Women are expected to handle their careers in a way that wasn’t very authentic and to adopt a behavior far from their own, especially in a male-dominated industry, but our featured woman in this article has strived to be true to who she is.
Being a female lawyer may be a tough job and if you think it’s impossible for someone who’s already practicing law to insert a different kind of work, you’re wrong. Only a few people can slay in their chosen profession while pursuing their other passions, but Mirriam is one of the few women who can excel in all the roles she chooses to be in.
Karmela Mirriam A. Ebreo, Karmie or Mirriam to her friends, is a public attorney, lifestyle blogger, Soroptimist, crafter, and a published author. She graduated BS Development Communication at the University of the Philippines Los Baños, and Juris Doctor at the University of Batangas.
In college, Mirriam was a dancer-theatre actor of the UPLB Group of Artists and UPLB Dance Troupe. She wanted to pursue it but her parents couldn’t see a promising future for her as an actor. She opted to go straight to law school after college since she also enjoyed enacting the By-Laws of the Philippine Development Communication Students when she was its Secretary-General.
Being a Soroptomist is one of the many hats that Mirriam gladly wears. Soroptimist International is an international organization for women by women. It is composed of women doing their best and working to help others be their best. It has clubs worldwide, and she’s one of the newest members in Batangas, Soroptimist International Kabatangueña.
Last year, during the Pandemic, Mirriam was invited to participate in the Blogger to Author Program of Ukiyoto Publishing. She seized the opportunity and was able to publish her first DIY book entitled “Life un-counselled: a case of quick craft projects.” Mirriam shares her love for crafting in this book and her other random musings in life. This book is about uncomplicated craft counselling, a collection of the easiest and quickest projects she has ever done. Every do-it-yourself activity featured in this book can be done in less than an hour with only a few materials required.
Mirriam Dictionary is the name of Mirriam’s lifestyle blog. The name idea came from her first name and the famous dictionary, Merriam Webster. She thought that since her initial blogposts were just random things, why not name it Mirriam Dictionary?
She created the blog when she was in college around 2009. Back then, she just wanted to share her musings as a UP student. When she continued to law school, she had to stop writing because she needed to prioritize her studies and work part-time. She said she had to work back then because books were terribly expensive and she had to make ends meet.
In 2015, she decided to revive her blog and ventured into lifestyle blogging. Unlike most blogs, Mirriam Dictionary is not income-generating. It is simply a platform where she shares her advocacies, crafts, and products she loves.
Mirriam Dictionary is basically an authentic but free publicity platform for civic-minded individuals, crafters, and lovers of local goods.
Embrace life as it is and always look on the bright side
According to Mirriam, one of her biggest challenges was when she didn’t pass the bar exams on the first take.
Growing up, she was the typical A-grade student and geek in the class despite having many extracurricular activities. She said that she’s allergic to numbers and laughed at the thought that her greatest failure in school was not getting a perfect score in math.
On the third, she drew the line and told herself that if she still doesn’t pass the bar, she’ll move on and spend her energy on other things in life. Her plan includes being a full-time blogger in Mirriam Dictionary in case things go south.
Mirriam believes that what really helped her through was acceptance.
Motivation, Self- Care, and Perseverance
Mirriam emphasized the importance of self-care especially when things are rough.
Mirriam believes that women are born innovative and visionaries. To succeed, she said, we, women, must keep on persevering. Life will always throw obstacles for us to take on. We cannot falter.
For Women By Women
Soroptimist International of the Americas Philippines Region (SIAPR), in which Mirriam is a part, will have its 28th Mid-Biennial Conference on June 5, 2021, with the theme “We Nxt: Women Empowered Initiatives in the Next Normal”.
Soroptimist International is a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment. Here in the Philippines, we are truly fortunate to be led by a woman with a penchant for service and empowerment, Governor Gabrielle V. Calizo-Quimpo, in these challenging times.
Soroptimists from all over the country will gather virtually to celebrate each club’s relentless effort to pursue the mission despite the pandemic and reignite the fire of service to continue weaving dreams for women in the next normal. This year’s host is Mariverde District.
For more information, you may visit SIAPR 28th Mid-Biennial Virtual National Conference page on Facebook.
Creating a nurturing ecosystem
For Mirriam, success is all about growing, empowering, and making a contribution. And for women with big dreams, here’s Mirriam message for you:
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