven’t.
May it be a blessing to you as it has been for me!


  • per says:

    Dear Leonny,

    Thanks for putting together such a wonderful blog– sharing important values and our faith.

    It is like a little haven for me, amongst the noise that is bombarding all over.

    Thank you for sharing and you’re doing an amazing job! :)

    I’m glad I found your blog, with God’s grace.

  • Anna says:

    Hi Leonny, I have still been following your blog after your relocation. Gotta say you look very pretty in these pics! That’s why your lovely kids inherit their looks 😉 I am happy for you that you managed to carve out the time for your career. Multi-tasking is a mom’s middle name! All the best to you!

  • June says:

    Hi Leonny, congrats and I can imagine it is tough, but so glad your older kids are standing up and chipping in! Whenever God calls, He will also equip and provide the resources for you…all the best!

    • Leonny says:

      Hi June! Thanks for the encouragements. Yes, I’m very thankful that the older kids ‘can’ be trained (after some time) to help out and babysit Brie whenever I have shoots. And I agree completely too … I’m seeing it all happens how God calls and provides the strength and help I need just in time, and just enough. Thanks again June!

  • Ally says:

    Hi Leonny, you look pretty without glasses. :)

  • Rachel says:

    Being a Mom is no easy job and on top of this you’ve 3 kiddos to care for 24/7, plus your blogging plus working as a tv host. Wow! That’s a big handful of things! Keep it up Leonny, you’re a amazing woman!

    • Leonny says:

      Hi Rachel!
      Thanks for dropping by and leaving me a note! =) I’m learning from all the amazing moms out there (many of those in SMB! =)

      PS: Also helps that I now can engage the help of a part time helper who comes for a couple of hours, 3x a week. Pollution is bad here and our home just gets so dusty SO fast (many times worse than Sg!)

  • Adora says:

    Such a wonderful way to return to work, Leonny! And congratulations on getting into the top 10 :)

    • Leonny says:

      Thanks Adora! I’m thankful too that I can do what I’m passionate about too, while still have the opportunity to be with the kids all the time.
      Can’t deny that it’s really not easy though (read: sleep time is very much compromised =)

      Anyway, hey hey congrats too on getting into the top 10!! I really hope I’ll fly to SG and meet you all there! So exciting!!!

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