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Simplifying in 2011

One of my New Year’s plans is to simplify things.  This is a tough one for me, because I have so many interests and I love diversification… but I have decided that one of my simplifications will be moving this blog over to Blogspot, as I have a few others over there as well.  Having everything together in one place will be easier on me, I hope, and I hope that it won’t be too much trouble for you, either.  🙂

In the meantime, I may post a few more things here, and this site will remain up for some time, but please check us out at Making Our Dream Life Happen over at the new site.  There are some exciting changes coming up this year for us, so I hope to see you there!

As always, I enjoy hearing from you, so please check us out, and I hope to see you there!!!

I’m also going to post a quick list of blogs that I have.  Some of these are new, and some have been around but quiet for a while.  I have plans to keep these blogs going, and a plan for regular updates on them.  Please feel free to check them out as well, and drop me a quick line, letting me know that you found me.  🙂

My photography blog.

My photography website.

Inked in the South.

As I said, I’m pretty sure I’ll be back by within a couple of weeks, so feel free to leave me a comment here, but I’ll be checking the new blog daily.  🙂

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Two friends making their dreams happen

I have two friends  involved in something to make their dreams happen, that I wanted to share really quick.  If you subscribe to my The WAHM Experiment blog, then you’ll be seeing posts on both of them soon (probably after December 1st.  I’m still working hard on NaNoWriMo, and we’re trying to get to some past-due remodeling on the house, so any posts I do to my blogs are few and far between this month.).

One is a an author, and has created a blog to chronicle her family’s attempts to survive in this economy on her blog, Families Making Fortunes.  She’s got some great ideas and resources in these tough times, and a great outlook on a situation that’s really tough.  If you find you want to follow their attempts, please comment, subscribe, and check out some of her links!

The other is someone that I have a lot in common with, and she has teamed up with her sister-in-law to create Pin-Up Faerie.  They’ve just started their venture, so the blog is new, but if you love pin-ups, and you love faeries, you won’t be disappointed!!

Hope everyone is having a great November!  I’m looking forward to our learning this month, working on a couple of business ideas of my own, and looking forward to spending some time with family!

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The WAHM Experiment

I’ve started a new blog.  🙂  Not a big shock, right?  I’d actually talked to my husband about this a while back, and he agreed it was a good idea (and hoped that I’d at least make some of the money back that I’ve spent trying on home based businesses…LOL).  Now I hope that you will like the idea, too.

So, I’ve spent the better portion of my adult life trying to find Work at Home businesses that could supplement (and hopefully eventually match) my office job income.  For me, a good portion of those businesses have failed for one reason or another.  Either I’ve lost interest in them, or didn’t put the time into them that I should have… some have just been not a good fit for my personality.  Lately I’ve been reviewing them again, hoping that I can find something that will allow me to stay at home with my kids, and together with that and my blogging, earn a decent income.  While I review so many opportunities, it’s easy to wistfully read the articles and testimonials of those who earn money while they sleep, and forget what I’ve learned through the years.  Yes, I have tried a few of those… in my much younger and slightly more naive years.  🙂  I even (gasp) tried a chain letter once… I think I made $8.  Of course, I spent $40 trying it.  Anyways… my point.  Yes, there was a point.  The point is that with my business sense (developed since the chain letter years, I assure you), I see a lot of these business opportunities that could potentially change someone’s life.  But knowing what I know now, there are certain things that just aren’t a good fit for me.  For you, they may work out great.  I’m a pretty good judge of people most of the time, and I can typically tell the type of person that a particular business opportunity will work for.

So, that’s what The Work At Home Mom Experiment is about.  I’ll do (or have done) the experimenting.  I’ll review the opportunities.  I’ll request the information to start that opportunity.  I’ll interview people who are doing the business.  And I’ll condense it, and report it all back to my loyal readers.  Then, I’ll go a step further, and try to give the reader an idea of the types of people who would do well in this business.  And equally important, the qualities that someone might have that says they might not do so well with this business.  Then the reader can look for something that they might enjoy instead, and NOT have to waste everyone’s time and money trying to do a business that they’re just not “wired” to do.  Make sense?

I’ve found a couple of sites that do this already, but the majority of them are either sales sites for a different business (don’t do business A, do business B), or they are unhappy former consultants who have a need to bash the entire business rather than recognizing that it “just isn’t me”.  Alternatively, they are some subscription-only sites.  The WAHM Experiment isn’t any of those things.  It’s FREE (although there will be advertisements, so please click if they interest you…LOL).  If I have a particular one that requires money to join, I’ll do a post with a ticker asking for donations.  That way, if there are ten people who’d all like to learn more, we can each pitch in a small amount and learn from the review whether it’s worth our time.  But I won’t require any membership fees, and nobody is required to pay anything.

Please be patient with me while I build up the content on the site.  If you are a rep for any company, head on over and leave me a comment, and I’ll interview you if someone’s not ahead of you in the pipeline.  Anyone who is interviewed for a review will receive links back to their online store/site for their time (FREE advertising!!!).  And if you’re looking for a new home-based business?  Well, keep checking back, or comment me and let me know what company you’d like to see reviewed!  🙂

I’m excited that I’ll be able to share this information with everyone, and that it may help someone looking to start their own business find the perfect fit for them!

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Our Dream Life that others are living :)

Some of these websites I’ve visited quite a bit.  If you take bits and pieces of each of them, you’ll find families that are living my “Dream Life”.

This was the first blog I found… ever… that matched what we want to do almost perfectly. 🙂

Here’s another great family living life on the road.  What I really like about this one is that she pulls no punches.  She tells you just how tough life on the road can be.  My hubby’s not a pipeliner, but if we actually did this, he’d be doing shut-downs (he’s an electrician), and so our life would be very very similar, I’m sure.  Road Mommy:  Adventures of a mom on the road.

Here’s a really neat site.  She’s gone tons of photos, and it’s beautiful!  Walk Slowly… Live Wildly.

Another is Poor Pitiful Pearl.  I found her button, so I’m including it:

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I’ve included this family at another blog in my sidebar, but wanted to post their new blog here.  It’s just getting started, but it’s another great blog!  We Live Creatively.

That’s it for today.  I know our “DREAM LIFE” is still years away… today it seems farther away than other days.  Until our finances get back up to speed, and we’ve leveled out some…   But it’s so cool to see others who are living the way I want to live.  That it can be done, that it’s not for everyone, but it might just be for us…

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Do you blogfrog? Join me!

So I’ve been working on setting up a community over at the blogfrog for anyone who might be interested.  Unfortunately, WordPress.com blogs don’t like the blogfrog (which you might notice, if you see some javascript instead of a button or badge over on the right of this post).

I thought I’d provide a link here for anyone who’s interested.  Here’s where we’ll talk about Making Our Dream Life Happen.  My dream life is gypsy-like, in that I hope to homeschool my children, writing and photographing my way across the U.S.  in an RV with my family.  We think our dream life is about 5 years out, but I’m always planning for it.  🙂

I’ve just started to live a life of voluntary simplicity.  Actually, that’s not completely correct, because I’m still transitioning from having wayyyyyy too much stuff to that voluntary simplicity.  So we’ll talk about that some there, too.

Basically, it’s a community where you can just talk about whatever comes to mind, and we can support each other to begin living our dreams.

Join me, won’t you?  🙂

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FREE homeschooling stuff

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'Tis Talk Like a Pirate Day

So, I try to always pass along free homeschooling stuff that I find, and I found this, and I thought I’d pass it along.  Until September 22nd, ‘Tis Talk Like a Pirate Day!  Their website says plunder the website to find 20 FREE ebooks.  So take a look and come back and  tell me what you find!!!  🙂

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FREE online Writer’s Conference

I’ve played with the idea of going to a Writer’s Conference for years.  Well, the fact is, I’ve always wanted to go, just couldn’t afford to.  Between the cost of travel, hotel room, and the reasonable (but not in my budget) cost of most conferences, I’ve just never been.  I want to go to some now.

At the closing of year one of college (and currently being undecided as to whether to push forward with year two), I have decided that I really want to try to get my writing out there.  So, I remembered a couple of years ago, I had found what promised to be an excellent online writer’s conference.  And it was FREE!  I signed up, got excited about my workshops, then found myself unable to attend even a single workshop because my boss planned a last-minute vacation that week and I was swamped, trying to keep up with everything.

Last year I forgot about the conference until it was too late to attend.  But I remembered all of it last week.  So I checked the website (The Muse Online Writers Conference), and registration is still FREE until August 15th.  If you’re reading this after August 15th, they only request a $5 late fee to help defray expenses.  Donations, of course, are accepted from everyone.  🙂  So my wooohooo is that I’ve signed up for it!  I can’t wait until October now to take my workshops, and I’m continuing to read books that are designed to help me with my manuscript.  I’m hoping this will be the “push” I need to get my writing out there, and go from a hobbyist and “wannabe” to a published author of fiction.  I’ll continue to write my non-fiction articles, and try not to neglect my blogs, as well.  🙂  But I’m excited about this.

So… have you ever attended a Writer’s Conference?  Which one, and what did you like about it?  Do you plan on attending this one?  If you do, leave me a comment… I’d love to “meet” other writers attending!

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