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New Ideas

A few months ago I wrote about some new ideas I had, especially during November.  I’m not surprised that nothing came of them.  I have focused on schoolwork, television shows, and books for the last few months so nothing has gotten done business wise.  I now have two weeks left of school so I really should focus on my papers and tests.  Instead I’m reading up on social media tips and wanting to start a hundred different ideas at once.

Yesterday I started moving into my apartment in town and this summer I will be studying Latin for a month, accounting for a month, and public speaking during both those months.  Between school ending in May and starting again in June, I’ll have two weeks in which time I should get a part-time job since my savings is running rather low and I want to jump-start my blogs, starting with my travel blog and the various stores connected, like Cafepress. I’m also looking into starting a freelance writing business.  I joined a group that claimed I could make a few thousand dollars for one page of typing only to find out it is a specialized version of copywriting.  I’ll try it on the side for the summer.  I hope that by the end of the summer I can quit my part-time job to focus on school and my own business projects.  I get enough to cover the basics through the GI Bill but I want money on the side to pay for traveling and create a nice nest egg for after college.

Speaking of college, I think I may be focusing more on being a conservator on digs or in museums rather than a simple historian but I’ve still got a few years to decide and I’m not sure if history will be my career or if I’ll have it as my hobby while my business pays the bills.

To add to my many decisions, I want to try and restart my Etsy business in August between college semesters while I’m traveling to see my family.

So many dreams, so many ideas, and only so much time and motivation. I’ll have to see what actually gets done.  Now I need to get lunch then write a 4-5 page rough draft for English tomorrow and revise an 8-10 page paper for archeology class that is currently only 4 pages long. What fun…

New Direction?

Wow, it’s been about a year since I last posted here.  I’m sorry about that, my life has been through so many changes in a year that I haven’t kept up.  (Translation: I’ve had a lot of excuses to procrastinate and have taken them so I haven’t touched my business in a long time.)  As the new year began I started the paperwork to get out of the Navy.  In May I put my stuff in storage and checked out of the Navy before moving in with my oldest sister in  Wisconsin.  After a month I moved into a small apartment behind her husband’s office and said I was going to focus on my blogs and crafts with fewer distractions.  I also said I’d sort through the stuff I had left at my parent’s place, which was now in storage nearby.  I had planned to go to Europe over the summer but waited until the summer to get my passport.  In the beginning of July I realized I was spending all my time with my kindle or catching up on old television shows.  I would get as little done traveling as I was getting done in my apartment only I’d have more pictures to show for it.  So I buckled down and went from my college orientation day in mid-July to Chicago to NYC to Washington DC, returning at the beginning of August.  In that time I got a few blogs up, but not the daily ones I had planned.  Lots of pictures, very little actual work done.  August was spent trying to finish my craft projects and organizing my things (translation: more reading and television with some craft work and moving much of my stuff from cardboard boxes to one or two fewer plastic boxes).  School started and my time has disappeared (translation: more television and books with homework getting done barely on time and usually late at night when I finally see the clock).

This month is National Novel Writing Month, which is basically an idea some writer came up with and built a website around where authors are encouraged to try and write 50,000 words in one month with well known writers encouraging new authors .  It’s a good idea but it means almost 1500 words a day to reach the goal.  I told myself that starting Friday I would start my fiction blog this past weekend.  I spent all Friday (after classes) doing final worldbuilding.  By the time I got to bed, I was too worn out to write and told myself I’d finish the next day and write 3000 words.  Yeah, I picked up a book and three or four books later it was late Sunday night and I had homework to do.  Not surprising, this post is my first computer written words all month.  I still plan to get my story started, it’s just intimidating therefore I’m procrastinating.

My newest English assignment is a group project.  (In case you’re interesting, I have been posting my English assignments online on Lilbsworks.com but they are a few pages long.)  We decided to write about options other high school graduates have besides going straight to college.  (It started out as a question of if everyone needs college, but we couldn’t find enough examples of people who got really rich without any degrees.)  I read about a few interesting people (such as a few places claiming the Rich Dad, Poor Dad guy doesn’t even practice what he preaches and there was no real “rich dad”, just a lot of fictional anecdotes for educational purposes).  Among the pile of articles I found was this one:  http://www.blogandrew.com/100-succeed-without-college/ .  I may be in college right now but I’m not sure I want to work in the Greek and Roman culture for the rest of my life.  I’m kind of at the point of “I’ve learned about these guys for so long, I just want something new” place in my life.  Reaching it my freshman year in college does not bode well with my future happiness.  It almost feels like I’m trying to force myself in a round peg when I’m a large oval.  The fit isn’t painful, just definitely not perfect.  So what is my perfect fit?  Where do I really want to be in ten years?  My dream is to be in an apartment overlooking a gorgeous beach where I can write, read, craft, or travel on my whim with no worries as to money.  The question is, how do I get there?  Is that my weekends while I spend 9-5 plus a day at a museum or do I have a freelance job that I can do just as easily from my sister’s couch as from a hostel in Greece or a five star hotel in Paris?  The museum job is starting to sound rather claustrophobic, especially if it is based around Greek or Roman life.  The question is: what life do I want the most and how do I get it?  How do I motivate myself when all I want to do is procrastinate and watch television or read?  Hopefully the previous website will help me figure out my life and motivate myself to something.

Well this is almost 900 words and I’ve procrastinated from homework long enough so I’ll bid you goodnight and try to keep you informed on my future.

All Work…

Wow, this is kinda sad.  It’s been months since I’ve updated this blog or most of my other blogs.  I have managed to be slightly more active on my travel blog but not much.  Okay, I’m out of the Navy, which means I have no 8 or 9 hour a day job yet get paid for three more months (thank you, God, for terminal leave).  I have no major excuse for not doing my blogs.  Hopefully I can get at least 20 “billable” hours a week on my business.  By billable I mean that obviously I can’t bill myself, nor do I have the income to pay myself anything.  However, I will keep track of my time spent on purely business things, such as creating blog posts, creating my business plans and marketing strategies, and writing articles.  Sounds good, sounds easy, right?  Yeah, it is now 5:31 pm and I have barely 3 billable hours today.  My huge project to get done today is a travel post finishing up a day trip I took two months ago (roughly).  I’ve had it halfway ready to post for about two weeks now.  Yeah, I’m maybe halfway done and really restless.  I knew traveling alone would be hard since I don’t have many people here who would like to see me (the one person who says they want to get together with me is near impossible to pin down) but I thought it would be fun.  It is rather fun to be here but I need roots.  I’ve been traveling of sorts since the beginning of this month.  (It seems long but I’m including the stress of two moving days plus nearly a full week spent cleaning my house, packing my bags for the plane and throwing out what didn’t fit, then the poorly planed plane trip and figuring out my place and the rules of a place I only stayed for a week.)  For someone who doesn’t like uncertainty, it has been an annoying month.  Okay, I rambling and procrastinating my blog post so I need to go.  I hoped to get 8 hours of work in today (Monday) and 4 the next 2 days (Tuesday and Wednesday).  That would give me 16 hours before traveling on Thursday and settling into “my” new place Friday and Saturday.  4 hours of work over 2 days shouldn’t be too hard.  We’ll see how this works as my 8 hours of work has so far been about 3 and a half.  I need to find some way to work and play because the stress of not getting my work done means I can’t enjoy my “play”/procrastinating.  That’s all for now, I’ll see you again soon (I hope).