Wednesday, 23 March 2011

new blog hahahha
This is a new blog that I am creating that is going to be devoted completely to the trials and tribulations of my life as an independent jeweller, check it out, follow me and receive opportunities to receive FREE jewelry!!!
Catch you up on the rest of what's happening soon!!!

Friday, 11 March 2011

Reaching my goals!!

So I have to write all my goals down and work them all out so I can post them in my room, on the fridge and by the computer, maybe even in my car, since these are the areas in my house where I spend a lot of time.  I have decided that I have all I need in order to reach these goals, all I have to do is put the time and effort into them. 

Whoever thinks that working for yourself is as simple as staying at home and occasionally going out to do home parties, is mistaken.  It does take work to run your own business, but if you work it like a business you can get it done, and see the rewards for that business.  If I expect my business to just work itself, then it won't happen, but if I decide what I want for my business then put in that amount of time I will see the rewards.  For example if I want an extra $500 a month for myself in spending money, that means I have to do at least 2 shows a month, with each show being an average show of just over $500.  I will have to do the actually shows which are 3 hours each, and I will have to do some calls before the shows to set them up and to confirm with my hostess.  I should also meet with each hostess and help her to have a successful show.  After the show I may have to spend some time phoning some guests who were unable to attend to try to book more shows or set up more sales.  I would say on average I should spend 5 hours per show so I would have to work 10 hours to make an extra $500 a month.  It can be that simple as long as I work at it.   Can your job allow you work that little for that much??

So since I want to pay off my credit cards in a year, and I want to also go and get married without accumulating the national debt, I have to figure out how much I need to make extra each month, and then how much I have to work each month/ then week/ then day so I can accomplish my goals.  I am looking forward to the challenge.

I am sure if I can get this resolve going, I can build my business and develop the discipline to sit down and finish that novel I wish to write and have published lol.

Wish me luck!!!  And as I succeed in my goals I will keep you informed

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Goals for the next year of my life

Goals, goals goals!!!
I have narrowed down some goals that I would like to accomplish by the time I turn another year older.  That means I have less than 365 days in which to accomplish these goals, and I have to make out a plan so I can stick to these goals.

I have divided the goals into 4 categories, family, health, wealth and job.

My family goal is this: Plan and go on a family vacation somewhere warm after the wedding.
    This vacation will be somewhere warm and mostly likely during the November break if Adrian can take the time off.  This vacation has to be completely paid for in advance so that we do not end up with extra accumulated debt when we return.  This trip will not be attached to our wedding plans.  I am thinking Disneyland, or Victoria.

My health goal: To reach my desired size and/ or goal weight and maintain that goal weight and/ or size for 6 months.
     This health goal will have me focus on maintaining healthy eating habits and healthy exercising habits even while on vacation. This will work in conjunction with my One to 1 Fitness workouts!

My wealth goal: To pay off all outstanding debts and to work on living on a cash basis.
    This goal will be worked on one credit card at a time, and one loan at a time.  I will focus on making double my minimum payments, and then paying off one card extra at a time.  This way I can eliminate credit cards except for when I want to make an online purchase knowing the cash is in my account or for when there are emergencies with the house or vehicles.  I have a few credit cards and two student loans that need to be paid off.  Credit cards will be first!

My job goal: To have a full time contract for the next school year by June 15th with my teaching career.  The second part of this goal is to maintain consistency for 6 months with my Fifth Avenue Collection business and to increase that consistency to maintaining a purchase volume of $1000 per month for 6 months afterwards.
   This goal will be reached by getting a minimum of 3 parties outside myself a month, holding an open house/ special event weekend once a month, doing one community event a month and receiving 2 referrals from friends once a month.  I will then expand my business base so that I can continue to grow and thrive within my business at a level with which I am comfortable.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

It is another year gone by

So now I am entering a new year of life.  I need to decide what I want to accomplish this year in my life. I have decided that I would like to have goals for each year of my life that I attempt to reach but the time I turn the next year older. 

I don't know if I have been so effective as of late of completing my goals.  I know I am a late bloomer with some of my goals, and an early starter with other goals.  So what would I like to accomplish in my 32nd year of life?  That's a really good question.  Now I have to consider what's on my bucket list, and how I will go about reaching those goals.

Any suggestions..... I will post later what my exact goals will be and how I plan to accomplish them.

Oh yeah Happy Birthday to all others born on this day!!!

Monday, 7 March 2011

Cupcakes for Basketball

So I decided to make some cupcakes for my basketball team and for my homeroom class for tomorrow.  I decided I wanted to decorate them as well.  In the spirit of wrapping up our basketball season I decided to make basketball cupcakes.  It was an arduous task but I had a lot of fun and I found that I really enjoyed doing the decorating.  It's not surprising really since I love baking, but I didn't think I would like it as much as I did.

So I had initially set out to make everything from scratch.  Cupcakes and all but after some careful consideration I decided that cupcakes from a box mix would be simpler.  So out Adrian went to get me some cake mixes (seriously I usually do everything from scratch so we have no cake mixes in the house) and a block of cream cheese.  I always feel that boxed cake mixes can be improved upon and that's exactly what I did.

I made a cream cheese icing mixture and injected it into each of the cupcakes.  Kind of like a hoho cupcake, or a dingdong cupcake.  You know those cupcakes that will still be around in 1000 years because of all the preservatives in them.  But I guarantee mine is tastier!!

After the baking was done I made my butter cream icing.  I made the decorater's icing with meringue powder I added orange food colouring to one bowl and smaller bowl I added green food colouring.  I then decorated the cupcakes and this is the way they turned out. 

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Using new ideas in the classroom

So I have been reading many educational blogs as of late and I have been trying out some of the ideas in my own classroom. 

In my religion class I allowed the students to grade themselves.  I spoke with each student and I was able to gather a better understanding of some of the students in my class.  It's sometimes hard to connect with Middle school students, but I found taking that time in my class to talk with each of them independently opened new doors of communication between us.  It's working and I do believe that next I will be letting the students self-evaluate in a written form their mark in class. I want them to be honest with me and themselves, about what their level of effort and comprehension has been.  There are still some hiccups but I think it's working out.  I do not feel like I am an expert in assigning students a mark on their spiritual journey.

In my science class I have given my students a project to research a system of the body, they had to come up with 3 choices of systems they wanted to research and then I gave them one of their choices, it wasn't always their first choice, but it was at least one they chose on their own.  They have been busy creating a presentation, notes and a small quiz for their classmates.  They are truly enjoying class and I plan to do much the same for the next unit, I just have to figure out a great way to phrase the project for them.  I have some ideas but we will see how it works out.

I am also using Edmodo for my Science class this term.  The kids enjoy it and are using it, I would like them to use it more, but some are even using them at home which is a neat thing to see.  I am enjoying edmodo because of the security it offers and this way if parents do not allow their children to have a Facebook account, for students to still be one a social network with only their friends and classmates from school.  Students by into it because it looks like Facebook. 

I am using Exit questions as well in my class and in these I work to ask higher level thinking questions and the students are doing really well.  I don't know if they like them but they ask for them and I only ever have students that were absent on a certain day that do not complete them.  I think the students engage in this activity and thoroughly learn something from it.  Besides it's easier than asking, then explaining to them what it means to put a concept into their own words.