How to Build a Freelance Writing Career


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Are you a new and struggling freelance writer, who is looking for a way to make a living with your creative talent? Do you have a computer with a word processing program, a smart phone, and access to the internet? Have you already created a portfolio online and offline, in order to send to or show potential clients? Make sure that your portfolio has a current picture of you, a biography, and all the links or copies of the articles that has been published.

Include your best writing samples, in order to showcase your freelance work that has not been published online or offline. One way, to build your portfolio is to submit or pitch your articles to blog owners or website owners. You can also build a personal blog and publish your writing on your very own blogging platforms like WordPress, Weebly, or Blogger. There are websites that will allow you to join their website community and you may be able to find clients that need your freelance services.

Next, start searching the internet for freelance job listings or databases, which will allow you to register and apply for freelance work. Here are a couple websites to get you started on your freelancing journey, so check out www.upwork.com and www.freelancer.com. However, be sure to check out each new website that offers writing for cash with the Better Business Bureau first. This way, you can avoid being scammed by companies that charge you a monthly fee and never find you any work.

So, look into the community or database that you plan to join and avoid the frustration, which most young writers endure. But, you also visit the library or local bookstore, in order to find books that list the current freelance markets that are available. Additionally, there are blogs and websites that are devoted to listing information about magazines and blogs that are looking for current submissions. Before submitting anything, read each listing carefully and follow the websites guidelines or special needs of each editor.

Finally, submit an article to the local newspaper office or submit it online with a copy of your resume and several different writing samples. Submit articles that will capture an editor’s eye and his interest, so you will have a better chance of being selected for future assignments. Remember to connect with other writers and ask them ask about their favorite writing sites, in order to keep up with the growing profession of freelance writing.

Copyrighted by, Crystal S. Kauffman, 2018

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Thoughts About Life Suckers


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Sometimes, your life can become so overwhelming at times that your chest walls are squeezing so hard like you are in Cardiac Arrest. Next, your breathing will become labored and you may have experienced issues with just trying to catch your breath. Don’t freak out, because it is not an emergency with your physical health but it is a medical condition that will require your immediate attention. You have entered into a full-blown panic attack, which is actually a symptom of a medical condition that is known as Anxiety.  

At this point, it is time to call a psychiatrist and begin evaluating your daily life, as well as identifying the life suckers that are in your daily life. The term life suckers refer to the people in your daily life that excessively needy. These people can literally drain years off your life, due to the extreme amount of stress or drama that this type of person brings into your life. Now, you must step back from everything in your daily circle and pinpoint the life sucker that is draining your life force. 

I bet your thinking to yourself that you have several people in your life, who are extremely needy that they actually suffocate you as a person. The person sucks the joy, peace, hope, and happiness out of your life by making your life miserable. This type of person feeds off the negative energy that they create in your life, by their bad behavior or their negative attitude. They lack respect for your life and mental health because life suckers don’t care about anyone but themselves. 

Just breathe…No matter what! Keep your head held high and limit this person or persons interaction with you. The negative impact on your lifeforce can cause you to lose your peace of mind or it can actually kill you. Stress will make you physically and mentally sick because it causes major damage inside of your body, which is why life suckers can become deadly to you. Therefore, take inventory of the people in your life and figure out what caused you to experience a panic attack. 

Copyrighted by, Crystal S. Kauffman, 2018 

Meet Three More Precious Orphans


By, Crystal S. Kauffman, Staff Writer

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Meet Susan

Little Susan is ten-years-old, but she lost father and her mother has HIV/AIDS. Her mother could not care for her, so came to live at the orphanage. She is well adjusted and loves having her friends at the orphanage. She is in Primary 5 School, but she has a dream of teaching in the future. She is like a momma/teacher for the other children and she loves helping the volunteers care for the younger children. Little Susan is eager to make new friends, loves watching cartoons, and learning about wild animals. Her favorite meals are rice, potatoes, meat, chicken, ice-creams, and biscuits. She is in need of a sponsor to help her finish her education, as well as helping her to obtain her daily care and basic needs.

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Meet Easter

Little Easter is a five-year-old little girl whose parents died in an accident. She has never been to school, but she want to be a fashion designer in future.  She likes singing, sewing clothes, watching and dramatic plays. Easter is a well-adjusted and loves playing with her friends at the orphanage, as well as playing dress up with the other children. Her favorite meals rice, fish, beans, and of course she really loves ice-cream. Little Easter needs a sponsor fulfill her dream of attending school and she also needs help with her basic daily needs.

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Meet Richard

Little Richard is a seven-years-old and he was found in the streets of a neighborhood called Bwaise. He was picked up at night near the motor garage he was basically sleeping in. He wants to be a mechanic and learn he wants to obtain an education. He loves playing football, playing with friends, riding a bicycle, and watching war films. Little Richard is well adjusted and needs sponsor to help go to school and obtain his daily needs. His favorite meals are rice, fish, posh, fruits, chicken, ice-cream, and biscuits.

The Real Orphanage Home Desperately Needs:

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The Real Orphanage Home is desperate need of people who can sponsor through a mission program. The orphanage cares for about twenty orphans, who have no one else. The man Kakande Muhamad and a few volunteers are all these children have right now. The orphanage has legal papers, but he has a few more obstacles to overcome which cost money. He needs rent money for home the children are living in Kampala, Uganda in Africa.

Hopefully, the children can find a mission program, which can help the man who has decided to love these children as his own and give them a home. He needs help with obtaining the children’s basic needs like: clothing, food, and personal needs. These children need help, so take a moment to ask your church, if they will consider helping this orphanage continue survivor and thriving. Take a moment to see if there are ways, in which you may be able to help these precious children.

©2016, Crystal S. Kauffman

PS: Please share this article everywhere that you can. Thank you so much for stopping by!

 

PSS:Here are his legal papers. If you can help him get the word out or help his in anyway, please meet him on Facebook.

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Reallife Orphanage Home: Meet Four More Orphans


By, Crystal S. Kauffman, Staff Writer

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Meet Daphine

This three-year-old, young adorable girl is named Daphine and she is looking for a sponsor to help her receive her daily care and food. Little Daphine lost both of her parents and she has been with our orphanage for over sixteen months now. She is happy and well adjusted so far, but she has but she has big dreams. She wants to become a lawyer when she grows up and help others who may need her help. She enjoys dancing, playing with her dolls, and she enjoys visiting the local zoo. Her favorite meals are rice, chicken, Irish potatoes, and her favorite flavors of ice-cream.

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Meet Varnessa

Varnessa is five-years-old and she has spent two years in the orphanage, since losing her father to HIV/AIDS. Her mother also had HIV/AIDS and she could no longer provide for this beautiful little girl. She is studying in primary 1 and dreams of one day becoming a doctor to help others who are sick. Varnessa needs a sponsor to help provide her daily needs and help her stay in school. She enjoys singing, dancing, visiting the local zoo, playing with friends, and she loves watching cartoons. She also enjoys rice, chicken, fish, nuts, sweets, ice-cream, and biscuits.

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Meet Juma

This sweet little boy is named Juma and he is eight-years-old. So far, he has never had an opportunity to go school, which is why he is in need of a sponsor that can provide daily needs and help him finally achieve his dream of attending school. Before coming to the orphanage, He was found sleeping in car garage and we that is where we found him. He was in need of help and he didn’t know who his parents were, but he is well adjusted. He loves playing with his friends, football, and riding his bicycle. He love eating maize, fish, matooke, chicken, and ice-cream. He wants to enroll and succeed in school, so when he is older he can become a master mechanic.

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Meet “Lucky” Reign

Reign is a lucky little girl, so many volunteers cal her Lucky, because she was lucky to survive the house fire that killed her parents. This adorable little girl is called “Lucky” Reign and she is three-years-old. She needs a sponsor to care for her daily needs and eventually help her go to school, so can work on TV in the future. She loves singing, playing with friends, visiting places, and she love creating artwork. Reign enjoys rice, matooke, meat, fish, Irish potatoes, sodas, sweets, ice-cream, and biscuits.

©2016, Crystal S. Kauffman

Ways to Help Some Extraordinary Orphans in Kampala


By, Crystal S. Kauffman, Staff Writer

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The Real Life Orphanage is a place in Kampala, Uganda. The orphanage volunteers are trying to help the displaced children in their area. The orphanage needs help with donations or clothing, children toys, coloring items, sport items, and other things children love to do. The orphanage needs cash donations, in order to feed the children and to give the medical care. I have included the orphanages legal paperwork, but feel free to learn more about this special place that is mentoring children.

Sadly, these special children either have lost their parents to death or their parents just cannot care for them anymore. Fortunately, these children have a wonderful set of volunteers who have stepped in to care these amazing and resilient children. This orphanage is actually small and just starting out, so any help you can provide would help these volunteers care for these children. You can create shoe boxes full of personal hygiene items and maybe other things that may help the child thrive.

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Maybe, you could get your church or your co-workers involved, by donating your children’s old clothes and small toys. The children need unsung heroes and you could be that person for them, so take a moment to see how you can help these wonderful children and volunteers. You can also help spread the word, as well as find the Real Life Orphanage Home on Facebook. If you message them, someone will answer you, eventually when they get to the computer or phone that they use to communicate.

Just seeing the pictures of these kids will tug at your heart as it has done mine. Therefore, take a moment to share this blog or see how you can help make these special children’s life better. Thank you!

©2016, Crystal S. Kauffman

 

PS: LEGAL PAPERS

 

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Mesothelioma Awareness and A Story of Survival


By, Crystal S Kauffman, Staff Writer/Heather Von St. James-Guest Blogger/Collaboration

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Patients and doctors want to raise awareness for cancer that is caused by asbestos, which was used in factory and other places people worked at for many years of their love. So, Mesothelioma Awareness Day was created and was celebrated on Sept. 26th, 2015. Survivors are happy to be alive. but they are angry that the use of asbestos has not been banned. The fibers are invisible and deadly, yet 30 million pounds are still used by many different businesses.

This dangerous substance is also used in homes, buildings, schools, and commercial buildings all over the world. Additionally, asbestos is the leading cause of cancer in the workplace around the entire United States. The peak of using asbestos was 30 years ago and over 43,000 die each year from exposure the asbestos, which is still in work places like: mills, military, and in old housing units.

Here is a personal story about a spectacular woman named Heather, who is a courageous survivor of this deadly disease. She is on a mission to spread awareness about the disease, in any way she can. Additionally, if her story, can save one person and their family from facing what she went though. Then, she has accomplished her mission to help families to avoid what she has endured once she learned that she had Mesothelioma.

***Personal Story Written from Heather Von St. James***

In 2005, when I was 36 years old, I was diagnosed with pleural Mesothelioma. This was only three months after giving birth to my baby girl Lily. The symptoms I had could have easily been chalked up to postpartum issues. I was tired, I had only gained 5 lbs through the whole pregnancy, and I had difficulty breathing. I was lucky, and I got my diagnosis within two weeks and that is not usually the case for Mesothelioma patients.

My journey then led my husband, newborn baby and I to Boston, and Dr. David Sugarbaker, who was a world renowned surgeon. I had my left lung removed on February 2nd, 2006, and spent 18 days in the hospital afterwards recovering. My husband had to stay home in Minnesota and work, because the bills still needed to be paid. He saw Lily a total of 36 hours in 3 months. It was a big sacrifice but needed to be done for our family.

After going back home, I did 4 rounds of chemo, and 30 sessions of radiation. I finished my last treatment almost a year to date from the onset of my symptoms. The reason I got sick in the first place was from wearing my father’s coat when he got home from work. He worked with drywall and construction, and at the time as a little girl I did not know that his jacket carried harmful asbestos fibers that would ultimately cause my illness many years later. But, here I am.

I am lucky to be here today, and I’ve made it my life goal to be a voice for the victims, the family members who have struggled with this disease and those who know someone battling or who have lost someone to this disease. Asbestos is still not banned in the U.S. or Canada, and can be found in many commercial buildings and products today. I share my personal story to help spread hope and awareness, in hopes that one day no one else will have to go through what I did.

***Meet Heather Von St. James on Facebook or Twitter ***

Let’s raise awareness together!

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