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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I read a blog this morning that reminded me of me. It talked about how this person didn't know how a working person fit everything in to their day that needed to be done. I'm just working at finding work and at my Avon business. I've been trying to come up with some kind of schedule every day. And every day, it seems like there's something I don't get done that I really had full intentions of getting done.

I need to set priorities for myself. What do I want to do in my life? Where do I want my life to be headed? This is the perfect time to be answering these questions honestly, as it is the end of the year. This is my chance to set some New Year's Resolutions for myself and new goals for the new year. It may take me a couple days to pencil stuff in and come up with a plan. But I am definitely going to do this by the end of the week.

I've been pretty good at journaling. It hasn't been every day as I had originally wanted, but it's been pretty close. I will go back through my journal first and see if I have anything in there that jumps out at me. I think this will give me an idea on what I really want/need to do in my life. Then, I can go from there and set some goals and resolutions.

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SLIMLILA 12/14/2011 1:08AM

You've got to be the best planner I know... Unfortunately, sometimes some of the things we need to do, do take longer than we had planned... Are you still using your stove timer? Like you said too, looking for a job always takes longer than we plan and we don't have much control over it... emoticon emoticon

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KKP4673 12/14/2011 1:01AM

    It sounds like a great idea!! Small steps!!

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NPA4LOSS 12/13/2011 8:33AM

    It may be time to discard some of those things that just aren't that important. emoticon

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FITMARY 12/13/2011 8:25AM

    Good luck! I agree: the end of the old and the beginning of the new year is a great time to take stock. Spring is coming....
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Busy Week

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.

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SLIMLILA 12/13/2011 1:54AM

    Hey, we went and looked at some lights tonite too. We'd actually gone out to buy a used fridge, which we did, and then dd wanted to take g.s. to see some of the lights they'd seen the other nite, so we got to go along. Just as they were pretty enough, I couldn't help but wonder with a predicted 13.89% electricity hike this month, how much that will cost!!!

This arguing with dh is sure taking the good out of me... Whew!

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NPA4LOSS 12/12/2011 1:31PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Hope that you find your Christmas spirit soon!

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A Nice Day

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.

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BERGBA7 12/12/2011 2:52AM

    Hope you woke up well and have lots of energy for the day! It will be a good one. I have lived away from my family for 4 years and every year around Christmas it was a challenge when I could not see my parents. Your girls will be very close in her thoughts.

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SLIMLILA 12/12/2011 12:06AM

    I hope you wake up all energetic and over the flu-thing too.. That was very nice of the church family to give you a gift card... What a busy day you had....
I always want to wait after I apply for something to see if I get that job before I apply for more..ya right!
Must get back at it again...
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I'm Trying to be Hopeful

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.

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NPA4LOSS 12/10/2011 9:27PM

    I hope that you feel better soon. emoticon

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FITMARY 12/10/2011 5:20AM

    This is an especially tough time of year! I've been listening to more music lately, and I think it's helping keep my mood up. Hang in there!

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RUANDA 12/10/2011 3:05AM

    Feel better soon. It's lousy to be ill around Christmastime! emoticon

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SLIMLILA 12/10/2011 1:33AM

    Did you have the flu shot too? I did and then felt fine for about 2 weeks and then it hit me. But, thinking of that, today I haven't been coughing as much, maybe it is finally over... Feel better soon... get lots of rest and listen to your body.. emoticon emoticon

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BERGBA7 12/9/2011 12:06PM

    Feel better and rest if you can! Thank you for dropping by on my page and encouraging me!

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Another Quiet Day is in Order

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.

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SLIMLILA 12/8/2011 10:11PM

    emoticonI didn't know you were going for the unit leader, Hope it happens for you. It was at an Avon supper that I made my Sweet and Sour Lentils recipe one time. I was dieting at the time and wanted a meal that I could eat, and I figured that nobody would try it so there'd be enough I could have it for my desert... But surprisingly, it went over very well and people even came to me looking for the recipe...

I spent hours last nite revamping my resume and cover letter and sent it out today.. I spent a couple hours with my financial planner today, and then went out do my aunt;s (father's sister) because my sister had called me dd yesterday and asked her to come fix a haircut they messed up at the school. So, it was a nice visit, I've never visited with my aunt before.. I was minding Mya while dd cut hair, so we talked... She was estranged from my family since I was young, and this was very interesting.

HOpe you had fun and won some prizes at the party and get a good nite's sleep tonite and feel better soon. emoticon

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