Back in early December I knew something had to change. I was working multiple jobs for minimum wage doing things I didn’t enjoy doing. With hours that only seemed to benefit the management and with little consideration for what was best for me, I decided to try something a bit different.
While reading one of the blogs I regularly follow I came across a post on the benefits of hiring a personal assistant. The highlighted many of the different things that a personal assistant could do to help take your business to the next level; increase general productivity by doing a lot of the grunt work – leaving more creative/development time for the person who needs it. As someone who has done administrative assistant work for the last five years in various office settings I knew that this would be the best option for me. At 24 years old (and a full time college student) I finally felt like I had found my way to doing something that could provide some sort of income while continually expanding the list of things that I could be great at.
I began freelancing right around the New Year and offering different skills online as a Virtual Assistant. I had no idea what I was doing or where to start – but I figured Google was the best place – so I typed in “Virtual Assisting Jobs.” To say that I was overwhelmed with the sheer amount of results and options that were presented to me is a severe understatement but with the patience and the hope that I could find a way to a better job I started clicking one by one through the links that were listed.
The thing you should know right off the bat about virtual assisting/freelancing is that there are many different paths (or websites) that can assist you in your journey to becoming a virtual assistant/freelancer. Some have higher ratings than others. Some are easy to understand and very user friendly and some are not. Some promise you continual employment others don’t. The goal is to find the site that works best for you! Reading reviews are great – but when it comes down to how you want your work environment to function – it is all up to you! (the great part about all of this)
I chose oDesk when it came to what I needed from a freelancing source. oDesk offered a lot of the things I was looking for and really caught my attention by their ease of use. ß if you have any questions about oDesk feel free to comment below and I’ll answer any questions.
It's truly amazing how often I find myself in situations and problems that seem unsolvable.
This weekend is my senior recital and for a senior music major this is a big deal. Months of preparation and stress over music, memorization, venue, and just general coordination of other musicians involved in exhausting. Now generally all of these things are planned and communicated weeks before. But not this recital. With all of the snow we have gotten and me (completely randomly) coming down with Strep Throat whole thing has been a bit chaotic and with it being such an important event and milestone in my educational journey it is hard not to see everything else as chaotic as well.
But to be honest, it's not. I still have a job(s) that I love and feel excited about doing the work that I do. I have parents who spend far too much time harassing (caring about) me to make sure I am taking my medicine to get better in only a few days. And even just the opportunity to present four years of work to family and friends at a University that changed my life.
I am blessed. And even when everything isn't going as planned, I am still blessed.
I hope you continue to find the blessing in life. Don't dismiss the greatness outside and inside of you.
Check out this video from TED Talks. (which I am obsessed with)
The work that is being done for those who cannot speak is truly remarkable. We can all do something
Actually, they don't.
But there is a point to this I promise. Every now and then I come into these times of my life where I "take the limits off" and dream the impossible - or just the really difficult.
As a type A, INTJ personality I can't say that this time is always enjoyable. I question everything that I am a part of, pick up and drop a hobby or two, and re-plan my whole near future. Often times when I am like this I think of myself as a bit erratic and foolish. I like to have things planned out. I like to know where I am going. I like to know how I am going to cover rent, where I am moving post school, and what kind of work I am going to do. And when I dream...It all gets messed up.
But I have learned to embrace this time of life - at least this time around. I am in the baby stages of some new dreams but have uncovered a passion for programing work and front end development. In a little over two months I will be graduating from school with a music degree and for the first time in years, I feel like I am falling in love with it. I still love the french language and want to use that professionally some day and am still passionate about voice health/therapy and speech pathology. I am overwhelmed by my own passions and dreams sometimes....
And I love it. I love that I can't see the end of any of these things nor how they are going to pan out. For now, I'll keep dreaming - then planning - then dreaming - then planning.
If you have a minute (and by minute I mean hour) check out this keynote speech/interviewdelivered by Lady Gaga at the recent SXSW event in Austin, TX.
I’ve always found Gaga to be an incredibly courageous and strong presence in the performance industry. She is brutally brave in her fight for truth and holds no resources back when it comes to conveying that truth to it’s filthiest core.
I’m inspired by her passion for art and life. Maybe you will be too?
Moments to pay attention to….
Today for the first time….well….ever I found myself excited to write. As if it was a valuable way for me to express all the things/ideas that are floating around. That may seem random or not valid for someone who has about 30 blogs written, but to say I am excited is an understatement. This. This is the beginning of something pretty cool. I can tell already :-)
**Song to listen to while reading = "Basket Case" by Sara Bareilles.**
I love to work hard. I love to succeed at things I commit myself to.
But there are times I find myself succeeding at the expense of relationships that are important to me.
If you’re anything like me – the “grind” comes before everything else. Eating, sleeping, fun…all come second to accomplishing a goal. There are times of life that are more extreme than others and it’s honestly not a constant state of life but rather one that comes and goes. But when I am in it…I’m in it all the way.