January 2, 2014

It’s Been an Interesting Year. Time to Let Go and Move Forward.

Posted in Finances, freelancing, Health, Life happens, personal finances at 3:33 pm by otherdeb


As some of you know, my health took a huge turn toward pear-shaped in 2013. In February, I went through congestive heart failure. In April, I was referred to a cardiologist. In August, I was finally diagnosed with a congenital heart defect that had lain dormant for over 55 years, and now had become something of a time bomb. In December, I had another round with my old enemy, cellulitis.

The interesting news for the purposes of this blog, however, is pretty good. Except when health issues have gotten to me, I’ve been doing freelance stuff all year. I haven’t looked yet to see if it has earned enough to be called a living, but I do know that it was better than the previous year.

I also took a course from Ed Gandia, of the International Freelancers Academy, called the B2B Business Launcher. I had sat in on one of Ed’s webinar’s, and walked away with so much actionable information that I knew I wanted to do the course. It did not disappoint, either. I now have a functional professional website, to which I will soon be connecting my writing blog. If you are looking at freelancing as a career, I highly recommend any course that Ed is teaching, and please feel free to tell him that I referred you. He really is one of the good guys, and he’s a heck of a nice guy, too boot.

I am setting one major financial goal for this year: to create an emergency fund for myself and get it funded so that when the next emergency strikes, and I have no doubt it will, I don’t have to scramble so badly to get things dealt with.

My other main goal for the year is to get back to blogging on a regular basis. I consider that part of taking back my health, and it’s been far too long.  For now, I am planning to stick to my long-established schedule: the food and weight blog on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; the knitting blog on Tuesday, this blog on Thursday, and the writing/grammar blog over the weekend. We shall see how well I can stick to that.

Other than that, I am hanging in. There is some rough family stuff going on, but we all have families so we all have family stuff. I will get through it. It will involve some tough decisions that I never wanted to have to make, but I will make them. It’s also clear to me that I am going to have to really fight to get the proper resolution for my health issues. This is the kind of fight I totally hate, because I am not a medical expert by any means, and I am going to have to fight the arrogance of surgeons who refuse to see beyond chart numbers and risk profiles. But I am nothing if not persistent (Yeah, Glasser, you can say stubborn…..), and I will keep at them until what is done is what gives me the best chance of getting my life back.

So, that’s where things are at right now. What the future holds is anybody’s guess, and I’ll be just as curious to find out as everybody else.

Finally, I wish each and every one of my readers a 2014 that is filled with joy, good friends, family of the heart, health, love, and prosperity.  You all keep me going, and I am grateful for each of you, whether I know you in real life, just from the Web, in comments, or even by your silent presence here. You are all important to me, and I thank you for being there.

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March 7, 2013

Getting My Workspace Organized

Posted in freelancing, Organization at 9:53 pm by otherdeb


Today, I got my new computer. It’s a Macbook Air, 11″, which means I can just toss it into my purse. It’s very spiffy so far, and it leaves me with a good bit of room on my desk. So, a bit of organizing was in order.

I now have two file organizers on my desk – one is for files I use frequently, and the other is for files I use, but not so often.  Finished projects, and other files are in the file cabinet that will eventually be next to the desk. Next to the computer are my daily files — a set of seven folders that I can dump stuff in that has to be taken care of on a certain day.

I still need a tray table next to my desk for the things I’m working on at any given moment, but that will change eventually.

So, other than that, I have been up to my ears in work this week, which is a good thing. Been getting articles from an older client, and a steady stream of articles from a new client, plus doing some manuscript editing for a small press. So money is starting to come into the house from my end again, which is a very good thing.

Anyway, I’m still setting up and playing with the new baby, here, so I really should get going, especially since I have a couple of deadlines coming up.

 

February 24, 2011

It’s been an Interesting Month…

Posted in freelancing, life, Writing at 6:49 am by otherdeb


…Not in the Chinese sense, thank the Gods, but interesting, nonetheless.

I retired from the School Aide position I had on January 15th, and became a full-time freelancer.

I’m not doing badly at it, so far.  I have two clients who are giving me a good amount of work every week, and I have been getting other offers which I’ve been exploring (so far, none of them have made the cut).   I could use more work, but it has to be at a rate that I can live on.  I am sure those offers will come as my rep grows.

I have also started two additional pages here – one for a writing resume, and one for my writing services.  These are very much still under construction, but if anyone feels like giving me feedback, I will not refuse it.

The hardest part is the time management.  I am, by nature more nocturnal than diurnal.  This in and of itself is not a problem.  The issue is more of getting from sluggish into work mode and staying there.  I don’t think that will be an issue for too long — I’m pretty sure it’s just the adjustment period from a very regimented schedule to one where I have great freedom, but also have great responsibility (i.e., I don’t meet deadlines, I don’t get to pay bills, eat, pay rent, etc.).  So far, I am doing okay on that, but since I do need to pick up more work to make up the shortfall between my pension and reality, I need to stay on top of this issue.

Things are still a bit scary, but it’s scary in a good way.  I’m moving forward toward doing what I want with my life.  That, I think is the important thing here, and the one to focus on going forward.

Goals?  I have about seven big ones, in varying degrees of being worked on.  Plans?  Yep, got those too.  Chutzpah and drive?  Got those in spades – just ask my friends. Writing ability?  Well, you all can judge that…I’m a bit biased.  Perseverence?  Hey, I am my dad’s daughter….stubborn is my heritage.

Can I succeed at this in today’s economy? Unless I want to be a drone, and at someone else’s beck and call for the rest of my life, I damned well better succeed at this.  Yes, I know I will be at the beck and call of clients, but that’s my choice.  It damned sure beats the kinds of jobs that get offered to older people in this economy.

Besides, if I don’t do this now, when will I do it?  Life isn’t infinite, and I”m seriously on the second half of it.  I’ve played by the rules for the last thirty years.  Now it’s my turn to make the rules for myself.  It may not be much, but I want to live the rest of my life on my terms.

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