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Office Mates Matter…

As I finished up the work day at nearly midnight last evening, I was listening to my office mate whimper in her sleep. Chasing squirrels perhaps? Taking that long walk in the woods maybe? Who knows what she was dreaming of, and since she’s not the best conversationalist, I surely couldn’t get a clear answer.

Conversations or not, this little beast is by far my biggest fan.

World…. meet B.B. Girl.

B. B. is a teacup poodle, weighing in at a whopping 4.5 pounds. She is 10 years old as of March 8th, she’s full of grey hair, and missing several teeth. But this little girl is the sweetest, most dedicated friend in the world.

Since I truly sat down to focus on building my business 4 weeks ago this weekend, she has been right by my side the entire time. She used to get the privilege of sitting in my lap when I was at the computer, but now the work is more focused, not so much for fun; and the hours are very long. So she has taken up residence on the bar stool with one of her favorite blankies and sometimes her stuffed bunny/squirrel.

B.B. takes breaks with me to get a snack, a meal, a fresh beverage, check the mail, or whatever little household task may be at hand. But otherwise, together – PARTNERS IN CRIME – we sit at this desk together until all hours of the night.

Now don’t you go thinking that B.B. is a workaholic – OH NO…  From time to time she just has to jump on the Harley and take a ride to clear to her head.She has her own doggie backpack and Momma takes her on rides as often as possible.

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Posted by on April 12, 2012 in Blogging, Creative Writing

 

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A Blessed Week and Another Week of Self Employment Underway

I sure hope that everybody had a wonderful weekend and blessed Easter. I sure did. Saturday and Sunday were both spent doing a lot of riding with people that mean a great deal to me. Saturday we rode about 250 miles (scenic route of course) to go see the Red Covered Bridge in Princeton, IL. It’s one of five remaining covered bridges in Illinois.

I filmed over four hours of riding on my GoPro camera mounted to my windshield. I love my camera that my riding friends gave me for my birthday last year. It’s totally awesome although I’m still learning how to use it. 🙂   I spent a little over five hours Saturday evening (until 1:00 AM) creating the following video our of the footage and photos I had taken from the day.

It’s Monday evening and another productive week is taking shape. I had a phone interview for a VA position with a very nice lady from New York. She found me on Guru.com and said she was impressed with my skills and recommendations. YAY!!

I did another ghostwriting session for a blogger. ARGH – how I wish I could tell you more because it’s very fascinating stuff.

I’m bidding on more jobs and submitted a test scenario for a husband/wife team that needs a VA. Hopefully I’ll hear more about that soon. I have an accounting project in the AM as well as a transcription project setup for tomorrow PM.

I’m not getting rich yet, but my name is getting out there and that’s really what will make this come to life for me.

I have been corresponding with a lovely lady that has some great inspirational women that she features on her blog. She goes by LadyRomp and her blog is quite refreshing. I recommend it for a light and uplifting read.

Other than that, my Easter with my son, grand daughter and their family was pleasant. My son and I rode our motorcycles for a while Easter afternoon which is always a blessing and a treat for me. Now that he’s grown with a family of his own, I don’t see him much so the time I get I cherish immensely.

Easter breakfast with my grand daughter Kylee, her Mommy Tina

(and of course my son and more of Tina’s family).

Easter Sunday Motorcycle Ride with My Son Nathan and other friends.

 

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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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