My Copy: 9781599639055 (image from bn.com) Well, I had to pick this one up again, but all the work brouhaha made me take forever to finish it. I kept going back and re-reading certain bits, but not because it was boring. Not at all--I was just really interested and have to admit, I needed the … Continue reading The Essential Guide to Freelance Writing: How to write, work & thrive on your own terms, by Zachary Petit
I had that broken white laundry basket sitting in my living room, getting ever fuller for over a month before tonight. I just spent over two hours trying to organize all the crap that was in it, and a milk crate full of magazines I hadn't had a chance to read or go through yet. … Continue reading Best laid plans, laundry baskets, & files
It's become clear to me that other than our tempers, when it comes to the big things, my mother and I are polar opposites. I started yesterday morning off fine & was taking pics of some of what I was pulling from the garden (didn't want to risk losing them to the storm). We had … Continue reading I may have orphaned myself yesterday, but only time (& more dreadful conversations) will tell…
A few days ago, down in the dumps and letting things wash over me, I thought about really quitting my job. Now, I'm of the opinion that I need to hand in my two weeks notice today. Without a safety net. Without a job lined up and already ready to go. Because all I know … Continue reading Revisiting my plans to quit my job: to jump without a safety net, or not?
Several years ago--one of my first blog posts, actually--I wrote "Why I am a Free-Hugger". Some people were a bit mystified as to what it was about or what I was doing, even as an introvert. It was a way to give people a chance to chat or have a good moment in a busy … Continue reading I used to be a free-hugger, now I’m not so sure I can go back to it…
Maybe it's the internet outages I've had the past week, or the odd schedule I've been trying to contend with. Maybe it's looking at things in my old notebooks that just don't gel anymore and I want to make them right. Maybe it's that I just haven't wanted to do housecleaning because I don't have … Continue reading When “busy work” is just that, & you finally acknowledge it…
I've lost count how many times I've started this 12 week program, only to stop around week 4 or 5 (I made it to week 8 at one point. It's not like it's a crazy boot camp or anything like that. Rather, it's that even though I wanted my creativity to flourish and take over, … Continue reading Beginning “The Artist’s Way” morning pages… again.
This feels like a dumb question to me, but it's one that's been on my mind for some time. I had dreams about how I wanted my life to turn out: a good teaching job, hubby and kids, not filthy rich but comfortable enough and not one paycheck away from losing everything or being unable … Continue reading Q #117: How do you find your dreams again, or make new ones?
Naturally, health is going to be on the list. The difficulty is this week especially, I have to focus on finances and getting things corrected before all the tax season stuff gets really going. That's what I hate the most, but today and tomorrow I'm dedicating myself to getting it all cleared up as best … Continue reading Playing with New Years Resolutions. Learning how to prioritize me.
I call myself a "recovering recluse" for a reason...I'm a work in progress on the social front. A VERY slow work in progress. Like pouring a bad concrete mix. Oh well. I suppose I'm wondering how to find inspiration beyond parks, pretty sunsets and cute puppies (or kitties, or sloths, or whatever else). I'm hoping … Continue reading Looking for Inspiration in an Insular World