Jedi Marri

Just ME, as I Am.

Changes are coming… November 6, 2008

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Changes are coming in more than one way.  In my life, and in this blog.  I saw a new pulmonologist yesterday and, while there was no fantastic news, I’m trying to look at as a new begining and hope for the best! Moses and I started our apartment hunt today, just phone calls today, and we have two tours in the next two days! Moses also got his acceptance letter for WSUV – so we’re going to start the process for getting financial aid all set up and getting him set for Spring Quarter 🙂

Now for the changes in the blog… I’m really debating if I’ll keep this blog open, or if I do how I’ll use it and how often I’ll write in it.  I’ve been doing a lot more writing in general, mostly for my blog http://www.roseworksjewelry.blogspot.com I’ve been doing research and feature articles for it and having a ton of fun! It’s also a lot of work, but it helps my business so the work part I don’t mind so much.

That’s inspired me to start looking into the whole world of getting paid to blog.  The more I look into it the more I’m interested – especially for when my current transcribing job wears out and I have more time on my hands.  The big challenge I see with it is that most of the time they want you to have an established blog that does reveiws and articles and the like.  Well, that’s not a huge problem because that’s what I plan to be doing anyway, but it does leave the question of exactly WHERE that blog is going to be established, and where I’m going to find the time to do any personal blogging.

Right now I’m leaning towards leaving this blog open, for the few people who check it, and because it can be therapeutic.  Then I’ll start another blog (this would make 4!) to do the pay to blog thing on.  I probably won’t be updating in this blog daily – but then again I’m not really managing that right now either 😛

I had thought about using this blog and revamping it for the pay to blog, but the more I think about it, as I’m writing this, the more I’m thinking I don’t want to do that.  I want to have a venue where I can be personal, and just me, sometimes.

4 blogs? Am I crazy? Probably.

 

Purely Inspiring July 14, 2008

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Who is this woman?  She was known as the worlds oldest blogger at 108 years old.  Olive Riley started bloggin in 2007 after a friend introduced her to the concept.  In the last year and a half she wrote 74 blogs – the last one being two weeks before her death.  To read the full article go here.

 

Migraines and busyness… June 7, 2008

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As a start to my “3 important things, 3 hours,” yesterday was a bust.  I had great plans!  I knew what I was going to work on and everything.  And then I had a migraine.  Lay me out in bed migraine.  Ugh.  Fortunately after lots of pain meds and sleep it did get better and my afternoon was much improved!  Unfortunately that meant I still didn’t work on my stuff because yesterday was shot day.  So I spent the afternoon in Yakima.  I had fun though 🙂

Not getting shots.  Shots are not fun.

No, I had fun listening to my mp3 player through the car stereo system, volume cranked, singing off-key at the top of my lungs!  I had fun shopping for bead stuff and other things I needed in general.  Yesterday was one of those shopping days where I actually found everything I was looking for. Believe me, for me, that’s rare. I am not one of those woman who automatically associates shopping with great joy.  I’m more inclined to pretend that I’m really excited about it, but deep down inside just want to cry in frustration because I know that that’s how I’m probably going to feel by the time it’s all said and done.  Yesterday was NOT one of those days 🙂

Personally I think the music helped 😛

The only one of my “3 Important Things” that I did any work on last night was the business stuff.  And, honestly, a lot of it was “honey fix it!”  Moses is a computer science geek and I was having major frustrations trying to get my new blog to look the way I wanted it to.  That’s right ladies and gentlemen, I now have two blogs!  From now on you’ll only hear casual references to my jewelry world in this blog because I have an entire blog devoted to that world.  Check it out at http://www.roseworksjewelry.wordpress.com  and if your sick of hearing about my jewelry business…simply breath a sigh of relief and don’t check it out 😛

Now, I’m going to go be a good girl and spend some time writing.  Today I am determined to meet my “3 Important Things, 3 Hours” goal!

 

A day in review… June 6, 2008

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Yesterday went pretty fantastic!  I got a LOT done, which makes me very happy.  It was also the last day of Spring quarter!  Yippee!!!  Now I have…just over a week until Summer quarter.  Which is ok.  New challenges are fun.  Or maybe I’m just psycho…who knows?

I didn’t start my 3 hour thing yesterday because it was the last day of school, but I did work on all three areas!  I did laundry and cleaned my kitchen, started working on creating a blog for the business (running into some technical difficulties), and spent about 1/2 hr writing!  And…drum roll please…I have another commission to work on!  Very exciting!  It’s through another friend, so I don’t have my first “non-friend” sale yet, but any sale is super-duper exciting.  Very flattering and all that.

On top of all that busyness I also got to spend time watching tv and laughing with my husband.  Always a bonus for the day when we get to spend time together 🙂

 

Things to do, worlds to conquer… June 5, 2008

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Sometimes I do my best thinking at night, while I’m trying to convince my body that it wants to sleep. Fortunately, I’ve gotten pretty good at remembering things the next day too, or I’d never go to sleep as I pop up from the bed to try idea after idea! I come up with storylines this way, jewelry designs, plans for the next day, and yes, even blogs. I wrote the majority of this blog in my head last night as I was falling asleep!

You see I had one exciting thought on my brain – today is the end of the spring quarter!!!! So as I fell asleep last night I was thinking of all the things I want to do during my break, during my “not avoiding homework” guilt free zone, and the list was getting rather long! I was sitting here thinking about what my PSS would say to me about overworking myself, and wondering how I was going to get even half of it done. Not because I don’t know how to work, but because I have to be careful not to push myself to hard with how bad my asthma’s been these last few months, and because I’m really good at getting distracted which can make finishing projects problematic.

I came up with a solution! I have three main areas I want to work on in the next week. Basically everything else falls into these categories. They are:

1. The Apartment

2. Writing

3. The Business

So my goal is to spend at least an hour a day on each of these three areas. Now granted, I’m usually awake for 16-18 hours, so I’m sure I’ll probably working on them more than that depending on the day, but that’s my base goal. We’re not talking “while I do other things, like chat” either. I’m going to devote a solid, distraction free, hour to each of those tasks. I won’t chat, I won’t respond to new e-mails, I’ll simply plug in my mp3 player and focus. The only distraction I won’t banish is my husband, and that’s because he’d get his feelings hurt. I figure this way I’ll get some of the overall tasks accomplished, and when I take time to read a book, talk on the phone, or do something else that’s just relaxing I won’t feel guilty!

So here’s the goals for each of the three areas:

1. The Apartment – I have lots of little cleaning and organizational projects I need to work on. Everything from catching up on laundry (hopefully today!) to cleaning out my refrigerator. Oh yes, and I’m sure my husband would appreciate it if my jewelry stuff stopped taking over the apartment… And my desk area’s a disaster area… You get the picture. Oh yes, and paperwork. It needs to get organized into it’s appropriate folders instead of shoved in a drawer…

2. Writing – I’ve done a lot more writing in the last few months, and that’s kinda fallen off since I started doing the jewelry business. That makes sense, it’s finals time and all and it does take a lot of upfront work to get a business going. I want to get back to writing though. I don’t mean blogs and such (although this is writing obviously), I mean working on my book and other random stories I have in the works. So, for that hour, I need to write or edit. If nothing is flowing to my fingertips with my book, I’ll pick up one of the short stories I’ve been working on. If those aren’t inspiring me, I’ll free write until something does begin to inspire me. The point is, I’ll be writing. Every day.

3. The Business – There are soooo many things I want to get done here! This hour will NOT be devoted to creation. This will be devoted to the nitty gritty of the business. I want to get a business license, not because you need one as a casual seller necessarily, but because if this takes off it will make a lot of things easier to have taken care of it up front. Especially when it comes to tax time. Also, I downloaded Quickbooks, now I need to actually open it and start plugging in receipts and such! Then I want to start a jewelry blog. I’d like my customers to be able to get a peak inside my head without getting as far inside as the readers of this blog might be allowed. And I have photo’s to take, and revisions to make on my original posts, and research to do, and, and, and, and, and…

So there they are, my base-line goals. I probably won’t get everything done that I want to get done before Summer quarter starts up, but I sure can make a good effort towards it all!

My dear PSS, because I know you’ll read this, remind me to have fun and not just work during my break!

 

A monster is unleashed… June 4, 2008

A monster? Ahhh!!!! Where????

Oh, yes, right in front of you. Gotcha.

That’s right, I mean ME.

Ok, so the pictures a little old, but you get the idea.

So why am I calling myself a monster? I guess it’s less that I am a monster, and more that I’ve unlocked interests inside me that are running rampant like monsters unleashed!

Monster #1 – etsy & jewelry
Yes, that’s right, I’m officially addicted to etsy.com and creating jewelry. I have so many ideas I want to try when it comes to creating! I also find myself spending lots of my down time browsing etsy, reading articles, and participating in the forums and virtual labs. There’s a part of this that’s self-interest, the more “visible” you are the more likely you are to get a sale from one of your fellow sellers. Also, I learn a LOT that way!

Monster #2 – blogs
I used to be a blog freak. I had multiple friends whose blogs I read regularly. Somewhere along the lines that slowly decreased, and shriveled up to near nothing when I jumped from livejournal over to myspace. I still blogged, but I didn’t have very many people who also blogged on a regular basis that I was reading anymore. What can I say? I was busy! Lately however, I find myself reading and writing blogs on a much more consistent basis.

Part of that is that, due to health problems, I no longer have a real job. Yah, I’m starting a business, going to school, and volunteering, but I’m not punching the clock anymore. More time for me to read 😀

Part of that is that the library here is SMALL so I don’t have as many interesting books to read…and I’m trying not to spend money on books very often…

Part of this is due to being drawn to the dark side by my dear friend Quettandil who blogs on here and got me started blogging on here 😛

Part of this is I’ve started searching for and reading blogs of other artists….

And lastly, part of this is a quest to get more in touch with that side of me that I’ve always wanted to develop, the writer.  I’ve been doing a lot more writing in the last few months (I started a book! Talk about audacity) and I think the exercise of finding something to write about every day is healthy.  I’m also taking creative writing this summer, which I’m really excited about!  Blogging through wordpress gives me the freedom to not only write about whatever is on my mind, I also love the creative freedom it gives me to insert pictures and links and whatnot.  I find it inspiring.

Monster #1 meets Monster #2 – jewelry blog?

I’m quite seriously thinking about starting a jewelry blog.  I have multiple reasons for wanting to do this.  One, I find myself writing about it quite often in here.  Two, a lot of sellers use their blogs as a way to promote their work and to share a piece of themselves with their customers.  I’d love to do that, but I’d rather not have the link I feature in my shop be a link to my personal blog where I write about the rest of my life.  Three, I could use it to keep track of the blogs from other artists and then I wouldn’t be putting them on the same blog roll as friends and just interesting people in general.

That, however, will be a project for another day.  Between not feeling good and procrastination (something I’m almost as good as my husband at) I’m hitting the wire for needing to finish up this quarter.  Hard to believe I’m not done with Spring quarter yet!  I have a paper I need to finish editing (in Spanish, yikes!), a notebook to organize (shouldn’t take long) and a test to prepare for (not that I’m worried about it).  It’s all due tomorrow.  Oh, and I teach this afternoon.  It’s my last meeting for the school year with my two little hyper boys and we’re going to trace their bodies and label the different body parts in Spanish.  Should be fun!

 

Rain, frustrations, and life… June 3, 2008

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Today has been a series of frustrations. I’ve been trying to do all sorts of different things today and I feel like I keep slamming into a wall! I was doing really good to begin with, and then I started having asthma problems. Very frustrating. Makes it hard to get things done!

Then, I’ve been really frustrated with my blog here, because my widgets and stuff were all down at the bottom and I couldn’t figure out why. I finally narrowed it down to the last blog I wrote, but I couldn’t figure out why it did that, so I ended up just deleting it. It served my purposes, catharsis, I got feedback from the one person I wanted it from, so I deleted it. Sadness though.

I’ve been trying to channel my frustration by working on stuff for selling jewelry. It’s a lot of work! I took part in a virtual lab this afternoon on etsy that was designed for newbies. It was both encouraging and discouraging…apparently jewelry is one of the hardest things to sell on etsy because of the competition level. But I’m going to keep plugging away 🙂 I’ve noticed I’m talking about that side of life a lot in this blog and I’m thinking about starting up a blog just related to the store, but we’ll see… for now I’ve got enough on my plate!

I’m trying really hard not to give in to my various frustrations, but some days are harder than others…

Oh, and it’s raining. Rain has always, in the past, been rather depressing to me. Now? It makes me homesick because we get so little of it around here!