Lucy Torres-Gomez may have began as a substitute candidate for husband Richard Gomez, but this intelligent beauty is determined to do her best as the new representative of Leyte’s fourth district. In the August issue of YES! magazine, Lucy emphasizes that she takes her job seriously. “This is not a game, something to add to my resumé,” she says. “I really intend to perform. I can’t say na I will be the best congresswoman the district has ever seen, but I really intend to do my best, whatever that will take.”
Indeed, the celebrity-turned-politician has embraced her new responsibility with open arms. YES! recounts Lucy’s first days at her new post as she distributed school supplies and secondhand books to local elementary schools with a cheery smile. On her three-day visit around the region, husband Richard and daughter Juliana came along to support Lucy on her endeavors, a sign of their family’s solidarity.
Also find yourself facing a tough new job? Like Lucy, remember that this new chapter in your life affects not just you, but the rest of your family. Here are some tips we can learn from Lucy Gomez’s experiences as a new congresswoman. You can click on a link below to go directly to the tip you want to learn more about, or you can simply keep reading.
- Talk it over with everyone affected.
- Make sure you and your partner are in full accord and fully support each other.
- You can turn some work time into family bonding time, if you play your cards right.
- Play to your strengths.
- Be willing to develop yourself, yet stay true to who you are and to your family values.
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TALK IT OVER WITH EVERYONE AFFECTED
The job may be yours to work through, but its effects go beyond just your own life. Thus, it is important to consult all the parties that are going to be affected before—and even after—you make your final decision to take on the work that comes with your new job. How will things change for you and your family once you go into this field? What would it mean for your kids? In Lucy and Richard’s case, Richard ran his plan over with Lucy’s father Manoling first before running for congress. The couple also made it a point to explain things to their daughter, emphasizing that the campaign period would be a very busy time for them.
MAKE SURE YOU AND YOUR PARTNER ARE IN FULL ACCORD AND FULLY SUPPORT EACH OTHER
Lucy recounts how Richard did not push her into taking his place after he got disqualified—it was her own decision. Their strong partnership allowed them to change gears quickly and work together to make Lucy’s short campaign a success. As Lucy takes her position as congresswoman, Richard says he doesn't mind playing the role of a supportive husband. He explains it in terms of his athletic training in YES!: “I’m trained to play as a member of a team. So ngayon na si Lucy yung naging team captain (now that Lucy has become the team captain), let’s follow her lead. Dapat ganon e. (That's how it should be.)”
YOU CAN TURN SOME WORK TIME INTO FAMILY BONDING TIME, IF YOU PLAY YOUR CARDS RIGHT
When asked about family time, Lucy stresses that her family will always be a priority. She may have to plan her family bonding time a little farther in advance, but she continues to make opportunities to spend time with Juliana by not excluding her daughter from her work. At Lucy’s school visits, for example, Juliana takes videos of her mother from the sidelines. Lucy also encourages her daughter to do something productive together with her at work. “I told Juliana, 'You visit me, ha, during my taping or in congress,'” she shares with YES!. “And you help me fix my office. You have to help Mommy.’”
PLAY TO YOUR STRENGTHS
Use what you know. Lucy’s early progress shows that she’s focusing a lot on education, a natural interest for a mom with a school-age child. One of her platforms also includes a huge push for tourism in Ormoc, which showcases her appreciation for beauty in a different light. She emphasizes that she wants people to start thinking of Ormoc not just as the place with the “mass graves” (although she gives a nod to respecting the dead and her hometown's history) but a beautiful province with a lot of untapped wonders.
BE WILLING TO DEVELOP YOURSELF, YET STAY TRUE TO WHO YOU ARE AND TO YOUR FAMILY VALUES
Lucy knows she needs all the help she can get yet, she tells YES!, but she's determined to perform well. Born in a family that trained her to be altruistic even as a child, Lucy just needs to adjust from helping through her private capacity to helping through her public position. More importantly, Lucy holds true to her husband’s (and her own) value of being proactive, emphasizing that holding the title of congresswoman is not enough and that she won’t let her term pass without achieving something. “I don’t want to just be known as the congresswoman and not do anything for my district.”