When I decided to pursue online freelance work a few years ago, I knew that I really have to work hard on developing my skills and learning new ones. I know that having the right mindset and acquiring the necessary skills will allow me to have a successful freelance career. I am taking part in some online classes and webinars and have been reading books and online articles that will help me to push forward and pursue my goal.
One of the important things that I learned from these classes and webinars is to really take the time to read and research. I have always loved reading since I was little and have actually collected a number of books throughout the years. Unfortunately, I lost all of my books when our house burned down over a year ago.
There was an article that was published at success.com that has inspired me to start collecting books again and to build my own library of books at home. I started saving a portion of my online income and set up what I call my ‘education fund’. I decided that I would go to the bookstore every three months or so and buy the books that I need, specifically books that will help me in my personal development and those related to my online work. Books can be quite expensive especially new ones but there are second-hand/thrift shops that sell pre-owned books that are still in good condition so I decided to buy my books from them. (I have also been surfing online for cool guitar straps because our youngest son is planning to buy a guitar from his earnings from his summer job).
These are just some of the books that I’ve bought so far:
I’ll be going back to the bookstore in a month or so and I can’t wait to add more to my collection.
Let’s face it – we have all been that person, the one who says “it’s okay, I am fine. I will make that doctor’s appointment another day.” There are millions of reasons why we don’t take time to make healthy lifestyle choices. Kids, jobs, cat videos on the Internet – we’re all busy.
But let me ask you this – if it were the health of your child, your parent, or another loved one, would you still procrastinate? Whatever the reason, there’s no excuse for not taking care of yourself just like you would make the time to take care of someone else!
March 22nd is Diabetes Alert Day. No one is excused from prediabetes. 86 million American adults (more than 1 in 3) have prediabetes and are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a serious health condition that can lead to heart attack and stroke. Surprisingly, nearly 90% of those with prediabetes don’t even know that they have it.
But it’s not all bad news. Prediabetes often can be reversed through weight loss, diet changes and increased physical activity. Diagnosis is key: research shows that once people are aware of their condition, they are much more likely to make the necessary lifestyle changes. Education and awareness could mean the difference in so many lives.
Making changes may seem tough. But remember, even a small amount of weight loss (5-7% of your body weight) can reverse pre-diabetes before it develops into type 2 diabetes.
Get at least 2.5 hours (150 minutes) of light aerobic activity every week. This could be as simple as going for a brisk 30-minute walk 5 days per week. Even 10 minutes at a time adds up. Small steps can lead to big changes.
Find simple ways to be more active throughout the day, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking farther away from the entrance of a store front when you hit the shops. Because, hey, whatever will get you moving is a step in the right direction.
At the start of each week, create a schedule of when you’re going to exercise — and make it a priority to stick to it!
We need to communicate a sense of urgency – it’s time to take action and what better day to spread the message than on Diabetes Alert Day! If you know someone who could be at risk, encourage them to visit DoIHavePrediabetes.org for a short online test that will help them learn their risk for prediabetes.
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.
One of the things that I have been praying for these past few months is to have a stable online job. I have actually been working on becoming a Virtual Assistant during the latter part of 2014 but because our house burned down last December, I wasn’t able to pursue it and finish the course that I enrolled in on time.
When we were able to settle down a couple of months since then, I was able to enrol in some classes again and joined some online webinars to refresh my knowledge on being a VA. I have also started applying to some gigs online and although getting a job is not easy especially for a newbie like me, I was very persistent and applied to as many jobs as I can. I have also been praying a lot about it since I really want to have a steady source of income and I have always wanted to have a career as an online freelancer.
There were actually a couple of delays that prevented me to finally apply for an online job, including saving enough funds for a wired internet connection and having a new computer that I can use, but I believe that as long as you work hard and you pray hard, everything will fall into place. I was able to save the funds I need for the installation fee that our internet service provider requires (through the writing gigs that I was able to get) and my brother gave me his laptop. He also gave me his old headset, which I also need for my new online job. Although I may have to save for a new wireless headset, I can still use what he gave me for now.
I am really excited about my new job as a Virtual Assistant and I am blessed to have a great client who is so satisfied with my first week of work that he actually doubled the time he has allotted for me to work each week. I do hope that will continue to work for him for a long time and that I may be able to find other clients so that I can also double my earnings.
This has indeed been a great year despite what happened and all the struggles, and I can’t wait for the coming year. I’m sure that it’ll be a another year full of blessings for the whole family.