Engage, Entice, Exist: 3 Ways to Stand Out

When I first started out as a freelance writer, I dabbled in many genres-from health and fitness to real estate and, well, plumbing! Most of this ended in failure because I was so new that I had thrown all of my eggs into one basket each time the basket was passed to me. But like many other successful freelancer writers in my clique, I never gave up, just gained mounds of exprience that I still find pretty useful today. I learned from Carol Tice, a brilliant freelancer and entrepreneur who was/is on-point about basically anything freelance related. If you get the chance to take a workshop or two, she really gives you more bang for your buck. She is accompanied by inspiring assitants and helpful bottom-liners that will encourage you along the way. You do not need to be an aspiring writer, as I found her tutorials to be of universal help.

Before we go into the meat and potatoes, let’s devour a few appetisers, shall we?

What are you passionate about (i.e. caretaking, children, petsitting, coffee, cleaning teeth, comfortable footwear, etc;) ?

Have you done any research (in your geographical area, web search, general info)?

These questions will help you determine what you want from your job(s). You may find yourself straying in a completely different direction or hating the orignial idea altogether but you will have an idea, on paper, and in your fore-front. So, start there.

Engage

Experienced or not, you know what you love to do, and more importantly, what you do best. Flaunt it. Wear it like your favorite outfit and expect compliments, expect questions and be ready to answer, engage, and offer. Your passion is your name badge, not just a decal on your bumper. Be your own agent. I love when I run into a person who knows their stuff and isn’t afraid to confidently tell me something about it. Engage with your supermarket attendant, your child’s school teachers, church groups, and people walking passed you in the park.

Entice

You are not going to win everyone over- and you don’t need to starting thinking that you have to! The right people will be enticed to follow. You can offer them something that they might want and need, but there is no need to convince someone that they need your service, product, etc;. Your love and driving force behind you will entice the right person. I never randomly give out my cards in hopes that i’ll get hired. When they compliment my scent, I have a sample oil ready. When they ask what I do, I tell them that I make their business stand out among the rest. done and done:)

Exist

I have come across many freelancers who have steady clients and when they take on new clients, their existance with their old-timers tend to dwindle, lack communication, or maybe isn’t as important. This isn’t saying that we don’t care about our faithful firstcomers, but the excitement of newbies takes over and we tend to pay more attention.

Don’t do this. Give every client the same attention, especially your current clients. Exist to be a part of their world (oh, Disney, you had me there) and offer to get to know them better and better each month/year.What works for me is taking a monthly phone chat with my clients, checking up to see how they’re doing, and just catching up with thier lives. You’re not bugging them, you’re helping them. They’ve hired you to be their hawk, persay. They are entrusting a piece of them with you. A monthly check-up call is the perfect way to show you care and to simply exist.

 When you’re ready to make your passion your life, you will have plenty of options to perfect your craft. If you have any questions or want to share your freelance experience, please do in the comments below! 

 

 

 

 

From Work to Freedom: 3 Essentials to Jump-Start your Passion

As I sat down with my coffee to do some more projects for the coming weeks, I stopped to collect my thoughts and my ‘office’ caught my attention- my lush green backyard, crows and shady maples overhead, and the smell of my husband cooking lunch-I was reminded why I work (and have worked) so hard to get to do this, work from home.

 

I remember reading blog after blog from influential woman, offering tips and advice on how to live a successful work-at-home-life. Much like why you’ve stumbled upon this blog, my need to advance my passion grew and grew. And without these success stories stemming from all over the globe, I question if I would be here making it happen. Since every one person is completely different, we take a bulk of our seasoned mentors’ advice and sprinkle it throughout our daily lives.

So, I have my 3 ways to go from a career you’re not happy with to a blossoming entrepreneurship.

  1. Think Small – Plan, Prepare, Perfect.

Don’t overwhelm yourself with logistics, payroll, and the money and time you’ll put in. Whether you’re a freelance writer, maid service, baby-sitter, or travel nurse, start with a plan. Grab a pen and paper and start with what you WANT to achieve and how you can make that happen. Then, prepare each day according to that plan, achieving your goal of perfecting that plan. And if you feel yourself getting overwhelmed, take yourself back to your piece of paper with your plan.

 

2) Google

Nowadays, you can almost bet that any kind of assistance pertaining to your career choice will be on the web. Set a small time aside after dinner, when the kids are in bed, or while you’re in bed to google everything about your career choice. Studies have shown that when you read at night, you’re improving your cognitive function and you can actually get a better nights rest, taking the focus off your daily stressors and setting your mind at ease. The magnificent works of literary geniuses can be found at your local library too, so don’t forget to let go of the digital grip every now and then.

3) Work, While you Work

For instances whether your side job is your main income or you might be on the cusp of meeting your financial needs, this strategy comes in handy. If you still have a job outside of your blossoming career choice, continue to use it to your advantage. While I will never suggest compromising your job, however, if you are there for 7 hours and you have downtime, this is a great time reevaluate your plans, goals, and projects. Sometimes, I have to fill in for a local hotel when there isn’t any reliable coverage. So, knowing that I have to be there for 8 straight hours, I bring my notebook, book to read, and have a list of things I can do on the down time.

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Lastly, free yourself from the idea that you need to be occupied/busy all the time. Focus on taking a mentally-stimulated break, especially when you have children. No matter what your career path of choice is, these simple steps can allow for easier transition.

Leave your comments on your 3 ways that work/have worked for you! I love seeing everyone’s answers:)

 

 

 

 

End of May Bonus

Who’s ready to give your summer an essential oil makeover? Whether it’s changing the way you drink water to going for your daily 20-minute walk, you are ready for this weather to sweep you up and give you that inspiration that winter might have dulled.

So, my May promo has been a hit and I wanted to invite some of you to my team of lovely ladies. Your Premium Kit is your new best friend, filled with everything you need to get you started on this essential oil journey.

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Along with your kit, you will receive monthly tips, phone chats, recipes, and FREE products. This month, your free product is my favorite organic essential oil-infused mascara. I have 4 mascaras left so jump on it! April showers bring May flowers...4 lucky ladies will be gifted with homemade, organic Lavender and Tea Tree infused mascara with a purchase of a Premium Starter Kit.

Just think about all of the healthy, healing, and non-allergic essential oil products you can make with just this one kit. I will be giving you my easy toothpaste, deodorant, and mouthwash recipes so you can try them out yourself. I will also be hosting a class with How-Tos and special giveaways for those that join.

A clean home is a happy home:)

Contact me at serinacpt@gmail.com for the goods!

Maybe it’s Maybelline…or Maybe it’s Earth Made!

Earthly Cosmetics - Make-up for your soul

Last night, I had some time to put all of my creative juices to work. It was time to make time to get started on a project that I had been planning on for months: homemade cosmetics! This is my own concoction based on my skin tone, preference in texture, and pigmentation. I can’t believe how easy it is to whip up something so fresh and allergy-free that we SHOULD be using on our bodies.

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So, after you’ve sliced, spread the beets and sweet potatoes evenly on your baking sheet, set the oven to 450. Dehydrators pretty much set themselves so all you have to do is lie them evenly on the trays. While I would love to give you a specific time that they will be thoroughly cooked, every oven is different so periodically check them. They should be in chip-like form when they’re ready!

Next, put them (individually) in your grinder or blender until it becomes powder. Then add your desired essential for a rejuvenatingly even glow.  Tea tree and lavender are healthful choices for your face. The arrowroot powder gives a smoother, clump-free texture while toning down the color.

It will take a few batches to get used to perfecting it the way you want. When I used the beetroot for blush and lip tint, I was floored as to how even and natural and FULL my face felt versus using generic store-bought powders.

I will post pictures when I get dolled up and paint my face ūüėÄ

 

 

 

5 Kitchen Essentials


Pretty basic post for a healthy and not-so-basic lifestyle!
If you’re like me and love to make EVERYTHING from scratch from toothpaste to potatoes chips, then you need these 5 time and money saving utensils to get the job done right.

Dehydrator


Everyone LOVES chips, but not the over-processed junk that come that come with. That’s why the dehydrator was born. You can spice it up or leave it plain, layer each tray with your favorite fruit and veggie, even deer meat or beef and use your own wholesome and nutritious seasoning, chemical free. I have turnips and rutabagas that I slice thin and sprinkle with sea salt for a super nutritious snack at work.

Food Extractor


I am not talking about a blender, although there some major powerful (and expensive) blenders out there. And I have used my fare share of super-power blenders. But I have to stand by the Nutribullet  because of the powerful effect of each fruit and vegetable that it extracts. I primarily use kale, blueberries, bananas, wheatgrass, turmeric, and flax because the combo reacts to the fatigue in my body (when I work too much and need that extra boost) and I notice an instant lift in my blood sugar and energy. Just a little something that I have noticed when I compare the bullet to a blender.

Spiralizer


Whether you get the Veggetti Pro or a counter mount spiralizer, you need one of these! It was the best $15 we’ve ever spent because you can spiral just about any fruit and veggie and reap the health benefits too. we were sick of sliced beets, especially raw, so we spiralize them and throw them in a pan to simmer. Easy meals done healthier and creatively!

Mandoline


To get the right cut on your fruits and veggies, get a mandoline. This tool can make your kitchen prep a whole lot easier. But I would invest in one from a well-known manufacturer such as William and Sonoma. Since you will find them for as low as $9.99, my experience is that they break easily and have less of a life span than one you would find at a specialty store.

Crockpot


Always well-worth the investment because you can almost guarantee to make a few soups during the year. You may think that the stove-top pan will suffice, and it will, but you will also be using a bit more energy and taking up stove space. Your crockpot is set on your desired temperature while it sits off in the corner and does its thang.

 

These tools are easy to obtained and can save you money on the foods that you love. You will experience more home-cooked meals that are healthier and satisfying every night!

 

 

 

 

 

Mompreneurs in March

Hello, all you hard working women. The¬†mompreneurs that make it work while they work and feed babies and cart children to dance class. Take a moment (or mom-ent) to reflect on your hard earnings and what you would want to see occur differently in your lives. Even us stay-at-home-moms are pressed for deadlines, and often neglect our very well-being to ‘get the job done right and on time’.

Sacred Mountain is for you. It is your lifeline and connector to a focused and grounding clarity that centers you. You are instantly empowered by its naturalistic sanctity. 

Most of the time, I leave the bottle open on my desk while I work and the scent just permeates the room. I find that it encourages productive thinking and mindfulness, unlike anything I have encountered.

So, this month, you Wonderful Woman will get a free bottle of Sacred Mountain with your premium kit through me. You deserve to feel empowered and strong and that is what this oil represents. Super simple, just go here and enter the code 3028864. You will instantly be prompted to choose your premium kit and I will send a welcome letter shortly after.

And for our northerners, don’t miss our Spring Serenade Retreat this April (once the weather warms up). The first person that orders a premium starter kit will win a two night stay in our newly renovated cozy living quarters on a lush and gorgeous landscape during the Spring Serenade event the next day (details to come). An event that will force you to be relaxed and comforted. And yes, bring a friend for free!

 

 

Open letter to my best friend

There’s a reason why you have a best friend in your life. I don’t know anyone that has more than four best friends in their life. But I know that the status of a best friend is a big responsibility. It’s also an honor and a privilege to be called somebody’s best friend. As best friends, you share a special bond that no one else will understand. Being just friends with somebody is a different level than being a ‘best friend’. 

It’s never easy to lose a best friend,  especially one that you’ve been friends with for over 20 years. My experience is that as you get older you start to understand human life itself and how certain situations are more important than others and how you handle them is more important.

Without making it a long and drawn-out story, you are still my best friend. I’ve been thinking on off about the last couple of months of our absence from one another and realizing that it’s not a relationship that just falls by the wayside. Best friends happen over time, much like a callus. Something that isn’t easy to chip away or break away from. Falling outs happen, arguments happen, disagreements happen,  and changes always happen. But no matter the absence, best friends remain, well, best. 

Back in October,  before the Big Move and when the separation begin,  I was pretty much in denial for a couple of weeks. Then anger set in for a couple more weeks. And then sadness took place for a while after that. And now I am at a place where I know I’ve done all that I could and I can do and that no matter how long life will stretch our absence from each other, you will always be my best friend. Because that can’t ever change. I know that God has pulled us apart for a little while but I will always be the same person and when you come back, we will pick up right where we left off.

I can’t say that about a lot of people. In fact I can’t say that about any anyone because I only have one other person that I consider my best friend. So there’s that:) 

You are strong. You are beautiful and confident. And above all, you are a child of the Almighty God. And that is what makes us best friends again. 

I love you.