A Day in my Life as a Virtual Assistant

October 25, 2016

I sat down looking at the computer trying to figure out what I should blog about and then it hit me, I have been meaning to share with you guys what it's like to run a VA (Virtual Assistant) business from home! I left my 9-5 just over 1 year ago and I haven't regretted it since!

So, unlike other virtual entrepreneurs, I don't stick to a strict schedule for my work day and I also like my freedom, so I also don't take on too much client work. Every day for me is different, depending on what my schedule is for that day or if I want to sleep in.

With that being said, here is what my schedule looked like today:

>> Woke up at 7:45, stretched for 15 minutes, then got up
>> Made a cup of bullet proof coffee (organic coffee, coconut oil, ghee/grass-fed butter & honey)
>> Sat down at my computer to sort through emails
>> 8:30-12:30 - worked on client's social media scheduling/other work
>> In between client work took a break to dye my hair
>> Made appointment with current client for updates
>> Lunch with the hubby (I made organic Ravioli)
>> Made some home-made larabars, home-made chicken stock
>> Washed the dishes
>> Swept leaves off of deck
>> Listed some items on Swap/Shop
>> Gave away 2 complimentary VA books in exchange for Amazon Reviews
>> Chatted with Hulu rep about updating my plan

Other days, I have more to do such as scheduling my own social media, promoting my current books, work on writing my next book or sometimes I will have a client contact me to do a quick project for a few hours. My job never gets boring, that is for sure!

There are so many perks to working from home that I love. Being able to cook my husband and myself healthy meals all day is something that I never had time for before. Now I am able to cook & bake everything from scratch, which is so much healthier and more budget friendly. I also love that I am not bombarded all day with phone calls or drop-in clients. I rarely use my phone for business except for the rare once a month meeting with a client. I love that I can wake up and begin work whenever I like; especially since I have really bad allergies, working from home has been a lifesaver! I save so much money + time on not having to wear makeup daily and buy an office wardrobe. I love that I can take a day off to go shopping, watch chick flicks or go on a vacay whenever I like! For me, running my own business is more about freedom, than it is about money. When you run your own business, you are free to run it any way that you like and that is the beauty of it!

Not to mention, all of the amazing things that I have learned while working from home. I have met some of the most amazing women online and attended courses + webinars that have taught me beyond what I could have learned at any 9-5. Before starting this business, I didn't have half of the skills that I have now nor the confidence. It's been an amazing journey and I have happily helped several other people start their own VA businesses by sharing my book. I can't believe it's been over 1 year now. I can't wait to see what 2017 holds for me; but no matter what it holds, I know that I can go into any project with the confidence and skills to get the job done!

Okay guys, I hope that you enjoyed "A Day in the Life of a Virtual Assistant." I am about to grab some coffee and I am headed out to take a nice walk outside. It's such a gorgeous day out! If you are interested in a great way to work from home, I would definitely suggest starting out as a Virtual Assistant and learning the ropes first. That way you can figure out what your niche is and how everything works virtually. You can also check out my book on Amazon; "The Ultimate A-Z Guide to Running a Lucrative Virtual Assistant Business!" 

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Did you enjoy hearing about my VA business? Let me know if you would like another post with more details on the type of work that I do!

Weekly Updates

October 21, 2016

Happy Friday y'all! How was your week? I currently have a load of laundry washing and just finished washing a few dishes. Even though I stay pretty busy, I have been making a conscious effort on slowing down in my life instead of being so stressed & chaotic. I have also realized that I have to stay away from people who are so obsessed with being chaotic, busy and rushed because they cause my anxiety to worsen. That's the life that they have chosen for themselves, but it's not the life that I want. Okay, enough about that- on to this week's updates!

Here is what went down this week:

|| Visited my Mom last Friday & brought pizza and lasagna for dinner
|| Scheduled hair Appointment for next Wednesday
|| Ordered costume for upcoming Fall Party!
|| Ordered Fall Booties. I am so excited to get them in!
|| Additional client work/hours
|| Applied for some VA work with an awesome company
|| Lots of yard-work! I love working with the hubby, picking up sticks + pine-cones when the weather is so nice in the Fall!
|| Finished the concrete- I ordered top soil which they delivered yesterday and later we will order gravel and plant crepe myrtle trees
|| Cleaned Pantry, Fridge and Freezer (now I need to go food shopping this weekend!)
|| Cleaned Bathroom/organized cabinet
|| I also won a huge gluten free giveaway from Canyon River! I actually buy their products, but it was nice to win some that I haven't tried yet.

Another big thing is that I started writing a new book about Health. After going through the past couple of years dealing with GI issues, weight gain, anxiety, etc., I figured that I needed to write a book on everything that has helped me heal. I have prayed for God to show me the things that I am doing that has harmed my body and he has shown me several things lately that has helped me lose some additional weight (6 lbs) and feel better! It's a huge epidemic in the world right now and I want to be able to help other people live a healthy, fulfilling life and not be overweight and sick all of the time.

Honestly, the research part for this book has been so much fun! I always love learning about new ways to live a healthier lifestyle. I have been doing some guinea pig testing (on myself) for the book including an 8 day detox replacing coffee with green tea. That was definitely one of the hardest parts!

That's pretty much it for this week. I am headed outside to go for my daily walk and prayer and then I am going to sit down and figure out a weekend getaway that I can plan soon. I would love something that is full of fun fall-like things- pumpkins, apples, mountains! I want to enjoy this Fall season to the fullest!

What are some things going on with you this week?

Working on finishing my 2016 goals!

October 5, 2016

Happy Wednesday! Hope your week is going well! As usual, I have been working really hard on finishing up 2016 strong so that the hubby and I can enjoy 2017 with more travel, fun and rest. Enough of this being so busy and working so hard all of the time. I'm ready for some rest and relaxation!

 Here is what I have been working on:

>> Painted 5 interior doors
>> Sold 3 things on swap & shop $130 total
>> Cleaned all coffee machines
>> Poured concrete for garage drive + well house
>> Updated my LinkedIn + Resume
>> Ordered Bai water via Amazon Prime for hubby to bring to work
>> Costco Card renewed + stocked up on organics
>> Book promotion coming up October 10-17 for my VA Book (It will be reduced from $7.99-$1.99)

Remaining 2016 Goals:

>> Finish Concrete
>> Finish decluttering garage- I still have so much more to get rid of!
>> Shutters
>> Kitchen Back-splash
>> Interior Trim (we have to get our saw back from my brother- so this is on hold)
>> Write/Publish 1-2 more books for Amazon
>> Reach goal weight
>> Fit in one more beach trip before 2017?

I am continuing to pray over my job future and wait on God. As much as I love being my own boss; what I miss most is having paid vacations and leave. Right now, if I get sick or want to go on vacation, it comes out of my own pocket. I was recently contacted by a recruiter for a local Plant Manager Position but I haven't applied for the position. It seems like a very busy and stressful job and that's not something that I want. I walked away from my job at the Law Firm last year because of extreme stress and I don't plan on walking back into a job like that ever again.

Right now, I am praying about it and using this time to work on getting our house together and goals accomplished. I plan on starting 2017 off on a great note! I am looking forward to our Fall Party + end of the year vacation coming up as well as Christmas- so still loads of fun to be had this year!

What are your remaining 2016 goals?

Spiritual Growth + Breakthroughs!!

September 29, 2016

Where do I begin? For the past two months, God has been working on me steadily. I have been having spiritual breakthroughs back to back at a faster rate than I have ever experienced in my entire Christian life. First, I had to completely give over my entire life to God and completely trust in him for everything. That was very hard for me to do because I tend to worry and want to do things on my own. Once I did that, I started seeing God bless in big ways that only he could do!

Next God began putting it on my heart to completely forgive and love those who have maliciously hurt me; to leave the past behind and pray for my enemies. I have prayed for my enemies before, but this time was very different, I felt the hurts being replaced with love for my enemies. For me, that was a huge breakthrough.

Trusting in God completely and Forgiving and loving  for my enemies was just the beginning of my growth. The third big growth that God has been doing is purifying my heart and getting rid of any pride, anger, resentment, and anything that is not of God. It has taken many trials and tribulations to get to this stage but I can honestly say, it's all been worth it. The times that I turned the other cheek and refused to retaliate through words or actions. When my enemies mocked me or tried to deliberately hurt me, I remained faithful to God and cried out to him to help me. It took me praying to get rid of self and swallowing my pride; it's not easy when someone attacks the people that you love or your character. 

Through it all, God has been my protector, my strong tower; he covers me with his wings. The place that I am at now is so amazing. My focus is on God and what he wants for my life and I no longer have the anxiety or depression that the enemy was trying to bring against me. I know that those were Satan's tools to try to bring me down, but God has delivered me out of the pit! As God's soldier + prayer warrior, Satan is fighting with all the powers of hell to bring me down. He knows the powerful things that God can do through me and he is shaking in his boots. He will not be victorious!

"For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us know be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." Galations 6:8-9

I have been hearing from God that restoration is coming and the verse "Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord" resonated with me recently. (Psalms 27:14) 

I have been so encouraged and also sharing in these victories with my husband, and it has been building his faith as well. He has watched God working in the physical as well as spiritual; blessing our finances through checks that God has sent to us in the mail. If that doesn't build your faith, I don't know what will! 

Our hearts cannot become pure if we don't first go through the fire. Sometimes, it takes hitting rock bottom to first find God and learn how to trust in him and lean on him. I'm so glad that my life hasn't been perfect or I wouldn't have this beautiful relationship with God. I'll take that any day over money, popularity or fame. I am storing up my treasures in my eternal heaven, not here on earth. This place is just temporary, but eternity is forever. I am going to do everything in my power to be a light and help others make it in to Heaven. That is my ultimate purpose here in life.

What has been ways that God has increased your faith?

Happy Fall Y'all!!

September 22, 2016

Oh my gosh, you guys, I'm so excited because today is officially Fall!! I love everything about Fall and I look forward to it every year. I will be breaking out my sweaters, plaid, boots and scarves today! I will be doing a Fall Fashion Blog post coming up soon, featuring my favorite Fall fashion items.

This Fall I'm Looking forward to:
Starbucks Holiday drinks
Picking out Pumpkins!
Hot Cocoa + Movie nights
Making Chili
Baking Cookies + Pumpkin Bread
Bonfires + S'mores
Reading books
Spending time with family
Fun Festivals
Apple Picking

What is your favorite thing about Fall?

Our Weekend Beach Trip!

September 19, 2016

Saturday morning we finally were on our way to Destin by 7:30! We stopped and picked up Chick Fil A for the hubby for breakfast and I had my banana + organic granola bar.

I used my DD free drink credit to get a iced coffee + shot of caramel

At the Destin Harbor

I had purchased a Groupon for the Destin Love Shack so we decided to give a try!

The Destin Love Shack reminded me of those cute local eateries in the Bahamas and Caribbean.

I forgot to take photos of our food but it was amazing!! I had the Caribbean Chicken and the hubby had the grass fed steak kabobs- both were amazing! We had a mango tango smoothie to go which was really yummy.

   We hadn't been to the Surf Hut since last year, so we figured it was due time for a visit.

 We went to Surf Hut for Dinner and made it just in time for Happy Hour! We immediately ordered two of the $3 Margaritas.

 The margaritas were pretty strong, so we only had one each.

  We ordered the most expensive (& the largest) Captains Platter that came with a cup of Gumbo- we couldn't finish it all so we packed it up for the hotel for some late night snacking :)

 Sunday, for lunch we decided to go to our favorite spot- Osaka Japanese Steakhouse!

 We both had the Bay Crab Roll, tempura style with eel sauce and fish eggs on top- so good!!

 We picked up some oysters on the half shell & shrimp for the hubby to grill later this week.

We had the best time on our weekend beach trip! We went shopping at Destin Commons, Silver Sands Premium Outlets and I was even able to return a swimsuit top from Old Navy and redeem my $30 Gap coupon. I also redeemed a $20 voucher from Charming Charlie's that I purchased online and bought two gorgeous handbags.

I picked up a cute basket for our coffee kcups + two more boxes of the Seattle's Best kcups from Home goods with my $20 voucher that I earned. We also went to Ross and found an audio cable for the hubby's phone so that he could play music from Sound cloud.

We visited both Miramar beach on Saturday and then Grayton beach on Sunday. It was an awesome weekend filled with lots of good food, shopping, catching up on some reading and enjoying the beach- the perfect beach trip in my book! I'm thinking maybe another beach trip in the next 4-6 weeks sounds good!

What is your favorite thing to do on beach trips?

Headed to the Beach!!

September 17, 2016

Hey y'all! This is going to be a quick post because we are heading out the door in an hour or so to head to the beach for a nice weekend of relaxing! I'm looking forward to lying on the beach listening to the waves, catch up on some books, eat some good food and do a little bit of shopping.

Remember, how in my last post, I was talking about how God was bringing restoration to me and my family? Well, we were again abundantly blessed with some  news yesterday that could have only been God working! I immediately called my husband at work and told him and we were talking about how it was God working and what a blessing it was. God is so good and I am so excited to see what else that he has planned for our future! God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above anything that we ask for and that's pretty comforting news. So don't be afraid to give God your problems and trust in him- he's can take care of it all.

God bless and hope that you have a lovely weekend!

For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. - Jeremiah 29:11