Lurking in the Alley

Hello everyone!

I love finding quotes each Wednesday that sum up how I’m feeling. This one, by Earl Nightingale, is perfect for my thoughts this week. Perhaps this is why I continue to add more freelancing projects to my already overloaded schedule. Read on for today’s haiku.

“The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career!”
~Earl Nightingale

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alley haiku

 

Today’s Haiku:

glowing street lamps
find delusions
lurking in the shadows

~Nicole

Girl on the Go: Paddle Boarding

Since my recent sailing excursion, I decided to add paddle boarding to my Girl on the Go list. With fall only days away, I think I’ll mark this one for Summer 2016—unless of course I go somewhere tropical this winter! One can only hope!

paddle board haiku

Today’s Haiku:

legs quake as she stands
paddling through calm waters
she learns a new skill

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Have a great day!

~Nicole

Sailing on Lake Pepin

Happy Monday!

I had the great pleasure of riding on a sailboat yesterday, Sunday. Adlai’s friend from childhood invited us to join him and his family for an adventure on the water. I was so excited to get out on Lake Pepin; it was sunny and warm with wind speeds of about 10 miles an hour. Check this off of my Girl on the Go list, aka bucket list!

Putting up the sails.

Out on the water.

My first time sailing!

Hanging in there!

Thanks Haiku Horizons for the haiku prompt, “before.”

Today’s Haiku:

warm sun on my back
sails billowing in the wind
last jaunt before fall

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Have a great day!

~Nicole

Girl on the Go: Starting My Own Business

Hello!

Today I am adding an item that is more of a bucket list item, but it will keep me on the go.

Here’s background information that will make this post relevant. In 2011, I received my first freelance job with Rochester Women Magazine. I didn’t receive another freelance opportunity until 2013, but since then, I have had steady work.

I have always kicked around the idea of having a business, but I didn’t know what type of business. Several years ago, I talked to my mom about having a clothing shop, then it was art studio, then it was a combination of both. However, none of those ideas came to fruition.

With the steady work I have received as a writer, I started wondering if this would be a viable business for me, but I was still unsure of taking the steps to running a business even though the freelance work I have been doing is essentially “my business.”

Well, recently, I secured another freelance opportunity with a major client in the Rochester, Minnesota area. This client requires that I obtain an LLC  as well as carry business insurance.

So today, I am including starting my own business on my Girl on the Go list, and crossing it off my list. The Whispering Pen is no longer just a blog, it’s a Limited Liability Company.

Introducing, The Whispering Pen, LLC.

Today’s Haiku:

beautifully balanced—
love of writing becomes work
and I am grateful

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Does anyone else have an LLC? How do you manage your writing career?

Are you looking for bucket list items? Check out some of mine here. Or, feel free to suggest a fun activity for my list! I love adventure!

Have a great weekend!

~Nicole

Girl on the Go: Build my Dream Walk-In Closet

Hello Friends!

Today is the day! This is my 300th post! Thanks so much reading and following along! I appreciate you!

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And now, for this week’s Girl on the Go, I have a DIY project! I want to build a walk-in closet. After weeks of posting dreamy travel locations that I want to visit, it’s time to post something I can accomplish sooner rather than later. The only place I am traveling to is the garage for construction and down the hall to the closet.

Some of you may be wondering why this is a bucket list item. Well, I love clothes and shoes and shopping. Always have. Hence the large walk-in closet to support my shopping habit.

Last week, hubby and I painted the walk-in closet, and this week we are working on the rolling storage racks. The final project is to add shelves to the small closet within the room for shoe storage, but we aren’t quite there yet.

Here’s a few shots of the clothing racks in progress:

corner joint for piping

Corner joint for 6′ long pipes.

joined pipes

wood with nice edging

Spruce that has a nice edge and rounded corners.

We are making two racks. They have two 6′ long pipes along the side and one 6′ pipe across the top. There will be a (spruce) wooden surface at the bottom situated on 4 casters for mobility.

I’ll post the finished project next week. Have a great weekend!

Today’s Haiku:

a clothes horse awaits
construction of wood and pipes
closet in making

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Is anyone working on any DIY projects?

Are you looking for bucket list items? Check out some of mine here. Or, feel free to suggest a fun activity for my list! I love adventure!

Have a great weekend!

~Nicole