Pinterest

Every morning after breakfast, my husband and I go to our “little corner” and go on a social media blitz. We check our blogs,  emails, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Sometimes when one of us sees an interesting post, we “share” it and even “talk” online!  Oftentimes, we laugh about how we are just beside each other and yet communicate on social media. But I guess, such is the twenty first century when technology can sometimes get over the best of us.

Like I said earlier, one of these so-called social media online services is Pinterest.

What is Pinterest? Here is it’s website definition…

Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard.

Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.

Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.

My husband and I have so much fun going through the “pins” that other people have posted. Many times, we also upload our own. We like the inspirational quotes and beautiful pictures pinned and repinned.

As a VA, Pinterest is an online and mobile service you can’t be without.

Log in now, better yet, create an account and enjoy using Pinterest. Click this link:  http://pinterest. com/

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

A (literally) Sunny Day for a VA

My husband and I woke up to a sunny morning, with sheer delight!

It’s the first time in almost a month that the sun has come out smiling. The birds are chirping out loud. The neighbors are washing clothes and hanging them on clotheslines, eager and longing for that elusive sun.

I live in Baguio City. We are 240 kilometers north of Metro Manila, where lies the capital of the Philippines.  Baguio City is commonly called the summer capital of the Philippines because of our cool climate. We sit high in the Cordillera Mountain Ranges, 1,500 above sea level. That’s pretty cool, isn’t it? No pun intended. On the down side, Baguio gets largely affected by heavy rainfall during the rainy season of July to October. That’s why, a sunny day like today is something to celebrate about.

Working as a VA is quite advantageous for me. No need to brave the storm to get to work. No need to dress us very early to catch a good ride going to the office. No need to worry about domestic concerns because I’m at home, working. The wonders of technology!

~ Marisa

A VA’s Journey

It was barely a month ago when I first encountered the term Virtual Assistant. A friend sponsored me to a Virtual Assistant Seminar and what I learned from it was quite a revelation.

Wikipedia defines a Virtual Assistant (typically abbreviated to VA, also called a virtual office assistant), is generally self-employed and provides professional, administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistants to clients from a home office. Common modes of communication and data delivery includes the internet, e-mail and phone call conferences, online work spaces and fax machine. 

The world has become smaller with the onset of technology. My husband and I regularly communicate with our family and friends in the US through the VOIP. If we use Skype, we can even see the other party! Email, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other social media websites are largely used for marketing. LogMeIn and similar websites, allow someone from a remote place to look at what you are working on your computer in real time.

There is so much to learn and so much to explore from the buffet of knowledge available. Through this blog I plan to post write ups, tutorials and feature articles on Virtual Assistants.

I hope you will visit my blog regularly.  See you more often…

~ Marisa Aguas