Updated on March 24, 2009
New Season, New Look, New Stuff, New Ideas
Itâ€™s been a pretty difficult past few months. I visited my cousins in California, ate a lot, enjoyed the (not so) cold climate of Fresno and San Francisco. I enjoyed an attempt to visit the city that never sleeps, ate a lot, visited the Tech Museum, Hearst Castle, reconnected with family friends and hung out with their kids… and ate a lot.
New Look, Recommended Blog Editor
Installed a new theme yesterday and been having fun playing with it. Upgraded to WordPress 2.7 too. The pretty theme is NOT plug-and-play and I’ve had to configure a lot, not just with the theme but with the WordPress installation too. Crossing my fingers that everything works and things will be easier to find. I kept putting off blogging new posts because of how hard it got to deal with my old WordPress. I wrote my first draft in Windows Live Editor then have to come back to WordPress admin for some custom settings. Pretty manageable now.
My soul searching is far from over. Being quasi-independent and self-employed is really testing me. I try and try to be frugal and think positive thoughts. Iâ€™ve accepted that I have to delay gratification â€“ but really, itâ€™s taking super long. I want to have time to blog again about personal finance and to learn new stuff and to meet new extraordinary people â€“ which is pretty hard when youâ€™re trying to do the job of 10 people. I need to commune with my higher self and spirit guides and hear what they have to say, whether Iâ€™m still doing the right thing.
Iâ€™m considering going back into a normal job thatâ€™s either B2B marketing or technology related. I still want to work with numbers, though not necessarily in finance. I majored in accounting because I figured it was the best fit since I was good at numbers and in English writing. Ah, if only I knew then…
I never knew in high school or even college that there were sub-fields of marketing that required proficiency in numbers like data mining, PPC ads management, media planning, ad operations. Very interesting and very new careers to look into that are blossoming. My skills and interests match â€“ but what opportunities are there in my beautiful tropical country?
Sales and B2B Marketing Training
My new personal endeavor is becoming the most effective business development/salesperson ever. Iâ€™ve been dying to market our learning web app and time management software, but my partners havenâ€™t had enough time to finish them. Iâ€™m a frustrated lightworker who hasnâ€™t had a chance to build and to market a meaningful product that I believe in, that could make an impact.
I want to get into UP ISSIâ€™s April session for Creative Selling Techniques which costs P7,500 for 5 Saturdays — but where to get the cash? I have a bunch of podcasts and books and really want to get to the Sales Shebang Conference in September.
Iâ€™ve been addicted to Pet Society, Fashion Wars and all those Zynga war games on Facebook; and Sorority Life on Myspace. Play much? I just like the escape from reality â€“ too bad it wastes so much time. Iâ€™m getting over it, thank God.
Got myself a new Compaq CQ60-224NR notebook last January, from Christmas money. I probably should have set it aside for my buffer but it was such a good deal to pass up. I was in the States for a short time and I wasnâ€™t going to get a notebook with such good specs for the price, USD499 plus tax. Being on vacation, I pretty much put my savings and expenses on hiatus. Lesson: still keep track of money in and money out even when on a personal break.
But now, what should I do with the Compaq, preloaded with Vista? Itâ€™s grown sluggish, considering it has 3GB RAM?! Itâ€™s supposed to be lightning fast, right? But no. I have image editing software and browsers, a few AIR apps for internet marketing, and MS Office. It is eff-ing slow.
- Intel Pentium Dual-Core Mobile Processor T3400 (2.16GHz, 1MB L2 cache)
- Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1
- 3GB DDR2 system memory
- 250GB (5400rpm) SATA hard drive
- 15.6" diagonal WXGA high-definition HP BrightView widescreen display (1366 x 768)
- 802.11b/g WLAN
- HP Webcam with integrated digital microphone