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Often they involve personal goals such as lose weight, stop overspending or get a raise. Those have also been my resolutions in the past. This year, however, I am going to take a different approach; one that I hope will help me actually go through with my resolutions and in the end make me a happier and more fulfilled person.

First, I plan to simplify. By this I don’t mean get rid of the multitude of stuff that fills my house. I mean to take a more straightforward approach to life. Instead of spending hours and days in a chaotic frenzy of cleaning and organizing, I plan to take one area a day and get it in order. Whether it is the junk drawer, sock drawer, or jewelry drawer, I want to simplify what is in it to make it more useful and NEEDED in my life. Sure that may mean I clean some stuff out and get a tax deduction for Goodwill donations but more importantly, I have made a stride towards a simplified life.

Second, I plan to spend my time wisely. By this I mean QUALITY over quantity. The hour commute each morning and afternoon is normally spent in annoyance at the other drivers, the kids who made me late because they couldn’t find their shoes or schoolwork, or all of the work that is piled on my desk. Instead of “wasting” these two hours of my daily life I want to spend it listening or reading God’s word. Another blogger at The Homespun Heart inspired a great idea. Since my husband and I ride together most days, I am going to embark on a journey to read the bible in one year. I am sure God’s words will prepare me for each day much better than the mindless drive has thus far.

Lastly, I intend to be more kind. Random acts of kindness will become part of my daily routine. Whether it is making my husband’s lunch or opening doors for strangers, simple kindness done in a purposeful way benefits both the recipient and me. One of the ways I plan to accomplish this is by writing letters more often. I have always made and sent Christmas cards but other than that, cards are rare and letters almost non-existent. As a freelance writer, letters should be an obvious step but has somehow been overlooked. No longer because starting today, I plan to send at least one letter or card every week.

Will my resolutions lead me to be a super skinny, rich person? Probably not. Will my resolutions lead me to be a kinder, more satisfied person? I certainly hope so!

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Coming to Fruition

My experiment with online writing has companies literally coming out of the woodwork.  I searched the WAHM.com website for ideas on companies to pursue and the list included…

Demand Studios: I was accepted on the second try and have been writing steadily for them for the last couple of weeks.  By far the best pay per article I have found.

eCopywriters: I had to write a test article about making an omelet (that I later sold to Associated Content) and was accepted a few days later.  The folks who run the site seem very nice and most of the articles I have written were short blog posts that did not take too much time.  My first payment should be in my paypal account on Monday and from what I can tell, the pay is .03 per word which is similar to Demand Studios.  The only drawback is there are not very many articles to choose from and often not any.

Textbroker: This was the first site I started writing for and though the pay is low, the articles are easy to write and usually there are several hundred to choose from.  If I am tired of writing for Demand that day and there is nothing at eCopywriters, I usually head over to Textbroker.  From what I have read on other writers blogs, the best way to make money at Textbroker is through direct client orders.  Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten any hits in that area yet but I plan to continue to write there as filler.

Internet Brands: This is another site I had heard about through the WAHM.com forums and was just accepted on Friday.  I will be writing for the VetInfo.com site and have to write at least 5 articles per week to stay an active writer.  The short articles are 150-250 words and pay $4 each.  I wrote two this morning and will probably continue to write there since I am actually learning things that could help me care for my dogs in the future.  I also got an email asking if I was interested in writing for their Apartment Listing website but I think I will wait to see how the VetInfo articles go first.

wiseGeek: I sent them my resume and writing sample last weekend and finally got an invitation to test with them tonight.  My understanding is there will be three phases with three articles to write in each phase.  If I pass all of the phases I will be accepted to write.  They do have a requirement of 5 articles per week so I should be able to incorporate this company into my daily writing arsenal if I am successful in getting hired.  I have heard nothing but positive things about this company and especially about the relationship between writers and editors.  This will be great for me since I am new to freelance writing.

Quality Gal: I wrote my test article for them and am just waiting for the final call on whether I am hired.  The projects all seem to be resource lists with links embedded which will be a welcome change when I am burned out on article writing.  There didn’t seem to be that many articles available so this will probably be a site that I write a few articles a week for and not a daily writing assignment.

Interact Media: Yet another company I heard about through WAHM.com. I have been accepted and set up a profile but no work has been assigned to me yet.  The pay scale is very hard to decipher so I think I am just going to write a couple of articles once they are assigned and see how it goes.

Demand Studios Writer

In my quest to supplement our current income, I have now become a Demand Studios writer. It took two tries to get accepted but the pay looks very promising. I have heard that the company lives up to its name and is demanding but at $15.00 per article, they far surpass any of the other content writing sites I have found. Hopefully I can find time to write at least two articles a day during the week. Since DS pays weekly via Paypal, the goal of $150.00 per week for groceries is in my grasp. Now if I could only write my way to a vacation in Ireland…

Writing for Real

July 24 was a banner day. I had decided to find a way to supplement our anemic income and while perusing the internet, I came across the WAHM.com website. Originally intended for work at home mothers (which I am not), it is a great place to find ideas for making extra money from the comfort of your own home. Since I have a full time job, I needed something that I could do in my pajamas. I found the Textbroker website first,  which did not require any previous writing experience. After submitting a writing sample and having it graded, I was officially a freelance writer. This site pays fairly low at .7 per word for classification two, 1.0 per word for classification three and 1.4 per word for classification four but is a good way to improve my writing skills because every order is graded. My long term goal is to earn at least $10.00 per day at Textbroker. Progress towards this goal will be posted soon.

I have submitted my first article to Helium and entered a Titles contest. Hopefully my article will do well!

I was pretty successful this season with growing patio tomatoes in containers on my deck so I thought I would share my method with everyone.

How to Grow Tomatoes On Your Deck | eHow.com

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My oldest son, Brett, will be leaving for college in three weeks so I put together a list of things that I wanted to be sure he thought about before leaving. I submitted my thoughts to Associated Content and 24 hours later, they bought it!

Back to School Tips for College Students
For incoming freshman and rising seniors alike, essential tips to get the most out of your education while still having fun!
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