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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 technomom.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.amazinglifepress.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 Amazon.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?