Tell ’em that’s it’s my birthday

I have this whole week off from work for my birthday. I went to the sauna today. I wore my mask the whole time in the sauna. LOL. It was so relaxing. It’s the only time I haven’t felt tense. My shoulders were relaxed, which never happens. They are still a little relaxed.

If I liked leaving the house regularly, I would go to the sauna once a week. But I don’t like leaving my house that much! LOL.

My birthday was good. I took the full day off. I binge-watched Curb Your Enthusiasm. I love that show!  My mom bought me a tarot deck I really wanted. My sister gave me an Amazon gift card. I used it to buy a frying pan. How boring, right? But I needed one.

I bought myself a ton of shit because I’m a Taurus and we are fucking indulgent. I bought myself a Fitbit, which I think I already mentioned. I had a 30-minute astrology reading. I bought myself a laptop bed desk – FINALLY. I’ve been doing my VA work mostly laying down and, it’s not comfortable. No shit. I think I will get work done faster.

Here it is:

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It has an iPad stand and a cell phone place. It’s coming on Friday. I cannot wait. I’m so sick of working this way. I hope it comes early Friday morning. LOL.

I’m still overwhelmed with work. I’m working on things to make things better. How vague. I will reveal everything if stuff works out. I’m working tonight as soon as I finish this post. I’m trying to put myself in a position to be able to leave my job by December 2020. That’s the plan.

What is there to say about election 2020? I’m so happy all Virginians can vote by absentee ballot. I’m still not sold on Biden, but I’m not saying I’m not voting for him. I haven’t decided. I don’t have a prediction. I used to think Trump would win for sure, but then COVID-19 happened. So…I dunno.

I don’t have strong feelings for Biden’s VP. Stacey Abrams really wants it. Since Biden is probably going to be a one-term president IF he wins, the VP choice is kind of important. I don’t want him to take anyone from the Senate because we need them in the Senate. I like Abrams, but I haven’t read EVERYTHING about her, so I can’t say I support her. I like her.  I like what I know about her. LOL. And she’s not in the Senate. I don’t think she will be Biden’s pick. I’m sure she’s on the shortlist.

Just don’t choose Amy FUCKING Kloubacher. Thanks! 🙂

This week I…

Music of the week: Ludacris, Solange, Bethel Music, David Crowder Band, Ellie Goulding, Hillsong United, Rachel Platten, Stacie Orrico

TV of the week:  Survivor, The Last Dance

Podcasts of the week:  Dateline, So You Wanna Be a Witch, Truth & Justice, Undisclosed, Fresh Air

Books of the week:

I haven’t felt like reading much this week. I did go back to reading a bit of Freeing Yourself from Anxiety: 4 Simple Steps to Overcome Worry and Create the Life You Want by Dr. Tamar Chansky

Weekend Plans: Working. I hope to make it to the park one day this week. We are getting rain from Arthur. My dog would LOVE to go to the park. Me too. 😉 I haven’t worked much today, so I’m going to work for about 2 hours before I relax.

Thanks for reading! Have a great week. :

 

 

Fetch the Bolt Cutters

I’m working way too much. I don’t care what my therapist says. Back to that in a second. Some nights I am so worried about work, I can’t sleep. I can’t stop thinking of all I have to do. I was so burned out Thursday night that I could not work after my full-time job.

My therapist knows nothing about being a virtual assistant which is frustrating because that is my life right now. I have to explain every little thing to her. She thinks there is a light at the end of the tunnel. NO THERE’S NOT because I can’t hire people because I’m not making enough.

Well, I did hire one person. She is only working for me four hours a week. J lives in the Philippines. I’m paying her $8.00 per hour. An American would want at least $15 per hour for this work. I would be losing money or breaking even if I hired an American at the number of hours I wanted. Most pros would want more. Anyhow, I will have more work in June IF I CAN SURVIVE MAY, so I will probably ask J to work six hours a week.

My birthday is Saturday (May 16)! I’m not working on Saturday. NO MATTER WHAT. I’m off all week from my full-time job. I’m yelling a lot in this entry because I’m frustrated. Working 24/7 and barely sleeping isn’t healthy. I’m also taking Wednesday off that week off. Yay!

I just have to survive this upcoming week of working full-time and doing VA work. I worked all day yesterday. I’m taking about four hours off today. Then I’m working all evening.

I don’t have much to talk about again. I’m FRUSTRATED and sometimes resentful because I feel like my clients are expecting too much. But I’m going to see what happens when I’m not working my full-time job. If I can’t get caught up then, then it isn’t possible. 😦

This week I…

Music of the week: Fiona Apple, JoJo, India.Arie, The Highwomen, Alanis Morissette, Ariana Grande, Lennon Stella, Lindsay Lohan

TV of the week:  Survivor, The Last Dance

Podcasts of the week:  Dateline, So You Wanna Be a Witch, The Forgotten West Memphis 3, Serial

Books of the week:

From now on, I’m only going to be able to listen to audiobooks. No time to read a book. I can listen to podcasts, music, and books while working. (Most of the time)

Weekend Plans: Is there anything to do besides work?

Thanks for reading! Have a great week. 🙂

Hate it or love it

12 days until my birthday. 12 days until I get a day off. I have been working seven days a week. I’m making myself take breaks today. I did yoga outside this morning, and I’m blogging now. And I’m planning on taking Wednesday evenings off every week this month. That will be tough because clients expect you to work every day.

I got my “stimulus” check. Better late than never. I know some people still haven’t gotten theirs. But it seems like most people have gotten theirs…except poor Puerto Rico. 😦

I don’t even know what to blog about. I’m exhausted. I’ve just been working. Oh, I ordered myself a Fitbit for my birthday. I also bought my mom one for mother’s day. Fitbit had a sale. Last year I said I was going to replace my old Fitbit by May this year, and I didn’t think I would be able to, but now I’m making extra money and I’m getting a nice bonus from work in two weeks! 🙂

For my bday, it looks like I won’t be able to do much. If the sauna is open, I’m going. They are closed right now, but lots of stores are open. The sauna didn’t close until the last minute, so I think they are ready to open.

Election 2020: I’ve always said I would be extremely uncomfortable with Biden touching me like he touches women. But do I 100% believe Tara? Uh, no. But unlike Democrats, I don’t 100% think she’s lying either. I believe it could be true. But I’m also surprised other stories haven’t come out. Biden’s done a lot of bad policy things. That’s enough reason not to support him. Anyway, it’s extremely hard to PROVE a sexual assault.

I have to go walk my dog. Not much to talk about right now. I’m just counting down the days until I get time off.

This week I…

Music of the week: JoJo, Ariana Grande, Pistol Annies, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Demi Lovato, Jessica Simpson

TV of the week:  Housewives shows. 🙂 

Podcasts of the week:  Dateline, So You Wanna Be a Witch, The Forgotten West Memphis 3

Books of the week:

Weekend Plans: Well, today is Sunday. WORK. I need to work as much as possible, so I can take Wednesday off. Watch a client asks for something or wants a meeting on Wednesday.

Thanks for reading! Have a great week.

My Way Home

Sigh. The good news is that I was off for four days straight! I woke up at 10:19 AM on Saturday!! OMG. That was not planned. What if I had a meeting with a client? I’m kind of working with two clients. I’m definitely working with C. She’s paying me weekly. I’m still waiting on the Pinterest stuff. I’ve been in training. I have to ask about payment during our meeting tomorrow.

I think I’m getting too comfortable and spending too much again. Online content/courses are my things. Since I know marketing, those kinds of classes don’t appeal to me anymore. Now it’s business taxes and self-help. A life coach certification? How is that going to advance my career? It won’t. But it could personally help me. And it’s only $18 a month. I can cancel at any time.

I took most of today off, which was great. I’m probably going to work a little more after posting this because I don’t want to get behind. My Pinterest job starts on April 27th, so I’m trying to enjoy any free time I have now. If this goes well, I will be working all the time. I shouldn’t have told them I was available for 30 hours a week. ROFL. But at that time I wasn’t working with C.

I registered my business name for $10. I have an EIN from the IRS. Now I’m just waiting to register the actual business. I can’t get a business checking account, so I’m just doing things semi-manually with Quickbooks.

I did not get my $1200. The IRS sent it to my old, CLOSED bank account. I should be receiving a letter soon to tell me what to do. I will probably have to get a paper check. That will take a while to come because of the IRS, plus Trump must sign the check. :/

I took my dog to the park on Friday morning. It was as empty as it usually is on a weekday morning. One person did get closer than 6 feet to me. Ugh. I had my mask on the whole time, even though I was having trouble breathing 30 minutes in.

This week I…

Music of the week: Demi Lovato, Lindsay Lohan, Fiona Apple, Stacie Orrico, Jessica Simpson, Ariana Grande, Ashlee Simpson, Selena Gomez

TV of the week:  The Affair, Survivor

I haven’t watched the news in about 5 weeks. It has helped me sooo much. I was a news junkie. I had cable news muted 24/7. Now I can’t do that.

Podcasts of the week:  Dateline, Pod Save America, So You Wanna Be a Witch, The Forgotten West Memphis 3

Books of the week:

I finished Open Book: A Memoir by Jessica Simpson. Five stars. It is as great as everyone says. I don’t usually read celebrity memoirs because I know they are leaving a ton out, so what’s the point? But Jessica is pretty open.

Now reading:

Weekend Plans: Well, today is Sunday. So I’ll leave this blank.

Thanks for reading! Have a great week. 🙂

In the homestretch of the hard times

I haven’t blogged in so long, I forgot how to start a post. 10,000 people want things from me, but I want to fucking blog.

I have two paying virtual assistant clients. One just paid me $75.00. I am charging her $15 per hour. So yeah, I’m only supposed to be working 5 hours a week for her. Five hours every week…forever, I hope.

Her books are a bit of a mess. I’m trying to fix it for her. I’ve never worked with a product-based service provider before. I’ve never done bookkeeping before.  So I don’t really know what I’m doing. Shhh! I have until next week to figure this shit out if I want to get paid again.

The other job is paying only $10 per hour in the beginning. It’s a Pinterest job. People get paid $25+ per hour to do Pinterest, so I don’t mind starting out at the bottom. I would love to just do Pinterest and get paid $25 an hour.  I did Pinterest for my own biz, and I’ve taken a whole course, so I know Pinterest well. And I think I want to be a Pinterest manager, so I can quit my job and maybe afford health insurance??

Last weekend was scary. I thought I was going to lose my job this past Monday. Instead, she wanted to promote me! No extra money. No extra duties. Thank god. I’m already stressed out. It’s just a title change. So whatever. At least I didn’t get fired, and I still have my health insurance.

I was so stressed, I did Gabby Berstein’s meditative workout outside. It was so nice. Sometimes I just need Gabby. I’m trying to look for more spiritual leaders, but I always come back to her. Plus, I’m in her membership, so I have access to a lot of her stuff.

I have so much stuff to do. It’s 8PM on a Friday night, and I haven’t started anything. Gotta go. But not before….

Election 2020: I don’t know whether I’m voting for president. I do believe we have maybe a senate race on the ballot, so of course, I’ll vote for that. Fuck Trump. I feel bad for Biden. Really bad. I might give him a sympathy vote. I have a while to decide.

FUCK THE GOVERNOR FOR CANCELLING MY BIRTHDAY. Okay, I get. But really?! My birthday should be a national holiday. How dare he cancel it? Trump didn’t cancel my birthday (yet). But the Democratic governor did, and you want to know why I call myself an independent?

Okay, seriously. The governor closed the state until May 30th 2+ weeks ago. BEFORE NEW YORK DID. My birthday plan was to go to the state park and stay for three nights. The cabins and camping grounds are closed, so I can’t do that. The park is still open, but I’m not driving 90 minutes to visit the state park. It’s not that great. I go for mostly for the cabin.

I have a week off for my birthday and nowhere to go. I will go to the local park unless they close that too. I doubt it. The playgrounds are closed, of course. I’m off April 16 and 17th, so I will take my dog to the park and see how crowded the park is then. I will wear a mask.

I really have to go. My dog’s birthday has been canceled too. His birthday is around April 26. Yes, I’m a bad mom for not knowing his birthday. All I know is that he is a Taurus, just like his mom.

This week I…

Music of the week: Ellie Goulding, Tori Kelly, Jillette Johnson, Maren Morris, Pia Toscano, Rachel Platten, Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande

TV of the week:  The Affair

Podcasts of the week:  Dateline, Pod Save America, Someone Knows Something

Books of the week:

Weekend Plans: Working.

Thanks for reading! Have a great weekend. 🙂

 

We Just Play Pretend

Kind of busier than ever, but kind of not. I’m working extra hours (for free) at my full-time job, so I won’t get laid off very soon. Sigh. Maybe I should just focus on my full-time job? I have one virtual assistant client. BUT I want to learn more and work for others. I want to volunteer my services in exchange for a testimonial.

But I’m kind of stressed at the moment. At this point, I have NO TIME OFF IN APRIL. I will ask for at least one day off in April. My job is extremely stressful right now. I have a week off for my birthday in May. More about my plans for my bday later. Anyway, I’m not sure if I should volunteer to do work. I’m going to pull some tarot cards around it.

I’ve been using tarot now more than ever for work decisions, and so far the cards have always been right.

So basically, I’m stressed from work. I need my full-time job. And I also want virtual assistant skills. Since this climate is bad (the economy), I think it would be easy to find people that want free services, so I will probably do that.

I missed out on a PAID virtual assistant gig because I was working last night at my full-time job. Sigh. I didn’t check my email for four hours, and she needed help QUICK. Btw, I hate when people don’t plan and then they figure out they need a virtual assistant. I work full-time. I can’t just do whatever you want because you didn’t plan. UGH. Anyway, that sucks.

Oh, I’m now officially a travel agent! LOL. Perfect timing, right? More on that later. I can do travel and be a VA. No office required. I just need the internet.

As of right now, I’m going to a cabin for my birthday if they don’t shut the park down. My mom is paying half and I’m paying half. I don’t have my half, so we haven’t booked yet. I would love to get away, and my dog can come! They might close the park because they don’t want to pay the housekeepers or because they see the park as a hazard.

If the cabins get closed, I’m probably not doing anything for my birthday. Before I saw there were cabin vacancies, I had planned to go to the sauna and to a yoga class. Well, I know the yoga studio is closed. I got an email from the sauna, but I didn’t read it. I’m hoping they aren’t closed. That would be more jobs lost and no one needs that!

Even the libraries are closed, but they are allowing people to renew their cards or get new cards by phone.  I have 3 library cards. Two are active. I would have to drive 30 minutes to get the other card renewed. Now I can do it by just calling. Thank g-d. I would prefer to do it online, but whatever. I’m calling them next week.

It’s weird to see people complaining about not going anywhere. I never go anywhere, so not much has changed in my life. I don’t have friends, so I don’t feel isolated. Basically, nothing has changed for me. Well, I do use more hand sanitizer these days.

Welcome to my life. 

Election 2020: Biden has won the nom (pretty much), but where is he? I’m listening to Bernie give online townhalls and Joe is doing nothing in the public. Personally, I don’t need to hear from him, but I think some Democrats might want to hear someone other than Trump.

All the people that said the November election might be postponed are probably right. How did they know? The coronavirus was nowhere when people were saying this. Trump isn’t ever leaving. ::cries::

No election or election. Trump is probably going to have another four years. I’ve accepted that. So whatever.

This week I…

Music of the week: Rachel Platten, Ariana Grande, Carly Rae Jepsen, Taylor Swift, Maggie Rogers, Tori Kelly, Coldplay, Emily James

TV of the week:  Survivor, The Crown

I have stopped watching the news. What’s the point? The numbers they are giving out on the coronavirus are inaccurate because people aren’t getting tested. Besides 70% of people are going to get the virus. I don’t see the point of the news at this point.

Podcasts of the week:  Dateline, Pod Save America, So You Wanna Be a Witch, The Dating Game Killer, Have you Seen This Man?, Unsolved Murders

Books of the week:

Weekend Plans: Working. Grocery store. Walmart has food where I live. I’m going to work on learning more virtual assistant stuff tonight. I might work on my travel site for fun. No one is traveling right now, so I’m just learning more about the industry. My dad is overseas. I think he plans to come back to the US in May. I think it’s safer for him to stay where he is. They don’t have many cases of the virus.

Thanks for reading my ramble. Have a great weekend!

I can’t complain

Someone is paying me $55 to write a blog or newsletter. (!!) It’s only about 300 words, so I wouldn’t call it either. This is a trial job. If I do well, they will probably keep me. I’m not sure how much work she has. I’m guessing I would be paid $55 a week, which works for me.

I already finished the blog. I thought it would take me ALL weekend. So now I have free time. I will probably turn it in on Saturday night and…hold my breath. LOL. If she wants revisions, I can do it on Sunday. Working full-time and doing virtual assistant work is no joke.

I still have to do the other VA work of podcast pitching. So I’m not completely work free this weekend. Right now, I have 2 clients. I should have time to work on my VA website, VA Instagram, and VA LinkedIn. I never thought I would use LinkedIn, but a LOT of VAs get work from there, so hey, I’ll join in. I sent about 10 semi-personal invites tonight (Friday night), and I only got one person accepted so far. What? Do people have plans on Friday night? 😉 I thought everyone was saying in due to the Coronavirus.

I think my ideal client is a life coach or a psychologist. Yeah, those two are different things, but they both help people. A lot of people seek life coaches for anxiety and maybe depression. I would KILL to work for a psychologist. I’m currently doing my portfolio for a psychologist I have in mind. I will send her my work when I’m done. I thought I had a chance to work with her. However, she just moved from Philly to LA, so I think she probably has help or is getting help. She didn’t move to LA for no reason. She probably has a TV deal.

My full-time job may be gone soon. They let six people go from our small team. Their last day is the last day of March. I somehow made the cut. WHEW. But they will make more cuts. Uh, I hate to be pessimistic, but I don’t see many of us making the next cut. It sucks. I can make money being a virtual assistant BUT I won’t have health insurance. And my VA work is short-term for now (since I’m new), so my income isn’t consistent.

I wish I could get part-time work at a nursery (a garden nursery), but that doesn’t solve the health insurance problem. I don’t want to work full-time for anyone else if I lose this job, so I might have to give up health insurance. I don’t want to because I really like my therapist. I see her online twice a month. I can cut my meds in half, so I would be fine for about 4-6 months since I have 90-day supplies of all my meds.

Oh well. I hope I can keep my job through December 2020. I love doing VA work and I would love more time to work on that, but I don’t want to give up a steady paycheck plus health insurance.

Election 2020: Well, a billionaire can’t buy an election? I still think it’s possible. Don’t be shocked if Jeff Bezos runs in 2024. He is friends with Ivanka and Jared and other Republicans.  But he also donates a lot of money to climate change. So I don’t know which party he would pick. He would probably do like Bloomberg and pick whichever party he thinks he can win.

Anyhow, I voted for the best candidate on Super Tuesday: Elizabeth Warren. Unfortunately, now we are stuck with two lousy candidates. I like Bernie, but he isn’t likable (ha – Hillary is right on this one!). Americans want to vote for someone they like so…Joe isn’t a good candidate because he is clearly suffering from the early stages of dementia. But if he doesn’t have to debate Trump, he might be okay.

My views align with Bernie. I hope he gets the nom. I’m sick of moderates saying they won’t vote for him. We progressives always have to do what THEY WANT. I’m sick of it. They pick safe, lame-ass candidates and wonder why they lose. Sick of their bullshit. That’s why I refuse to call myself a Democrat. They know how to lose. Occasionally they take a chance and win (Obama, for example), but mostly it is a party of losers. Progressives have to do all the organizing. Geez. So sick of moderates. Hate me for caring about winning. I’m okay with that.

The debate between Biden and Sanders should be interesting. Biden rarely lasts two hours, so I feel so bad for him. What is going to happen? Oh god. I don’t want Biden to win the nom (Anita Hill, Iraq War, etc.), but I don’t want him to be embarrassed on a national stage. Well, Biden is the media’s favorite, so they will probably say he won if he says two complete sentences.

This week I…

Music of the week: Ariana Grande, Amos Lee, Ellie Goulding, Jillette Johnson, Maggie Rogers, Marren Morris, Patty Griffin, Rachel Platten

TV of the week:  Survivor, The Crown

Podcasts of the week:  Crimelines, Dateline,  Pod Save America, So You Wanna Be a Witch, The Rachel Maddow Show, The Dating Game Killer

Books of the week:

I finished reading Murder Beyond the Grave by James Patterson. 4 stars. True Crime. There are two stories in this book. The first one is perfect and the second one sucks. It’s one that I’ve watched documentaries on and Dateline on. Please stop talking about this case! However, the first story is so good, it still deserves 4 stars. I’m on the library waitlist for part two of the series.

Now reading –

Weekend Plans: Staying in. I will be working 50% of the time on VA stuff. I don’t know how people with a FT job balance it. I don’t want to take on too much work, but I want experience and money so….For example, I thought it was going to take me all weekend to finalize the blog. I will edit it tomorrow when my brain is clear, but I’m pretty much done with it. It took less than two hours. So I have extra time unless she hates it. Ugh.

Have a great weekend! Thanks for reading. 🙂