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5 Steps to Help You Relax this Holiday Season

Photograph copyright Shannon L. Buck 2016.Many of us work more than we should, and some of us are holding down another job while building a freelance career. On top of that we have family, friends, and home responsibilities, and we’re getting ready for the holiday season.

Often we end up wearing ourselves out, possibly getting sick in the process. I’ve been working on a series of quick posts on my blog Frugal is Fabulous! that will be just what we ladies need this holiday season. The series is called Mini At-Home Spa Moments, and these are the posts:

  • A Good Start to Your Morning: Be sure you are ready for your day with this quick tip.
  • Quick Afternoon Pick-Me-Up: Having a long, exhaustive day? This little ritual will pick you up in just a couple of minutes.
  • A Relaxing End to Your Day: How do you unwind at the end of the day? Is it in a way that helps you wind down from all the stresses you encounter?
  • Monthly Treat: Make sure you take some time to really care for yourself this holiday season, when you don’t have to worry about anything going on around you.
  • Quick Weekend Habit: This one wont take long but will make you feel extra good!
  • Weekend Relaxation: Make sure you are taking an evening each weekend to care for you.

Frugal is Fabulous! is one of my favorite blogs I write. It has helped so many people of the years who just don’t have enough money to live with, and those who are looking to live a frugal lifestyle for their own purposes. If you know anyone who might find it useful, please pass it along.

I hope you enjoy your holiday season no matter which holiday or sabbat you celebrate.

Love, Peace & Joy,

Shannon




Book Review: How to Do It All: The Revolutionary Plan to Create a Full, Meaningful Life

indexHow to Do It All: The Revolutionary Plan to Create a Full, Meaningful Life – While Only Occasionally Wanting to Poke Your Eyes Out With a Sharpie
Linda is one of my favorite authors on the topic of freelance writing and building a freelance business. It really wasn’t a stretch for me to buy this ebook, and I’m glad I did. I’ve read through the book, and am now working through the worksheets, and I can’t wait to get things in my life more organized and on track.

I love this book. It will be helpful no matter your career choice, and deals anything in life you want to accomplish. The ebook is well-written, and easy to follow along with while filling out the worksheets. On the days I feel like “poking my eyes out with a sharpie”, I can look back at this book and my worksheets, and know that everything will be okay and I’ll be able to get back on track in no time.

As a person who always seems to need to be busily working on something, How to Do It All is helping me to stay on track in each area of life. Thank goodness. I need all the help I can get.

This book, by the way, is a keeper. It gives advice on how to fill out each worksheet, as well as coming up with your own ideas when you want to do something else.



Freelance Ponderings and Advice, The Archives

I’ve been wanting to move my newsletter, Freelance Ponderings and Advice, from Tumblr for quite some time. I love Tumblr and plan to use it in the future, but I needed a little more creative freedom with the newsletter. I think the new platform will work better.

I chose to go with WordPress for the newsletter archives, and am happy with the outcome. I hope you will be too!

This is just an archive site, and wont house the current issue (spring) until the next issue is published. It’s simply a place to collect all the old issues in one place, but WordPress lets me do this in a more clean-looking, organized manner. I’m pleased, for sure.

What do you think? Visit Freelance Ponderings and Advice, The Archive to read any issues you may have missed over the years. I know many of you weren’t on this site in the beginning, so you’ll glean much information from the archive site. Here is a list of the newsletters over there. See anything you missed or would like to read again?

As each new issue is published, I’ll move the previous one to this site.

You’ll notice that I recently cleaned up the sidebars here on the site, deleting a lot of links and such. The old newsletter links were dismantled. I’m still doing some tweaking, but I think the blog is looking a bit more organized these days.

I also made a post on Tumblr, sending people to the new Archive site.

Happy reading!

Shannon L. Buck

P.S. I’m also setting up a new current newsletter platform, and will post again soon about how to sign up for each current issue of the free newsletter. It will be an email newsletter, rather than an email telling you to go to the blog.

 




Sometimes Things Don’t Work Out As Planned

I was having some difficulties last week. Things just didn’t want to go my way. A program I had been using for years malfunctioned. There was a problem with one of my published eBooks. Even things in my personal life went wrong.

SSDD, as the saying goes.

And then Monday started out the same way. I was a little worried. I didn’t want a repeat of last week. I just didn’t think I could handle two weeks in a row of that stuff. I wanted this new week to go smoothly.

Putting everything out of my mind, I concentrated on tasks needing to be completed. I decided not to even think about the morning hours, or the week before, and got busy getting things done.

You know what? Nothing else went wrong that day, and it has been smooth sailing the last couple of days as well. Thank goodness! I made a little extra money, received a $10.00 coupon from Applebee’s, got a free cup of tea at Aroma Joe’s, and finished everything I’d planned to do.

Even though things have a way of going wrong, they also have a way of going right.

Have you ever had one of those days, or weeks? When you thought all was lost? Tell me about it in the comments, or email me personally at shannonlbuck@gmail.com. I always respond!

Shannon L. Buck




I’ve Made Mistakes

We all have, right? We think we know exactly what is needed in order to get things done, then realize what we thought we knew isn’t going to work. Something didn’t happen, or we misunderstood things. Whatever the cause, something did not work out as planned.

This is fine. I use mistakes as opportunities for learning, trying to figure out the point where things went wrong, and taking notes on how to make what I want to do work the next time around.

There is an initial period of stress, but I make every attempt not to let this get me down. I work through the stressful moments until I get things figured out. Sometimes I have to start back at the beginning. Other times I can see that it was a later step that got messed up, and work from there.

And still other times, I find that the mistake is not my fault at all. That the messed up outcome is actually the cause of a problem with a program. For instance, recently I was trying to ready a manuscript in OpenOffice for publishing. Try as I might, I could not get the program to save images. Mind you, I’ve been using this program for years and love it. I’d never had this problem but, all of a sudden, I just could not save images.

I looked through the help section of the program, but nothing it said to do to fix the problem worked. I looked on their site. Still nothing worked. Finally, stressed out, I messaged my brother-in-law. I explained the issue, and told him it just started occurring with no previous problems and asked him, if I uninstalled the program and reinstalled, would the process delete all the manuscripts and other writings I’ve created with the program over the years.

Then I put it out of my mind and concentrated on another task until he could read the message and respond.

Later that night he responded, explaining that the files and edits are separate from the program itself. He told me I was safe to perform the uninstall/install tasks. The next day I did so, and things have been moving along nicely.

I’d never had a real problem with the program, and he later explained that sometimes things like that just happen – for whatever reason. I’m thankful I have him to talk about technological issues with, and have learned a lot from him.

Recently, I was trying to upload a new story to Amazon’s Kindle program, and something wonky happened. I started a new book and saved everything, then the screen went to a previous story I’d published. I went out of that and back to the start page, and the new manuscript was not there, so I did it all over thinking it must have just been a glitch.

I then received a message from a friend who reads my ebooks. She told me she had purchased Bang! and received it just fine, but she had also purchased Rascal only to find that the inside was also Bang!.

At first I had no idea what could be wrong, then I remembered the wonky incident when trying to upload the new story. I messed up. Rascal was the story I had been taken to when the ‘glitch’ happened. I should have immediately checked the preview of that story, to be sure it had not been changed, before re-uploading the other. I did not, and now I had to.

I don’t even know how it happened, because you create a new ebook above where your other ebooks are listed. You start with a clean slate, which is how I started out. I guess there really was some glitch. One I may never understand.

But I fixed the problem. It took almost a day for it to get fixed on their end, but it was done. I found I stressed some, but not too much. Probably because I was sure I was going to be able to get it fixed on my own, and I told myself most people have automatic updates on the books ebooks they buy through Amazon.com anyway. They would get the updates.

Both of these things happened this year, and weren’t my only mistakes. For instance:

  • Twice I’ve uploaded a manuscript for publishing, that showed a few typos at the preview stage. I simply went in and fixed the typos, then re-uploaded. It takes a little more time. I’m sure this will happen again, as I am not perfect, and have decided to be okay with this.
  • When publishing Organize Your Space and Stuff, I uploaded the cover and manuscript, filled in the information, hit publish, and thought I was good to go. Then, when they sent the email telling me the ebook was up for sale on their site, I clicked over to look at it and noticed my mistake. I’d uploaded the incorrect  book cover, the one that said ‘Organizing’ rather than the one that said ‘Organize’. I went back in and updated the cover, but it took another day for that problem to be fixed on their end. Also, I noticed after redoing this that the new cover still was not the one being shown, so I had to repeat this a couple more times. All told, it took a couple of days to fix this problem. Ugh.
  • Then I noticed, for the same book, the word ‘Organizing’ needed to be changed to ‘Organize’ in the description. This meant I had to go back into the book information, change it, and then re-save – again. Theses updates took another day to go into effect.
  • I write and edit articles quickly, and sometimes notice typos after publication. When I do, I try to correct them right off so I don’t forget.
  • While putting together Organize Your Space and Stuff from old articles on the blog, I became aware of how far my writing has come. I’m a better writer than I was a few years back. It took months of editing articles and adding important information to them to get that book out. Not as easy-peasy as I’d hoped. But I’m glad I did, and am planning to do it again with another topic. I’ve learned to edit a little more carefully due to finding those mistakes.

This is not a complete list, either. I’m just full of mistakes. But I have decided not to let them get me down, and to keep moving forward no matter what. I’ll fix them when I notice, or when kind and understanding friends and readers point them out to me.

It is true, the more you write, edit, and publish, the more you’ll learn. Practice does not always make perfect, but perfection is not always necessary.

Go ahead. Make mistakes. Correct them when you notice, and don’t stress too much over any mistakes you do make. Everything if fixable.

Any mistakes you want to share, if only to make me and others feel better? Leave a comment, or email me personally at shannonlbuck@gmail.com. I enjoy hearing from you, and always respond.

Shannon L. Buck




Are You Worried About Messing Up?

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2016.So was I.

Trying to learn all I could about each step in the publishing process was how I dealt with this worry. But, you know what? I still have stuff to learn. After publishing 8 ebooks this year, I’m still learning.

Why am I telling you this? So you’ll know that it is okay to learn along the way, rather than wasting as much time as I did trying to learn everything. Technology changes so frequently that, once the basics are learned, it is okay to jump right in. To not learn every single thing before you begin. Feel free to wing it.

So do it. Finish writing that book, setting up that blog, creating that ecourse, or whatever it is you’re afraid of messing up. And remember, it is okay to make mistakes.

Making mistakes is its’ own education. You get to figure out something real, not some perceived thing you may not need in the first place. If you’re publishing an ebook for the first time, go ahead and read that guide on how to do so, but then jump in and get your feet wet. If you want to start a blog, join a 30 day challenge for beginner bloggers and do the work. Don’t wait. Get started.

Go ahead and make mistakes. We all do. But make note of how you fix each so you’ll have the information if it happens again, and keep going.

And don’t forget to reward yourself when you meet an important goal, no matter how big or small the goal may be. This will help you to stay motivated.

What are you worried about messing up? Share with us in the comments so we can offer support and encouragement, or email me personally at shannonlbuck@gmail.com. I always respond, and love hearing from you.

Shannon L. Buck




Are You Meeting Your Goals?

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2016.As I sit at my desk sipping chamomile tea, a Caribbean spice scented candle burning behind me, and the movie Wild Hogs playing in the background, I am wondering how many of you are meeting your goals for the year.

Linda Formichelli is publishing her book How to Do It All: The Revolutionary Plan to Create a Full Meaningful Life – While only Occasionally Wanting to Poke Your Eyes Out With a Sharpie. It will be available for purchase on April 18th. To go along with this book, she has a closed Facebook group of which I am a member, and she will have worksheets to go along with the book. I’ll be buying this book.

Carol Tice offered presale packages for her book Small Blog, Big Income: One Niche Blogger’s 7-Step Formula Ebook, Workbook & Earnings Case Studies. This bundle came with a copy of the book How to Be a Well-Paid Freelance Blogger. I bought this bundle and will be reading everything and working through the workbook soon. She is also offering a mastermind class.

They are very busy ladies, and are working hard to get to where they want to be.

Me? I’ve self-published 6 fiction stories and 2 nonfiction ebooks. And it has been a crazy, crazy ride. The amount of stuff I have learned. The number of hours spent on each project. The mistakes I’ve made, that I put the time in to fix. Crazy. But I stuck with it and am proud of myself, as I’m sure Linda and Carol are proud of themselves.

And I hope you are proud of your accomplishments as well, be they adding a specified number of clients, raising your rates, writing your book, publishing your blog, or working on something else.

What is it you are proud of? Blog about it. Write an article. Consider if it is blog or course worthy. Celebrate and move forward.

Share your success(es) in the comments, or email me personally at shannonlbuck@gmail.com. I always respond, and love hearing from you.

Shannon L. Buck




Published! Organize Your Space and Stuff

Organize Your Space and StuffWow! It has been such a crazy, busy year so far. And it is only February 7th. Now, with four stories published and this book, I’m feeling incredibly accomplished. All the work that kept me up late nights last year is paying off in the form of these five eBooks published to Amazon.

As you may have noticed, many articles disappeared from this blog over the weekend. Why? Because they were updated and then placed into this eBook.

They were old and not completely up to date. But I had readers who kept emailing me regarding some of the articles I felt needed to be let go. They had questions; wanted more help in applying methods.

So I decided to write an eBook.

I needed to elaborate on some things in the articles, and let people know about what was still working for me and what wasn’t.

So many changes have been made since the early days of this blog.

This eBook:

  • Edits and expands on each article taken from the blog.
  • Provides an update, letting people know what has changed over the years, and giving even more tips for each article.
  • Provides action steps for you to follow, if you choose, to create a business that is organized and runs smoothly.
  • Gives you a bonus section with creative projects for your enjoyment. Some for fun, others that will put a new twist on some aspect of your business.

Organize Your Space and Stuff took months to complete, and will be a real treat for you. I know you’ll enjoy the read, and take plenty away from it that will help you with your business.

Is Organize Your Space and Stuff only for freelance writers?

Many other home and small business owners would get a lot out of this eBook.

Is the eBook available for KindleUnlimited?

Yes, it is free to read for anyone subscribing to the service.

How much will I have to pay if I want to buy the eBook?

The eBook is going for $9.99. With edited articles, updates, action steps, and a bonus section, the price is reasonable. There are 103 pages in the eBook.

What you can do now:

  1. Get Organize Your Space and Stuff today, and create a business you’ll be proud of. While your there, follow me on my author page. And, please leave a review if you enjoy the book.
  2. Subscribe to this blog to stay updated on other publications, as well as to learn more about the Freelance Life. Use the form in the sidebar or click on a follow button.
  3. Join me on Goodreads. Rate the book there.
  4. Connect with me on LinkedIn.
  5. Join me on Authorsden.
  6. Check out my Portfolio on Contently to see all the different things I write: Fiction, Lifestyle articles, and more.
  7. Contribute to my page on Facebook.
  8. Share my stuff on Twitter.

Generally, just help a girl out 🙂 Let me know what you do, and link to your stuff in the comments, and I’d love to #sharetheluv by pointing people toward your stuff as well, and read what you have to offer.

As always, feel free to email me at shannonlbuck@gmail.com if you prefer. I enjoy reading reader emails, and always reply.

Shannon L. Buck

 

 




Last Year was a Year of…

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.For me, last year was one of simplification. I simplified processes, winnowed out unnecessary belongings and steps, and tried to live more in the moment.

It was also a year of revelations and reevaluation, learning more about myself and what I want in my life. What is important, and what isn’t.

I made decisions to do things, things that I am now completing – like the publication of a series of four short stories, and the eBook I am almost ready to publish for this blog. Exciting things, for sure.

What was last year for you? A year of…

  • Productivity, where you got tons of important stuff accomplished?
  • Perseverance, where you chose one or two goals and focused on them until they were met?
  • Courage, with no negative self-talk and putting yourself out there without worry?

Whatever it was, congratulations! You made big strides.

Share with us what last year was for you, in the comments below, or email me personally at shannonlbuck@gmail.com. I always answer!

Shannon L. Buck