Inspirational Sunday 11/16/14

This weeks Inspirational Sunday post is a little late, but let’s just pretend it’s Sunday for a minute. πŸ™‚

On another more important note, please enjoy today’s inspirational quote.

John Wooden Quote


Writer’s Block?

Wednesday, November 12 Have you ever had extended writer’s block? How long did it last? What did you do to break out of it, and do you have tips for other bloggers?

I have tried blogging so many times before, and I’ve always failed. Maybe it’s because I didn’t learn “how to do it”, or maybe it was fear of what others would think of my posts and my blog in general. Many times I couldn’t decide what to write about. I don’t consider that writer’s block though because I had lots of ideas they just seemed all over the place, or that’s what I expected others to perceive.

The Blogging U classes from WordPress and NaBloPoMo challenges have been very helpful it forcing me to just do it. So far none of my posts make logical sense, but it doesn’t matter. There are a lot of us that are just doing it! I’m proud of myself so far, and I’m proud of my new blogging friends.

Let’s all keep up the great work! Now to get my camera out and catch up on my Photography 101 assignments this week. πŸ™‚

Are You The One?

Have you ever found the perfect job? Just browsing a website, or a company blog and the position is just right there. So out of curiosity you click on it, you’re reading the job description and it describes you perfectly. The skills they are looking for are the skills you have. The salary range is right, the benefits listed seem perfect. So you begin researching the company, there has to be something wrong with it.

While researching the company you notice the vision and mission statements are in line with your own professional goals. You click through the management team’s biographies and they seem like wonderful, interesting people. The location is close to home and would save time and money. Everything is literally perfect for you.

So you go back to the job description, and realize you skipped one little part…that is a deal breaker. It requires a degree. A degree you don’t have. A little piece of paper saying you sat through school and passed to possess the skills they are looking for. What about me?! I have those skills, I use them every. single. day.

It’s frustrating to someone who has worked hard to educate themselves to have the skills needed to obtain their ideal job, but they don’t have that paper. That stupid piece of paper that your ideal job requires.

Everyone in this position has a story, a reason they didn’t go to school or didn’t finish. It may be a perfectly acceptable reason to the perfect company with the perfect job for you, but they won’t hear it, they won’t even look at your resume.

People graduate from college every day who don’t have the sense to come out of the rain, not all of them, but they are out there. Doesn’t common sense and learned skills count for anything anymore?

So potential employer, my question is why? Why do you think that piece of paper is so important? Why wouldn’t you hear out a person who has every single skill set you are looking for, complete with recommendations from respectable, professional sources just because they don’t have a degree?

The truth is, I’ve started to get my degree four times, the first time I chose a management position in a full service restaurant (in charge of 70 employees) at just 18 years old, the second my Mom had a major car accident and I quit to take care of her, the third my husband at the time took the money that was to pay for my semester and used it elsewhere, and was not supportive of the time my two classes took away from the family, and finally I’m a single Mom with an already strapped budget, working three jobs to make ends meet. Every time life has happened.

It doesn’t mean I’m stupid, it just means that I prioritized my life differently than others have. I’m willing to make the sacrifice to learn what I’m supposed to learn from a degree, but I also have to be responsible for my bills, my work, and most importantly my child. I believe that shows another type of sacrifice that is beneficial to any potential employer. It shows loyalty, responsibility, and integrity. None of those are listed in the job posting, but don’t you consider those things important? They are parts of your mission statement, so I suspect you do.

I know you can post your job description however you want, and I also know you can choose whomever you want, I just wish you’d give me a chance.


~Perfect for the job, but you’ll never know

Blogging 101 Assignment for November 5, 2014

Are you Professional?

Today’s prompt wants to know if I consider myself to be a Professional Blogger.

This is an easy one for me, no, I’m not. I’m a rookie, brand new to this blogging thing. I’ve tried blogging what seems like a hundred times, but gave up after just a few posts. The challenges have been most helpful to me so far, and it’s taught me more about what I need to become a successful blogger.

I’d like to make a little extra money blogging. So I hope to become “professional”. After I’ve taken off the training wheels. πŸ™‚

Your Voice, My Voice

Today’s prompt asks the following: Do you feel you have found your voice on your blog? What techniques have you tried to develop your voice in your writing? What are some characteristics of your personality in your writing?

This voice I keep hearing about, finding the voice of your blog, it’s frighting to me. I know what communication is, spoken, written, and even non-verbal (i.e. body language). I understand the idea of having a voice for consistency and easy reading, but sometimes don’t you need to change it up?

In a professional setting I write well, with appropriate grammar, spelling, correct punctuation, and clear thought out ideas. It’s easy for me, I do it everyday. BUT my blog, it’s different! Don’t get me wrong grammar, spelling, and punctuation is all still very important to me, but it’s not the same. I don’t want my blog to be the same as professional communication.

I’ve chosen my blog to have random quotes, photos, stories from my life, things that are important or interesting to me, and whatever other things that may pop into mind (or be a prompt). I like that I can go with the flow, and whatever I want to share.

I guess to answer the actual questions, yes, I’ve found a voice for my blog. It’s very much like the voice I share with my friends in conversation. I try very hard to keep a positive spin on it, and I think so far I’ve done that. I also know there are topics that just aren’t positive. I may feel strongly about those topics so they will be included too. What you see is what you get.

Improvements: I’ve completed Blogging 201. Blogging 101, Photography 101, and NaBloPoMo have all started this month, so I’m using these opportunities to write. The best way to improve your writing is to write, the same goes for photography. The best way to improve your photography is to take pictures.

I hope you will enjoy both, my writing and photos (the photos start today). I look forward to your feedback in the comments! πŸ™‚


My first assignment in Blogging 101 is to introduce myself. Talking about yourself can be tough, but I’ll give it a shot.

Hopeful for Serendipity is a personal blog that I’ve started for several reasons. First, I enjoy writing and what better way to improve but by practice? I enjoy the constructive criticism, and feedback. I also have so many different things I enjoy and I love to share them. You may see posts on photography (especially with the Photography 101 class by WordPress), family, events, random thoughts, inspiration, business, marketing, and more. Pretty much whatever comes to mind that I think is interesting or I want to share.

My goals for Hopeful for Serendipity is to provide readers with my perspective, and to interact with others. It would be super to be able to monetize my blog once its more established, once I create a habit in posting, and get a feel for the blog. I’m still a bit wishyΒ washy right now, but I’m still learning so I say that’s ok. I hope you all enjoy my blog, and will follow me on my journey. I hope to see everyone commenting, tell me what you think, your perspective, use your knowledge, training, and experience to share too!

I have a wonderful daughter, who has reached her teenage years. She’s a great kid, but she has the typical teenage mouth sometimes. I’ve called my Mom to thank her for not killing me during MY teenage years, and as sweet as she can be she said you weren’t bad, you were a great kid. Isn’t that sweet? She’s also a little bit full of malarkey. πŸ˜‰

I work full time at a local University in an administrative capacity. I love my job, helping young people choose their life path. I also work for a catering company and an event services company. Yes, they are completely different from my full time job, but I think that’s why I enjoy it. The part-time jobs allow me to see and experience things I wouldn’t normally get to.

While taking part in Blogging 201, I was nominated for the “One Lovely Blog Award”. In accepting that award, because how exciting is that, I was asked to provide seven facts about myself. So find out more here and while you’re there check out the bloggers I nominated. πŸ™‚