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Going Back to School

February 26th, 2011 at 05:37 am

So, 26 years ago, I graduated from business school with a Legal Assistant Degree.

Of course when I was in school, we learned typing on a typewriter to do all the documents on. Landed a great job for a partner right out of school and worked for them until they dissolved and both partners went to very large firms about an hour commute away from my home.

I then decided that I would temp for all the firms I made connections with over those 7 years, instead of driving into Detroit every day, which worked out well. I had just delivered my second child, so I wanted to work my own hours anyway, so I chose to work 3 days a week temping. Well, three years into that, my second child was diagnosed with cancer, which lead me to stop working to take care of her. That is when I started my stay-at-home mom adventure upon which I had my third child.

For the next 10 years, I stayed home to raise my children, then when my kids were 20, 13 and 10, I took a job managing our local Beach and Boating Club that we belonged to. I am now starting my 6 summer running the Club, which I love, but in all reality, I really am going to need to go back to a year-round job. The Club is only seasonal, my kids are becoming young adults and well I am gonna need an income once I loose the rest of my income in January 2013.

But since I have worked in a law firm, things have certainly changed. Not so much law wise, but technology wise, so this old mamma has to go back to school to catch up to the young mammas.

I registered for a Certified class in Excel, Word and Powerpoint to produce various types of business documents, maintain computerized records, track expenses, services, product, customers and staff. To create handouts and presentations and improve my keyboarding to make me more competative in the business law world and to fill the gap in my resume.

The one thing I have going for me is I have great networking connections with many past lawyers that I have kept in contact with.

I am hoping to land a job in the field of law I am interested in or managing another Club that is year round sometime in late 2011 or early 2012. I am going to keep running our local seasonal Club as long as I can. I don't necessarily have to be there, just keep it running smoothly. I actually have until January 2013 to find a great paying job. Super excited.

Sharing a Car and Plan to Buy a New One.

February 16th, 2011 at 06:17 am

Well, it has been working out perfectly sharing my daughter's car for the past four months. The car is actually in my name, but she paid for it, with her own money, when she got her license a year and a half ago.

So, insurance is due next month on it. I told her I would split it with her. She said I didn't have to. I said, yes I do, we have been sharing and I appreciate it and it is no big deal.

So, next month, I will give her my portion of the insurance due and we will pay the bill.

I have been putting some money away into a car fund. I was thinking of allocating the money from my summer beach job for a vehicle. I would add that to what I have saved and go buy myself a car. Afterall, my youngest will be taking his road test soon and he will be sharing my daughter's car. It will just be too hard for the three of us, especially, if my youngest finds a job.

I should have about $4,000 - $5,000 saved up for a vehicle by September. Should be able to find something decent for that amount of money.

Passive Income

February 14th, 2011 at 02:37 pm

Adding to the Passive Income Column:
$3.00 from Pinecone
$30.00 rebate from Sylvania

Previous Amount: $118.68
Add monies: $33.00
New Total: $151.68

I also received two gift cards in the mail from mypoints.com for Home Depot. One for $25.00 and one for $10.00. I am going to use these for drywall for my bathroom renovation.

Paying off Debt

February 4th, 2011 at 06:03 am

I got my tax return and I paid off my Old Visa of $971.36. It is now gone from my sidebar. I also added $500.00 back to my savings account and paid my property taxes of $245.08. The rest was used towards my other debt and everyday living expenses.

I also received a $10.00 rebate check, $5.00 from swagbucks and $3.00 from Pinecone. I am adding those amounts to my Passive Income, bringing my total to $118.68.