From iPhones to Writing: Thoughts, thoughts, thoughts

iPhones are all the range today and so are the desires of many who wish to have this delectable treat. And so while working on some articles about iPhones for a certain client, I usually think about the time I will be having this phone.

An iPhone just seems so far from reality as of now, but hopefully, later on, when I have the budget, I can soon afford one. Or perhaps a newer trend shall arise and will captivate my senses once more.

True enough, this is just one of my aspirations when it comes to the techie world. Gone were the days when I am just waiting for my parents’ allowance (which I would keep earnestly) and wait for the day when I can buy a book for 200 pesos. Now, I can readily avail of my most prized books, jewelries, clothes, foodstuffs, and many others. Even though they are not as expensive as those that millionaires buy, still, I still enjoy the fruits of my labor.

All these are brought about by my love for writing. Yes, even though I graduated from Nursing, I am also a writer by my own right. That was May 2009 when I first experienced earning through writing via the Internet.

Craigslist.com – This was the platform I made use of when I tried looking for a writing job after graduation. Actually, during those times, I was still reviewing for the November 2009 Nursing board exams. But since I was also trying to come up with a way to collect a sum of money to pay for the remaining balance at school, I have decided to apply for a writing job.

Alas, my application was accepted and for the first time, I received my first writing assignment. I was given a total of 4000 words to write a day. Materials were given to be rewritten and so I got a headstart and learned the workings of the business somehow.

But after 9 days, I thought of giving up on the assignments as I cannot manage anymore. I realized that I cannot go on the writing tasks with the pay not as much as I thought equals the work.

Nonetheless, for experience, I am still thankful of the experience. That was just the beginning of a plight that I thought would never come. After that, I pursued some more projects from various clients. By scouting the Net and still using Craigslist as my job site platform, I managed to find more jobs. The pay increased. At that time, I got to receive around $1.5 per 500 words. Time came and that increased to $2.50. Today, the regular rate comes at $4 per 500 words and $3.50 for bulk orders (write in a comment here below for more details).

I learned how to write e-books, website articles, spins, SEO articles, and even delved into internet marketing. Through the help of my friendly clients, I likewise got onto managing my own team of writers as much as I took on writing assignments on my own.

As they say, hard work does it. And so that’s absolutely true. With the experiences I have had with writing for web content, e-books, and other articles, I’ve learned to keep track of my strengths, putting them to good use, while at the same time, honing others’ capabilities to develop a nation that’s efficient in writing their heart out.

Sometimes it can be pretty tough too, for with the endless streams of writers and clients having their own personalities and skills, I have to face the truth: that patience and professional approaches do wonders.

One time, I encountered writers who just can’t communicate that well with regards their true situation. There are some who flake off, letting me know that they did not make it to the deadline because of PTA meetings (had to substitute for their parents), his sister was sick, and a whole lot more. In the end, I had to choose too. Will I tolerate these reasons and be as nice as ever? Or will I be so strict that the writer won’t dare email me again?

I’ve come to a conclusion that time when I’ve had enough – that writers do have their own reasons, but when it comes to professional work, it’s either you give in or you give up. You give in because of humane treatments. You give up because your patience runs out and you try to keep up to a normal person’s routines.

Well, well, well… I have done those instincts before. But trust me, they never work in the long run. Procrastination may be hard to beat, but with practice, you’ll get used to the habit of just typing whatever comes to your mind at zero minutes at all.

Still living it out, I guess. The times are changing now and my writing career seems to flourish still. At the same time, I get a feeling that I am also destined to make it as a nurse/psychologist/psychiatrist someday, but deep inside, I know I am still a writer. Nothing more, nothing less.


Friday Thoughts -- One Text Says It All

Got a text message today and was at first hesitant to read it, but after digesting the message, I felt blessed and inspired to go further (even if my right shoulder is still aching!)

Here is the text message from a text friend:

One day, the villagers decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer everyone gathered and only one 1 boy came with an umbrella.

That's FAITH.

When you throw a 1 year old baby in the air, he laughs because he knows you will catch him.

That's TRUST.

Every night we go to bed we're not sure that we'll get up tomorrow, but we still have many plans for the coming day.

That's HOPE.

Have faith, trust in GOD and never lose hope.


Indeed, times may come when God may seem to abandon us. I for one, also get that feeling that sometimes, life is unfair and that I just don't have a good future ahead. I don't get what I want and that God will not give me what I simply want.

But I soon come to realize, God is just so good that He does not want me to come unprepared. I want something that is not yet ripe to be harvested. I still need to grow and in time, if it will come, it will come.

Things are often like that. We want something but the timing is not right. True enough, it takes patience, perseverance, and complete trust and faith that everyday, we can survive every challenge. It may thus be tiring, but in the long run, patience pays off.

I do felt like comparing myself with other people and end up unhappy. That was one of my biggest mistakes. I should not envy others for having such life, for I believe that they too have miseries which make them look at me and sigh, perhaps thinking that they also want to have a life like mine.

Making everyday count. I now value this practice that serves as the key to a fulfilling life. Never keep your mind idle, for as the saying goes, "An idle mind is the devil's workshop."

I saw that post at a church's store and now am applying that to stay away from the ill works of the Fallen Ones. Think about plainly doing nothing and letting time pass in vain. Isn't that leading you off your true mission? All brought by keeping yourself preoccupied with insane thoughts... which in truth must be banished.


November 2009 Nursing Board Exams Results -- Coming Soon!

The November 2009 Nursing board exams results are one of the most searched throughout the first quarter of 2010 by first-timers and re-takers alike. Held last November 29 and 30, 2009 at different provinces and at the National Capital Region, the examinations brought out various feelings of tension, anxiety, and stress to test-takers and families alike.

Being one of those first-timers, I do feel the stress that is most likely the result of thinking about whatever the outcome might be. The November 2009 Nursing board exams may have been downright over, but the thoughts that fill one's head whenever we think about how the exams may result to do make us feel like there is nothing else we can do but relax. And did I say, relax?

While waiting for the November 2009 Nursing board exams results, I find myself wandering through another journey yet to unfold. Because of the hurly-burly crowd of nurses waiting for their own stints here and abroad, I wonder, how in the world will we be able to find a spot somewhere (if ever there really is a somewhere out there).

Try to think of it. How many nurses in the Philippines today have a job? Are they compensated well? Are they receiving the same amount that is due for their untiring labor of love? It's for you to judge, but as for me, I still believe that there's hope for a country that has a lot of hope to succeed at whatever it dreams of.

The November 2009 Nursing board exams results may be some days away, I have heard, but I think the best to be done is to just hope for the best and yet still accept whatever has been given. After all, we are the masters of our destiny. Whatever has been given has its own purpose.

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