Tomorrow is the first day of March, and if you’ve been following along, (you have been following along, haven’t you??) you’ll know that this year I’m gifting myself twelve good habits. In January, I gifted my family a healthy eating habit. In February, I gifted us organization. (And I tackled one closet and the junk drawer. The second closet is still a project!) For March, I’m gifting all of us the good habit of happiness.
Happiness? A habit? Isn’t it just something you feel? Yes. And no.
We are inundated with a lot of negativity in our daily lives. The news wants you to see what went wrong. Because that makes for good ratings. What are social media posts filled with? Bitching. Complaining. Pointing out everything that’s wrong with our lives.
Look. I understand that there are a lot of “not great” things happening in the world on a daily basis. And quite frankly, I’m tired of it. And I’m tired of it affecting how I feel each day. You really have to put in the effort to be happy each day. You have to make the conscious choice of happiness. And to share happiness with others.
I will not let anger consume me. I do not invite negativity into my life.
I say that to myself in the mornings. I don’t watch the news when I wake up or go to sleep. I avoid certain friends’ postings on Facebook because I’m not going to allow myself to be part of their anger. I focus myself toward the positive. Because that’s where I want to be. That’s where I see myself.
So, for March, I am going to post 31 happy posts on our Facebook page each day. Maybe more. Maybe I’ll share a link to something positive. Maybe I’ll post a joke. A silly picture. Kittens and Puppies. People doing good things. Whatever it is, it will be positive. I hope it will make you happy. Stop by each day and make it a habit to find some happiness. I’m going to use the hashtag #behappy in each post so you can find them easily.
Share some happiness with others. Post on our Facebook page some fun, good, silly, happy, positive things that we can all enjoy and focus on.
It's Sunday. What are you doing? Well, it isn't really Sunday, but this is something that I (Frankie) find very interesting. I love to know how people spend their weekends, or days off work. I'm all over the place with my weekends, but it hasn't always been that way.
Before I started this work from home thing I had a pretty strict routine for my weekends, or days off work. My days off weren't' always Saturday and Sunday. So, whatever day my first day off fell on was cleaning, laundry, shopping, fun day. I would get up early and get the house cleaned, the laundry done, doing the grocery shopping for the week, and then spend the rest of the day going somewhere, visiting family, or just doing something. My second day off was a rest day. I would do as little as I could possibly get away with because I knew the next day started my work week and I wouldn't get a chance to rest for another whole week.
Since I've started working from home that's changed quite a bit. Lots of times I'm doing at least a little work even on my days off. Saturdays are usually spent going to visit my kids and grand ones. Saturdays are awesome and I love them. Sundays have become cleaning, laundry, shopping, and even work days. I spend lots of my Sundays lately trying to catch up on work that I didn't get done the previous week. That sucks. I'm trying to fix this because I really do need my rest day, but I've sort of gotten into this groove and I don't know how to get out of it.
This past weekend was a little different. We visited with family on Friday night. We did shopping and cleaning on Saturday and went to visit more family on Sunday. But, I still did some work Saturday and I came home Sunday night and tried to catch up on posts that I hadn't quite finished for Coffee Talk Consulting. It's not good people. It's got to change.
I'm trying to get my old groove back. My husband hates shopping on Saturday, but I think if we go early enough he may not mind it so bad. Or, maybe I can talk him into going on Friday night and really get it out of the way. Then, Saturday can be spent cleaning the house, doing laundry and having fun. I can get household chores done really early and have plenty of time for visiting with family and other fun stuff. Then, Sunday can go back to being a day of relaxing. Maybe just sitting on the couch all day and binging on Netflix or movies; just chilling.
Oh, but wait! I forgot about work. When am I going to get all the stuff done that I didn’t get done the previous week? I know! I'll either take a few extra minutes during the week to get it done, maybe not play Mahjong until I get those things done, or they will just have to wait until Monday morning. I've got to take my days off back. Rest days, days that you don't even think about work, are necessary and good for the mind and the soul.
How about you? How do you spend your days off? We'd love to hear from you, so comment below and let us know.
I’m sure I’ve mentioned in other blogs that I (Andrea) do a lot of interviewing for one of my YGF clients. And I mean a lot. A few months ago I interviewed 49 potential candidates for a writer/editor position. (And that wasn’t even all of the applicants!) The most interesting thing I found in doing these interviews (along with all the others I’ve done over the past couple of years) is that people really have no idea what they’re worth.
So many of these candidates either were overvaluing themselves or completely undervaluing themselves. The average candidate was offering a 500 word blog for $50. Some were $5-$10 above or below that. But generally $50. Okay, great. We have our baseline.
But then, there are the people that are so far out there you just can’t help but wonder what they’re thinking about. On the very low end, someone offered up $6 for that 500 word blog. SIX DOLLARS. Now, I don’t know how long Frankie takes to write her blogs, but for me, it could take an hour or 90 minutes, depending on how my brain is working. That means I’m making $3-$6 per hour. Heck, I could go flip burgers or work at my local grocery store for $10! That candidate had no idea what she was getting herself into.
If you want to do a job, learn how to do it, know how long it takes to do it, and then price yourself accordingly.
On the high end, there was the person who said she charged $800 for a 500 word blog. EIGHT HUNDRED DOLLARS. Let me tell you, if I could get pay $800 for writing one short blog, I’d do it in a heartbeat. And so would everyone I know. Because now my 60-90 minute blog means I’m making $400-$800 per hour. Woo hoo! This person completely overvalued herself because she didn’t understand her market and her potential employer.
Do your research.
Let’s say you wanted to be a blogger, and you saw that a writing company was hiring. You need to analyze two things before applying and offering a price.
When you sell a product, it’s a bit easier to figure out its value based on the cost of the tangible items you are using along with the time it takes to make the product. But when you’re just selling yourself, you need to be keenly aware of your value.
Too little, and you won’t be taken seriously or you’ll be taken advantage. Too much, and you won’t be taken seriously.
Struggling with how to price yourself? We’d love to hear your comments.
Yep, that's me. I (Frankie) sometimes am just too lazy to write a blog post. We're getting really personal here because, honestly, I'm ashamed of this fact. It only takes a few minutes of my day and it's the least I can do to help Coffee Talk Consulting grow, but there it is. Sometimes I'm just too damn lazy to put my fingers on the keyboard and type a blog.
I've been thinking about this a lot lately because it really does bother me. I work from home and I could say that I don't have time to write all these blogs, but that would be a big old crock full. I've got time to take a few minutes to play Mahjong (everyone needs a break during the day so don't judge me), but I don't have time to take a few minutes to write a blog for MY business? That's sad. I have time. I just don't do it. But, I think I've finally figured out why.
I'm not really a lazy person at all, but when I get bored with something, feel like what I'm doing isn't making a difference, or just simply run out of ideas, that's when I get lazy. That’s when I start to put things off 'til "tomorrow" and that's when things either don't get done at all or I'm scrambling to get it done before my deadline is up.
I feel like my biggest issue right now with the blog thing is coming up with ideas that I think you guys would be interested in. I'm never really sure which posts you like, and which posts you don't. So, get your thinking caps on, put your fingers on the keyboard, and get in that comment box and give me some topics that you'd like to hear more about.
One, two, three…Go!
What are you doing here? Seriously. It’s beautiful outside this week. Simply gorgeous. So why are you here, reading this blog post? (Unless you’re reading it on your phone while you sit in some sunshine at the park.)
Get Outta Here!
It’s February and it has been in the 50s+ all week. For Michigan, that’s shorts weather. So why are you sitting inside? Soak up the sun. Breathe in some fresh air. Open the windows in your house.
Get Outta Here!
I (Andrea) am getting outta here today with my hubby (he’s on vacation). So why do I want to sit at a stuffy old desk when I can enjoy blue sky and sunny weather?
Get Outta Here!
(Oh, if if that doesn’t spark you - today is also National Margarita Day!)
Get Outta Here!
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.