Monday, December 12, 2011
I woke up feeling okay this morning and believe I have finally turned the corner and am getting over my sickness. But I will still try to take it a little easy and careful the next couple days just to make sure I don't have a relapse.
I've got a lot planned this week, mostly from not being able to do a lot last week. Today will be my running around day. I'm trying to plan my route out carefully as to make the most use of my gas. The bank, drug store, post office, UPS Store and grocery store are all calling my name. I've got to finish getting my mail and package ready first, but that shouldn't take too long.
I've also got to call all the employment agencies that I'm registered with to let them know (again) that I am available for work. I want to follow up on a couple applications that I put in just to see if the companies are doing any interviewing soon. I've got to re-schedule my appointment with Michigan Works, as I missed last week because I was sick. I'm realistic enough to know that people are probably not going to hire before Christmas, but I also know that the squeaky wheel gets the grease.
I've got an appointment with a lawyer to take care of some personal business and an appointment with my doctor this week. Hoping things go smoothly both places.
I have a Christmas party to attend on Wednesday. Although my tree is up, my presents are bought and wrapped, and my cards are sent, I still don't find myself much in the Christmas spirit. I'm not giving up on it yet; it's got to be around here somewhere. I've been making a point of watching some kind of Christmas special on tv every day. That's helped to a point, but...I'm still looking. I may drive around and look at decorated houses tonight. That usually helps.
I have an extra Avon order to place this week as the company wants to get in one more order before the holiday. I need to get busy and make sure I have as much of an order as I possibly can. I know that sales are a little slow after the holiday, so I have to put my thinking cap on and figure out how to improve (or maintain) my sales in January and February. That may be a few day project. But at least it gives me another goal for the week (and following weeks).
I have high hopes that I can keep busy and accomplish some of what I want this week. I'm going to try to keep tabs on what I do and see if I have done all what I say I want to do. So...I'm off and running.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
I slept pretty good last night, but woke up earlier than I had wanted to. I got to do a few things today, though, that were enjoyable. I must still not be 100%, though, because I am tired already and it's only 6 pm.
I went to church first thing this morning. The church gave me a Christmas card with a gift certificate in it. They all know how hard it's been for me lately and have been so good and supportive of me. If they hear about anybody hiring, they will call me and let me know. This has been the second gift certificate that I've received from them. They have come a great times. I stopped at the store after church and was able to get a couple things I needed for me and my cat.
I met up with an Avon customer at a Target store to deliver her order. She offered to pass the books along to co-workers after she looked at them. If I get even one order out of it, I would be thankful.
Then, I went to my great-niece's 16th birthday party. It seems like the years have just flown by since she was born. She's really a great and beautiful person and I'm proud of her. I wish I could have gotten her more, but did my best.
So, I'm finally in for the night. My back's been bothering me lately and I'm not sure if it's partly because of the cold weather or partly just an effect of me not feeling well lately. Heaven knows, I haven't had the energy last week to do anything to make it hurt. It's supposed to warm up a little during the week and I'm going to see if there's any correlation to the weather or not.
I've got some paperwork that I have to finish up before I call it a night. And I want to make a point of calling my girls, even if I only get to talk to them for a few minutes. I still am having trouble with the fact that I won't be with them this Christmas and I don't want to get upset while talking to them. I'm trying very hard to be strong for them.
Then, I'm going to call it an early night. I'm hoping to wake up tomorrow with lots of energy so I can catch up on some of the stuff I didn't have the energy for during the past week.
Friday, December 09, 2011
I was really hoping that by now I could say I am feeling better and have my energy back. I'm a little better, but can't find my energy anywhere. The weather is lousy outside: cold and snowing a little. I really hoped I'd be able to spend the day deep cleaning the condo and organizing and weeding out. I will take another dose of medicine and see if that helps.
Thursday, December 08, 2011
I can't really say if I feel better or not. My throat seems to be a little less sore, but I feel it in my chest a little this morning. So, I'm hoping I can have a quiet day today.
I pretty much stayed in the house the last two days, outside of about an hour and a half each day that I had to run errands. But I was busy with my Avon order that I got Tuesday. I was on the phone with Avon quite a few times both days as there were things that were definitely mixed up as far as what was sent and what was forgotten. I had a couple things that weren't sent that was listed as sent. There were a few things on back-order that customers wanted as Christmas presents. So, I had to call and cancel them. I was supposed to be sent so many of the next brochure, but was sent so many of that one and so many of the next one. And the customer service is outsourced to another country, so it is very difficult to communicate at times. I know I wasn't the only one that was having problems because at one point, I was told the wait time was 40 minutes. One good thing Avon does do, however, is call you back when it's your turn, so you're not stuck on hold for that long. The bad thing about that this time is that they kept calling back after I had talked to someone. The Christmas rush must be getting to them, too.
I will find out this morning if I finally made Unit Leader: having five or more people signed up underneath me placing orders and having our orders totaling so much money. This will mean that I would make a percentage of whatever their orders are without having to do anything else. I've been trying to reach this point for about five months now. I've got the people under me, but a lot of them weren't placing orders or weren't paying for their orders. It's been very frustrating.
If I could accomplish this, it would be great. It would mean a little extra money every couple weeks. I know that I will have to keep on the people under me to keep placing orders. I also know that means I need to actively seek out some more customers and more people who are willing to sell. This could be the kick I need to do this.
This could mean that I can maybe work my schedule to spend x amount of time each day on Avon and less time each day trying to find any kind of job. I do enjoy going out and meeting people. I've actually made a few friends along the way and that's been an added bonus.
But I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch. Just got my fingers crossed. Meanwhile, I will spend a quiet day finally writing out some Christmas cards and getting my Avon books ready for the next campaign. I do have the Avon meeting/Christmas party to go to tonight. In reality, I should stay home. But the ticket for the dinner is already paid for, there's a lot of new things to find out, and a lot of prizes to be passed out (from what I've been told). So, I will go and spend a little time there, then come home and go right to bed.
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
I called it an early night last night because of not feeling well. I did manage to rest for an hour before getting a good 8 hours of sleep. I really hoped that I'd wake up feeling a whole lot better. There's always stuff that needs to be done and I didn't get everything done that I wanted to get done yesterday. But, I don't think it's in the cards today. It's not that I feel terribly bad; I just don't feel good. So, I'm going to plan to lay a little low today and do some quiet projects. I am not a good patient and really hate being sick. There's just too much to do.
Sometimes I wonder how I'm going to manage my schedule if and when I do find a job. But, then again, I'm sure I will manage. For one thing, I won't be spending so much time on the computer looking for and applying for jobs.
And, if the pay is good enough, I could possibly give up selling Avon. That takes a lot of time, especially considering it hasn't paid all that well yet. I really debate about the Avon job. I do enjoy it and sometimes get really geeked about it. I've made some good friends by doing it. So, I will at least hang on for awhile. Plus, by keeping on selling, it looks good on my resume to have a job that I've been at for awhile as opposed to being unemployed. Decisions!
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