A few weeks ago I joined a website for freelance projects. I randomly bid on a project to see how it works and actually won the bid! I literally had to make up writing samples to send the client (I didn’t have anything prepared because I didn’t think my bid would actually win) but she loved them and I got my first paid freelance gig! I wrote a blog post for a women in technology group recapping an event that they had hosted. When I initially read through the presentation I thought “what did I get myself into? I am not a technical person” but after reviewing the materials several times I was able to pull out what I thought were the key elements and in no time I had a 450 word blog post for her. The client LOVED it, actually paid me a bonus, and gave me a great review on the website! I can now technically call myself a freelance writer!
Then two weeks ago my husbands coworker hired me to redo his resume and write him a cover letter and now just today I won another bid through the website to rewrite another resume, cover letter and rewrite some e-mail responses. I think I found a nice way to earn a little extra money! It’s pretty neat that I have been able to take something I love doing and use it earn a little extra money for my family!
I’m going to go do a happy dance now.
One of my favorite memories from my childhood would be the days my mom would take us to the public library. Myself, my mom and my three sisters would all walk over to the library and spend so much time looking at books, deciding which would be the lucky few to come home with us. On lucky days we would then get lunch at McDonald’s and head over to the park to play before heading home and reading our books.
My mom is an avid reader and it definitely had an influence over my sisters and I. To this day we all still love reading, some of us just have more time than others to dedicate to reading. The love of reading has led to most of us writing in one capacity or another.
I’m proud to say that I have passed my love of reading on to my girls. They love going to the library and picking out books so much that I have to limit how many they check out each time! When the girls are well behaved and have earned a reward one of their favorite things to do is go to the book store and select a book or two to bring home. The girls can never wait until they get home to read their books, they start reading them in the car.
Finley and Harlow proudly displaying their first library cards back in 2013 (they look so little!)
A couple of years ago my husband got me a Kindle for Christmas, which I love, but nothing compares to cracking open a brand new book and smelling the pages of fresh ink. I haven’t been spending as much time reading lately as I would like to. I have a nice little stack of books to get through plus a couple on my Kindle (see picture below).
I’m challenging my self to read at least one book per month, i’m hoping more. I think I have enough to get through the whole year if I read one per month! I’m looking forward to taking some me time and cozying up with a cup of coffee and reading a chapter or two and eventually when its warm outside (which seems so far away) sitting on my patio and enjoying a warm breeze while the characters in my book entertain me. After I finish my stack I’ll be looking for new reading materials. Any suggestions? What are you currently reading?
I have 8 followers so I made this gif with a random picture of a cat! And Yes I’m celebrating 8 followers because I initially said I expect to get 8 followers and well I appreciate all 8 of you!
I haven’t had much time in the past week to post but im still here and happy to be writing when I can.
2017 is upon us and many hope it will go better than 2016. My 2016 wasn’t my worst year but it wasn’t my best year either.
My goals this year all have one thing in common, me! A happier me. A more well rounded me. A healthier me.
Goal #1: Write More
Oh look i’m achieving my goal already! I love writing and once upon a time I saw myself freelancing. I’m hoping this blog will help me get back in the habit and maybe one day who knows have a byline!
My main goal though is just to get back into something I love and flex those creative muscles in my brain that have been resting dormant for year since accounting is not the most creative line of work!
Goal #2: Be Healthier
2016 was the year of donuts for me. My co-worker gets the most amazing donuts from a bakery by her house and I would seriously fight someone for one of those donuts. So 2016 was not the healthiest year.
I love to run. I would say a couple of years ago I was a runner. I have run 6 half marathons and countless 5k’s but as my girls get older and husbands work schedule remains crazy my running was put on the back burner. I miss running. I miss the “runners high” after logging a few good miles. I miss my cute perky runners butt. I miss what a stress reliever it was for me. Running made me goal focused and encouraged healthier eating as I thought about the fuel I needed when I was logging double digit miles.
Seeing as how it is winter in Wisconsin my outdoor road running will probably be delayed until March but until then my goal is to work out 3 times a week. I do have a much neglected gym membership and own countless work out dvd’s so I really have no good excuse except that my life is exhausting sometimes!
Goal # 3: Spend More Time Enjoying The Moment
In this age of social media and work e-mail on our phones 24/7 I sometimes do not feel I am as fully engaged in the moment as I can be. I know my cell phone is a terrible distraction for me. So while my girls are in dance class i’m going to watch them through the glass and see the progress they are making. As a family having meals with out television or i-pads present. Phone free date nights with the husband, heck any date with the husband!
To quote one of the best 80’s movies ever “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it”. My girls are growing up way too quickly and I don’t want to miss a moment.
(the quote is from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in case you didn’t know)