Saturday, December 17, 2011
I spent the day yesterday doing some housework, sitting on the floor getting things ready for my Avon Open House and spending a bit of time on the computer looking up information and getting some paperwork ready that I need to get to someone. By the end of the day, my lower back really hurt. I know better than to do all that in one day. I know it's better to do things sitting at a table or desk than bent over sitting on the floor. I know I should get up every hour or so when I'm doing a lot of sitting and walk around for a few minutes. I got to be reminded of this the hard way. Note to self: pay attention!!!
I think I am as ready as I can be for this open house today. I know I will have some setting up and packing up to do, but I think that should be fairly easy and take only fifteen minutes for each. I'm just not sure what to expect as I've never had one. I've worked at booths selling stuff and have years of customer service experience. So, I will go with high expectations and settle with whatever happens. I know it is a learning experience and that I can only get better from here.
If things go well, I'm considering having an open house here possibly the end of January or the beginning of February. I will be able to get the word out ahead of time and have more things to show/sell. It will give me something to look forward to during the long winter months and will help me practice my marketing skills. I realize a lot depends on whether or not I am able to get another job. But, right now I'm so discouraged on that end that I'm not holding my breath at all. I've got to forge my own way as far as finding ways to make money. And, right now, the only definitive things I have are my sometimes stints with a local employment agency and my Avon business. So, it's time to get creative and see where life takes me.
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.
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