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Zoom Zoom – Gone Too Soon

From the break of day to the fall of night, being on my motorcycle is always just right. The wind on my face and the sun on my skin, there’s a calm and peace lying within. Riding alone or riding with friends, the joy doesn’t stop until the road ends. Perils and weather can make the journey a feat, but a biker does not ever use the word defeat. We share a bond that only we understand, we are the world’s bikers, women and men. Watch for us please, we’re no different than you, only when we travel our wheels are times two. ~ Written by: Ursula Wachowiak in Dedication to Eva Grzegorczyk

Today’s blog post is not about #ghostwriting, #transcribing, or any other virtual assistant stuff. Yes, I have worked today, but all the while I was constantly brought back to a place in my mind and my heart that grieves. Last evening, a friend and fellow rider lost her life while doing what she loved so much ~ riding her motorcycle.

We bid you farewell Eva Grzegorczyk but we will not forget you. Now I was really a closer friend to her boyfriend Troy, because he rode with our group often. Eva however, worked a great deal building and establishing a name for herself with Nationwide Insurance. Eva and I shared banter back and forth on Facebook and I would visit her booth at motorcycle and car shows. In fact, she joined my riding group via a connection of another rider before I even knew she was Troy’s girlfriend. I mean really, I know 3 women named Eva so when he would speak of his Eva, it never dawned on me.

But today my friend Troy is at a terrible loss and I cannot fathom his pain. Motorcyclists in my group have shown much support and her Facebook page is of course blowing up with love and support for her and her loved ones.In today’s virtual world and with crazy schedules and obligations, we do not always get enough time to truly know the people worth knowing, or to spend time with them even when we know they are great.

So today, I merely write about Eva in a manner in which I can… I do not know her as well as I would have liked, but every time I saw her, she was radiant, full of energy, kind, and affectionate. Her zeal for life and for adventure were limitless. Her eyes were beautiful. And her smile was warm and welcoming.

I offer today a chance to give a wee tiny piece of your heart in remembrance of Eva. We will collect funds (amount of your choice) and we will send flowers to her service. In hopes that we receive too much for simply flowers, all excess proceeds will be donated to the ABATE Chapter in Eva’s area in her memory.

Whether you knew Eva or not, whether you ride or not, for some connection some how, you are reading my post ~ showing you the power of the internet, the power of social media, the power of word of mouth, and most importantly THE POWER OF THE HUMAN HEART.

Contributions can be sent via PayPal (please send as a GIFT so we do not lose valuable contributions to fees and make a note that says, “FOR EVA”). The email address for contributions is: the_write_hand@yahoo.com.

May God Bless Troy and Eva’s family in this challenging and heart breaking time.

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Posted by on March 27, 2012 in Creative Writing

 

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Walk the Talk – Living in Day Tight Compartments (Time Management)

Last week I wrote about Dale Carnegie‘s philosophy of Living in Day Tight Compartments. When I had an 8-5 job the schedule made itself and the tasks ran in a fairly set manner. However, now that my work relies solely on “ME” it has become increasingly important to manage my time wisely. As was discussed last week the Living in Day Tight Compartments philosophy is a golden nugget and although a simple strategy in theory, it’s up to us to make a difference in our lives and to have the structure necessary to do it. That is not always easy as you’ll read in this blog post from Dale Carnegie’s site.

To help get my week off to a fabulous start and to ensure that I am maximizing my time, I sat last night and created my day tight compartments schedule (see photo below). I have set alarms in my phone which is never more than 5′ from me, and today I plan to work that schedule to the bone. Since my business changes in an instant depending on clients’ needs and since I’m in an interim limbo so to speak (trying to make money where ever possible), my schedule may not look that exciting to you, but the theory is still the same.

With riding season upon us, believe me – – jumping on my Harley when the sun is out gnaws at me constantly, but … first thing is first, and that’s to make money to put the gas in the Harley on the days when I do have some spare time.

My calendar was created in Excel because frankly, it’s the easiest to manipulate for this type of close combat organizing. You’ll see I have created my Day Tight Compartments in 10 minute intervals. This can easily be changes to quarter hours or half hours. START NOW: If you would like to save yourself some time and use the templates I have already created, I’d gladly share with you a 2012 version of your Day Tight Compartments schedule. Simply PayPal $5.00 to me at ursula_m_w@yahoo.com as a GIFT (no fees that way) and in your note, indicate what intervals you wish to have in your format (:10, :15, :30).

Until next time, be organized, be timely, and be successful…

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All Work and No Play… Visiting Veterans at Manteno Veterans Home

After a long week of looking for jobs and improving my blogging skills, I spent a very blessed Sunday with many friends visiting veterans and taking them some fun things and necessity items. I began my day at 6AM, gearing up and getting ready to ride my Harley. We ate breakfast from 7:30-8:30AM and then rolled out to Manteno Veterans Home. We brought the vets things like puzzle books, note paper, card games, beauty supplies, toiletries, and snacks.

Manteno is home to nearly 250 veterans, 21 of whom are women. These veterans range in age but the majority are seniors. Sadly, some of these folks never have visitors and even sadder, most will stay here until their final day.

The home is lovely, modern, full of windows, has a casual cafe, a chapel, a court yard with a huge wooden gazebo, and they have a beautiful bird cage and fish tank in the common living room.

Now I’m a yapper and my momma always said I’ve never met a stranger, but in a place like this, the awe that one experiences can frankly make you mute. We were there to socialize with the vets and bring some cheer to their day with our visit and our goodies. Initially it can be a little awkward trying to start a conversation with folks you know are not living the way they’d really like to live, folks that are very ill or disabled, folks that sacrificed so much in the name of American Freedom.

But nonetheless, I needed to be blessed today and they needed so as well. My father served 23 years in the US Navy and I figured that would be my jumping off point for a couple of conversations around the room. Well, let me tell you… some of these folks do not need any ice breakers what so ever.

Earl was a jabber jaw; sharing tales of his son and grand son, the farm equipment he used to wrench on, and the collection of antique cars, bikes, and various toys his son has collected. And then there’s Bob… he has dementia and his conversations are coherent one moment and the next, not so much. Bob however, can make one heck of an apple juice toast. It goes something like this: Here’s to the bull, that gave it to the heffer, if not for his red rod, you’d have no meat by God. I dern near spit apple juice everywhere. And check this out, Bob is a huge Elvis fan, with not only a BLU SUEDE license plate on the back of his wheelchair, but was wearing honest to goodness Blue Suede Shoes. The King is not dead because Bob keeps his memory alive. Charles was a more challenging gentleman with whom to converse. I couldn’t get him to say much so I recanting tales of visiting my father on duty days on his submarine and eating in the galley with the wonderful chef they had on board. As Charles enjoyed his chocolate doughnut with the mess and slober of a 3 year old, he repeatedly told me two things: that I had beautiful eyes and that he was on a communications ship when he served 6 years in the US Navy. That’s nearly it, other than, “Can you get me a napkin and more apple juice please?”

I went to Manteno with some folks that have been a wonderful blessing in my life, and I left with blessings of wonderful folks that today, touched my life. I truly wish that war did not exist, but since it does, I am thankful and grateful to all those who have served in our military forces and I wish them and their families peace and honor knowing that their service has not been in vein.

May God Bless Us All and God Bless the USA.

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ABOVE: Volunteers and Earl.

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ABOVE: When we arrived we sorted the items we had brought so they could be properly distributed.

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ABOVE: I am bringing one veteran from the chapel to veterans hall for social time.

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ABOVE: I am having a conversation with a few veterans and one staff member, as well as sharing pictures of my new grand daughter.

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ABOVE: Ladies and Gentleman, this is Bob. I do believe I will remember his toast for a very long time.

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ABOVE: We took our Harleys and our full hearts for a wonderful sunshiny ride when we left Manteno. Smiles and Smiles for Miles.

 

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Blogging Just Comes Natural

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Since I was very young, I’ve always loved to write and use the English language. I began with poetry, have written one short story, and have chronicled much of my life in diaries and letters. I’m such a nut for grammar that I used to proofread love notes from my former spouse. (Hope Your Having a Great Day – ugh, it’s You’re)  Ok, so maybe that was a bit over the top, but it just comes natural. I find mistakes in all sorts of printed and online material and I just want to fix it. How can they publish that? Who’s writing for them? Don’t they have proofreaders?

So now that my business is starting to pop, I had a wonderful mentor #HireShai that introduce me to blogging. She has unleashed an animal. What better way to make a living than doing what I love? Writing as a freelancer and blogging for others is a magnificent way to make my love work for me.

I’m looking forward to a lot more #writing as a #freelancer and #blogging for others. Until you read again….. Have a Fan-Tabulous Weekend!!

 

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Working From Home – Time Management

Well, being your own boss and working from home certainly has it’s advantages, but there are a few pitfalls as well. Managing your time wisely is your key to success. Just because you may be in your PJ’s doesn’t mean you should lay around. Get up and Get going. Your virtual clients keep their hours and you have to be available when they need you. Brush your teeth, find a healthy breakfast and LOGIN. Some mornings that’s a challenge. For instance, I was up until 1AM last night working and taking online classes. That was my choice but I still had to roll out of bed and get moving for a 9AM appointment.

Create a schedule for yourself that includes all your daily tasks, both professional and personal and stick to it as strictly as you can manage. I have always been a big fan of Dale Carnegie and the business strategies he has developed and that the corporation teaches.

Mr. Carnegie is also the author of Living in Day Tight Compartments. Check out this interview with Rod Colon of ME, Inc.

No matter your expertise or business function, time management is your great asset. Make a plan, stick to it, and live and work in a healthier mode.

 

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….. and the adventure begins! The Write Hand is ready to start lock, droppin’ and poppin’. The world of Virtual Administration has come a long way since I began my hobby in 1997. Never stop learning, never stop seeking information, and never say unemployed. With courage, existing skills, and the determination to succeed, all things are possible. So it is that my corporate position faded last week into my mind as little more than a drab, 4-walled, prison that paid the rent. Oh sure, I helped many people and have done great things, yet it fate that now encourages me to help myself and do great things for myself. So awaaaaay we go………..