Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Bucket List Progress: Quit Smoking

Drum roll please....I am tobacco-free for 18 months! Hip hip hooray!!!

Being a non-smoker feels freakin' awesome!

How did I do it? A combination of electronic cigarettes and determination. I really wasn't easy, but it was so worth it.

e-Cigs helped just enough to take the edge off. They didn't completely take away the urges but they helped.

After 4 to 6 weeks of the e-cig, I weaned myself off it. Then, every time I thought of smoking I did 10 pushups or went for a run or ate natural popcorn. I forced myself to think about replacing cigarette smoking with a healthier behavior.

More than a year later, I can't imagine going back to smoking. The idea of paying someone to kill me is repugnant. I can't stand the way it smells. I LOVE that when I run I'm not held back by my lungs.

Life without smoking is freedom. I am never, ever going back. Bucket List Item #28 complete!!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

In the a blink of an eye...

Time just flies by!

I've been radio silent for the last two years concentrating on my career and non-online life. I'm at a place now where I need to get back into writing. I need to feel plugged in again.

So what's changed in the last couple years?

Um...A lot!

I'm still at a healthy weight, although I've gained back about 10-15 pounds. (Something that I'll be remedying as soon as the weather breaks!)

Last year, I bought a house, a fixer-upper, repo'ed house in the middle of the redneck ghetto of Elyria, Ohio. I've been living in it and fixing it up. Much of my new inspiration is now around light DIY projects and upcycling.

I've met a wonderful man. I'm completely, totally, head over heels in love with an amazing person.

The biggest changes I've felt over the last 2 years have been in me. I'm a lot more settled. My perspective is a bit more seasoned.

With my departure from blogging, I also took a break from freelancing online. While I've been away it seems that the whole world of online writing has changed. The work is a lot harder to find. Upfront pay and residual pay opportunities have pretty much dried up.

Over the next several weeks I'm working on getting back to making money online. I set up profiles on Elance and Fiverr, logged back into Infobarrel and Examiner and started building a couple more new blogs.

What will you see on this blog going forward? A lot of the same (although more frequent). I'm still working through my Bucket List. I'll share information on freelancing and probably link in some work I'm doing on the house.

I really appreciate any feedback you might have by way of comments below. If there's anything that I can do to help with some mutual support for my fellow freelancers please let me know. :)

It feels good to be back! Now I just have to get typing...