December Daily: December 5, 2016

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Whew! Worked just over 10 hours today. Most of it non-stop. Finished up that lead page I was talking about yesterday. Had a couple meetings, and dealt with a particularly finicky server caching issue that’s getting in the way of launching a program that one of my clients really wants to get off the ground.

Sadly, I didn’t get up early enough today to be able to get to the gym, and my dance class this evening was cancelled, and I was too tired to really go anywhere after working 10 hours. What a day.

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December Daily: December 4, 2016

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So it’s a little bit inaccurate to call this series December Daily, since I’m technically starting on the fourth of the month. However, I do plan on posting daily during this month. These are not really going to be long posts. They are an exercise in routine, a demonstration of accountability, and also to give people a peek into my days. Lots of people wonder what I do. What does this work from home business even look like.

A Month(ish) In The Life

Well, for the longest time, I belonged to the memory-keeping world – scrapbooking, etc. And we have a project called A Day In the Life, where you keep meticulous track of everything you do on one day and then you document it. Often as blog posts, a small scrapbook, or a couple Project Life layouts, etc. So consider this A Month(ish) in the Life. Except it won’t be meticulous, more broad, and only documented on this blog.

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How to Buy a Fall Coat

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Pick a maximum of 3 non-negotiable criterion for your coat. I chose 1) either red or blue, but preferably red, 2) Can’t have that buttons to the side style because my old coat was like that and I’m bored with that look and 3) under $100 but if I really love it, then a stretch budget of $150.

Everything else was up in the air. If the coat wasn’t red or blue, I didn’t look at it, if it was the same style as my old coat, I didn’t look at it, and if it was over $150 – I didn’t look at it (okay, so I did accidentally try on a $325 coat and fell in love with it and then it broke my heart because I didn’t want to break my rule and buy it, but it taught me my lesson and I looked at the price tag before trying others on). Continue reading

Let’s Not Be Bullies

Let's Not Be Bullies

I was in the car going home and I tiredly remarked, “When will life become something steady?”

Within an hour or so, the feeling passed. I didn’t sign up for a safe life. I’ve always done things things a bit..differently? weirdly? I don’t always do things people agree with. Actually, I can usually be found doing something a host of people don’t agree with.

I was 18 years old and I remember going home from university to find out I had been the talk of town. Somehow I had become notorious in the small tight knit desi (South Asian) community of Fort McMurray because someone saw me hanging out with a boy – nevermind that he was my partner for philosophy class and we were working on a project. I was the talk of parties and the gossip behind my back became so far flung it was nothing like the truth. Continue reading

Running a Service Business: Operate in good faith, act with good will

Running a Service Business: operate in good faith

I’m part of a number of Facebook groups – some related to WordPress, others about creativity, and many small business communities. A couple days ago, someone posted about their shipping rates having disappeared on their website and if someone could help, because their original developer wasn’t responding. I offered to take a look. The original developer had used an outdated and unsupported plugin that had known issues clearly documented in the reviews and around the web from way before the website was ever created. Yet he had used it, because it was free and seemed to have worked when he installed it.

Then when it stopped working and his customer frantically reached out to him, he gave her the cold shoulder. I also learned that he frequently did that with the client and failed to ever explain how things actually work. It left the client feeling bewildered and afraid to change anything lest their site broke. Continue reading