So I was searching around YouTube for something totally different and found this unique remix featuring Mr. Rogers. If you really truly listen to the words of the song you can apply this to so much stuff in your life. Be inspired, use your mind, and chase your dreams. Whether they are personal or business, dreams can only come true if first try … and maybe try again, and again, until you get it right. https://youtu.be/OFzXaFbxDcM
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Well, it’s been a while since an update has come out for The Write Hand. Sorry for that but all from due cause. I’m still working hard for my one VA client, East End Business Solutions, and I’m constantly bidding on more jobs on Guru.com. A few more transcription files have come through and of course, I’m still doing some miscellaneous side work, like cleaning houses and working local events for tips.
I’ve done a proposal for another VA client (Oginga Carr), but as the story goes, he’s so busy that he needs my help, but we are both so busy we have to find the time to get together on things.
All in all, I’m still plugging along. So why am I so late with a post???
Life moves at an incredible speed one day and drags on others. I was able to take a brief 4 days to visit Wisconsin thanks to a silent auction I won in 2011. For the Love of Ellie helped raise funds for a very young child in our town whom is suffering from a terrible disease. She’s gone through many treatments for such a young child. I was able to finally enjoy the cabin I won at the end of May and first weekend in June.
Upon my return I had one heck of a week when I lost two very special and dear friends. One from a freak accident as he worked on his Jeep. This is my friend Mike Morris, owner of Saffron and Cedar Wellness. You may recall that I wrote his blogs for his company. The other friend Isaac Perez I spent about 8 years of my childhood with on the military base in Charleston, SC and kept in contact with his family since then. The sadness still lingers and certain things will set me off, but I have no choice but recall the good times and pray that I meet them again someday in a better life.
And then yesterday, my dear sweet grand daughter was baptized into the Catholic faith. My father and step-mom visited for the occasion all the way from Georgia. So I must say, after such a terrible week, the ending was ever so sweet.
I am still looking for another VA client, ghostwriting opportunities, transcription jobs, and so forth. I am managing my garden as best I can with this heat and riding my motorcycle less than I would like, but often enough to appreciate my freedom.
I realize this particular post doesn’t say too much about my business, but sometimes despite the need to earn a living, there are just more important things for the moment. May you all be well, appreciate your loved ones, cherish your blessings, and be thankful for your freedom.
Bhyre Lake, Fifield, Wisconsin – The motorcycle riding there is amazing but I really loved waking up to this view.
Mike Morris – aka Mike Motorbike – I Love You Buddy!!
Isaac and I are the two big kids. I Love You My Friend!!
Me, My Step-Mom Ms. Patti, Tina my son’s fiance, my grand daughter Kylee, my Dad Roy, and my Son Nathan
My new client for Virtual Admin work is a real gem and I’m learning a great deal from her. Paula owns and operates East End Business Solutions out of Long Island, NY. I was blessed when she hired me as her VA, not just for the obvious reason that I finally have a recurring gig, but because she is the ideal 1st client for my full-time venture into entrepreneurship. Paula has proven to be an up-beat, kind-hearted woman with a deep desire to succeed and flourish. She has taken the time to recognize that I am a very smart and eager individual and while I do not know everything she needs me to know, she has given me guidance and sent me along my way without micromanaging and with intent to see that we flourish together.
New New New and Good Good Good ~ Despite the slow rate of speed at which my clients are growing, they are growing. My capital will be all gone as of the next round of personal payments, so very soon it’ll be skin of the teeth, praying harder than ever, and getting creative with Ramen Noodles (hehehe). I have always believed in the barter and trade system, and now I’m actually making it work in one instance. You see, I sit at my desk for hours and hours, sometimes 10, 12, or more hours a day. Needless to say, it can be grueling and painful. Since being laid-off and being on a strict budget, many luxuries have been cut (case in point: my massages).
Here’s the barter and trade… My massage therapist (and good friend) is also building his independent business because he’s giving more to chiropractors in fees than he’s keeping himself for his services. His company, Saffron and Cedar Wellness, much like my business, needs some marketing. So I have created his blog and write his content based on subject matter he suggests. This takes me about 2 hours a week and in return I get an in-home 1+ hour massage session to help what ails me. Now, if only I could find a trade-off for somebody to steam clean my carpets (hehehehe).
That’s all for now… Time for a snack ;-)~
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.
I’ve written before about the down falls of working at home and being so close the pantry. Since reaching my lifetime goal weight eight years ago and keeping it, I’ve preached about Weight Watchers to many folks. They can’t believe that I lost 42 pounds. Yep – It’s True.
I learned a lot of valuable lessons with Weight Watchers that I continue to practice today. I don’t keep a journal anymore, it just comes naturally. And yes, sometimes I go overboard, but I know what to do and I have the discipline to move forward after enjoying some scrumptious pizza and beers with friends.
So today for breakfast I had one package of Quaker instant oatmeal, cinnamon if you really want to know (2 pts on WW).
And now I’m taking a quick pause for lunch. A gourmet (term used lightly) Turkey/Ham 1/2 sandwich with tomato on whole grain bread.
1/2 ounce Turkey Ham (1 point)
1 slice Butternut All Whole Grain 100% Whole Wheat bread (1 point)
Tomato (0 points)
Light spread of Kraft Real Mayo (2 points – I don’t like Lite Mayo so that’s a choice I prefer, you can reduce the point value if you don’t mind Lite Mayo)
So my half sandwich loaded with tomato and flavored with turkey/ham and mayo is 4 points total. And my decaf Lipton tea, unsweetened with lemon – 0 points, and it counts as one of my waters since it’s decaf.
Viola, Lunch is done and I’m ready to get back to work.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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…