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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Stuff That "Made My Day" This Week!

Okay, come clean. No matter where you are on the freelance writing spectrum, chances are that some days you simply question your “success” and your sanity. True?

You contemplate, meditate, cogitate, on Shakespeare’s infamous question---”to be or not to be?” That is the question.

Either you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, or you start off great, but you get a biting rejection from an editor, who obviously didn’t get the memo that you are indeed a human being with feelings behind those words. Hello? :-)
Or maybe it’s a client that doesn’t pay on time. Or perhaps a sinking feeling that everybody else has more on the ball than you do when it comes to the freelancing game.

Anybody with me here? :-) “Don’t it make your brown eyes blue?”

Well, my week started off in that direction. Don’t know why exactly. But I felt I wasn’t “achieving” enough. That I didn’t have enough income based on my output. That I was overwhelmed and underappreciated. Yada, yada, yada. You get the script.

And though I admit that it doesn’t happen often, I too have days where I host my own pity party. Yep. I do, y’all. But that’ll be our little secret.

Anyhow, to make a long story short, without much effort on my part, things started shaping up like Kirstie Alley!

Here’s the stuff that made my day this week, turned my direction around, and merited mention!

1. I got a new Pen and Prosper follower. No matter how many I get, I’m always pleased and tickled pink to add to the mix. A special welcome and shout-out to all of you that joined recently. I appreciate your time, interest and support. Please feel free to jump in and comment. I dig the exchange and the energy!

2. Pen and Prosper was referenced in one of my favorite, popular sites for freelancers! And I quote: “When veterans like Jennifer Brown Banks speaks, I think we should listen.” See it all at : diaryofamadfreelancer.com/

3. I had some really good shopping days, where I scored some household and gift items dirt cheap! And what woman doesn’t love that? I also made some more lovely gift baskets that I'm thinking of donating to local charities.

4. I was able to bounce back and realize the benefits of a new virus protection computer membership program that I recently signed up for. I was surfing the Net, (actually Googling for some of my listings), when I accidentally clicked on a site that rendered the following warning: “this site contains files that may be harmful to your computer.” All of a sudden, all kinds of weird stuff started to pop up! But, luckily I didn’t have to sweat it, as the situation was rectified almost immediately through tech support. Yay!

Okay, that’s it for me for now. How about you? Anything you can relate to here? Anything that made your day this week? Do tell…

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  1. Okay, it would seem that you've been privy to my thoughts lately...Battling some ups and downs along the same lines, so I hear you, really, I do! Goodness, we need to do lunch someday.

    The good news is that there have been some things that perked up my week. After lunch yesterday with my daughter (for her bday), my daughter in law and 3 yr old grandson, the little mister wanted to come home with grandma. Who can refuse that? Paperwork can wait! :)

    And then I received this very nice, unexpected note from a friend and colleague from the Chicago area. You wouldn't happen to know anything about that, now, would you? That was another bright and sunshine-y spot in my week.

    The final perk, well, okay there may be more since it is only Thursday, is remembering that I am blessed every day of my life.

    So glad to hear your week has perked up. Don't forget, I count you among my blessings. :)

    Have a great weekend,

  2. Jennifer Brown BanksApril 28, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    ...And I count you among my blessings as well, hon. :-)

    Funny thing, I'm reading this message and thought to myself... how coincidental, she has another friend in my area. Small world huh? Then I realized it was me! Duh? lol

    Proof positive that I'm working too hard. Thanks for the "verbal hugs" across the miles.

  3. Hello, Jennifer! How wonderful to hear from you! I've always admired your hard work and one of these days I do plan on attending a workshop!

    Glad to hear that you are doing well! I've discovered couponing with Jill Cataldo. Really fun; you can save so much! That's a great idea blessing someone with the blessing you've received.

    Take care!

  4. Jennifer Brown BanksApril 28, 2011 at 12:41 PM


    Hey girl! How goes it? Pleased as punch that you stopped by. Hope to see you @ a workshop when the weather breaks. Thanks for your thoughts. Appreciate the "follow". :-)

  5. It's great to know that your week turned around and hopefully it ended on 10.

    The thing that made my day this week was getting a free Investigative Reporter and Editor membership even though I don't know what to investigate exactly. I have a few ideas.

    But the one thing that keeps me going when I'm down is the desire to never return to corporate America. That's keeps fire under my butt for real! That's my ULTIMATE motivation

  6. This is good news! What do you get with the membership? Like can you use it to attend free concerts? Purchase writing materials at a discount? Do tell...

    I can dig your motivation. "Been there, done that" in terms of mindset.

  7. Jen: I always love reading your post because your writing is just soooo good. I loved the honesty of this post and I think the message was such a good one. When we are in somewhat of a funk and having our own pity parties, the best thing we can do is to turn our attention to those things that are going right. It is too easy to get caught up and focus on things that can frustrate us, but if we just turn our attention to those things that are good, we can really dig ourselves out of any holes.

  8. Jennifer Brown BanksMay 1, 2011 at 4:41 PM


    Wow! How wonderful! Of course you know the feeling is mutual.:-) Funny thing---I was just thinking about you the other day. Hope all is well. Thanks for taking the time to hang out here. Always a pleasure. :-)

  9. Jennifer Brown BanksMay 1, 2011 at 4:48 PM


    P.S. I now have yet another thing to add to my "stuff that made my day this week" with your kind comments. Great end to my week.

  10. Jennifer Brown BanksMay 1, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Sorry I spelled your name wrong in last comment, in quickness...