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Happy New Year!

Lovely Galley readers, I missed you while I was away, but I can’t deny that I enjoyed not being plugged in constantly. I needed a break from searching and reading and though I feel guilty about it, I’m trying not to.

Many folks say they don’t make New Year’s resolutions because they don’t keep them. Well, I’m making some that I can keep. Don’t make resolutions so outlandish you could never reach them, but at the same time, there is nothing wrong with shooting for the moon. As the poster in my sixth grade classroom said, “even if you miss, you will land among the stars.”

New Year’s Resolutions for those looking for a job and freelancers (I’m doing these too!):

1) Be happy and stop feeling guilty. Be yourself, even if you were laid off. Smile, watch your favorite shows, make your favorite dinner; don’t think every waking moment needs to be devoted to your job search. All work and no play is no good, even if your work is not bringing a paycheck home every two weeks. Do not feel guilty about enjoying yourself, this will not only make you miserable, but it can hinder your job search as you become more and more resentful of your situation.

2) Stay motivated. The position you applied for has been cut, and three of your clients can’t afford you right now. It’s rough and it’s not pleasant, but you can’t let it keep you down. Wallowing and pitying yourself will get you no where. Fall and get back up as many times as it takes. Talk to those around you, visit message boards and vent in your journal when you need to get all that disappointment out. It is normal to be upset, but you still can’t let it get the best of you.

3) Do more for your search. Sending out a pitch letter every two weeks and occasionally leaving your house to go to a networking event is only putting in 50% effort. If you want to see real results, you need to get out there. Tweet 10 times a day on Twitter, attend every free webinar in your field, go to networking events and events that could be networking events (like a reading from a book that was just published about your field—the author and the participants are all potential connections).

4) Use social networks to their fullest. Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn can bring you new fans and friends, but they can also land you new assignments and score you full-time gigs. Take the time to learn what makes these platforms tick. Get started here:

8 Ways Twitter Can Build Your Freelance Business

10 Traits of Highly Effective Twitter Users

10 Ways to Use LinkedIn

This wont be the last time we talk about these resolutions. I’m going to keep you posted on how I am doing with them every few months, or if something comes up (like me falling off the wagon or reaching a new audience, whatever comes first). I want you to do the same. You don’t have to broadcast it to the world, but every month, revisit your resolutions and give yourself your own progress report.

Here’s to a fabulous 2009! (It can’t be worse than 2008, right??)

Till tomorrow,
C

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scheduleIt’s hard to force yourself to get up at 8 a.m. when there is “no reason to.” You might be swamped with work, but you’re tired from writing till 3 a.m. last night (while watching George Lopez—this is my late night guilty pleasure). Should you move from your warm cocoon and start your day, or snooze till 10 a.m. and end up working until 3 again?

Some experts suggest working when you are at your best. For some that is the morning, for others that is the wee hours of the morning. Because I only worked for a few months, I think my body easily slipped back into college mode: Get up late, stay up late. And I do thrive at night. I bang out some kick-ass ideas and writing while laughing along to G-Lo (my nickname for the George Lopez show) at 1 a.m. But I’m beginning to doubt if this is a good way to keep working.

Tomorrow starts my foray into the real world of hours (again). Unlike in college, I can’t craft my schedule to rise at 10, start work at 11 and end the evening at 2 a.m. (with a cup of a cold tea and notebooks all over the floor for me to trip over in the morning). Though I find myself most inspired at night, I’m going to try this experiment and see if I can train my body to function more along the lines of the rest of the world. If you are having similar scheduling problems, see if this works for you, too:

I am going to wake up at 9 on the dot (no snoozing!!), start work by 10 and be in bed by 12, everyday for a week. I’ll report to you and see how this works out. If you try out my little experiment, let us know if it works for you. How do you keep to a schedule, or do you just go with the clock of your own body?

Till tomorrow,
C

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Dad and Grandpa, Thanksgiving

Dad and grandpa in their Yankee caps on Turkey Day.

I definitely fell off the normal schedule wagon. Ever since Wednesday, I have been all over the place and barely getting anything resembling normal sleep. I had that early meeting Wednesday (when Raia threw pennies at my window) and didn’t get home till late that night. Thursday I was up nice and early to cook (successfully I might add. I’ve yet to blog about my mediocre-to-crappy cooking skills) and helping Dad out with the meal. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving—everyone was healthy, happy and glad to be with each other. Can’t ask for much more than that.

Later that night (and early this morning), I went Black Friday midnight madness-ing with my boyfriend Andrew, his brother and Raia. I was disappointed Burberry didn’t open till 7, but I nabbed a few good deals, walked around with a muff (wait, what? See photo) Me and the muffand I think everyone had a nice time (there weren’t even that many crowds to fight through!). The only problem was the whole getting to sleep at 7am thing. I slept till 1:00pm today. I am a bum.

I spent the rest of today vegging out, relaxing, making innovative creations out  of my leftovers and hanging with my Mom. I feel terrible I didn’t do more job  work, but I think I needed a couple of days off from the search. I had to put things in perspective, clear my head and get myself back on track. Tomorrow is back to the grind.

Don’t feel guilty about taking a break and some time for yourself, especially during the holidays. Don’t sleep in till 1pm everyday and watch marathons of True Life (not like I did that today or anything…), but it is OK to relax once in a while, even if you are unemployed.

Till tomorrow,
C

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