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Grants and Social Media… Just Another Day on the Job

My work can be broken down into two categories: paid and unpaid. On a good day, I am researching, brainstorming, writing, and editing for a paid project (usually blogs, grants, copyediting, or copywriting). On a slow day, I’m usually researching, brainstorming, writing, and editing about my business aka marketing and learning. Although this aspect of my business doesn’t “pay,” the goal is to land new clients and improve my skills; both of which are essential to a successful business and ultimately need to financial rewards.

Today was one of those “non-paying” days. I took a break from my “paying” projects to hone my skills and improve my marketing. I spent the afternoon attending a webinar titled Winning Grants by CharityHowTo. Every month, I research, write, and submit grants for Cystic Fibrosis Worldwide, and I recently researched grants for Lights Camera Learn. Hopefully, I will have the opportunity to write and submit grants for Lights Camera Learn as well as other nonprofit organizations.

Since I work with grants on a regular basis, I thought it would be beneficial to participate in this webinar. I did pick up a few helpful strategies, but overall, I was disappointed in the service. After spending $80 on the webinar, I had a poor audio connection and left the webinar after 30 minutes. (It was supposed to be an hour and a half.) I’m not sure if it was my computer or the webinar itself. I would love to hear from others who attended the webinar. Did you have audio trouble? Were you pleased with the content?

Also, if anyone can recommend any useful resources for grant writers (books, websites, courses), I am always looking to improve my skills.

The rest of the day I spent reading The Zen of Social Media Marketing: An Easier Way to Build Credibility, Generate Buzz, and Increase Revenue by Shama Hyder Kabani. I frequently use social media to market my personal business as well as my client’s businesses. I recently started a new project updating Mita Production’s Facebook, so I wanted to learn more about social media marketing. So far, I really enjoy social media marketing, and I would love to find more clients who need help in this area. If you or anyone you know could use this service, please let me know. I am always looking for referrals.

As always, here is my most recently published posts. More coming soon. Cheers!

Why the “From” Line is Important to Email Marketers

How to Decorate Your Wedding Cake with Fresh Flowers

Seven Ideas to Steal from Twilight Inspired Movies… Even If You Aren’t a Twihard

The Importance of Illustrations

Color Printing Vs. Black and White Printing

A Busy Day in the Neighborhood

The last 24 hours have been very busy. WriteOnCon has been keeping me occupied with great articles to read and videos to watch. I am learning so much from the authors, agents and editors who are participating. I’ve also been working on setting up all my accounts to begin working with Outskirts Press. By next week, I’ll have some fun projects to share with you. In between working and WOC, I’ve also been working on polishing a manuscript and query letter for an agent I met at WOC. Hopefully, I will have time to finish everything this weekend and get it sent out next week. I also have been working on grants for CFW.

In addition to all the writing and reading, I spent a few hours working at A Garden Party. (I love the days when my mind gets a break from writing, and I get to play with flowers.) They are organizing a Trash the Dress shot, so I got to help find some inspirational photos for that. I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

Well, I better get back to my to-do list.

5 Reasons I Love My Job

Well, my writing and editing work has been keeping me very busy the last couple of week, but I’ve still managed to find time to enjoy the perks of working from home. Here are five reasons I love my job.

1) I can bake cookies on my lunch hour.

2) My commute equals a short walk down the hall, a stop in the bathroom, a few minutes at the coffee pot, a right into the living room, and just a few more feet to my desk.

3) This morning, I got to listen to the rain and feel the cool morning breeze. Much better than being stuck in an office building.

4) Permission to take an afternoon nap when I can’t keep my eyelids open.

5) Working bare foot. Bye-bye uncomfortable heels.

Now that I made myself sound like a hippy who loves to eat and sleep, here is what I’ve actually been working.

I finished writing web copy for Mita Productions, and Mita posted my wedding planning blog. Every week, I will be writing a post about wedding planning. Stay tuned for my next post about current flower trends.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Virgina Tran, the editor for Hamptons Chef Society. The finished post should be up soon.

Music by Design posted two of my blogs (Something Blue and Something Old…). I also wrote two other posts that will be posted soon.

Most of the week has been spent editing a crime mystery novel. It is a very captivating story. Best of luck to Bill Riveron. I hope to see the book in print one day.

I’m very excited to announce that I have started a new series on A Garden Party blog. Every week, I am featuring a vendor that A Garden Party frequently works with. This week I had the pleasure of talking to Stephan from The Sweet Life Bakery. He and his wife are very inspiring. Click here to check it out.

Well, I better get back to work. I have about 30 pages of the crime novel left to edit, and I am hoping to finish it tonight so I can work on grants and blogs tomorrow. Toodles.

What I’ve Been Up To

Well, it has been a little over a week since my last update. Life has been crazy. I’ve been working extra hours at my other jobs, and I’ve been working on some fun projects. I started editing a crime mystery novel by Bill Riveron. I am a little over halfway through my first read-through, and I can’t wait to find out what happens; I feel like I am reading a script for CSI. I also have been working with Mita Productions, a South Asian wedding planner in California, to update their website copy; I also wrote a post about planning a wedding for their blog. As usual, I have been working on some grants for CFW and Habitat for Humanity, and I have also wrote a few blogs for Hampton Chef Society and  A Garden Party Florist. Here is my recent posts.

An Indepth Interview with Michael Giusto – Thank you for the interview Michael. It was a pleasure talking to you.

A Garden Party Review: Kim Kardashian’s Wedding Plans – Guess who much her budget is? You will be jealous; I promise.

A Garden Party Review: Niecy Nash’s Wedding –  This might be my favorite celebrity wedding so far.

I have some more exciting articles coming soon.

Good night!

 

If You Love What You Do, You Will Never Work a Day in Your Life

When I was in high school, I didn’t believe the cliché “If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life.” Instead, I was convinced that unless you were Oprah or some other superstar, you were destined to hate your job. I wasn’t excited about college because I didn’t want a stuffy, grown up job. I hate driving, so I didn’t want to commute. I work best barefoot and half-dressed, so I didnt’ want to wear a suit. And, while I love to socialize and I get some of my best ideas from others, I do my best work alone.

When I was in high school, I didn’t realize that people could make a living writing, and I definitely didn’t know that people could work from home. After a lot of independent research, I finally stumbled upon my dream career— freelance writing and editing. Every since I was a little girl, I have loved to write. I use to “publish” fake magazines, and I was always writing in my journal. Some days I was writing short stories. Other days I was writing poetry, and plenty of days I just wrote down observations. It didn’t matter what I was writing; I just loved to write.

I started freelancing last spring. I wasn’t sure I could make it work. I read plenty of books and articles by people who make a decent living as freelancers, but I doubted that I could do it. Why would anyone want to hire me? Yet, I am one of those people who when I set a goal for myself, I do whatever I have to to achieve it. So I started small. While I am nowhere near my goal yet, everyday I get a little closer. Six months ago, I would have never guessed that I would be writing grants as well as guest blogging for three clients.

This week, I wrote three posts for Music by Design (Wedding Butterfly Release,Butterfly Themed Weddings, and Wedding Wishing Lanterns). When I wrote the three posts, I didn’t feel like I was working. I was getting paid to do what I love — write. Plus, I was lucky to be able to write on a topic that interests me. (I am a little obsessed with weddings.)

So, here is my thought of the day: whatever you love, do it. You will be a happier person everyday.

A Sincere Thank You

This week I’ve been updating my website. To help showcase the work I have been doing, I asked some clients to provide feedback on my services. I would like to thank Peter Cooke from Hampton Chef Society and Evelyn Leverett from Habitat for Humanity for the complimentary feedback. My job is much more satisfying when I know I am making my clients happy. Thank you Peter and Evelyn. To view the testimonials, click here.

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day everyone! It is a beautiful day (feels like summer). I’m getting ready for a BBQ with friends and family (it doesn’t get much better than that), but I wanted to take a moment to update everyone on my current and upcoming projects. Since it is a holiday, I’ll keep it short and sweet. Here we go:

*This week on A Garden Party Florist I wrote about Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton’s recent wedding and offered some wedding ideas inspired by the country couple. Click here to check it out. Stay tuned for my next post about Sara Rue’s wedding.

*I started blogging for a Hampton Chef Society. This week, I wrote “Do You Know Where Your Blueberries and Cranberries Come From?” Keep an eye out for my next article, “Why You Should Eat Blueberries and Cranberries.”

*I got hired as a wedding blogger for Music by Design, a wedding DJ located in Chicago. In the beginning of the week, I should have my first article posted.

*As usual, I worked on some grants for Cystic Fibrosis Worldwide (CFW) and Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity (GCHFH).

This upcoming week, I will be writing more articles for A Garden Party Florist, Hampton Chef Society, and Music by Design. I will also be working on grants for CFW and GCHFH. When I’m not writing, I’ll be looking for more projects (such as grant writing and copy editing), but for now, I am going to enjoy the holiday. Happy Memorial Day!

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