February 13, 2011 §
I would like to have my own business as a freelance consultant for organizational development or as a freelance Spanish translator. Having my own business would give me the opportunity to be my own boss, to set my own schedule, and to seek out my own opportunities.
I want to be my own boss because I don’t want to answer to someone who doesn’t have my best interest in mind. I’m an independent person and I want to make decisions for myself about my career. If I were my own boss, I could manager my career more effectively and not have to concern myself with all of the issues that one faces when working for a company such as office politics and favoritism.
One of the benefits of being my own boss would be that I would have the freedom to create my own schedule. This would give me more time to enjoy my hobbies and to pursue new interests. I also feel it would be easier for me to take vacation time.
Another benefit would be that I would have more control of which opportunities I’d participate in. I could choose my own projects and professional development programs that would benefit me the most.
I don’t feel that being my own boss would be easier. I think it would be more work since I’d be responsible for everything. However, I believe that being in control of my own destiny would be worth it.
February 13, 2011 §
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If I could work from anywhere in the world, I would choose to live at least 6 months on a Caribbean Island. I would enjoy this because I really like the sun and the beach. I’m from a landlocked state and I’m always excited when I get near the ocean. I think it would be wonderful to work some place that feels like paradise. It would be relaxing for my spirit and working wouldn’t seem like such a chore if I had a beautiful view to look at.
February 7, 2011 §
Most days I hope no one is calling. I’ve stated this before, but I’m not a phone person at all. The only reason I have a phone is so my family can keep in contact with me. Most days I feel like being on the phone is a complete waste of my time. I find it hard to come up with topics to talk about for long periods of time and I’m always thinking about things that I could be doing with my time. I actually keep my phone on silent a lot because hearing it ring bothers me.
There are times when I’m pleasantly surprised by a call from a friend that I have spoken to in a while. I have close friends that I don’t talk to all the time and I’m always happy to receive calls from them. We can talk for hours and catch up on everything that is going in our lives. These calls never feel like a chore and I can think of plenty to talk about. I think what makes us close friends is our mutual need for space and togetherness. We can go and live our lives and not speak on a daily or even monthly basis. However, that closeness is still there and even though I detest the phone, I’m always happy to hear from them.
January 27, 2011 §
Free vintage handwritten letter texture for layers
Writing is probably my favorite way to express my creativity. As much as I love writing personal essays and poems, I enjoy writing letters more. I started writing letters to international pen pals when I was about 15 years old and I am still writing to that pen pal that I started writing to way back then. I currently have 43 pen pals from all over the world and some how I’ve managed to find time to write to them even with all of the other things going on in my life.
I’ve always felt that the best way to learn how to write is to practice the art of letter writing. Very few people write letters anymore and it might seem ridiculous to do so given that we have e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Writing letters teaches you patience with forming your ideas. It lays the foundation for how to tell a good story. Since my pen pals don’t always understand my culture or my point of view, I have to give them background information and keep them interested in what’s going on in my life no matter how mundane things are. I wasn’t very good at writing letters at the beginning but with practice I’ve gotten better. It was not always easy to come up with something write about especially when I had just started to communicate with someone for the first time. That’s when I started keeping a small notebook with me and I would jot down things that were going in my life so I could talk about them in my letters. I’ve been doing to same thing with my blog and personal writing.
When I first started my blog, it was difficult to know what to write about because I had not been writing on a consistent basis and I had to search for my voice again. Little by little I’ve seen improvements and I’ve finding joy in what I write.
My newest creative adventure has been photography. I have no background in this artform and I have no real direction. This is something for myself. I want to capture beautiful moments in every day life as a way to ease my daily stress and remind myself that there in more out there in the world then being stuck inside my own thoughts and preocupations.
January 22, 2011 §
Love to all my contacts*
I feel like I “fall in love” everyday. I use that term loosely and I probably fall in lust. There are a lot of nice looking guys that I see I wonder what it would be like to kiss or have sex with them. This is more about fantasy than reality.
I have genuinely only been in love once. Sadly, this man was not the type of man any woman should be with. He had been physically and verbally abusive in his previous relationships (he was verbally abusive to me) and he seemed to have a deep hatred for women. There were so many signs that this was someone that I shouldn’t get involved with yet I gave my heart to him. It was a foolish decision and for so long I’ve felt ashamed of this fact. All I can say is that I had very low self-esteem at that time. I was also following a prescripted version of what others said my life should be like. According to them, I should have been happily coupled and I wasn’t happy at all.
Now I date with intelligence. When I’m dating someone, I don’t automatically envision myself with this person as a couple or in a long-term relationship. I take things slow and I get to know them. I also pay attention to any red flags and I listen to my intuition. I’m confident the next time I fall in love, it will be with someone who is worthy of my heart.
January 20, 2011 §
I had a major “Aha” moment today. After 4 years of working at the same company and in the same position with no room for advancement, I’ve had enough and I’m going to start looking for opportunities elsewhere. This realization came today after finding out about a certain situation (I won’t go into details). For the rest of the day, I was very upset and at moments I was crying. Now that I’m away from work and I’m able to reflect on everything, I realize that it’s just time to move on. There’s nothing to hold on to and I will only have myself to blame if I stay in this situation. Now that I’ve come to this decision, I have a plan and I can focus my energy in that direction.
I had another “Aha” moment at the beginning of January. I found out about a Spanish Translation program at a university here in Denver. I wrote a blog piece called My Dream Job and I talked about how being a translator had been a dream of mine. I thought that maybe it was the fantasy of being a translator that was what interested me more than the realities of being one. When I found out about this program, I began to research more about becoming a translator and it’s definately a career path I’d like to pursue. Finding this program has me thinking that it’s never to late to follow a dream
January 10, 2011 §
In most cases I prefer to communicate with text. Text messages allow me the opportunity to think before I respond and I don’t feel rushed to immediately provide an answer. Since they are short, people usually get to the point which I appreciate. I also find that sending texts is a great way for me to stay in contact with friends and family and to let them know funny, interesting, or frustraing moments in my life.
There are moments when even text messages can get to be overwhelming. I get annoyed when I start to receive a lot of messages back to back. It’s also frustrating when I’ve had people continue to send me text messages after I’ve told them I’m busy.
I don’t like talking on the phone and there are very few people that I will answer their phone calls. I prefer to talk to people face to face and I feel like those conversations are more meaningful. I’m able to look the person in the face and see their expressions which makes the conversation even more enjoyable.
January 3, 2011 §
I want 2011 to be a year of change for me. I don’t want my life to continue as it is. There are issues in my life I’d like to conqueror and I want to grow as a person. I’ve decided that I want to be more accepting of myself and to be more patient with myself and others. I want to take all the negativity from 2010 and bury it there. I don’t want to keep dwelling on the past. I’ve decided to be open to new experiences and new relationships.
I want to explore new career paths that fit my personality and interests. I’m bilingual in English and Spanish and I want to use my language skills more. I also want to explore my creative and artistic side and make more time for my writing, art, and music.
I would like to travel more which is a hobby I love. I need to figure out how to save more money so I can travel more places. I miss my friends and family that live far from me and I hope to visit them also.
I’m looking forward to a year of finding inner peace and acceptance. I also hope that this is a year of new discoveries and endless possiblitiles.
January 1, 2011 §
Saint Mark’s Basilica Facade, Venice, Italy
Italy – I love authentice Italian food and I would like to take a culinary tour of Italy. I started studying photography and I want to walk around famous Italian cities taking photos of the architecture.
Japan – My father lived in Japan for awhile when he was in his youth. I would like to travel there and visit the cities and towns he lived in. I also think it would be interesting to experience a culture that is very different from American culture.
Egypt – It has been a dream of mine to travel to Egypt to see the pyramids and other ancient sites.