Sunday, February 22, 2009

Pretty good year so far...

Recently I wrote about some things not working out for us. More it was some plans that had to be put on hold.

I felt like we really had no place to complain, because some crazy-good things have happened for us recently.

Going chronologically: First, I got a freelance job! The pay isn't huge, but I'm ok with that. I write for a green website called Feel free to check it out, and please share ideas for posts with me!

I was nervous about getting into the whole freelance writing arena. My experiences with my last employer -- a start-up website -- were kind of scary, and I was worried about encountering similar issues.

So far, this experience has been the complete opposite. The owners are very encouraging and open to suggestions. I also like learning about new things, and having something different to talk about with people.

The timing of the writing has been good, because our rent went up this year and my pay easily covers the increase. We don't have to make any changes, and I feel like I'm being more helpful with the expenses.

Secondly, my craigslist clothing sales hit a pretty good patch there for a few weeks. I still have a good amount of clothing left, but I'm guessing that it's at about 40 percent of what I started with. That's even with my mother sending me shipments of her castoffs! And, one of my most recent customers bought mainly my creations.

Now to the biggest news -- I won a big contest!! BIG! Do you remember the youtube money saving idea video we put up in November? I'm one of the winners!!! We won a $6,000 WalMart gift card!! For us, that is just like cash.

We got the card on Little Elvis' birthday, and immediately headed out to spend some of our dough on a brand new laptop! Dude, we got a Dell, and so far, it's been great.

But that's why some of my posts have been sporadic. My old computer is not quite dead, but it's very close. Bob tried to transfer all the files to the new computer, but had issues since my old one wouldn't stop dying. It was frustrating. He got most of the stuff over, and we're just going to give the old computer a few days to rest before attempting another transfer.

So, all in all, we've been having a pretty good year.


Blogger MoziEsm√© said...

Wow - way to go! That WalMart card sounds awesome!

6:03 PM  
Blogger LaskiGal said...

Woo hoo for Walmart! Woo hoo for the writing gig! Woo hoo for the sales!!

WOW. You have had a bit of awesome things happening. And you know what . . . NONE of it was luck. It was all hard work!

I am freelancing myself. I did it before I started teaching and am back at it again. It is steady work (even if the pay is worse than peanuts) so I can't complain.

Good luck with it all (including that Dell! DUDE!!!)

9:09 PM  
Anonymous Laura McIntyre said...

Yah on the gift card , can only
imagine the fun things you can buy with it. I just love Wal Mart we don't really have anything as good as it here.

Im so behind on all my blog reading/commenting but Happy Belated Birthday to your boy . How are you enjoying having a 2 year old?

9:03 AM  
Blogger Kristi said...

Wow! Fantastic news for you. I'm really happy for you.

9:32 AM  
Blogger mpotter said...

woo-hoo!! what a great year. i'm sure it's only gonna get better!


11:10 AM  
Blogger MIP said...

Wow, that's a pretty awesome win! Looks like you have had some pretty good times to balance out the not so great:)

5:12 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Congrats on the new job - sounds great - and congrats on the win...WOW!

6:28 AM  
Blogger Ann(ie) said...

WOW!!!! Such great news. That walmart give card is too cool!!!

10:28 PM  

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