Sunday, February 1, 2015

Living with a Freelance Mom, By Andi Callen

Living with my mom, CJ, effects many areas of my life, from helping, giving advice, to writing for her, and dealing with a lot of crap. I have learned, my mom often has much stress on her shoulders, and my father is always at work, so who does she have to turn to… me. My name is Andi, and I am 12 years old. When my mom comes to me for advice she might ask me any number of things like, “Does this make sense?” or “Do u think my boss will like this?” Many people would ask why you would go to a child.  Well I may be twelve, but I am very smart for my age.

            CJ is a very good mom, and a great writer, but she does put me through a lot of crap. She can be very annoying sometimes, but I know she only wants advice and help. I might be sitting on my bed playing a game when she comes in and goes on about her writing. Sometimes we go through many challenges, like how she’s making less money than she deserves, or how she needs to write all night because she couldn't work the day before.

I have learned many things from her, like other forms of writing. She not only helps me in vocabulary, but also in my writing styles and research skills. This I love about her, because writing has always been the hardest subject for me, and she has always been there to help. My mom being a freelancer has helped me in school and in my life. Many times, she will even pay me for working and researching for her. This not only makes my mom happy for making me a little writer, but it makes me happy too, because she is happy.

Many people don’t understand how hard it can be to be a freelancer, but as my mom knows, more than I do it can be stressing. That’s why I love my mom so much; Not just because she is my mother, but because she teaches me and helps me work out my problems. Without my mother, I don’t think I would know as much as much as I do. Thankfully, my mom is a freelancer and a great person, or else I would not be as educated and passionate as I am today.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

I was Freelance, when Freelance wasn’t Cool

A recent study reveals 34 percent of American workforce is freelance*

The digital age has completely changed the way Americans choose to earn a living. Freedom to work from virtually anywhere is a powerful draw away from the daily grind of traditional jobs. Freelancing affords people, who previously were unable to work outside of the home, a way to earn a paycheck and return to self-sustainability. The rogue movement that is freelance shows no signs of slowing any time soon. Some experts predict that by the end of 2016 the number of wage earners working from home (or where ever they want) will double.

I am a perfect example of an individual who’s taking advantage of the resources available to her. Without the internet, I would be completely penniless and relying on the government to keep a roof over my head. It’s been a long hard road, this freelancing thing.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Bouncing Back from Illness

I am the boss. I am the chief writer/editor. I am the marketing director, proposal writer, accountant, and customer service agent. So what happened a month ago when I was unable to work because of severe physical illness? Nothing—absolutely nothing happened. Clients moved on, blog stalled, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ fell flat, and no money was earned.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Cooking Secrets and Tips

America is on the go–a home-cooked meal, every night, is out of the question. Unfortunately, processed foods have made Americans among the unhealthiest nations in the world. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, more than ⅓ of children and more than ⅔ of adults are overweight or obese. Eating healthily doesn't have to mean breaking the bank or spending every day in the kitchen. There are simple secrets and tips to get you in and out of the kitchen in no time, and will put affordable and healthy meals on your plate.

Building Self-Esteem: Becoming Functional Out of Dysfunction

To be nobody - in a world which is doing its best . . . to make you everybody else - means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.
- E E Cummings
Self-esteem is how we feel about ourselves. Things that influence our self-esteem are many, including personality, physical and emotional health, abilities, appearance, habits, and morality. We might feel positive about some and negative about others.
Feelings we have about ourselves can fluctuate from day to day. One day we might be confident and determined. Another day we might feel insecure and unhappy. Discovering our overall true feelings about ourselves isn't as simplistic as the definition of self-esteem leads us. We must allow for a measurement of our feelings. Self-esteem is a physical, emotional, and spiritual value we assign to ourselves.