Thursday, December 30, 2010

A New Year, A New Me...

   As I sit here working on a few articles before the CRAZY weekend I have in front of me, I can't help but think about what 2011 will hold... I'll have a Master's Degree in Forensic Psychology before June, and although the program focused a bit more on topics I care less about (like Correctional Psychology), it has been a learning experience and a Master's Degree is still a Master's Degree. There aren't too many of those in my family, so it's a big accomplishment.

   In 2010 I started writing freelance for several websites, including two Examiner positions, Suite101, Break Studios, Experts123, and Demand Media Studios (primarily articles). I have wanted to write since I was in the second grade and a story I wrote won a young author's award. But I also have always had that fear that I was wasting time wanting something I couldn't have...
   I have been writing online since May 2010 and have made my first "pay checks" since before I got married (Sept. 2004), and that has felt really, REALLY good. I'm still working on getting more consistent with my income, and eventually working toward higher-paying writing jobs, but until this last semester is over I'm pacing myself.

   I became an Independent Beachbody Coach in June 2010 also. I've been a Beachbody customer since 2004, when my husband bought us Slim in 6 before our wedding. I did two days of it then quit haha! It took me 2 years to finally go back to the program, but when I did, I did with purpose. I completed the 6 weeks twice, then moved on to more challenging workouts from Beachbody. I also became a Club Member. Coach seemed the right next step. It allows me to save money (25% off all my purchases) and I can earn commissions (up to 50%) and bonuses as I build my Team.
     It's a work in progress, but I hope to build a successful Team and help as many people as possible. I struggled with my weight for so long (most of my life) and now that I am getting it under control, I want others to feel as great as I do!

    So... what does 2011 hold for me?
    Well, for starters, I'm doing something on New Year's Eve, which I have NEVER done... normally I just stay home. I don't like big events, I don't drink, I prefer to go to bed early, and I'm really quite boring... but I found something that I wanted to do and so we're doing it! I'll share the details later, with pics and all!

    I'll graduate, as I mentioned, with my Master's in Forensic Psychology, which is still cool.

    I'm having jaw surgery in March, to correct a malformation.... basically my jaw didn't form right as I grew and it's caused problems most of my life. I had braces as a teenager that didn't fix the problem, so now I've had braces on sine July 2010 and will have surgery in March 2011. The braces will probably come off in the middle of the summer, assuming everything works out right.
    It's scary... wicked scary! And braces suck so bad! But it's a minor, temporary inconvenience that will improve the quality of the rest of my life. Yeah... it's worth it.

(No, I'm never this happy in the dentist chair... haha)

    After school finishes I plan to spend the 40-45 hours a week I've been spending on school on writing instead. Some writing for online, but also working on a novel. I've had two that I wanted to write for a long time, and my husband and I are doing some "family planning" so it doesn't look like I'll be working in a typical job for a long time... that's actually fine with me because it allows me the freedom to work from home, as I have been, and the freedom to work on a novel (or two) which I could finally FINISH....

    I also have work to finish on some websites... mine and for Taiheiji (my temple in Hawaii). It takes a lot of time so with the chaos from school I have to pick and choose what gets the little bit of focus I have left after school work... I look forward to improving all the sites, and this blog as well.

    Family planning is a big deal... I'm getting older, it's about that time haha... we're hoping to have one, then adopt 3 or 4.

    So, 2011 holds an awful lot... a lot of accomplishments, a lot of changes... some big plans.... and a lot of progress.

Happy New Year!

Hahaha! I won't smile because of my braces!

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