The life and words of Ashley, Erin, and Michelle

Too Busy to Get Anything Done September 5, 2009

Filed under: Life in General — Erin Joy @ 12:04 am
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I’m embarrassed to say this, but I’ve barely been home all month. It feels like I haven’t slept in my own bed more than two nights in a row in ages. From church camp to pet sitting, from weddings to movie shoots, I’ve managed to pack my schedule so tightly that I have barely had a chance to catch my breath.

It’s my own fault, really. I’m the one who tends to try to do too much, and I binge on people. It’s only when I start to see certain signs that I realize that I am overwhelming myself with activities and people.

Take, for instance, the fact that I have been in and out of my house so often that my laundry has exploded across my room and I still haven’t fully unpacked from camping, which was at the beginning of August. I spent a good hour last weekend trying to find a shirt before giving up on it. I found it while cleaning tonight. It was still in that bag from camp.

The same thing happens with my purse. I’m running so often over a significant amount of time that I start to cram everything and anything into my purse. (People who were at the last secret sister revealing at Evergreen can attest to that.) I have receipts spilling out of every pocket, and I can’t ever find anything, especially a pen or the change floating at the bottom. It becomes so weighed down that, when I take my camera out like I did yesterday, I begin to think I’m not carrying a purse because of the noticeable difference in pressure it puts on my arm.

Then there’s is the whole forgetfulness cue. I know that I have certain things to get done, but I always get distracted with what is at hand. I have several people to see, but I start being late for appointments. That’s never a good thing. To attempt to get on this, I’ve created “to-do” lists, but they just stare back at me, overwhelming me with the number of projects I’ve started and have yet to finish. (And, yes, I have read Ashley’s post on that.)

Worst of all, I have to deal with the fact that I don’t make time to work on my job search. I’ll confess: this last month has been far less than stellar in respect to the number of jobs I have been applying for. When I have a significant amount of free time, I tend to send out a half dozen to a dozen applications or resumes a week, whether by email or by walking into a store. This month, I’ve probably done a week’s worth in the entire month.

You would think that I would learn after having done this to myself on a regular basis. But I haven’t. I still go on people binges, hiding away in my room to edit photos for days at a time whenever I get the opportunity until the itch to replace Adobe Photoshop with humans reaches me again.

Maybe it’ll ease up a little bit again once I find a job that has more consistent hours. But, until then, I need to find myself some free time to fill out more applications and hopefully cram in an interview or two.


10 Things to Do Before You Quit Your Day Job August 27, 2009

Filed under: Writing — michellehuegel @ 2:42 pm
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This article from The Urban Muse is so perfect for me right now, as I’m transitioning from my “day job” to being full-time mommy (first!) and freelancer. Some great tips, especially numbers 3 and 5, which I think are somewhat related. Often – or at least hopefully – joining professional organizations is a great source of networking and finding new contacts.

I’m also working on ideas for using my existing network of business contacts with the cell phone store to generate editing/writing business. One idea (thanks to my mother, actually) is to join the local Chamber of Commerce and then offer my services to the Niles business community to help with their Web sites/blogs, writing/editing brochures, advertisements, etc.

If you’re a writer or editor, have you joined your Chamber of Commerce or equivalent? Has it benefited you?


Twitter and Jabberwocky May 5, 2009

Filed under: Life in General — michellehuegel @ 2:15 pm
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I was supposed to post on Friday or Saturday. But I figured I might as well get the inevitable late post out of the way at the beginning. So from here on out (at least until the next time I forget and post late), you can expect to hear from me on the weekend!

I joined Twitter a couple weeks ago. As a salesperson in a technology business (cell phones), I feel the responsibility to keep up on new stuff, especially where it intersects with cell phones. And Twitter seems almost custom-designed for the mobile world. An update, at 140 characters max, is the perfect text-message size.

So I twitter my tweets (what a friend calls her fellow twitter-ers, maybe related to “peeps”?), and tweet my heart out, and follow friends’ twitters, and retweet the cool stuff, and complain about Tweetdeck, and all of a sudden, “twitter” sounds a lot like the poem “Jabberwocky,” in which the words are completely made up, but sound oh-so-close to being real. To give you context, here’s the first two stanzas of “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll:

‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”

The words sound so close to real – they’re even grammatical! But it’s not real. The words are just empty noises. And it occurs to me that social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, and so on, can sometimes be just so much “slithy toves.” Sometimes they’re about as real as reality TV. The illusion of truth and transparency, of a glimpse into our lives, but upon closer inspection, it’s all empty noises. Who ever says what they’re truly thinking and feeling? We say whatever will get us retweeted, followed, and friended.

So will I shut down my Facebook and muffle my tweets? Will I stop wasting time in the smoke-and-mirrors world of social networking? Nope. Because at the end of the day, who doesn’t love saying (tweeting?) “gyre and gimble in the wabe”?? It’s fun! It’s an amusing, relaxing, interesting-in-a-social-experimentation-way method of killing time. Plus you can learn interesting things about your friends (or your tweets). And about people who aren’t your friends. And about people you’ve never heard of in your life.

Just beware the Jabberwock, and watch out for the snare of the frumious Bandersnatch.

Oh, and be sure to friend me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter (editorialdragon)! 😀

Michelle Huegel