Sunday, July 15, 2012

Now for an update...

It's been an up and down ride lately. I've gotten a few more rejections on job applications which brought me down. Then I got some good news. I submitted an article on which was accepted for sale. My first submission and it was accepted....YIPPEE!!!! As you can tell, I'm just a bit excited.
I also submitted an article to an online publication for my first draft today. If it gets accepted, then I'll release the name of it. I hope it does. I have a few other irons in the fire too. Hopefully something will pan out.
Had a decent day today with the weather. We got to see sunshine for the first time in a week. I didn't know quite what to do with that. I start a week of appointments this week. It's going to be busy. I'll post as I can.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

So excited.....

I am SO excited with this:

Hi Jennifer!

Your article "Advocacy for the Average Person" has been Approved

Thank you for submitting your article to After careful consideration your submission has been approved and it is now listed for sale.

I'm still surprised.  It makes me feel so thrilled to have something like this. Couldn't have happened at a better time.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Link to WordPress blog

My battle
This is the link to my WordPress blog.

Day after day of rain....

I know we need the rain here in Texas, but after a few days of it...I get a little stir crazy. I have been watching it rain every day for the last four days. The upside to that is the cooler temperatures. It's been nice not to have the +100 degree weather for a few days. I know it will be back.
As for other things, I'm getting an opportunity to pitch some article ideas to an online magazine as well as some blog ideas to a nonprofit online. Hopefully, both companies will like my writing and it will be the beginning of my online career. Not that I've given up on my books. I'm working on my children's book and building the characters and plot for my suspense novel. Between all these, I'm working on three of my own blogs. I have this one and I have two on Wordpress, a personal one and one dedicated to chronic illnesses. I intend to build on that one.
I'm excited about these opportunities, but I'm also nervous. I guess I'm just feeling the usual self doubt that I know I'm notorious for. I know I need to believe in myself. I have experience with writing and I definitely enjoy doing it. I just never thought about trying to make any money with it. It always seemed like a hobby instead of a vocation. We'll just have to see what happens. I'll post more as I find out....

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Totally frustrating...

   I feel like I'm spending more and more time on the computer lately. I am constantly looking for work and not having much success. It seems like companies are looking for more education and experience than the low pay that they offer for mid career, non-managerial positions. I have years of data entry experience but without all the current software, database and web skills, I'm totally had. Not sure what to make out of this situation.
   I am trying to build my online reputation and presence, hoping that I can land some freelance work. I would love to be able to do that. But even with all the jobs being advertised for freelance or work at home, most of them are scams of one sort or another. One example is a company that tries to bring you in as a "customer service person" with no sales. When you dig deeper, it turns out to be a company that sells multiple products to it's members. The job they are trying to fill is someone to take orders for memberships over the phone.   They also expect you to pay for a membership to work for them. They also work under multiple names, listings, and phone numbers. That way, you can apply for them many times without realizing it's the same company unless you REALLY study the information provided. I can sum this up in one word...SCAM!!!
   At this point, I'm not sure what I'm going to do. Have to find something soon.But it's hard for me to work crazy hours with my daughter needing so much of my time. I also have my own appointments to manage. I guess I'll figure out something. This is the time when I wish my brain would function faster and more logically so I could come up with something. Until I do, I guess it's more time on the computer.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Wow, she's growing up...

I just sat here and helped my daughter apply for her first job. She applied online with Dominos Pizza and with Kroger. It's hard to believe that she's old enough to be looking. She's also been doing work with a local preschool program. She's definitely made some vast jumps in maturity this year.
She's now had a boyfriend, a breakup, a volunteer job, a new church and youth group and many other firsts this year. It's been a crazy ride.
Now we're just waiting for the school year to start. She'll be a junior this year. Hard to believe. It seems like it's going by too fast. We're already looking at colleges and coursework. We're also choosing her class ring. I'm proud of her, but I'm not ready to face the facts that she's almost an adult. Where did the time go?

Monday, July 2, 2012

Just taking a minute to check in...

Today is a bit of a rough day. There seems to be a lot of high stress situations occurring at once. Not going to get into too many details about it today (protecting the privacy of those involved). Just trying to cope with the constant bombardment of stress from every direction.