The Adventures of a Freelance Writer and Editor

Archive for April, 2011

The Best Food

If you know me personally, you know I love to eat and cook. I am constantly trying new recipes and hosting dinner parties. Food is always better when you share it with family and friends.

For the past two months, I have been contributing articles about food and cooking to Bestcovery.com. On the site, I share my favorite recipes and products, which usually involve healthy, unprocessed foods.

If you are in the mood to try something new, check out one of my articles such as Best Drink Recipes or Best French Toast Recipes. I’d love to hear about your experiences with new recipes you try, whether from my articles or other sources.

Nonprofits Can Make You Happier

Over the past month, I have had the opportunity to work with Cystic Fibrosis Worldwide (CFW) and Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity.

I am currently working on several grant projects with both organizations. Grants are a major source  of funding for most nonprofit organizations. Without the support of foundations, governments, and corporations, nonprofits are unable to fulfill their missions, which usually benefit society as a whole regardless of target populations.

Although grants are a major source of funding , individuals can also help support nonprofits through donations and volunteerism. Research shows that charity work has a variety of personal benefits. According to Gretchen Rice, author of The Happiness Project, “Those who work to further causes they value tend to be happier and healthier, experience fewer aches and pains, and even live longer.”

After a month of working with two nonprofits, I agree with Rice. Not only am doing work I love (aka writing), but I am helping society at the same time. It is difficult to have a bad day at work when I know that  my services are going to help build a home for a struggling family or provide medical support to a sick patient. At the end of the day, I am proud of the work I’ve done.

Even if you don’t work for a nonprofit, everyone can feel this same sense of pride by volunteering or donating. I would love to hear what organizations you support and why. Do you think working with, donating to, or volunteering for nonprofits makes you happier?

Welcome to My New Site

Good morning everyone. For a while I’ve been avoiding the blog trend. I’ve written blog posts for other organizations, but I never saw the advantage of starting my own blog.

During the past month, I have been taking a writing and editing for the web course through Media Bistro. After all the class discussions and assignments, my professor has convinced me that a professional blog can help my business. So here it is, my new professional blog.

I have too many interests to create a niche blog, so this will be a general blog covering my thoughts and experiences. Be prepared to read about projects I am currently working on as well as topics that interests me such as books, foods, and the environment.

I would love to hear your feedback on my new site. I look forward to reading your comments and suggestions. Have a great day.

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