Update!

I have wonderful news! A huge update! This will be short and sweet, but I finally got my degree and diploma in the mail today! It means it’s official! I have my associate’s degree! I am all done!

It is a little bittersweet. I have been a student with Central Community College for many years, and I have received many different degrees and diplomas from there. But all good things must come to an end. Not that I want it to end, but change is good. And the next step is getting closer!

Here is my associate degree!
Here is my diploma in business administration!

Thank you for taking the time to read this. If you need any bookkeeping or copy-writing done, please, contact me here!

Until next time!

Steph

I’m a Bookkeeper; I’m a Writer, but I am not a Chef…

Today I thought I would share a funny story. It definitely shows where my strengths are and what my weaknesses are in life.

Yesterday evening, I attempted to make hard-boiled eggs. My husband a little while back got this egg cooker from the Copper cooking line. It is supposed to be simpler and easier than just boiling the eggs in a pot of water.  He uses it all the time and he always makes it look so easy!

We attempted to make a dozen hard-boiled eggs. When we finished, we only had seven eggs that made it to the finished product. My four-year-old daughter assisted me, and if I’m honest, she did much better than I did when it came to the eggs.

The five eggs that bravely gave their lives in this learning experience all perished in the following ways:

  • The first egg I attempted to crack and peel I crushed in between my palms…
  • The second egg I tried to crack and peel I literally broke in half. I used too much force with a fork.20190405_184231622711376887292444.jpg

At the point, my four-year-old came over to me and asked what I was doing. I explained to her very nicely that I am apparently murdering the eggs. With hands on her hips, she answered, “You told me killing was illegal, and you will go to killing jail.” I humbly agreed with her. I don’t think I look good in orange. She asked if she could help me and I told her, “Sure, it’s not like you can do any worse than me.” That little bugger peeled two eggs in front of me with little to no problem. Me on the other hand, I had no such luck.

  • The third egg I attempted to peel had a great start, but with my thumb, I accidentally pushed out the yoke to the floor. My dog was thrilled.
  • The fourth egg landed in the trash. I congratulated my daughter on doing such a great job and startled her. She dropped the egg in the garbage.
  • The fifth egg I had finally peeled the shell off, and while I bragged about my achievement, I sneezed and dropped it. Again, I became my dog’s best friend.

All in all, my four-year-old peeled five eggs with no problem, but in return for her work, the fifth egg found itself in her belly. Also, as I watched her, she was completely engrossed in what she was doing, and she was carefully and slowly peeling the shell and membrane. She was in no rush and was enjoying the challenge of taking the tank off the egg.

Overall, I learned a few things. One, making hard-boiled eggs are quite the challenge for a cooking-challenged person like me. Two, my four-year-old is quite smart and talented – I am still trying to figure out where she got that from. Three, some people have skills (and patience) in different areas in life, and that is amazing. Four, my daughter thinks the cooked yellow part in the middle of the egg is cheese and won’t eat it no matter what I say. Five, it seems impossible to explain to a four-year-old what a yoke actually is in terms she would understand. Six, I am so glad that my husband is an excellent cook and his cooking gene passed on to our oldest daughter.

But, the biggest realization that occurred to me this evening is that some people are just better at certain things and some people can make hard-boiled eggs seem like the hardest dish in the world. (That would be me. I have no cooking skill in my body.)

In a long (and hopefully humorous way), I brought to light something important. And no, it’s not that I can’t cook, but the fact that we all have things we can do very well and things that we struggle with; this is where I come in.

My skills are more aligned with words, numbers, and other behind the scenes tasks. Your skills are your business. That’s where your skills and passion lay. You started your business to create your path using your abilities, doing things you enjoy. Bookkeeping might not be that, why not let me help you with that?

Please, feel free to contact me. I am more than willing to help you today with any bookkeeping or writing projects. Sorry, please no cooking questions, only ask if you want your cereal to catch fire!

– Your grateful ginger

Great News!

I will address the elephant in the room; it has been well over a year since I last posted or updated here. I am terribly sorry about that. 2018 wasn’t the kindest to me, and it took me a while to get my feet back on the ground.

I have some great news. I AM A CERTIFIED PRO ADVISOR WITH QUICKBOOKS ONLINE!!!!

Please check this out! And please share it with your friends!

Also, I plan to finish my AAS in Accounting this May! So I would love all the positive vibes and thoughts for a good finish!

One last thing, if you or any of your friends need any bookkeeping help, please, send them my way!!

As always, many thanks for your grateful ginger!

– Steph

Happy New Year!

So it has been a while.  Things have been moving at light speed and does not look like it is going to slow down!

I just wanted to say happy New Year! And that there new things that are going to be happening!

I hope you are able to achieve your goals this year!

Until next time, Steph.

New Adventures Await for me

Things have been changing for me!  Here’s a quick update!

Family front –

My daughter had her tonsils out in October and the healing process has been very slow with her.  She is very stubborn and we haven’t found where she gets it from.  She is finally doing better now.  My husband and I have made the decision to put the girls in daycare.

Why?

So I can go back to work.  Where am I going to work?  I’m going to be a freelancer! I know it sounds like I have jumped off the cliff, but I promise you, I am not crazy!

I already have two clients under my belt and I am looking for another one or two to hit my monthly target income.  But I am going to go slow with me scaling my business.

I will be working under the business name SW Freelancing.  So if you have a moment, check out my page and give it a like!

Things are changing so please be on the lookout! I will have more information for you guys and I will keep you guys posted on how everything is going!

I think that is all I am going to talk about in this post, but please take a moment and subscribe to updates over on the right and like my page!  It would mean so much to me as I slowly start building this business adventure!

NaNoWriMo Nebraska Elsewhere Write-in Schedule

NaNoWriMo time!

Hello all!  Thank you for the visit!  I have created a calendar that you can print out that has all the dates for the write-ins for the month.  I am so sorry I am late with this.  Things have been crazy but I really want you guys to win!

This is important, but I need you guys to tell me a few things.

  • One, what platform do you want our write-ins to happen on? facebook or youtube?
  • Two, do those times work for you guys for our regional write-ins?
  • Three, if you were interested in hosting a write-in, please contact me. Or message the facebook page.
  • Four, remember, we have forums you guys can use or our facebook page (which is linked down below!)
Important links

NaNoWriMo Write in schedule  You can download it!

Here are the links that will be having the write-ins on!

WordNerds Youtube channel

NaNoWriMo Youtube channel

Our facebook group

Ten Ways to be a Horrible Stay at Home Parent

Being a stay at home parent is a challenge. No ands, ifs, or butts about it.  Doesn’t matter if you are a male or female, either way you look at it, you’ll be doing it wrong. So, let’s cut to the chase and go over the ten reasons why you are a horrible stay at home parent.

  1. You’re female.

    Just because you gave birth to the tiny army that you are now watching over, doesn’t mean you should be watching those little monsters. Why stay home and make your husband go out into the world and work hard for you and those children that came out of you? How could you do that to him? Now he has to go out and work all by himself. He gets to have singular thoughts and is able to work on one task at a time without little voices reminding him they haven’t eaten in five minutes. How dare you make him be an adult?

  2. You’re male.

    Just because you donated some sperm, doesn’t mean you should be able to take it easy! You are the man, the leader of your little home made army. Men are supposed to be out there making money and bringing home the bacon – not cooking it.  Women can’t make more money than you and then make you become the house bitch. Don’t you know that doing the dishes is a woman’s job?

  3. You stay home.

    What are you doing? You are supposed to be out there making money dealing with other adults trying to make money as well. Why would you want to be at home? You have bills to pay. And you have to pay childcare bills. So, get to work to bring home like 60 extra bucks each paycheck!

  4. Your house isn’t spotless.

    You are home all day, why is your house so dirty and cluttered?  You are home all day. The reason you are home all day is to take care of the house. To take care of the house, you need to keep it clean! That is your job. Your house looks like it could be on Hoarders! Get to work.

  5. Your house is spotless.

    Why is your house so clean? You have children at home that need your attention. Why are you so focused on having a clean house? Children make messes. Just make sure your house doesn’t look like a house on Hoarders!

  6. You haven’t been on Facebook

    . Didn’t you see that Tammy Sue is having a jewelry party this Friday? Did you see that Mark Zuckerberg is donating a crazy amount of money to something? Did you see what she posted?

  7. You have been on Facebook.

     I can’t believe you have been on your phone!  You need to focus on your children and get that house clean. In my time, we didn’t have phones to distract us.  You don’t have time to play on Facebook.  Now get focused on your children and off your phone.
  8. You haven’t posted about your children.

     Are they still alive? What are they wearing?  Do you still have children? Why don’t you share more about them?

  9. You have posted about your children.

     Don’t you think you post enough pictures of your children?  That is all you post about!  Aren’t you worried that those pictures are going to get into the wrong hands?  We don’t need to know everything they do.  Don’t you have other things to do?

  10. You are worried about what others think about you and the choices you make for your family.

      This is the biggest mistake I have seen with so many people.  They worry about what other people think and over stress themselves about what they think needs to be done for you and your children.  Are they in your shoes and do they handle the day to day business for your family?  What bills are they paying?  I am going to go out on a limb and say no, they aren’t paying any bills for you or handling any of you business.  Either way, as long as your children are healthy, feed and as happy as they can be, you are doing a great job.

Life with children is difficult.  No two children are the same – even within the same household.  There is no cookie cutter plan for every family.  Do your best, be better than you were yesterday and remember that no one is perfect! Stop listening to all the ‘you shoulds’ and enjoy the short time you have with your children the best way YOU see fit!

 

– Until next time

When Life Throws You Lemons Change the Recipe

You have two option (well maybe three); you either learn to make lemonade, or you cry.  (the third option, you make lemonade and add some vodka).  Either way you look at it, life changes and you need to learn how to deal.

Life comes at you fast, I mean really fast.  There is very little time to stop and smell the roses sometimes. Things that you really want to do get put on the back burner while things that aren’t as important to your soul are suddenly front in center.  It is difficult to find balance and often you feel like you have failed at life.  The one golden rule in life seems to be, it never stops moving. And now that I have to small children (who aren’t staying small for long) it is becoming more and more apparent that this rule is true.

It has been over a year ago that I promised to keep up with this blog and create amazing content that was going to blow your mind.  Then life got in the way.  And I mean in the way.  At the same time, I decided to go back to school (for accounting) while being a full-time parent.  This was not a good mix due to how much time school and children take of your day.  I got overwhelmed and I struggled to little to the little voice inside that begged to write.  I ignored her and pushed through with what the outside wanted me to do.

Life Changes:

Currently, I am still in school.  I have discovered that I really like accounting and taxes.  Both of them are like trying to put a puzzle together.  And due to the fact I have small children, I need to have a day job (ish).  That is until my writing starts to make us million (I can dream okay!)  The plan is to finish school in December 2018.  I still have a lot to do, but I am going to finish it. The main purpose of finishing school, I need to show my girls that with hard work, anything is possible and sometimes, giving up is not an option.

When it comes to my blog, my main goal is to have a new post once a week.  I am refocusing the topic of the blog about balancing life with writing. Or you can say, school and children; or blogging with sanity; children and writing; you know, the basics.

On top of the changes with college and the blog, I have also decided to take on the world of freelancing.  I’ve started with UpWorks.  If you need me, here is my profile.  If you need anything, hit me up there or email me at info@stephwenburg.com Presently, I am focusing on writing and basic bookkeeping.  Furthermore, during tax season, I will still be working as a tax associate and will be preparing taxes.

On the writing front, I have to start slow.  I am still active with NaNoWriMo (which I will be keeping you guys up to date on all the happening; so stay tuned for changes and updates.  Apart from NaNoWriMo, I am currently trying to get an ebook underway.  Since it’s in the very beginning stages, I won’t say much now, but once things have started to progress, I will be sharing tons of information about it!

Not so changed:

A few things haven’t changed.  One big non-change is that I am still a redhead.  Another non-change, I’m still married and I still have two children.  The children have changed due to the fact they are getting older.  Now I have a three-year-old and a one-year-old.  I’ve also gotten older but I don’t want to talk about it!

The main take away from this is, even if its slow, progress is still progress, life changes, so learn a new recipe and when there is a will, there is a way.   Oh, and I’m back, so enjoy!

Until next time…

fall leaves on a bench

Fall is here…

Fall is here. It is one of my favorite time of year. Things get back to a normal routine and normal patterns return. The leaves start to turn colors and it shows that there can be beauty in death. Anyway….

Fall has come back around and for some reason, this year it feels much more amazing. Why might you ask? Well, let’s write a list. (I just love lists!)

  • First off, it’s not ungodly hot and I do not feel like I am going to melt. Even in my air conditioned house, it still was hot as hell out there this summer!  Also, bugs go back to hell, where they belong!
  • Second, my baby is going to be two years old this Sunday! Where the hell did the time go?
  • Third, my other baby (I had another one in June) is three months old and nursing is going very well with her!
  • Fourth, postpartum depression hasn’t hit me yet with my second one like it did with my first one!
  • Fifth, I enrolled back into school. I’m going for my associate’s degree in business with a focus in accounting. So far in both my classes I have an average of 97%! So school is going well.
  • Sixth, I start a tax preparer class on Tuesday. I’m nervous and excited at the same time!  It’s going to be a challenge but I am up for it.
  • Seventh, NaNoWriMo starts in almost seven weeks from now! I am so excited for this! I’m the ML again this year!

So overall, things are looking up. I look forward to the future at the moment. I hope you guys follow along and enjoy the future with me!

So, tell me, do you guys enjoy the fall season? Please, tell me!  Sound off in the comments!

fall leaves on a bench

Welcome to the jungle!

This will be brief. If you followed me on my other site, you will realize that I have moved and things have changed.

Please don’t panic. Change is good. But change takes time.

As I am working out all the details, things are going to move, things are going to look different and somethings might disappear.

Please let me know what you are thinking! Tell me what you like (or dislike). Tell me what you would like to see here! During this time, I am open to some suggestions!

I hope to see you around!

Until next time…