Wizard of Oz Dress Sells for $480,000!

 


I just had to share this as I must admit it shocked the heck out of me when I saw it on the news last night. Apparently the dress that Judy Garland, aka Dorothy, wore in the Wizard of Oz just sold at auction for 480k.  Oh, now if I only had that much money to spend on an item that would never be worn and kept only to “look at”.  Ah, the dream to even have that much money. Oh well, back to the daily grind…

Bad start to a Monday….

As if I didn’t already have a horrible nights sleep, our dog decided to chase after someone walking by on the street with their dog, barking the whole time. He’s not an overly large dog but for some reason he seems to think that everything within his eyesight is his territory and that he must protect it.  Luckily nothing bad happened, but now hubby and I both are peeved at the dog as he can be such a stubborn pain in the butt sometimes.
Anywhoo, currently working my way through my morning cup of coffee, and then to try and be somewhat productive today, although it is technically a holiday. I still have tons of Items to add to my eBay shop and I still have some experimenting to do with new toys for my handmade pet toy shop. Oh, and of course somewhere in the middle of all that I still need to find time to make more jewelry and other items for my jewelry/home decor Etsy shop. Its still somewhat amazing how I find myself busier now than I ever was when I had a FT job. Now if I could only get things to sell in a steady stream I’d be all set. I guess like Rome, my businesses won’t be built in a day. I just hope I’m on the right path to achieving success.

The Things that Happen When We’re Not Looking…..

I just had to share the above photo. This happened last night after hubby and I had finished dinner. We were in the kitchen taking care of dishes and when done I walked into the other room to see our eldest kitty Milo on top of the TV table.  We had potato salad with dinner, Milo’s new found favorite, and apparently he thought he might find more if he hopped up on the table, even though the dishes were gone. Ah kitties…..

Where the heck have I been????

It been quite awhile since I have added any form of new content to this site. In actuality I think it has probably been almost a year, if not more, and my last time on here was when I was going through some anger and frustration with a family member.

Since then, I lost my job at the end of June, and I now find myself struggling to figure out what is the right path to take. I would love to be able to work for myself, and in the past few months I have spent countless hours working on freelance projects, while trying to build my Jennies Online Deals eBay store, and my two Etsy shops Jennies Pet Corner and Jennies Home Made Goods into steady income generating businesses.

I have created FB fan pages for all three shops, I have twitter accounts as well as my own quasi personal twitter account which is actually linked to my eBay shops fan page. Oh and I have Pinterest as well. But now I find myself at a crossroads… I really do not want to have to go back to a FT “JOB”, but I’m not sure if I am going to have to. I must admit I enjoy being a house wife of sorts, and I don’t miss the stress that the roles I have held in IT have caused.

For the first time in I don’t know how long, I am finally able to sleep at night without stressing out about the crap that I have to deal with at work, or whether or not I will have a job in the coming months, etc. The shoe has finally dropped so to speak and I am quite happy with the way things are, minus the fact that we have more bills than what hubby’s salary can cover once my unemployment runs out.

I know I have to figure out some means of making money that does not require me to spend countless hours working on a particular task just to earn a few bucks. I really want to put my internet marketing knowledge to good use, but I’m torn because I know that anything I work on now with IM will most likely not show results for quite awhile, and I need money now.

I guess I’m just at a point of being frustrated because I know what I want to do, but it has proven much harder than I had hoped in order to achieve results. I guess I’ll have to keep plugging along and hope that my efforts will start to show results.

I Hate My Job… It Keeps Getting In The Way Of Building My Business…..

This thought has been bothering me quite a bit the past few days.  How in the heck am I supposed to work on building a reputation and a following for my business when all my waking hours are monopolized by the job? While the past few mornings have been spent doing the monotonous task of liking the FB fan pages of fellow Etsy shops, for some reason I find more enjoyment in even that than I do in completing any task that my FT job requires of me.

I am allotted only so many hours in the day, and when 8 of those hours are dedicated to the job, it leaves little time for anything else to be accomplished. Sure some may say, then why don’t you work on your business after hours? While that may be easy to say, it is much harder to do, especially when at the 5 PM hour you are left feeling utterly brain fried, with the want to do nothing more than crash on the couch and watch TV till its time to go to bed and start the process over again the next day.

To that, the peanut gallery would probably reply, then why don’t you just quit? Ah, now if life was only that easy. If I had no bills, no responsibilities to anyone except to satisfy my own desires than quitting would no doubt be the simplest choice, yet I do not seem to find myself living in that perfect world. I have bills to pay, pets to feed, more responsibilities than what can possibly be supported by just one salary and so I find myself stuck between the wants and the musts of life. I must work for someone else in order to pay the bills, but I would really love to be my own boss.

I have already realized that I am not cut out to be one who works for someone else, someone who lives to work, someone who makes someone else rich, but my wants keep getting pushed aside to satisfy the needs. I guess all I can hope is that I reach a point where I am able to start satisfying my wants before the rug that supplies my needs gets pulled out from underneath me.

I Am My Own Worst Enemy….

I started out the new year with high hopes and high expectations of what I wanted to accomplish and it only took three weeks for me to feel like I’ve been pushed off track.Why does this keep happening to me? I’m not trying to make excuses for why I can’t do something, it just that I feel like I’m lost, not knowing which way to turn, or what to do next. So instead of doing something, I end up doing absolutely nothing which leaves me feeling like an utter failure.

One of the most common offenders of my feeling of failure has to do with our finances. I promised myself that I would not spend money needlessly on Etsy, or at any other online store so I could work towards paying down our debt which desperately needs to be attended to. But instead of keeping to my much needed promise, I have spent money that I could not afford to part with which has also caused issues with my monthly membership at WA. It is literally my inability to pay a bill that makes me feel worse than anything else in my life.

There are moments when I just want to give up, but I know that I need to keep pushing forward, to at least get something done in the course of the day, but something as simple as getting one thing listed on eBay leaves me feeling like I haven’t done enough. I am beyond angry at myself because I know all these problems come from within and the hardest thing for me is finding a way to fix this once and for all.  I hate my job and I know I want to stick with WA for the long haul, yet my boulder of debt constantly weighs on my shoulders, pushing me to find instant gratification methods to making money which I know do not exist.

Either you have to spend time to make money, or you have to spend money to make money, and money is something I don’t have, but I do have time. There is no reason/excuse for why I haven’t completed my keyword research, there is no reason why I haven’t moved forward in the 30 day club except for something inside me that keeps pushing me off on different tangents making me my own worst enemy when it comes to getting anything done.

Maybe I’m spreading myself too thin yet again, but I do not know what else to do. I have a bunch of stuff in the house that needs to go away, and all I can think of is to sell it on Etsy, but the results of my efforts thus far have not met my expectations. Three boxes of ribbon, and maybe a dozen rolls have been sold so far. Maybe I need to suck it up and just throw it all on eBay in a huge lot, but I KNOW that is the surefire way to deliver the smallest profit for my efforts, but the clutter itself stresses me out so it needs to go. The office is unusable and I can’t keep working from the kitchen table so I need to do something and fast!

Do I put my Etsy shops on hiatus,  which I really don’t want to do, so I can clean house, or do I find a way to balance time between the two, which I have not been particularly successful with as of yet. I need to find the strength needed to get this stuff done and I think the only way that may happen is to finally implement some form of To Do list, painful as it may be, but I really don’t think I have much of a choice as I fear its the only thing I can do to get myself under control as I am my own worst enemy when left to my own devices.

Tell Your Senator Hell NO to SOPA & PIPA!

Those who are casual users of the internet are probably not aware of the two major bills that could potentially have a huge effect on the websites you visit on a daily basis. As a entrepreneur in the Internet Marketing realm, the internet is a HUGE part of my business. I am allowed to provide my opinion on any given topic due simply to FREEDOM OF SPEECH and I fear the passing of these bills could potentially take that freedom away from me.

While the bill may “claim” that is primary goal is to eliminate piracy, I can’t help but fear that the passing of this bill will make us no different that of other countries whose government has FULL control over what their citizens have access to on the Internet. If the views of a site differ from those of the government, its blocked and as an owner of a few sites of my own, whats not to say that the government could not shut one if not all of them down because they “believe” that the content it contains is not in line with the beliefs that the American people should have about a particular product or service.

If you value your FREEDOM OF SPEECH, then go to https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/ and tell your local government to say NO to this bill.

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