Part time job flow

I am offically a working woman again. Well, only part time. I finished out the semester with a 3.0 gpa.  I’m hoping to bring that up next semester.  I’m not taking any summer classes so I decided to get a part time job.  It’s only 15 hours a week at the local library,but I like it. I just wish it paid more.  I have had jobs where the pay was decent but I absolutely hated it.  But this job is perfect for me. The library does get busy at times but I don’t have a lot of coworkers. It’s just my boss and me there. There’s another assistant who is there in the a.m. but she usually leaves before I get there.  I spend 3 hours a day checking books in/out, checking people into the computer lab, weeding out books, shelving books, and anything else that my boss needs help with.  The summer reading program starts soon so I’m sure that it will get busy.  I’ve always loved libraries and so I’ve always wanted to work in one.  In my opinion, librarians do not get paid enough for all that they  have to do.  My boss works really hard and is pulled in so many directions at work.  In my opinion, she should make at least twice what she does. But the library is state funded (very little at that) so I guess it’s not in the budget.

I suppose people don’t realize how little we make because they certainly like to make demands or get angry because they can’t check out a book due to the fact they don’t have their library card.  Or, they get mad when they have to pay a couple of bucks to replace the card they lost.  But thankfully, those types of patrons are not the majority. Most of the people who come to the library are polite.  I will say that no one works in the library because it pays well. They work there because they love what they do.  I know that’s why I work there.  I feel as if it’s the one place I belong. I hope that the patrons who frequent the library feel the same way.

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Get Blogged!

Want to make some extra money blogging? What am I saying? Of course you do. Who can’t use a little extra money?  There’s a new blogger outreach program where you can do just that. The higher your domain authority, the more money you can make. You can even partner with brands and get free products. It’s an excellent way to build up your influencer status and really get your name out there.  There is also potential to increase your blog activity.  You post about a service or product, share it on all your social media and it’s going to attract visitors who are interested in what your blog post is promoting. And don’t worry, you don’t have to promote any service or product you don’t want to promote. You get to pick what posts you want to write. The registration process is pretty simple and you can begin looking for opportunities as soon as you get all of your information filled out.  You will be matched with opportunities based on your domain authority.

And what do brands get? They get the opportunity to really get their name out there and promote their services and products. Blogs are usually one of the first sources where people go to find out about new products and services. It’s really a great investment for any business. It’s more cost effective than other sources of advertisement. It’s really a great way to engage new customers. You will be matched with bloggers who have the domain authority you have requested. This is one of the best ways to get your product seen and introduced to people who otherwise might have never heard of it. Of couse, you don’t have to accept everyone who applys for your opportunties. You, as a brand or business, can choose who you think would be the best at promoting what you are selling.  This type of advertisement is actually one of the best ways to advertise. It’s much more personal that an online ad. People tend to listen to their peers when it comes to purchases.  I know I do.

Paid blogging is not a thing of the past as some would like you to believe. It’s very much a integral part of the blogging and brands community. And…it’s not just blog posts that you can apply for. There are even some instagram opps for those of you who are instagram savvy. And here’s a tip, to get accepted into opportunties, be sure to have a great cover letter and give them great reasons why they should pick your blog (or instagram) to promote their services and products. Just a generic “pick me!” probably won’t do it. Let them know how awesome you are and what you can do to promote their business.   So go check it out, it costs nothing for bloggers to join so there’s no risk at all. Just great opportunities to partner with brands and get paid. Ok, what are you waiting for..go now and register and start earning that moolah!

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Snow Day 2017

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year’s Day.  We actually had a pretty cold December. We even got snow on the 8th. Of course, this is the south so it was all gone by the 3rd day.  It never stays cold enough for the snow to stay any longer than a day or so.  But the kids had fun playing in it.  I took a lot of photos which I haven’t even finished editing yet.  I have a few I can share though.

Holly berries
Trail to the barn at my sister’s house
Across the road from my house
Old barn at my sister’s house

 

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These Tips Can Help Save the Environment

These Tips Can Help Save the Environment

There has been research and numerous studies done on how our lifestyle is damaging the planet. People consume energy at an alarming rate and with the massive world population, that energy consumption is multiplied to a large degree. It can seem disheartening to hear all the statistics about how we’re damaging the planet, to the point that people often feel helpless and don’t feel there’s anything they can do to help. However, there are many simple ways we can adjust our daily lives to be more eco-friendly.

Change Your Transportation

One way you can help the planet is to change the way you commute to work each day. If you typically drive to work, opt to leave your car at home and walk, ride your bike, or take public transportation to work. If you live a long distance from your job, see if you can find someone to carpool with or, better yet, ask your boss if you can telecommute a couple days a week.

Switch Your Routine

Do you tend to spread your errands out throughout the week so you have more free time on the weekends to do other things? This habit could be harming the environment because research has shown that taking many shorter trips throughout the week may actually be using more file than one longer trip. Choose to lump your errands together on one day, which may even work out better for you in the end by freeing more time up during the week to do other things.

Reduce Food Waste

Americans throw out an alarming amount of food each year– enough to feed almost 1 billion people. Make a plan to reduce old waste by only planning to buy what you’ll eat and composting any extra food you might otherwise throw out to use as garden fertilizer. You may also be able to repurpose leftovers into other meals, such as turning leftover vegetables into soup or cutting up excess chicken to put on a salad. Before you toss out food you may not want, consider donating to your local food kitchen.

Learn to Love Reusables

While it’s encouraging to hear that people are making healthier lifestyle choices by opting to drink water over bottled soda, this hydration habit is also increasing the number of plastic bottles that end up in landfills and our oceans. Invest in a sturdy reusable water bottle and keep it handy whenever you need to quench your thirst. Some companies, such as the Cadiz Water Project, have created a plan to help the environment by using groundwater that’s currently being lost to evaporation and putting it back into our water supply. If you’re a coffee drinker, you can also swap out that disposable coffee cup for a travel mug and enjoy your coffee hotter longer, which is a bonus for everyone.

Support Local

Did you know that by opting to support your local businesses you’re actually effecting change on multiple levels? Shopping local reduces our carbon footprint since you don’t have to travel as far for your goods, and you’re also stimulating the local economy, which can help create jobs, lower taxes, and bring new opportunities to your area.

Be Crafty

Before you toss out those baby food jars, peanut butter containers, tin cans, and coffee containers, think about how these items can be repurposed. There are countless ideas on the internet on how you can turn old items into something new. If being crafty isn’t your style, gather up these old items and take them to your local school or daycare, who often look for these items to use in their crafts.

These small changes to your daily behavior can make a huge difference in the health of our environment. If we can start a chain reaction of people who are willing to make a difference on a small scale, it can have a ripple effect and become a major movement towards saving our planet.

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