I used the American Express Platinum card on an international trip for a river cruise vacation over Thanksgiving week in 2016. Here’s how using the card paid off for itself in benefits with this one trip.
Are you visiting a European Christmas market for the first time? You’re in for a treat! We spent Thanksgiving week on a European river cruise from Prague to Budapest and explored markets in many cities along the route, including Salzburg and Vienna. Here are my tips on getting the most enjoyment out of your visit.
I took my new iPhone 7 out to the Chicago Botanic Garden to have some fun with the new camera. I upgraded from an iPhone 6 Plus and went with the 7 this time around since I realized after 2 years with the 6 Plus, I was never confident trying to hold it for photos and videos without fear of dropping it.
Chicago is a city of summer festivals. Every weekend has one or more to choose from. The annual Chicago Air & Water Show took place two weekends ago and marks the end of the major summer festivals. It also marks the end of summer for me.
I returned to full-time employment in April after 9 years of freelancing. I frequently see posts by people who leave full-time work for a freelance lifestyle. Here are my reasons for leaving freelance UX work:
Are drink plans worth it on a cruise? This is always a big question and depends on what the drink plan includes, what you drink and how much you drink. Keep in mind that a drink plan is not only for alcohol. Many drink plans start out with the basics of providing unlimited soda, domestic beers and bottled water.
This post is coming from the road as we are on the last leg of a last minute road trip. An ear infection for Kenn and doctor’s orders not to fly meant we had to come up with alternative plans to get to Miami for our cruise.
You might want something different in your career, relationship, finances or 100 other things. What we usually want is some kind of change we believe is better for us, as defined by us. Unfortunately, we might daydream frequently about these wants, but never take the time for focused thinking about them. Focusing on our specific wants and defining changes we need to make for success gets sidelined by the everyday.
As 2016 breaks open, I’m drawn to memories of past years where the start of a new year created an excitement and motivation in me to take on the world. This year is a little different. If “excitement” and “motivation” are quantifiable, I’d say those numbers are lower than in past years, but I expect them to rise. How’s that for forecasting?
I need to heed my own advice. I HAVE been freaking out about not blogging for awhile. Offline life sometimes needs to take priority and forces you to pause other activities temporarily. This has been my reality the past two months. After a refocus and redesign of my blog, I started the process of selling my condo, searching for a new one, and recently moving.
It took a few contracts under my belt, but I eventually realized each new client brought with it a slew of new information I had to keep track of in order to work with them. From people to passwords, I quickly learned I could not keep it all in my head and needed a way to manage it.
Non-compete clauses are common agreements signed by freelancers and come in various forms. They can be presented as a standalone agreement or as a section called out in a larger document. In either case, it's important you understand what you're agreeing to when you sign.
Do you remember “Choose your own ________” items from childhood? Fill in the blank with words like “story” or “adventure”. And then there were Mad Libs, the stories with blanks you filled in for things like nowns, verbs, colors, people.
Ambiguity. I can’t escape it. I face it each day. It is a double-edged sword. Work that comes with clear directions and a direct path to completion with all variables accounted for is a luxury. I often work with half the information I wish I had. It feels like much less sometimes!
If you work remotely even occasionally, you'll eventually have a need to visually share a document or conduct a voice conference call. You may be familiar with a few options common in larger corporate environments like GoTo Meeting and Microsoft Lynk. I've been in many environments where those applications are the standard.
Have you recently left your 9-5 life to work for yourself from home?
Now comes the part that many of us didn’t think too much about. Removing the 9-5 job removed our daily structure. In order to be effective and happy in our new role, we need to create that structure for ourselves. This is challenging for some people and the following 3 tips to help you make the shift are an easy way to get started.
Keeping a daily work journal when you are on a contract with a client is an easy way to keep a history of your experiences on the project and manage some of your daily activities. You don’t have to spend much time each day to maintain a work journal if you keep your entries to a defined template.
My career as a freelancer came about as a result of the infamous “dot-bomb”, also known as the momentary collapse of the internet around the year 2001. The widespread access to the internet among the general public led to numerous agencies and shops opening up to service businesses who wanted to “get on the internet”.
I came across an article on the Forbes website from February last year titled “7 Things To Know About Freelancing Before Quitting Your Job”. The author became a freelance writer without intentionally trying to do so and writes about what she learned in the article. The following are several of the article's points with my perspective: