My Fate Awaits Me

After a month or more of burning the midnight candle, I finally finished the assignments from the VA Seminar that I recently had. A satisfying sense of achievement swept over me when I “zipped” the files and hit the sent button!

I must admit it was an arduous experience doing all the tasks assigned to us. But it was well worth it!

I love learning new things. There’s a vast wealth of knowledge out there waiting to be learned, beckoning.

The next step is going to http://odesk.com and apply for a job.

My fate awaits me…  🙂

~ Marisa

C’est la vie

Brownout!

It can be frustrating when we have so many things lined up to do and it happens that electric power is cut off.

If you are a VA (like me) and  then a brown out takes place, that’s a disaster, right?

Not necessarily.

To begin with,  I haven’t started working on any project. I have not applied  because I am in the last stages of finishing the assignments I was tasked to do from the VA Seminar that I recently had. I can go right ahead and apply if I wanted to, but I wanted to be better equipped with additional skills so that I can have better chances landing a good one. Since I am not yet “gainfully employed”, no pressure yet informing a client of my recent predicament.

I can choose to be proactive. This brownout is a scheduled one.  It was  published in our local newspaper, announced on the local electric company’s website and information was likewise disseminated through twitter. (Yup, I chose to follow our local electric company’s Twitter account to get updated regularly. )

Since I knew of the scheduled brown out, I downloaded as much information as I could about what I was supposed to do if there was no brown out. Like today, I wanted to learn what steps I should take after opening an account at http://oDesk.com. I downloaded as many articles as I could, saved them on my laptop, and printed them out. Now, I have materials to read and study which can last me for hours.

Do other tasks that do not require electricity. I work, but I’m also a homemaker to my husband. It’s always a challenge meeting deadlines for my (past) clients and keeping our home. Like this morning, I woke up really early to cook rice because I prefer cooking rice through the rice cooker. Then, to take advantage of the lack of electricity, I  defrosted the ref. After that, I cooked four meal viands, placed them in Tupperware containers to keep. Now, we have food good enough for three days. Which means that I can concentrate on completing my http://oDesk.com requirements and proceed to making a bid for a project.

Read. The power has not returned and I still had extra time on my hands. I got a book from the shelf and thought that this was the best time to catch up on my reading. Before I knew it, the electricity is back!

Many things happen in our lives that are just beyond us. Unless I would like to invest in a generator, I have to learn to live with brownouts and other challenges that come my way. I have not been overcome because I choose not to. As it is often said,  c’est la vie!

~ Marisa