Leaving one paycheck for several and, in the process, re-defining career and motherhood.
Jul 26

July 26, 2014

Book Review, The Nesting Place

Saturdays at Home – A Book Review

The Nesting Place; A Book Review A few days before we left for Virginia, I finally got a book I had ordered off of Amazon, The Nesting Place.  A gorgeous book written by a girl with a funny name, Myquillin Smith.  This book’s been floating around blog-land for a year, maybe a little more/less…? Not sure, I just know I’ve known about it awhile and had put off getting it because it’s a shelter/home decor book written by a blogger…

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Jul 25

July 25, 2014

Home Improvement Project Barn Door #1

Home Improvement Fridays – Barn Doors Revisited

The Barn Doors, Take 2 I’m not a quitter.  But this project had me considering it more than once.  I have never been so frustrated with a home improvement project before. And, we’ve done lots.  Seriously, lots.  This one was almost my un-doing though. But, it’s almost there.  My husband says we’re done – he likes it as is. Me, I still want to take a hammer to it, and distress it, so that the blond bits of the wood…

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Jul 21

July 21, 2014

Virtual Assistant Training and Resources

Virtual Assistant Training and Resources

Invaluable Virtual Assistant Training and Resources Happy Monday! Are you totally psyched to start a fresh, new week? I hope so, because you really don’t have a choice LOL. I mean, you do, but the alternative to being around to start a new week is being 6ft under, and not really where I’m going with this, so…we’re psyched, right?? Good! …and in keeping with the theme of starting fresh, I wanted to spend today giving you some information that maybe,…

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Jul 19

July 19, 2014

Saturdays at Home

Saturdays at Home

Saturdays at home, remembering the good stuff.   It’s not even 8:30 yet, and the air is already heavy. Thank you Jesus for giving us the men that invented air conditioning.  If this mugginess and heat keep up, my morning ritual of having coffee outside is going to have to stop for a while or move from coffee to iced tea. An iced anything before lunch ain’t right. While I was sitting outside this morning, watching the morning light bounce…

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Jul 18

July 18, 2014

Home improvement project barn doors

Home Improvement Project 1 – Barn Doors

The longest-takin’-cuss-word-inducin’-home improvement project EVER So, I wasn’t kidding when I decribed myself as a Pinterest failure. Nope. Some days, the planets align and the home improvement project goes according to plan (and budget).  This was not that time. I had high hopes – does that count? Exhibit A: They’re great, right? Yea, those aren’t ours.  Ours: My little nightmare had been sitting, half-way done (one door stained, one not), for…6 months I think? Maybe longer. I’m honestly too embarrassed…

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Jul 15

July 15, 2014

Building Business Relationships

Building Successful Business Relationships

Assuming Positive Intent; The basis of a solid business relationship. I have this mantra that I have taken with me from job to job that I truly think makes a difference in building successful working relationships. It was actually something I learned in a seminar a very long while ago. I was working for a startup (Company #1) and at one point early on, things were getting very…dicey.  Builds were getting delayed, engineers’ heads were on the chopping block, salespeople…

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Jul 12

July 12, 2014

No More Nightly News

The Saturday Edition; Thoughts about the nightly news.

I’ve decided that I’m going to stop watching the news. I know people say that all the time, but I mean it. I blame not being able to stay asleep on what I’m getting force fed every night at 6pm and I’m over it. I live with a man that insists on watching that crap, so I end up hearing it/seeing it even when I don’t want to.  This is the curse of having one ginormous area as your kitchen…

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Jul 11

July 11, 2014

virtual assistant at mid-century computer

Let’s talk about this Virtual Assistant thing.

Assessing your Virtual Assistant skillset. On Tuesday I posted that I would walk through the path I took to becoming a Virtual Assistant, or VA.  All in all, it was a pretty straight path, but there were (and still are) a few “come-to-Jesus” meetings that I had to have with myself.  Like the entire “omg, I’m really a glorified secretary and I can’t deal with that” thing.  Only to be followed with “omg, I know MS Office already”.  Just for…

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Jul 8

July 8, 2014

modern day virtual assistant

How I came to grips with being an (Executive) Virtual Assistant

My name is Sheri, and I’m a Virtual Assistant. I will shamefully admit, I had a hard time with my new title.  I think my pride was getting the best of me.  OK, I know my pride was getting the best of me.  But I know why. My mom was a secretary for a very long time at a cosmetics company, then later at a defense plant.  And, the entire time she was struggling to be more.  She was going…

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Jul 7

July 7, 2014

blogging with honesty

Blogging Your Truth.

When your blogging gets under someone’s skin. One of the hardest things for me is always deciding what to post.  Not what to write. But what to actually hit the publish button on.  Because a funny thing occurs when your hobby is blogging. Without meaning to, you are going to inadvertently tick someone off.  Which, is good if you’re say, Matt Walsh, and your voice is your vocation, because that’s what he does.  It’s his job. But if you’re just…

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