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What I’ve Been Up To

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Blogging, General | Posted on 03-10-2017

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Lots of knit­ting. Lots and lots of knit­ting. (If you’re on Rav­el­ry, you can see my fin­ished projects.) My hands ache from the knit­ting, par­tic­u­lar­ly the left, because I knit Con­ti­nen­tal. I think I may have to learn to knit Eng­lish just to swap off on occa­sion.

We’ve been going out to hear more live music — three house con­certs this fall. I love me some house con­certs! In fact, I need to write some music reviews. I’m also in a cou­ple of RPGs each week, one Dres­den Files and anoth­er 5th edi­tion D&D. And I’ve been doing a lit­tle con­sult­ing on the side.

I haven’t found any­thing I’ve enjoyed read­ing enough to write about recent­ly. That takes love for the sub­ject mat­ter. I am still read­ing (it’s like breath­ing for me), there are just more arti­cles, and lis­ten­ing to more pod­casts and few­er books. I’m miss­ing the fic­tion I usu­al­ly con­sume, but I’m sure I’ll be back to it soon enough.

The need to re-do my web sites is present again. Know any­one who does good cus­tom Word­Press themes?

I’ve been look back on my web con­tent, want­i­ng to update it. Much of it was writ­ten when I wasn’t work­ing. I mean, I had plen­ty of work to do, because I was a SAHM to three kids and we enter­tained fre­quent­ly. But I wasn’t work­ing for any­one out­side the fam­i­ly. I love work­ing, but it takes up most of my ener­gy, so I just don’t have it to put into the web any­more. I don’t want to give up the site, though — there’s a lot of his­to­ry in tech​nomom​.com, going all the way back to 1995.

Break the Cycle of Failed New Year’s Resolutions with New Book, Achieve Anything in Just One Year

Posted by Cyn | Posted in General | Posted on 21-12-2009

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This is a spon­sored guest post writ­ten by Jason Har­vey on behalf of Achieve Any­thing In Just One Year. Post pow­ered by Spon­zai.

On Jan­u­ary 1, more than 100 mil­lion Amer­i­cans will make a New Year’s res­o­lu­tion, accord­ing to a Uni­ver­si­ty of Wash­ing­ton sur­vey. By March, how­ev­er, most res­o­lu­tion-mak­ers will already have bro­ken their new­ly mint­ed promis­es. 

In his new book, Achieve Any­thing in Just One Year: Be Inspired Dai­ly to Live Your Dreams and Accom­plish Your Goals (Amaz­ing Life Press, $29.95, http://​www​.amaz​inglife​press​.com/), Jason Har­vey pro­vides a blue­print for per­son­al suc­cess that can make 2010 the year that res­o­lu­tions become real­i­ty. 

Most res­o­lu­tions fail because peo­ple try to change too fast and accom­plish too much all at once,” said Har­vey, a Cer­ti­fied Life Coach. “My book is about learn­ing how to make small dai­ly changes and be your own per­son­al life coach.”

The most com­mon res­o­lu­tions — to quit smok­ing, lose weight, exer­cise more, spend more qual­i­ty time with fam­i­ly, etc. — are also the eas­i­est to break. “The truth is, we set our­selves up to fail by mak­ing res­o­lu­tions that are sweep­ing and unre­al­is­tic,” explained Har­vey. 

The result­ing cycle of mak­ing and break­ing promis­es is self-defeat­ing — so how can indi­vid­u­als make res­o­lu­tions stick? Achieve Any­thing in Just One Year equips read­ers with the tools to: 

  • Be tru­ly com­mit­ted.Don’t just go through the motions — act like you’re mak­ing a promise to your com­pa­ny, or to your best friend. 
  • Be spe­cif­ic. A res­o­lu­tion like “I want to lose weight” is eas­i­er to ignore than “I want to lose five pounds by March.” 
  • Set a dead­line. A time­frame equals com­mit­ment and helps quan­ti­fy suc­cess. 
  • Avoid over­whelm­ing your­self. You may want to lose weight, quit smok­ing, achieve mod­er­a­tion with mar­ti­nis and cut up your cred­it cards all at once, but let’s get real. Focus on a lim­it­ed set of goals and plan on tak­ing stock mid-year. 
  • Change one thing at a time. Rec­og­nize that change is hard. Wait to achieve one goal before start­ing on the next. 
  • Be real­is­tic. Tak­ing charge of a fit­ness reg­i­men is a real­is­tic goal, while exer­cis­ing sev­en days a week may not be. Don’t set your­self up for dis­ap­point­ment with lofty goals. 

The idea is to take dai­ly action that cre­ates a rip­ple effect in your life,” said Har­vey. “By trans­form­ing your life with small steps, you can stay moti­vat­ed, focused and bal­anced. Best of all, you’ll feel hap­pi­er about pur­su­ing your per­son­al suc­cess.” 

Achieve Any­thing in Just One Year is avail­able to BUY NOW at Ama​zon​.com.

Online Job Hunt — Heard of this place?

Posted by Cyn | Posted in General | Posted on 04-04-2009

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Yes, yes – I promise this is the last post for now. Prob­a­bly for the week­end, but at least for a few hours!

I con­tin­ue to hope to find some kind of work that I can do from home despite my unco­op­er­a­tive body. Of course, most list­ings for “work at home” and “telecom­mute” jobs are com­plete rip-offs. I don’t real­ly have the ener­gy to go the full self-employ­ment route, which involves doing all the mar­ket­ing and billing and col­lec­tions and such (if you do, check out Noël Figart’s very cool series of ongo­ing posts, How to Make a Liv­ing From Home: A Free Course). More pre­cise­ly, if I do all that stuff, I wor­ry that I won’t have any ener­gy left to do the actu­al income-gen­er­at­ing tasks.

I don’t remem­ber how, pre­cise­ly, but I ran across Vir­tu­al Voca­tions a while back, and have looked around the site a few times. I’ve yet to actu­al­ly pony up the fee to get access to the con­tact infor­ma­tion for the job list­ings, but the fact that they allow any­body to see the rest of the list­ings with­out pay­ing is pret­ty nice.

The only gen­uine­ly-neg­a­tive thing I’ve come across about them any­where is a per­son who claimed that they con­tact Craigslist posters who have stat­ed that they do NOT want to be con­tact­ed by third par­ties. I don’t like that at all, but it isn’t quite a killing blow. The only “it’s a ripoff” com­plaints I’ve seen are anony­mous com­ments left on any blog that posts a VV review. I give those all the seri­ous­ness of the commenter’s will­ing­ness to back up his words – mean­ing none.

BUT – peo­ple I actu­al­ly know are more cred­i­ble. So have any of you used the site, or do you know some­one who has? What do you think of them?