Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Challenges of Being Self-Employed

I have now been self-employed for two and a half years. It is exhilarating but frightening. I could have the moon, but I could also lose everything. How much do I have to try to do to make ends meet and get ahead? But how much do I do before I get overwhelmed. These are just some of the questions. I am still searching for the answers.

I became self employed two and a half years ago when a company hired me as an independent contractor. They offered me enough work for full-time work. And it was full time. That year I made more money than ever before and I was travelling to interesting places. It was a great life. And then the second year, it crashed. I am still working for the company, but the assignments have trickled down to equal about quarter-time work. Cannot live on that.

So, this second and third year, I am still working for that company, while adding on other work. I am still not making enough money, but the signs are hopeful that things will improve. One of my biggest challenges is keeping an eye on my calendar. I have so many things on there, it is easy to overlook something, and that could be the death knell for me.

I will be chronicling the ups and downs of the self employed world. Stay tuned and add your comments!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Why Can't I Keep My House Clean?

I live in a small two-bedroom condo. Why can't I keep it clean? Well, to be honest, I used to be able to keep it clean. But then I went to law school. Then I studied for the bar exam. Then I had some difficult family situations. And now I am trying to build my business and not go broke. I guess I just haven't gotten into the swing of things. But I really need to before I go crazy.

I was talking to a friend of mine in North Carolina over the weekend, and she mentioned
the other woman in raleigh nc. I said, huh? She said the other woman in raleigh, nc. Turns out it is a cleaning service, lol. Right now, I could use the other woman. What about you?

Free Cable Weekend

I had to cancel my premium channels to save money. That made me sad, as I love HBO and Showtime particularly. I am fans of Bill Maher, Girls, Homeland Security, etc. This weekend they offered a free premium weekend, but I didn't really pay attention to it until today. I wish I had noticed it Friday, as I could have watched The Game of Thrones marathon all weekend. I started watching season 4 today, but I was lost, because I didn't know the backstories. Tonight watching HBO, I noticed they have a couple of new sex type shows. Randy! But a little silly. Like who is really watching this stuff???

Thursday, November 27, 2014

I Need To Start Dancing Again

There was a time in my life when I took dance lessons. But I never took them long enough to get really good. I would go to these dance studios with friends for a free night here and there, and then I remember signing up for a three-lesson package or some such. But it was never enough to get good.

Before I went to Argentina in the late 90s, I did take some tango lessons, but again not enough to be good once I got there. I remember another student in the class told me she had taken some
salsa dance lessons in los angeles and that she had really enjoyed it. I may look into some salsa lessons as well. Anyway, I kind of miss the activity and meeting people through the lessons.

I Love the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

Another Thanksgiving and another Macy's Parade. I really, really love it. Seems like it is just part of the Thanksgiving tradition. I like to watch the marching bands in particular and marvel at how the flag corps members never seem to mess up (since messing up wa a regular part of our flag routines in college, it seemed). Anyway, maybe there are thing we can't see! The TV cameras can only pick up so much, to be honest. I have always wanted to go to NYC for the parade. Maybe at some point I will. Seems like that would be a fabulous thing to do and a new tradition for Thanksgiving as well!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I Don't Really Get Karaoke

I have to admit that I have never really "gotten" karaoke. Like, why do people do it? I can see at a party if you are just goofing around, but I am not sure why people do it in a restaurant. Are they trying to get discovered? I am  just not sure. I would think if they are just out for a fun time, they would do something else. But to stand up and sing in front of a bunch of strangers? Why?

I was out of town for work recently and stopped to eat at a TGI Fridays and it was late at night, and the only place I could sit is at the bar. They had a professional karaoke system set up in there, and the same two people kept getting up and singing. It was very annoying. Again, my only question is why?

New TV Season!

I know now-a-days, television shows start at different times of the year. But there still seems to be a fall TV season, when a majority of new TV shows start. The two that I am watching now are The Walking Dead and American Horror Story--Freak Show. I see a trend here! I do enjoy different kinds of shows, but I have a special interest in horror and weird. Both of those shows definitely fit into horror and weird. This is only the second week of Freak Show, but it seems to be pretty good. (I really liked Asylum from a couple of years ago). Maybe it plays into my sense of curiosity or voyeurism? Anyway, it is good. And the actors in both shows are superb.