Five on Friday: Working and Cooking

Whew. It has been a CRAZY week! I am SO glad it’s the weekend, and I can just relax and think about NOTHING! I decided to link up with Five on Friday today to give you a taste of what’s been going on this week since, you know, I’ve been so crazy busy that I’ve been slacking on my blog. Seriously. I WILL start posting more regularly again SOON!

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Work has been crazy. As you may or may not know, I work from home now as a blogger VA (virtual assistant). I’ve been meaning to write a post dedicated to this but, well, I just haven’t had time. I work for several blogs and post various numbers posts per blog per day. It’s fun, and I’d be looking up the deals anyway, so why not get paid for it?

I try to get most if not all of my work done at night so I have the days with Lucy. But, for the last few weeks, I’ve been freelancing for a news website, so I have been SLAMMED trying to get everything done – especially since I’ve had a big story pop up over the last day. I’m liking the extra money, but I’ll be glad when my life returns to normal.

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I tried a new recipe this week – this one, to be exact. Joe took a look in the crockpot and said, “By the way, I cleaned up cat throw up this morning. I don’t know why your dinner made me think of that.”

Seriously. For the record, it was great. My lentils could have been a little more tender, but I’ve never been good at cooking lentils for some reason.

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We saw Beauty and the Beast on Sunday! My kiddo was SO enthralled, even though the performance was 2 1/2 hours long. And, she met Belle! Best moment ever. Until, you know, her birthday party, that is!

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Speaking of her birthday party – I’ve been doing some serious planning this week. Yes, I know her birthday isn’t until November, but I’m a planner! I have been working on coming up with the decor scheme I want to do and figuring out what I need to order off Etsy. I’ll have a more detailed most coming soon with more pictures!

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I am LOVING the Ipsy Glam Bags I’ve started to get! I’ll be doing a post on last month’s box soon – hopefully before this month’s box comes! If not, I’ll show them both to you at once. Last month was my first month, and I seriously cannot wait to get this month’s! I love the variety of beauty items I get and the low price – only $10! And, they come in a cute makeup bag rather than a box!

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What have y’all been up to this week??

Feeling Letdown

Boy, have I been BUSY with work lately. So much so that blogging is the last thing I want to do once I finally shut down after a 12-hour work day.

For the last month, I have been guest editing various Patch sites. Local editors have gone on vacation, and one just quit, so I’m running her site until the new editor takes over. It’s good pay, but it’s a lot of work. I’ve been just worn down.

I was pretty psyched about all this extra work because the money was being put aside to go toward adding onto our house. Then, I was told my freelancing was being cut to almost nothing. That means, the plans to add on to the house (and have a second child) are now on hold until a) I get more freelancing; or b) Joe gets a job that pays better.

I’m trying to find the silver lining, but it’s hard. Sure, we have money saved up now to help pay the bills, but that means putting on hold our desire to expand our family. I’m not getting any younger, and I don’t want Lucy and her sibling to be TOO far apart in age. However, with only three bedrooms in our house and no bonus room or basement, we just don’t have the space right now. Stupid recession and housing market collapse.

There’s also the chance now that our mortgage company might let us refinance. We tried before, but they won’t release it to let our bank refinance it for us. And, they wouldn’t do it themselves because we didn’t have a hardship. I think this is considered a hardship. I’m praying VERY hard that they will approve it.

I just feel really letdown. I know God has a plan for us, as He always does. It’s just hard knowing we were SO close to being able to start trying to get pregnant again only to have it put off indefinitely. Every time we start to make headway on something we just keep getting hit over and over and over. I feel like we deserve a break. We do everything right, and we’re being punished.

I guess in a way it’s a good thing because it will give me more time with Lucy. I just wish we’d be able to keep saving the way we are! Oh well. I have faith that everything will be just fine.

So, that’s where I’m at. Monday — the day I found out — was a very difficult day for me. I was in a very dark place. I still hope we can become a family of four, but I’m now trying to be content with being just a family of three. We’ll see how that goes.

A New Challenge

As many of you know, I quit my full-time job last year to work part time as a freelance writer and spend more time at home. It went very well for a few months. Then, the budget cuts happened, and that meant my assignments were cut. A lot. To the point where I was super stressed and didn’t know if we’d make it.

But, things are OK. We continue to bring in what we need every month, and we even paid off Joe’s car last week and will pay off one credit card this week. And, having less work means more time with Lucy. But, I still want to bring in more, to both feel more stable and to meet my aggressive plan to have the rest of our credit cards paid off in the next two years.

So, I’ve started my own business. It all began when I was approached by a local travel association to manage their social media accounts, and create and send out their monthly e-blast. Then, I got to thinking about how much I love Facebook and why not try to make some money while doing what I love. And, that’s how Cady Schulman Creative was born. I know, not exactly the most creative name, but I kind of suck at names. If you have any suggestions, I’m all ears.

Right now, I just have the one client, but I have meetings this week with two more potential clients. Fingers crossed they’ll sign on. And, a friend who referred one of the people I’m meeting with said she has other business owners to refer, and she likely will sign on herself. I feel like this is something that can really take off because, well, advertising and marketing your business on Facebook is MUCH cheaper than buying ad space in magazines or newspapers, on websites or billboards and, since there are 500 million people on Facebook, you’ll reach more people. There are just so many possibilities, and I’m super excited.

So, wish me luck! And, go over and “like” my Facebook page. 🙂

One of the Best Parts of Working from Home…

…is that I don’t have to dress up as much anymore. Yes, I dress up when I have meetings to cover, which is several times a month. But, the rest of the time, I do what I need to wearing jeans. That’s my kind of dress code.

Of course, I it would be nice to be able to work completely in pajamas, or even nursing uniforms because scrubs are so comfy, but I’m not going to complain. I’ve got it pretty good right now, I think.

Why Do I Love Being a Writer?

Because I get to cover awesome things like, oh, you know, a movie being filmed in the area.

That’s right. I spent a good bit of Wednesday tracking down the set of the movie “Neighborhood Watch” with Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn, which is being filmed in Powder Springs. I couldn’t get a hold of the unit publicist and no one locally had gotten back to me, so I used my journalistic skills and, after making a few phone calls and doing a few Internet searches, I was on scene of the set.

No one was allowed to go on-set, but I got pictures from as close as I could get. I wish I had had our DSLR with me, but I got word that they were shooting that day while I was in Paulding County working on another story. I still think it was pretty cool, though!

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The scene of the set
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I’m definitely going to have to see this movie when it comes out! Also? My job is awesome.

Last Week

This is my last week at my full time job. After being employed there for six years, this feels strange to me. It’s scary because it’s secure but exciting because I will have more time for my family. That’s what really matters in this thing called life.

I have been SLAMMED with work these last few weeks. I’ve been working my full time job AND freelancing, so I’ve been working 12-15 hour days. There are some days that I don’t see Lucy at all, which makes me sad, but I know it will be worth it on Friday when I walk out of the radio station for the last time.

And, being so busy is comforting because I know that when I DO leave the radio station, I will have tons of work. I already have several stories I need to work on but just haven’t had the time, and one editor said she has a lot for me to do. I’m ready for this new chapter to begin.