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Change Happens April 21, 2011

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The worse thing you can do is to do nothing.

The weekend was full of friends and family. Supporting each other, acknowledging each other and sharing with each other. We celebrated triumphs and mourned our losses. We hugged and laughed and cried together. And life keeps going.

Jobs are never stable, no matter what we think. We’re excited for Rich’s new opportunity, but other friends are questioning their “stable” jobs. I’ve worked for the store for over eight years, and this last one has given me the worst number of scheduled hours ever. And though, I would admit to getting more cynical, I do not believe I have become worse at the job.

I haven’t made really good financial choices in the last few years, but we’ve made due with what we’ve had and a lot of things were out of my control. This month, Rich got a better paying job and I found a cheaper apartment to consider moving to.

I’m working on projects and considering my next move. I tried Elance, but got frustrated with the lack of response to my proposals. I had several friends ask for help on webdesign, but then not follow through for various reasons. I applied for my (second) dream job again, with no response. I’m considering checking out the local academic houses, but last I looked, they wanted managers, not editing pool. Retail was never my end game, I’m still trying to figure out what is.

I’m looking to downsize, too, before moving. Sell some things on eBay. I have a rather large collection of Carebears and Carebear Cousins that are just taking up space. I loved them as a child, but find myself less attached and wishing I Sold It on eBay stores still existed. Have collections of the TMNT movie(all three) cards, too, but I don’t think anyone Ever paid real money for those. The weather might still be cold, but I’m infected with Spring Cleaning.

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Moving Foward or Forward Moving? November 11, 2010

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It has been an interesting week. In the interests of getting myself motivated to get on with my life and grow up, I took the week away from Bookup. I finished up one project from home on Monday and have been tracking metrics daily, but I have not gone to the corporate office this week. Instead, I spent the time applying to jobs on Elance, setting up an account at Textbroker.com, and working on some personal website projects.

I am actually quite excited about one of the jobs at Elance that I applied for, though I don’t know if the employer will accept my enthusiasm. It involves analyzing the effects of some 18th and 19th century literature on the current vision of the vampire in today’s literature and media. Might end up reading all the pieces even if I don’t get the job. I enjoy Bookup and have no intention of leaving, but if I’m ever going to get out of retail, I have to get the rest of my life moving, as well.

Rich’s schedule changed starting last week, giving him Friday and Saturday off. Which is nice. Weekend time together, though I’m usually working all day Friday and working or asleep on Saturday. 😉 We’ll see how that all falls out over the next few weeks of adjusting.

Health and finances are going on par for the year. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and then Christmas and New Year’s.  Where did 2010 go? So much to do, and time keeps zipping by.

And Then There Was One October 14, 2010

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Only the hospital to sort out now. Just filled in the paperwork and made a couple of the new, reduced payments. As far as we’re concerned, the hospital is sorted, we’re paying them what we can pay them, and if they don’t like it, they can ::gasp:: Call Us Back. New car is registered and payments set up to auto-deduct. Despite my dreary appraisal of my review, I did get a small raise, and heading into the holidays, perhaps there will be a few more hours available. Yes, I was hoping to be out of there by now, but that’s what I say every year about this time. I have to take massive action if I really expect to leave the store, and I haven’t yet. My own fault, so I march onward. It’s only October, I could still get out before the holidays really hit. Again, it would require massive action, am I ready? Probably not, since I’m sitting here blogging about it.

Excited about my work with Bookup lately. I started some new split tests this week. And two new email campaigns. To provide value to the customer, I am sending out more tutorial videos when they sign up or buy the program. I have also started work on updating the Help file from the old file that Windows no longer will read. I am very excited about that, not only because it will help our customers, but also because I will learn about the program as well. Next project on the burner for me, is transcribing the videos for those who prefer text to sitting through videos, especially if they have low connection speeds. These things make me geekily happy to an extent that’s a little disturbing. 😉

Surely, these are the things I should be doing instead of the store to make all the money I need? But they’re so random and specific, that I don’t even know how to find such work. Need to look closer at elance.com, but I was required to sign up in only one category when my skills kinda slip and slide over three. I think it requires paying them to be allowed multiple categories. Ah well, new things to add to my resume skill sets list. I’ll figure it out.

Maybe the email campaigns will take off so well that I can just quit the store and spend all the time I want working for Bookup, on a monthly retainer fee instead of charging hourly contract fees. And then do anything else I want to bring in whatever extra money I want beyond that which I need to feel stable. That’s the ideal, pipe-dream goal anyway. So much to do, so many obligations, such wonders just waiting to be found. Life is amazing.

Career June 12, 2009

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Is it so wrong to want a job, where I can work from home, and get paid for the amount of work I do, rather than the amount of time it takes to do it? This is where I’m at right now. I want a job where I can set my own hours. I’d still meet deadlines, but not have to sit around for 8 hours if the task doesn’t take that long. I’d like to think I’m an efficient worker, and that my typing, writing and editing skills would be up to such a task. Sometimes I think I could happily do data entry, so long as I had specific goals and didn’t have to go someplace else to do it.

I want to write for a living, I want to be able to sustain myself with my writing. I’ve been writing a lot of different things lately, mostly not fiction. I still say I can’t write nonfiction. There’s a difference. I’ve been journaling mostly, writing about my life, about people and events. To me, nonfiction, the kind that actually pays, involves research and interviews and boring statistics. So, I write what comes to mind, and wonder how I ever expect to make money that way.