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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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What we’ve been up to

OK, so basketball and NaNoWriMo (for me) has had us pretty silent for a few weeks.

I’ve already tooted my own horn everywhere else, so I’ve got to do it here.  I WON NaNoWriMo this year!!!  To understand what a major accomplishment I am, see my post titled Finally Someone Understands Me.  🙂  Then check out the graph below.  I hit two plateaus, but managed to push through them, which is the big accomplishment part.  I’m still working on finishing the book (still have a chapter to go), then I’ll have a major round of editing to do on it, and it’ll be ready for first readers.  This is the first novel I’ve (nearly) finished, so it’s very exciting for me.

Then, Chris has been playing basketball.  We average 3 games per week, so that keeps us pretty busy.  They’ve been doing GREAT, and have a 7-2 record so far.  Coach just enrolled them for the state tournament in February in Frisco, and we’re all really excited about that, too.  They have a ton of games between now and then, though, so we’re keeping focused on December games.

The twins are still working on copy books, their letters, numbers, reasoning (i.e., which pictures are smallest, which are largest, etc.).

Chris has hit a small snag with his schoolwork.  Our computer has a file that’s corrupted, so he’s not able to do math, science & bible at the moment.  So we’re concentrating on English, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, and History, and we’ll have to get it fixed so he can get caught up on the three he’s missing.

We’re all doing a unit study on Alaska, which includes reading aloud from a book about Alaska (reading, grammar), watching videos of the Alaska Highway being built, the Alaska Pipeline being built (both History), and tomorrow, I’m going to pick up a video about the Aurora Borealis (Science).  We also have geography cards that the boys look at and look up where we’re reading about as we read our books.  I’ve included a travel guide for Chris, so he can look up the city we’re reading about, and see what all there is to see in Alaska in that area.  We look up the weather patterns in Alaska, highs and lows, talk about earthquakes, snowfall, etc. for Science.  We map and try to figure out distances from one place to another for Math, and look up information online.  This has been one of our first full unit studies, the first I’ve put together on my own, so it’s been fun to try to figure out how to include all subjects based around a unit.

In other news, Chris (14) is going through that phase where he would rather hang out with adults than children, which is very typical of this age.  But he still is seriously lacking in manners and etiquette.  A lot of this was realized at Thanksgiving, so I’m looking for a good secular book on manners and etiquette for boys.  We’ve come a long way on his table manners, and he no longer tries to talk to people about how much money they make or have (grin), and mostly about not talking about religion and politics to anyone he encounters, but I’m still missing some of the basics, such as:  a) not interrupting.  When he walks into a room, he pays no attention as to who else is talking, but just starts;  b) not bugging adults to play with him.  He loves basketball.  This is great, but he pesters adults to play with him when there’s a bunch of people here;  c) sensing someone’s mood.  He has no idea when it’s alright to joke and when it’s best if he doesn’t.  His dad and I will be having an intense discussion about something that’s upsetting to us for one reason or another, and he feels it’s perfectly okay and appropriate to pipe in with a joke.  There are others, but these are the most frequent.  I have tried giving him examples, and I continue to try to correct him when it happens, but sometimes I’m not sure how to explain it to him.  So I’m putting this out there, wondering if you’ve heard of anything that would help with this.  🙂

Other than that, hubby and I are both still looking for jobs.  We haven’t decided how we’re going to handle schooling once we get them, but I guess we’ll decide when/if we get to a point where we are both working, or both have the opportunity to work.  Construction is still really really tight around here, so my options are looking better than his right now.  Maybe he’ll be a homeschooling dad for a while, while I work.  We’ve always been a pretty non-traditional family, so that’s a definite option.  I keep telling myself that no matter what, it’s all steps towards our dream life.  In the meantime, even families with big dreams need to eat!  🙂

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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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Halloween 2010

Halloween 2010

Halloween 2010

OK, I don’t normally take pics of me and upload them without heavy touch-up (LOL), but I forgot to have hubby take one of the kids without me.  So here I am, with Kyle (Luigi), Chris (Scream), and Kody (Hiccup/Viking).

Since we live in the country, we took a drive into town to do some trick-or-treating.  I have to say I LOVE Halloween.  Always have, probably always will.

I honestly think this is the first Halloween that my Luigi didn’t scream his head off at least once at jasome frightening costume, so that was a definite plus!  🙂  Seriously, though, it was a great night.  We had a lot of fun, have enough candy to rot their teeth for a year (LOL), and now, they are all laying down watching a movie.

OK, this may be my last post for a while.  I’ve been trying to update everyone.  I’m participating in NaNoWriMo this year, and will be in way over my head, trying to write a 50K word + novel in November.  Between homeschooling, birthdays, Thanksgiving, job hunting, and all that good stuff, you may not see me around much.  🙂  So have a great month!!!

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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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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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Shameless Plug for August :)

Photo of Kim EarleyAs I’m a WAHM, and a professional freelancer, I do many things.  This means I need to tell people what all I do… often.  So this is my “plug” for the month of August.  😀  Please, if you’re seeing this on Facebook, and know of someone who might need my services, please SHARE.  If you think you have a friend or family member that just might want my contact information, please send them to my Facebook site, this blog, or my website.   As a freelancer, I keep my options open, and the more offbeat the assignment seems, the more interested I am.  🙂

My website shows a bit of what I write about.  It is in the midst of a major re-design, but it has contact information and links in abundance.

My business resume is showcased at LinkedIn.  This will give you an idea of what all I have done in the business world, and some of the breadth of my knowledge, as well as the industries I’ve worked in.

Facebook page.  This is more of a contact me page, as I frequently post my articles and links there, but I also post favored quotes, and just chat here.  The advantage is that I’m frequently on Facebook, so I can be contacted quickly through this page.

Although my primary focus is writing, and I write on many subjects (which can all be found in this blog under “My Writing” category in the drop down box on the right, or on my primary website), I also offer many other services.

Some of my recent projects have included:

  • Lender Site Inspection (photography and business report)
  • Articles about tattoos
  • Articles about social networking
  • Articles about money-making ideas (ghost written)
  • One-on-one computer training
  • One-on-one business training (reception and office management skills necessary in the workplace)
  • Temporary Staffing for office and retail

Some projects that I’m currently being considered for include:

  • Group training:  using social media for your business

Offbeat and one-off projects are welcome.  If you’ve got a project that needs to get done, but the people in your organization aren’t sure where to start, or just don’t have the time to complete it, that’s when you call me.  With professionalism and integrity, I can help businesses or individuals in unusual situations.

Examples:

  • Want to take a week-long cruise, but you own a retail business and need someone to step in and run it while you’re gone?  I can do that.
  • Need a (Texas) Notary Public available on call?  I can do that.
  • Need help getting your new business office organized, policies and procedures in place, and help with hiring new employees?  I can do that.
  • Own a campground and haven’t had a vacation in years because you have no one to look after it while you’re gone?  I can do that.
  • Need someone to come in and teach your employees (or you) how to use social media to benefit their jobs?  I can do that.
  • Need someone to handle the social media for you, so you can focus on your business?  I can do that.
  • Need one-time, basic training on Quickbooks Pro (or Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.)?  I can do that.
  • Need someone to come in (or work remotely) once a week and do all of your billing, so you can focus on doing what you’re good at?  I can do that.
  • Need someone to travel to all of your stores within a certain area, taking photographs and reporting back to you on how the stores look?  I can do that.

If you’re looking for affordable help with an excellent skill set, that’s me.  I’ll work with you to create a pricing structure and schedule that fits your needs.  Call today!  Kim three-6-one-7-seven-1-eight-5-five-one.  Or contact me via email at: kimberlyearley ‘at’ yahoo-dot-com.

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