About Me

Sorry to inflict this upon you…

I am a sucker for these sorts of blog memes, so here you have it! Witness my lame interest in the dread “about me” meme!

1. Make a list of 5 things that you can see without getting up:

a) My miniature figurine of Pikachu on my desk

b) My feathery purple pen hanging out in my pen cup

c) My lucky cat (solar-powered) waving at me

d) My language materials shelf (I am currently learning Japanese and Korean)

e) My adorable pig piggy bank

2. How do you style your hair?

I keep my hair in a super short pixie.

3. What are you wearing now?

(*Ashamedly admits*) a blue fuzzy house coat and pajamas

4. What’s your occupation?

Writer//Editor//Ad-Manager//Support Person (working full-time from home)

5. What do you hear right now?

My African station on Pandora One (lots of Ladysmith Black Mambazo)

6. Who was the last person you hugged?

My husband when he left for his trip.

7. What is/was for dinner?

Mmm. Salad, vegetable rice soup, an orange, and maybe some cashews

8. What did you do today?

Woke up and worked

9. Dog person or cat person?

Used to be a huge cat person until I discovered I was highly allergic. Now I am a dog person, though I don’t have a dog. Also, I am a rat person.

10. If you had to change your name, what would you change it to?

I don’t know. I like my name.

11. What was the last thing that you bought?

A tasty dinner at Subway.

12. If you could afford to go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Japan. No question.

13. Where do you see yourself in five years?

A published author, the mother to one or two kids, happy and healthy and loving life

14. Where’s your birthmark?

On my left arm, I have what looks like vaccination marks but they are birthmarks. I also have chipped ears (from birth.) Looks faintly alien and awesome.

15. What are you doing this weekend?

Having a girls’ night Friday night and then welcoming my husband home from his trip. On Sunday, church.

17. The last movie you’ve seen?

Beauty and the Beast

18. What are you doing tomorrow?

Working and then hosting a girls’ night at my house.

 

I hope you all enjoyed the brief little snippet into my life! I enjoy these sorts of things, dork that I am. Have a terrific night!

 

~The Writer

Dreams · Observations · Writing

Feeling so “myself” that it’s kinda crazy…

So, I’ve mentioned before (I think) that I had a hard time feeling like “myself” when I was teaching. Well, if I haven’t mentioned that, I’m mentioning it now. It was seriously tough to feel like my true, inner-real-me self when I was a teacher. The last four years of my life (two years in the teacher program in college and two years of teaching) felt like I was in this big boat drifting away from the island of the “real me”. Now that I’m working on my dreams from home, that boat is moving back to that shoreline and back to who I’m meant to be. It is a terrific feeling. Though it is still going to be tough waking up really early, I am thrilled and so blessed to know that I get to go and pursue my childhood//adulthood dreams. My writing is going really well. A two-month writer’s block I was enduring has finally ended. Words fly from my fingers onto my manuscripts, my journal, my blogs…I am a writing addict. Also, the work for my other job, Maiedae, is going extremely well and I am about to take on some additional responsibilities with them.

There have been some obvious challenges to working from home, maintaining focus being one of them. My mother, a special education teacher (of thirty years), claims she has always known I’m ADD. I’ve never been diagnosed, of course, but I could seriously believe it. The thing with ADD is that it can have several different expressions. You could have a terrible time focusing on anything. You could have a terrible time focusing on things other than one super important thing. You could have neither of those two, but a mixture of them. Now, I cannot label myself as ADD, but I will say that I definitely have an obsessive mind and sometimes it is hard to filter out all of the things I’m focusing my attention on. I’m the person that used to be able to sit and focus for hours on one task. I can still do that, but when my mind is thinking about something else, I want to put all my attention on that instead of the task at hand.

One thing I’m trying not to do is check the internet every twelve seconds. I’ve been pretty proud of myself so far. I can’t just turn off my internet due to my job with Maiedae, and my addiction to Pandora One. However, I have developed some strategies for internet withdrawals. (1) Anytime I feel an antsy-need-to-refocus urge coming on, I look away from the computer. That’s right. I just stare out the window or at the icon I keep on my desk of Jesus and his Mother. (2) I stand up and walk around my house for a bit. (3) I spy on my fancy rats chilling in their big giant house. (4) I refill my huge Subway cup with water (I have like a thousand of those things.)

So far, these refocusing action items are helping to keep me from checking my email or Facebook every five minutes. I do give in to the temptation occasionally, but the frequency of me doing that is diminishing.

My mother brought up another challenge: remaining social when you work from home. I explained to her that my husband and I are extremely social people and are always attending get-together’s and having friends over. I also do martial arts (taekwondo and hapkido) twice a week, so I get plenty of “people-time” in. There is church also. In other words, I feel like I spend lots of time with people. I also like solitude. It is nice and quiet. 🙂

I am terribly sorry if this post was all over the place. As aforementioned, I am working on building up my ability to focus. So, thanks for hanging in there through reading this sporadic post. I hope you are all well on this fine Thursday morning.

Follow your dreams! It is more worth it than you will ever know! Can’t quit the day-job and pursue your life goals full-time right now? That’s alright. Just make time to work on your dream career at night or a minimum of once a week. It will change your life and you might be surprised by the opportunities that come your way!


Blessings,

 

The Writer

Dreams · Editing · Indie · Observations · Writing

Second day on the dream-job…

Hello, everyone!

Well, it was my second day as a “full-time writer-editor//ad-manager-support person for Maiedae” and it is going swimmingly. I am enjoying myself SO much with this! Granted, it is hard to maintain my attention span for too long, so I am making sure to get up and walk around, research items when I need to, and take mental breaks every now and then. Still, I’m getting at least 2,000 words of manuscript writing in each morning and some editing of other manuscripts, etc. I hope to up my daily word count and maybe cap it out at 5,000 words a day, but I’m starting out with 2,000 until I am consistent with that.

I confess that I woke up this morning at 7:45, rolled out of bed in my pajamas and “went” to work. I am sitting here in snowmen socks, Tinker Bell pajama pants, a Tinker Bell pajama shirt, and an old blue hoodie; ah yeah, the glamorous look. Disclaimer: I do not anticipate dressing like this everyday for work. However, while the Philosopher is out-of-town, I am less inclined to dress up. Perhaps tomorrow or Friday I’ll doll myself up for my workday. For today, however, I’m enjoying the heck out of my “relaxed look”.

Observations about working from home vs. a “day-job”:


1. I am MUCH more productive at home than I ever was at my “day-job”.
So far, it is MUCH easier for me to focus on my writing. At my teaching job, all I would think about was writing, editing, etc. It made it extremely difficult to concentrate on my teaching tasks. Now, since I am working on my writing and editing from home, my mind stays on task more easily and I sure get a whole lot more accomplished each day.

2. I am not emotionally drained at the end of the workday. I have the highest respect for teachers (many people in my family are teachers and I was one for two years.) Still, it is a tough line of work and every part of your being (mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual) are turned on all of the time. It is exhausting. So far, this job leaves me feeling accomplished, relaxed, and refreshed at the end of the day. Over time, this may not always be the case, but as of right now, I am feeling much more myself than I ever have.

3. It saves a ton of gas money. I used to have about a two-hour commute (an hour both ways), and even with our little Honda, gas bills were monstrous. Though I may have taken a significant pay-cut in leaving my day-job, we are at least saving lots of money in this area from now on.

4. I have access to good, nutritious food. I had a very tiny refrigerator in my classroom when I was teaching. That meant that I could not always bring all of the good-for-me-food that I would have wished. Here at my house, I don’t have to worry about packing lunch in the smallest possible container. I can go and make nutritious lunches and dinners without worrying about it. At first, I was worried that I would be tempted to eat all of the time and graze while working from home. I know it’s only been two days, but so far, I haven’t even been tempted.

5. I can tailor my perfect work environment. I hate strong artificial lighting–especially in the morning. At school, it would kill me to have to turn on those huge fluorescent lights, but I would do it so the children would not be sluggish when they came in to the room. Now that I’m at home, I go into my office in the mornings, open the two windows’ blinds and light a candle. That’s all the light I feel that I need; all day. If it is cloudy outside, I’ll turn on the overhead light (which is blessedly not fluorescent) and I’ll enjoy it. When I’m working, though, low-lighting is my favorite. As well, because I own all of the furniture and office supplies, I can move everything where I want it and arrange things the way I want them, vs. what students need.

6. I have my precious pets in the room with me for instant soul-pick-me-upping. I have a darling pair of sister fancy rats that live with us as our “furry children”. When I set up our guest room as my office, they came to “live with me”. They had previously been staying in the Philosopher’s office, but I wanted them to be with me when I started working from home. They are so precious and sweet. I know it is probably messing with their heads that I am up and working during their prime sleeping time (rats are nocturnal), but so far, they seem to be adjusting pretty well. When I first come into work, they are just going to sleep, so they get to stare at me and look extremely precious for a few minutes before they hit the sack.

7. I have TIME to do work, housework, and fun stuff each day. Before, when I was working three-ish jobs, it was extremely overwhelming to get everything done during the day and still have time for some rest and relaxation. Now, I can take a break and get some dishes done or laundry. I can work a full-day and still have time to cook and eat dinner, get some housework done, and rest. No longer do I have to try to micromanage every detail of my day just to fit it all in. It is extremely liberating.

8. I can eat lunch with the Philosopher (and actually have a lunch break.) Most schools provide the teachers with “duty-free” lunch, which means they get to retreat to some quiet corner of the school without their students and enjoy a break and lunch. At the school where I worked, there was no such luxury. Now, I get to take a lunch break each day and eat with my husband. We both have little projects we do during lunch (some days, we rest, though), but having that time to checkout from work for a while is important.

9. I get to arrange my schedule and move it around however I want. This is a big one for me. Some may call it “controlling”, but I call it “organizing” my time. I was always the kid in school that hated working with other people–not because I was shy or introverted, but because I was extremely self-motivated. When I got a project, I developed a plan, followed it through, and got things done to the best of my ability. I am good at managing my time. Of course, as an adult, I have many situations (even working from home) where I need to work with other people and I am now good at that skill, too. However, my favorite is to work alone and get things done!

10. I get to stick to a goal-tasks schedule vs. a traditional schedule. While my hours may often look like a traditional schedule (as in 8-whatever), I am much more interested in identifying tasks I need to accomplish in a day and getting them done no matter what the time looks like. At the moment, I do all writing related work in the morning (some in the afternoon if there is more to do) and in the afternoons, I do my work for a small graphic design company called Maiedae. I am their Chief Editor, Ad Manager, and Support Person. I LOVE what I do with them and it is nice to have another source of income than just writing alone. P.S.–you should all check them out! Those ladies are EXCELLENT graphic designers and their blogs are amazing!

Well, there you have it, folks! Those ten observations are from my day and a half as a from-home-worker. I hope you enjoyed them. If any of you guys work from home, I’d love to hear your observations from your point of view! Perhaps in a few months I’ll do another observations post to see if my opinions have changed at all.

Thanks for stopping by,

The Writer


Editing · Indie · Positivity · Uncategorized

First Day as a Full-time Writer and Editor!

This is the first day of my dream career. It began early: 6:15 AM. My husband, the Philosopher, had to fly out to Dallas this morning and I had to drop him off at his carpool meetup spot. So, without further ado, my schedule on my first day of dream-job work!

6:15 : Woke up and snuggled with the Philosopher until 7:00.

7:00-7:30: Drove the husband to his carpool meetup spot.

7:30-8:00: Drove home and took a walk to wake up. Got dressed.

8:00-8:30: Checked email, wrote out my task goals for the day.

8:30-10:00: wrote 2,000 words on my current manuscript.

10:00-10:15: took a break, saved manuscript, worked on a blogging draft, etc.

10:15-10:40: Cover art work for my novel we are working on getting published.

10:40-10:45: Break

10:45-11:30: Edited a manuscript I will soon be readying for publishing.

11:30-12:00: Reading period (mandatory daily).

12:00-1:10: Lunch Break

1:10-1:35: Editing//Ad Managing work for my other job

1:35-1:40: Break

1:40-2:10: Housework

2:10-3:00: Blogging

3:00-3:15: Finishing up any last detail work for other job

DONE WITH THE WORKDAY!

 WOW. What a blast it has been working from home for the day! Guess what? I get to do it again, and again, and again….SO EXCITING! I was surprised by how well I stayed on track and by how much I got done today. It was terrific. In the future, I’ll have more work for my editing job, so my days might look more like 8-4 or something like that. For now, I’m filling up any extra holes with serious blogging. I hope you all have a terrific rest of the day! Thanks for stopping by! P.S.– I completed ALL of my goal tasks I set for myself today! YIPPEE!

Blessings,

The Writer