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Beautiful educational storybook about to be released

Where Has Polly Gone‘ is a story about Netta, a young ostrich who finds it very difficult to concentrate at school and who finds it very easy to get into trouble. Travelling the world in search of ‘Polly’ – the Summer homework her teacher has set her – Netta discovers that polygons are all around her.

Book CoverI am very fortunate to have gotten a sneak peak at this beautifully illustrated book before it’s released (later next month), as I’m the Marketing Assistant for author, Lisa Service.

This book accurately reflects the frustration that so many of my students who suffer from ADD/ADHD have felt in the classroom. Without attention and care to their learning needs, it is easy to understand how they might find themselves gazing off into the distance, taking their imaginations to more interesting places.

I love the fact that this book focuses on geography, especially the inclusion of different country flags and the shapes that have been used to symbolise their people. Considering that many Middle School students still can’t use maps effectively, this is fantastic!

The layering of shapes throughout this book is very well done – from the obvious to the subtle, it provides teachers and parents with the opportunity for explicit teaching, as well as student centered discovery.

The website http://www.wherehaspollygone.com includes a blog written by Lisa Service, as well as lesson plans linking directly to the book and Learning Outcomes from the US, with Australian Curriculum links to come. It will also include a platform from which to buy the book, as either an eBook or a hard cover book.

You can also find other great teaching resources shared on the Where Has Polly Gone? Facebook page, Twitter feed, Pinterest page and Google+ page.

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Feeling very blessed!

I am so incredibly lucky. I start each day not knowing exactly what will happen, what kind of work I’ll do or who I’ll be working for; that’s the beauty of freelancing.

As you know, I’ve been freelancing for a year now and I have been very fortunate to work with some amazing companies and people in that time. I have gone from purely undertaking administration roles, to voice overs, video tutorials, accounting and now social media marketing and PR.

I am currently actively promoting two books; one is a suspense thriller by Ken Boehs called The Tilted Truth and the other is a children’s book, details for which I’ll reveal soon. How exciting is that?!

I’m also working with some other fantastic companies:

  • The Canvas Factory – who print photos directly from Facebook and Instagram onto canvas. Awesome!
  • Perfect Party Pieces – a future party supplies company, although at the moment I’m providing fans with inspiration for cakes, decorations, party food and party games for different party themes.
  • Elance Australia – I help others use Elance to find work or hire contractors.
  • Paint My Place App – A fantastic iPhone app that allows you to paint your home with virtual paint colours. I’m no longer working with them, but it’s a wonderful idea!

It’s so nice to be able to be able to clock on and off around Hannah’s needs, and fulfill my own at the same time.

Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss how Elance or freelancing works 🙂

 

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Selling up and moving on!

So I made the huge decision last week to sell my lingerie business (Honeypot Lingerie) and am stoked to say that I’ve had a lot of interest. I’ll admit; I was a bit worried no one would be interested. In the end I may have listed the price too low :-/ oh well! 🙂

I was upset to begin with – it’s been my baby for almost 2 years and had so many ideas and dreams for the future, but life is what you make it and at the moment I don’t see a lot of quality.

Hannah’s with me at the shop, but I rarely get time to sit down and play with her. I’m freelancing a lot lately (which I adore), just so that I can afford not to be at the shop full time, but then I’m doing more freelancing because I’m not at the shop full time, and somehow 11pm comes around awfully quickly each day, and I have to wonder – what did I achieve today? What did I do for myself? What new activity did I try with Hannah or new skill did I try to teach her? What was the best part of the day?

And I come up empty.

So I’m thinking, surely there’s more to life than this? So! Step one – sell business. Step 2 – set aside Hannah only time every day – no work, no TV, no distractions. Just us playing and having fun. Step 3 – go for a walk with the dog every day, unless the weather would endanger our health. Step 4 – start enjoying life more, however I can 🙂

Do you have any suggestions? What do you do to enrich your life? Where does your spark and sense of fulfilment come from?

 

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Travel through Color – Inspiration for your next painting project

Travel through Color – Inspiration for your next painting project

I adore travelling the world; I believe that it’s one of life’s greatest pleasures to be able to experience other lands, climates and cultures. Indeed when I return home, I plaster my walls, fridge and computer screen with images that I’ve captured from my journey, just so that I can hold onto that feeling a little bit longer. So the thought struck me; why not bring the colors that inspire me from around the world into my home?

The first step is to identify what inspires you – is it a particular color palette, shade or texture of your favorite image? What is it about the photo that evokes that feeling of longing and wonder? Then you need to draw out the essential hues and tones, in order to find paint shades, furniture and accessories to match.

For now I’ve decided to start by sharing some stunning images found through Pinterest (where all original sources and credits can be found), as well as some I’ve taken from my own travels. I’ll then take those color palettes and share some ideas and inspiration with you in upcoming blog posts.

Please head to http://www.paintmyplace.mobi/travel-through-color-inspiration-for-your-next-painting-project/ for the images. Enjoy! :-)

 

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Colour your life with Paint My Place

Colour your life with Paint My Place

I love DIY projects and watching shows like The Block, so I was stoked to find out about a new iPhone app coming out onto the market tomorrow. Better still, I have the absolute pleasure of assisting with the marketing campaign, which I got through Elance 😀

Paint My Place iPhone AppPaint My Place allows you to try out the world’s best paint brands and colour palettes, without lifting a paintbrush. You take a photo of your house then use the app to test out different shades; how awesome is that?! I honestly think it could redefine design. Have a look at the latest demo video:

To find out more info, head to http://www.paintmyplace.mobi/ and don’t forget to like and follow our social media pages:

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Most popular skills on Elance

One of my friends asked me today which skills are “Elance-able”, which is an excellent question. There are SO MANY skills that are in high demand on Elance, but here’s the low-down:

Elance jobs are categorised under 8 categories:

  1. IT & Programming – currently 9,154 jobs advertised
  2. Design & Multimedia – currently 4,734 jobs advertised
  3. Writing & Translation – currently 3,086 jobs advertised
  4. Sales & Marketing – currently 2,561 jobs advertised
  5. Admin support – currently 1,359 jobs advertised
  6. Engineering & Manufacturing – currently 414 jobs advertised
  7. Finance & Management – currently 368 jobs advertised
  8. Legal – currently 215 jobs advertised

Out of all of these jobs, there are some that are more in demand than others.

Most in demand Elance skills

 
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Posted by on 14/03/2013 in Freelancing

 

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The top 10 reasons I love working from home

The top 10 reasons I love working from home

I honestly have to say that working from home is one of the best decisions I have ever made, for my lifestyle, my baby girl, my hip pocket and my sanity! Here are my top 10 reasons why working from home is a great idea:

  1. I get to rock up to work in my PJs, without make-up and breastfeeding Hannah if I want to, with absolutely no judgement.
  2. I can clock on at any time of the day, so if Hannah’s keeping me up at night and simply won’t go to sleep, I don’t fight it – I do some work instead on one of my many jobs.
  3. It has allowed me to brush up on old skills and learn new ones.
  4. I am working in areas that I would never have thought of when I left school, or that simply weren’t available at the time. For example, managing the social media marketing for various businesses. Facebook hadn’t even been invented, let alone Pinterest, yet I am now able to stay connected and increase sales and interest in my clients’ businesses straight from my laptop.
  5. I am not being judged on how I look; I am being judged purely on whether I can produce great results efficiently and effectively.
  6. I choose which jobs I bid for and how much money I would like to be paid; if the client agrees, fantastic, if not then there are plenty of other clients out there who would be happy to work with me.
  7. I have developed networks and friendships with other freelancers, which could work to some great collaborative projects.
  8. I have been able to help other people sign up and start working, some of whom were also in dire need of income.
  9. My freelancing jobs have been complimentary to my usual job as a teacher, so even though I’m on maternity leave, I’ve been able to work on educational projects like curriculum writing and the use of social media in the classroom.
  10. Most of all, I’m able to spend time with my best friend Hannah and I can work without paying extra for childcare.

If you would like to find out more about freelancing, I’ll be running webinars soon and I’d love for you to attend. Alternatively, please feel free to contact me or check out my official Elance mobilizer landing page to get started.

 

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