I am one of those people who just does not win things. I won maybe $50 on the Sigma Derby in Mont Bleu in South Lake Tahoe once, but to be quite honest, everyone else won almost $400 so that doesn’t count in my mind. You can imagine my delight this week when I won Season 4 of Downton Abbey from the @BBCAmericaShop for taking part in the weekly #MindTheGap Twitter party hosted by @MindtheGap_BBCA. It was so exciting. I actually haven’t watched season 4 yet either so I am in for a treat. Anyway, as amazing as it was to actually win something, this got me thinking about why Twitter parties are worth while getting involved with as a freelancer:
Recently I got my VISA to work again in the USA and this has led me back to teaching. This makes me very, very happy. It is great to be back out in the world again meeting new people and business owners face-to-face instead of via the Internet. Don’t get me wrong, I love my business, but I have realised that there are certain things missing in my life now that I am a freelancer that I took for granted before when I worked in a ‘normal’ job. Here are my reasons why being a teacher whilst freelancing is a good idea:
We recently moved into a new home and I have had the pleasure of decorating my very own office. This is a very exciting time for me because I was working in the living room up until now which made it very difficult to concentrate to my fullest and in turn, very difficult to switch off. Separating your work space from your down-time area is so important and I am so grateful for my new environment.
When I was about 10 years old I went on holiday with my mum, my dad and my best friend Holly and I have the most vivid memory from this holiday. I remember having a huge debate with my parents about books and how, eventually, they would no longer be in a book but on a computer. Holly and I argued that it would ‘never take off’ and expressed how much we loved the smell of a book, explaining as we went, how it contributed to our whole experience. Obviously, now we have the iPad, the Kindle and so on; my parents were right. If only we had acted on that impulse; we would be rich!
Getting back to the point, I feel like this same argument could be had now about education. It is
in a huge time of change and development and many see education becoming an online experience in the future. I have recently begun working for an online mentoring program that aims to enable young professionals looking for work fresh out of university. This experience so far has offered me much insight into online learning and I am going to share my top 3 favourite features of online learning.
Today, I write this blog from a desk in the Reno Collective, a local collaborative workspace in downtown Reno. Even though Reno is far from being the Silicon Valley, it is places like this that make it feel like that possibility could become real. It is a cool hub of entrepreneurs that come together to work, collaborate and motivate one another. For me, it is just the refreshment I needed and it gave me that wonderful feeling of hope and adrenalin for the future. Here are the top reasons why workspaces like this rock.
Once upon a time, a girl opened a mobile phone SIM-only, month-to-month contract with a phone company in England to use whilst she was home. She deactivated her account when she left the country and reactivated it upon return. For the most part their relationship was fairly amicable with only a slight issue with online communication (that being that they couldn’t work her online account so she couldn’t track her bills) but other than that, they got along fairly well. That was until the phone company got a little clingy. It went down hill from there… They didn’t live happily ever after…
This week’s blog is all about how you can use the power of social media to communicate with huge corporations to resolve an issue that you believe to be unfair. It is also a useful blog for businesses to learn how to use social media as a customer service device.
Matt and I have been living together for almost a year now with a couple of gaps here and there whilst I was over the pond, and I have come to learn some really important things about being in a relationship as a freelancer, especially if your partner is in full time work. Here are my top tips to help you keep your relationship happy as a freelancer.