Super Blood Moon 2019

I know this post is late, but I wanted to post the photos that I took during the Lunar Eclipse this past week! This year may have started out pretty rough, between government shutdowns and the same old bad news stories as usual, but after this wonderful cosmic event, the year is starting to look up!

It was pretty chilly out, but I set up my Orion 6″ Dobsonian reflector telescope and got to watch this rare event. Unfortunately, I don’t have a decent camera, but these photos I took with my phone turned out alright, I’d say!

Remember that even though things may seem hard, and sometimes bad things happen, always look for the good. If you spend all your time dwelling on the bad, then the good things in life will pass you by. Because sometimes, all it takes is watching nature moving along just fine, despite all the things that happen and the issues that we make for ourselves, to remember that things are going to be okay.

Happy 2019, everyone!

A New Chapter

Well, I’m back, and feeling a bit nervous. I’ve decided that I’m really going to try to make this work. Due to extenuating circumstances, I have quite my job, and am now going to dedicate the next month to making freelancing work. As such, I will be attempting to make at least one post to this blog a day, most likely in the evenings.

I believe that this blog will continue to remain semi-eclectic until I figure out exactly what it is that I want it to be about. But I kind of enjoy that, to be honest. It fits my personality well.

My goal is, at the very least, to not be boring. If I can write something useful that helps someone along the way, then that’s a bonus! But for the time being, I think that this will suffice.

Here’s to the new year. May we all try to improve our lives at least a bit from last year!

The Man

Taxes are hard. I saw a video once which talked about how weird our tax system is. If you went to a store, did your shopping, then got to the counter and the attendant said, “Thanks for coming in! If you could please now add up how much you owe us, then fill out this form with confusing legal jargon and submit it, we’ll get you squared away! Oh, also, if you mess up, we’ll throw you in prison for a long time!”, you’d just leave…because that’s stupid…

But that’s just how the government rolls!

At least, that’s how the US government rolls! (Not sure how things work in other countries, but I live here, so it doesn’t really apply to me)

But I digress. Point is, I gotta pay taxes, and taxes are hard. I got hit hard a year or two ago because I did some contract labor, but didn’t know I was supposed to set anything aside for taxes. So, when it came time to pay up, I got hit with a really hefty bill. Thankfully, I was already getting a pretty good return from my other job, so the lesson wasn’t as crippling as it could have been, but it was a lesson learned all the same.

When I started researching freelancing, one of the first things I looked into was how taxes worked. Since it’s pretty much the same as any contract labor, the rule of thumb is withhold 25% from whatever you make. Most freelancer blogs I read pretty much end there, with maybe a mention about deductable expenses.

But the Electricians…they know what’s up.

Well, maybe they do. This dude I watched explained business accounts and cards, charging deductable expenses to your business card, money transfers, it sounded pretty legit!

Now, I’d want to run his advice through a CPA before doing it, but that’s so far off my radar at the moment. First I gotta start making an actual income!

 

Anyways, sorry for writing an entire post about taxes. I was interested in it and found what I discovered to be interesting enough, so I figured there had to be at least one other person out there who would as well.

 

I’ll try to link the video I mentioned later. WordPress mobile is being a pain in the butt.

The Grind

Life can be so discouraging at times. I’m not talking your overall “Life with a capital L”, but just the day-to-day, ins and outs of living. Especially when you’re trying to change some aspect of those day-to-day motions that you have to go through.

I’ve been looking forward to my days off recently as an opportunity to work on writing and researching how to turn it into a career. But then little things happen. One thing leads to another, and suddenly I have to cover a shift. Bye bye day off. Granted, I have another one coming up, but now I have to do everything else that I need to get done on that day as well and, well, life starts to pile up. Suddenly, what you want to do has to take a back seat.

In these times, it can be easy to stress out over this kind of stuff. Life piling up, hopes and aspirations looking more and more like a dream than an actual attainable reality. School, job, family, friends, lists, shopping, bills, it all starts to become so overwhelming.

But then I remember the reason that I had to cover a shift. My boss had to go to the doctor to get his heart checked. He has been under an extreme amount of stress for many years now, and working 7 days a week for months at a time isn’t helping with that. Though he lives a pretty healthy lifestyle, the stress has begun to catch up with him.

Now, I’m not saying that this stress was unavoidable. Some stress is completely unavoidable, and in his case, I’d argue that it was this kind. However, when I take a look at my own life in light of this, and the things I stress out over, I realize that far more often, I need to step back, take a deep breath, and recognize that things aren’t all that bad. The things I’m stressing over are things that can’t be helped, and stressing out over them certainly won’t do any good. So, why stress out over them?

So what if I lost a day off? Things’ll still work out.

So It Begins…

Hi there! My name’s Aaron, and I’m new to the game. What game exactly?

….Still working on that part.

I’m currently working a retail gig while I’m making my way through school, but I’d like to change that. I know that I have the ability to, as other freelancers put it, “Put words together into sentences”,  and after learning more about this whole freelancing thing, I’ve decided it was worth a shot!

However, it’s not as easy as many freelancers make it sound. It seems like the best way to start raking in the big bucks is to find a niche that I’m good at. However, in order to get those niche jobs, you need writing samples from that niche…but those samples need to be published, not just something that you’ve written out. So it’s back to the “need experience to get a job…” circular argument.

So now I’m looking into content mills, just to get content published. I’m studying up on how to write Search Engine Optimization (SEO) articles in order to start landing some of those gigs. But then, suddenly, every other article I’m reading is telling me that writing for content mills is the worst possible decision I can make in my life! Occasionally, you’ll find someone who says “Nah, it sucks, but you can make it work”, but those are few and far between.

So basically, I’m pretty much totally lost. I’d ultimately like to get into technical writing…at least, I think I’d like to get into technical writing…we’ll have to see.

Regardless, I’m going to try and work on this blog more frequently. If nobody ever sees it, so be it. At least I’m getting experience in blog writing, and that’s gotta count for something!

…Hopefully…