The Personal Matter of Finances During the Covid-19 Crisis

Are you experiencing anxiety over how to pay your bills during this crisis? Some of us are confined to our homes for various reasons and/or have lost income. Maybe some of these suggestions and resources will be of help. 

Things you can do now:

  • Notify debtors about your loss of income. 
  • See if you have any paid protections such as the ability to ask for deferred payments, interest forgiveness and more on loans. 
  • Check to see what your state/region/municipality is offering in the way of eviction, utility payment and mortgage suspensions. 

Need remote employment? Here is a list of online resources that could be of help. 

  • Consider searching Facebook for remote job groups such as Dreamers//Doers and Remote Work & Jobs for Digital Nomads. There are many others. 
  • Here is a “massive” list via The Work-from-Home Mother. 
  • And there is also Indeed.com, FlexJobs.com, and LinkedIn.com. 
  • Ask people if they need any help. Ask friends if they know of anyone. 
  • Put a call out on your social networks. Tell people you need remote work. 

Some social service agencies have a variety of services available for people who have lost income or work during this time. Call the United Way for referrals. 

There are also a few funds established to assist, depending on your experience and background. They are worth exploring. To find them type the keywords “covid-19 and emergency funds and emergency assistance” in Google and just take the time to research. Reach out to your social networks for information. Here are some resources but we cannot guarantee they are still available:

 

 

If you know of other resources, this is a great time to share as well as a great reason to do so. We just want you to receive care. 

 

8 Humorous Quotes to Help Your Social Media Following Laugh

Covid-19 (the coronavirus) is no joke. However, we need a good laugh as we deal with restrictions in our movement, changes in our lifestyles, and the realities of the virus. Here are eight quotes to add to beautiful graphics or simply post and share with your networks. 

 

“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.”

― Steve Martin

 

“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.”

― Mark Twain

 

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”

― Douglas Adams

 

“Whenever I feel the need to exercise, I lie down until it goes away.”

― Paul Terry

 

“The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.”

― George Carlin

 

“I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.”

― Jane Austen

 

“I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it.”

― Mae West

 

“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.”

― A.A. Milne

 

Need more humor? Here are two sites that provide some pretty good (and decent) jokes: Laugh Factory and Thought Catalog

 

Reading & Writing Responsibly During the Covid-19 Crisis

Many of us around the country are under our state’s mandates or orders to stay-at-home and shelter-in-place. We are also working from home, and there are a few who are first responders, healthcare workers and other essential workers employed by hospitals and related facilities. And the reality is that many of us, including people in our social networks, are frightened. 

It is wise to practice responsibility as we post and share on social media. Here are a few tips. 

  • Pick one or two trusted news sources to receive your daily updates on the coronavirus and your city and region’s responses to it. For example, choose a national news source, a local news source and follow your city and state’s health departments. The point is to stay informed but not overwhelmed by information. 
  • Make a conscious effort to share credible information with your social networks. Do not cause alarm or feed a frenzy of fear and panic. Be trustworthy with what you share. 
  • Think before posting. Is the thing you’re posting trigger fear inside of you? If so, it will trigger fear inside of someone else. 
  • Balance out postings. Post puppy and cat videos – anything happy – sometimes. Choose to soothe the soul.
  • Promote self-care and good health practices such as proper handwashing, social distancing, eating healthy foods, and exercising. Some people following you are stressed out. Give them ideas that will help them decompress like talking to friends and family, reading, writing, yoga, listening to music, or other hobbies.

Our followings are a privilege. There are times like now when we have to give them something back for caring about us. Post responsibly. 

A List of the New Changes on Facebook

Facebook is like the rest of us, activating a new vision – a 2020 vision – for their site. Some of the changes are slow rolling out and some are active now. Probably by the time you read this post, there will be even more changes. Here is a list:

The are BETA Testing a New Look for Profiles 

  • You could already have access to it or you could have the option to give it a view. The place to look is in your settings. Tap on the dropdown menu that leads to settings, read the menu and near the bottom is either nothing about it or BETA Test or the option to switch to the new look. This video explains it well. Like Twitter, you will have the option to view your profile in light or dark mode. There are other additions, but it is taking on the look of a website. 
  • If you don’t like it, you can switch back to classic Facebook. 

The Integration of Instagram and Facebook 2020

  • Facebook is pushing Instagram users to connect their accounts to a Facebook page not to be confused with your personal profile. They will send you email and post notices on your newsfeed, so keep an eye out. 
  • Hootsuite and other scheduling tools are posting notices reminding users to make sure they have the Business Pages and Instagram Business accounts synced. 
  • Also, you have the option with Instagram stories to post to Facebook stories at the same time. 

Facebook Groups Have a Few New Features

  • Groups are no longer SECRET. They are closed. 
  • Facebook is pushing for users to create more and more niche groups. Begin one and take a test run. 
  • Groups with large numbers have an ability to monetize or charge for membership. Maybe yours is one. 

Changes are best viewed on your desktop or laptop screen.

8 Things to Do to Prepare for Spring

Spring 2020 begins on March 19, and you don’t have to wait to prepare for a new season and new beginning. Here are eight things you can do that are simple enough, but all are aimed at inspiring you and waking up those creative juices. 

  1. Create a Spotify or streaming service playlist that is filled with upbeat music to keep you focused on better weather and the hope of a new beginning. You can also create one that helps stir those creative juices to write, paint or do whatever moves you. 
  2. Go into your drawers and start removing items to throw away and replace, give away and replace, and to keep. There is something about purging that helps the brain function better. 
  3. Go online to Eventbrite and seek out some free events and put them on your calendar as a date alone or with your best buddies. 
  4. Plan a get together like brunch or lunch with your friends. 
  5. Explore vacation possibilities. Certainly there is somewhere you’d like to visit this year. Figure out how to make it happen. 
  6. Overview your finances. Keep an eye on your money matters frequently to plan and to consider how to even make more money. 
  7. Search Pinterest for new hairstyle ideas and new clothing ideas too. Maybe it’s time for a makeover. 
  8. Try something new to you. Only you know what that is, but spring is a wonderful time to do something new. Try it. 

Wishing you a beautiful new season and looking forward to tackling a few of these tasks along with you. 

 

10 Quotes for Women’s History 

Need inspiration and motivation? Well, here are 10 quotations you can use to lift your own spirits or the spirits of your followers. 

“I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody’s passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn’t mind leading.” — Amy Poehler

“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” — Maya Angelou

“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” — Dolly Parton

“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” — Audre Lorde

“Women and girls can do whatever they want. There is no limit to what we as women can accomplish.” — Michelle Obama

“My mother did not raise me to ask for permission to lead.” ― Ayanna Pressley

“A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.” ― Maya Angelou

“A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.” — Melinda Gates

“Without justice there can be no love.” — bell hooks

Be inspired. Happy Women’s History Month!

 

A Few Women’s History Month Facts to Share with Your Networks

Women’s History Month can be a great way to inform and connect with your social following. Here are a few facts about some famous black authors your followers might appreciate in an update and/or meme. 

Ann Petry’s 1946 debut novel The Street became the first novel by an African-American woman to sell more than a million copies.

Zora Neale Hurston conducted anthropological and ethnographic research while a student at Barnard College and Columbia University, and that research is catalogued with the Library of Congress. 

Gwendolyn Brooks  won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry on May 1, 1950, for Annie Allen,[1] making her the first African American to receive a Pulitzer Prize.

Dorothy West wrote two novels 45 years apart. The second novel, The Wedding, was produced as a TV movie by Oprah Winfrey. 

Toni Morrison won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, making her the first black woman of any nationality to win the prize in literature. 

You’re not limited to these authors, there are many others. Find information your following will find interesting as well as inspiring. 

 

 7 Ways to Make Money as You Write

If you’ve decided to go for it and begin writing full-time or even as a part-time endeavor, you will need income to support the writer’s life between paychecks or paydays. Here are seven ways to make money as you write to support yourself. 

  1. Try using Patreon to set up monthly subscriptions to blog content and more. If you podcast, then this is a great way to build an audience too. 
  2. Market yourself as a copywriter or editor to other writers. 
  3. Become another author or two or three’s social media manager and content producer. 
  4. Host a monthly book brunch, where you charge for admission to make a little profit as well as pay for food. 
  5. Drive for Lyft and Uber or even one of the food delivery services like DoorDash. 
  6. Secure work as a virtual assistant to type and create documents for business people. 
  7. Tutor. 

Good writers with good to great skills always have ways to use their gifts to make money while trying to support a burgeoning career. What other ways can people make money as they write? Tell us in the comments, please. 

 

Write Details From What You Know

Writing descriptively is difficult. You run out of words. Well, you run out of your own words. If you are writing about something you have experienced, then allow yourself to recall the details in order to provide rich descriptions for readers. Here are a few tips for writing details from what you know:

  1. Recall the sights and sounds. Both happen in layers. You see one thing (a cousin sipping water), you hear another (the irritatingly loud voice of an uncle), and you feel something else (profound sadness or extreme displeasure). 
  2. Think about something humorous that happened during this experience. Did you laugh out loud? Did it change the atmosphere in the room? Was it only funny to you? 
  3. Go over the details of the setting in your mind. Was the lighting too bright? What color were the drapes? Was the day overcast? Did music play in the background or was there entertainment? Was it eerily quiet or annoyingly loud? Would you have chosen the décor? Did you like the décor? 
  4. Explore how you felt. Were you comfortable and relaxed? Or, did the outfit you were wearing make you feel awkward and unable to pay attention to the events taking place? Was there somewhere else you would have preferred to have been? How did you feel about the people in the room or venue?
  5. What did you imagine that others in the same room were thinking and feeling? What did you know about any one of them that either made you empathize or detach from them? Was there an ally or enemy in the room with you? 

One way to stretch our vocabularies is to write about what we know as if we were in that room or place. You will be surprised how a passage changes when we write with detail. 

10 Quotes about Love to Share on Your Social Networks

February is all about love and all about in its various forms. We’ve found 10 quotes that express romantic, platonic, and altruistic love. Please share them with your social networks or use for personal inspiration. 

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”
Elie Wiesel 

“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”
Friedrich Nietzsche 

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”
William Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well

“Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.”
Nicholas Sparks 

“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.”
Paulo Coelho 

“We love the things we love for what they are.”
Robert Frost 

“We loved with a love that was more than love.”
Edgar Allen Poe 

“I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
Martin Luther King Jr. 

“If you remember me, then I don’t care if everyone else forgets.”
Haruki Murakami

“I don’t trust people who don’t love themselves and tell me, ‘I love you.’ … There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.”
Maya Angelou 

How’s that for variety? Here’s hoping you have the best February ever!