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Friday, July 10, 2020

Jumping Through July – Vision Card Update

In December I made my vision cards to help me navigate through this year.  I keep them in my planner and really don’t look at them much until around June when I take them out to make notes on the back about the progress (or lack of) that I’ve made in each category.  Let’s take a look:


My Craft Work:  I have not been as active in the studio this year as I’d like to be.  I have put up a YouTube video about some cards that I made and I have gotten a couple of Etsy sales but given the fact that I have some extra time thanks to COVID, there are a lot of things I could have done to promote more on platforms like Instagram and Facebook.  I have some e-courses to go through to help me with that so that’s going to be my focus for the next few months.  I am afraid that we won’t have any holiday boutiques this year and that’s where I’ve made some pretty good sales in the past few years.




Experiences:  Well, as we all know most of the country has been in Shelter-in-Place mode since March.  Our area is no different.  Even the beaches have been closed until just recently so I’ve not gone anywhere except the grocery store and to take our son to work.  What I have been doing though is noticing different things around the neighborhood as I walk Benny twice a day.  I’ve seen several changes in the houses in our neighborhood as people paint or work in their gardens.  I’ve taken some pictures and used them in my One Second Everyday video.  We still have some time left this year so maybe I’ll get a chance to get to the beach again.



The house:  So far we have done a great job of clearing out the backyard.  It was full of weeds at the start of the year but using some weedkiller has helped and it is now back to ground zero status.  We plan to get some artificial grass and pen off an area so that Benny can go out there and our daughter wants to plant a garden in a plantar box so that’s the next step.  I may get my fire pit after all!







Relationships:  Obviously there has been no gathering of friends lately.  The last event I went to was a Super Bowl party in the beginning of February!  I have been Facetiming with my sister and my niece, at least a monthly email check-in with a girlfriend and talking to my mom on the phone at least once a week is keeping me going right now.  I did do a Zoom crafting get together which was fun.  Maybe I’ll try another one of those.





Finances:  Interestingly, the year started off with a huge change in my transcription business.  At first I was in a panic because I was not getting much work, then things picked up but in March it came to a crashing halt again.  I had been mainly a medical transcriptionist but I had the opportunity to take over some other kinds of typing and now I do Zoom meetings and interviews.  It is still slow going and thankfully I’ve been able to collect unemployment, something that is usually not available to the self-employed.  I actually have been able to pay off some credit cards and add to our savings.  Hopefully things in this area will pick up again too.



Health and Wellness:  Unfortunately I’ve been at a standstill so far with the weight loss progress.  I have lost a total of 75 pounds to this point but I have another 20 to go.  I know I need to increase the exercise and I have to recalculate the “numbers” so I know what my caloric/carb intake should be to allow for that weight loss.  In my mind, I am determined to get to goal this year.




While COVID has changed the course of lots of things this year, I still feel comfortable with progress I’ve been able to make to this point and I have some clear intentions for the next six months.  How about you?  Did you make vision cards this year?

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Jumping Through July – 2020 – I did it!

I managed to clean up all the duplicates from my WordPress blog going back to 2017.  I deleted 2014 – 2016 completely since they were so old and moved forward from there.  Donna from Retirement Reflections asked how I did it so I’ll tell you what I found easiest for me.

First I went to the Dashboard on my site and clicked on posts:

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Then I chose the month and year I wanted from the drop down menu:

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I clicked “Filter” and that brought me to a page that looked like this.  I could tell the duplicates were the ones that did not say “Blogger, IFTT” so I checked all the posts that did not say that in the tags column and chose the bulk action to put them in the trash.

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Once they were all in the trash I emptied the trash.  This is the part that took the longest.

Then I went back to the dashboard and chose the media tab.  I set it to the month and year I was working on and then chose “unattached” from the drop down.  I chose “Bulk Select” and clicked on all the pictures.  I learned that I could click the first one and then hold command and shift keys on my Mac and click the last picture and that would select them all.  Once they were all selected I deleted them.


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After both the duplicate posts and the unattached media were deleted I went back to my main blog page and checked to see if the posts I wanted to keep were there with the correct pictures and they were!  I did this for each month from January 2017 to the present.  Once I figured it out, it really didn’t take that long.  I had been using 3.8 GB of space and now I am down to 1.3 GB so I have some room to grow.

I think my next project is going to be going through the posts to check to make sure all the links work.  That may take some time too but since the transcription work still isn’t pouring in, I have the time.  Also, I need to do the same thing on my Blogger site since I know there are some issues with that space as well.  Have you had to do an overhaul on your blog?

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Saturday, July 4, 2020

Jumping through July – 2020

It’s the 4th already.  We will be shooting off some safe and sane fireworks in front of our house tonight and while we have invited another family to join us, and a neighbor or two may be out there also, I’ve told everyone we are staying outside, social distancing and wearing masks.  I’m not taking any chances at this point.




I have been going through my WordPress blog posts and deleting the duplicates.  I could have just tossed up my hands and started all over but I like a challenge.  I am up to June of 2018 and it is going pretty well.  Most of the time there are only 10 or 15 posts in the month so I don’t have that many to go through and I figured out how to toss just the duplicates and not the ones I want to keep so it is going pretty fast.  October of 2018 is going to take a while though because it shows I have 62 posts!  I must have been doing some sort of challenge because I did actually write 30 posts.  Whatever could I have been going on about?

Short one today.  Thanks to Linda for the #SoCS prompt of “Toss.”  Hope everyone has a wonderful, safe 4th of July.


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