Freedom With Writing – free ebook

Freedom With Writing‘s Ian Chandler is giving away their most recent ebook, “The Freelance Writer’s Battle: How to Shatter the Nine Myths that Stop Freelance Writing Success”.

Download available here.

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“9 Non-Threatening Leadership Strategies for Women” by Sarah Cooper

http://thecooperreview.com/non-threatening-leadership-strategies-for-women/

“When setting a deadline, ask your coworker what he thinks of doing something, instead of just asking him to get it done. This makes him feel less like you’re telling them what to do and more like you care about his opinions.”  😀

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A 40-agers thoughts… pet peeve on career

Some of my work involves draft contracts, this doesn’t make me an attorney.

Some projects require me to design flyers, brochures, etc., this doesn’t make me a marketing professional.

I am a writer and a grants professional.

I have legitimately worked in this capacity since my employment in a biological oceanography professor’s research laboratory at Texas A&M University back when I was a student there in 1990. After that introduction, all of my future full-time employment positions have been centered in the grants world.

Grants professionals (legitimate ones) hold themselves to a high ethical standard. As professionals, most follow the guidelines outlined by the Grant Professionals Association (GPA), http://www.grantprofessionals.org/ethics;  and the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP) http://www.afpnet.org/Ethics.

My pet peeve is… all of the people I run across out there that are marketing themselves as “award-winning grant writers”, peddling their “trade secrets” and “grant award winning strategies” to unsuspecting, desperate people and organizations — no matter their actual field of professional experience, or in what area their educational degrees were attained.

Having a Masters or Doctorate degree in ‘whatever’ does not qualify a person to serve as a professional in any ol’ field or industry that they see fit.

Having a minor/supportive hand in the overall compilation of a grant proposal does not give one the right to claim ownership of its success.

Why do these people think that grants work is a field that’s ‘fair game’?

It’s disrespectful to those of us that have put our blood, sweat and tears into assisting organizations to secure grant funding in support of reputable, society-serving projects and programs.

It’s a disservice to those unsuspecting non-profits and individuals that are simply seeking out some legitimate help in learning how to navigate the federal, state, foundation and/or corporate grant-giving world.

Let’s be professional about all respective careers.

Give credit where credit is due and stop over-inflating our own PR in the interests of prestige and the pursuit of the almighty dollar.

 

A 40-ager’s Thoughts… Optimistic and Hopeful, still. :-)

I’ve managed to stay (mostly) in a good frame of mind, one where I’ve stayed relatively productive, though my desire for a concerted effort to improve myself physically and mentally has not gone as well as I’d hoped. Started back again on 1 January to clean up my diet and make more progress away from a/n (almost) sedentary lifestyle. I think I’ve decided not to have the shoulder surgery, but will instead try to find a consultant/exercise regimen solution. My daughter is switching (back) to veganism and thus I will adopt a similar diet, in part to help her with her goals, but mostly for my own benefit. 

Goals:
* Exercise more in order to feel (and look) good physically.
* Continue to repair the strength to my shoulder (damage from accident).

* Continue the completion of the myriad of sewing projects cluttering my life.

* Make more progress in cleaning out the excess ‘unnecessary plastic objects’ residing with us, to streamline the household.

* Take stock of the actual ‘things’ I own that cost money, and try and reduce some of that burden (cars, I find, are a weakness of mine). :-/

* Help my daughter attain her goals related to independence.

* Seek out opportunities to socialize more with new people and in new environments.

* Research employment possibilities that would serve to fulfill me on a more emotional level. The negative work environment I have been in for the last decade has taken a bit of a toll on me.

Here’s hoping! 🙂

A 40-ager’s thoughts… optimistic and hopeful. :-)

I think I’ve gotten back to a good frame of mind, one where I can make a concerted effort to improve myself physically and mentally. Started back again on 1 February to clean up my diet and get away from a/n (almost) sedentary lifestyle.

Goals:

* Exercise more in order to feel (and look) good physically.
* Continue to repair the strength to my shoulder (damage from accident).
* Once and for all complete the myriad of sewing projects cluttering my life.
* Clean out the excess ‘unnecessary plastic objects’ residing with us, to streamline the household.
* Take stock of the actual ‘things’ I own that cost money, and try and reduce some of that burden (cars, I find, are a weakness of mine). :-/
* Help my daughter attain her goals related to independence.
* Seek out opportunities to socialize more with new people and in new environments.

Here’s hoping! 🙂

A 40-ager’s thoughts… :-)

Well, it’s already February, so my commitment to post here is off to a sad start (only 1 other ‘contemplation’ post so far).  My excuse is life — I’m ‘just the girl who can’t say no’ and have a tendency to over-commit my time.  January was taken up with a big consulting project and was over before I knew it.  :-/

My daughter and I have both been doing good about cleaning clutter out of the house and ‘letting go’ of things, physically and mentally.  Here’s hoping we (I) keep making progress!  

A 40-ager’s thoughts… start of a new year. :-)

Over the holiday break I actually had a bit of time to relax and ‘think’, and came to a few conclusions/decisions.

1.  I may have lost the ability to trust (men).  I hope not.

2.  Weight is something I think I use to hide behind, so that I don’t even get the opportunity to have to trust anyone (men specifically).

3.  I’m afraid that I’ve done my daughter a disservice by never even trying to have a relationship (again)… never showing her first-hand how wonderful a relationship CAN be.

4.  For a ‘New Year’s resolution’ of sorts, I will strive to begin improving myself physically and mentally, and try to ‘get out more’.

5.  I will make an effort to speak more freely with my daughter about my feelings and desires.

Tracking these thoughts (at times) via this blog, I hope, will keep me ‘honest’.  🙂