Saturday, December 12, 2015

SHOULD FRIENDS AND FAMILY PAY FOR YOUR SERVICES?

I'm just going to call this a mini rant, sort of on behalf of the world. Let's say that you're a professional barber making a decent living cutting hair, but your best friend stops by your house to have his hair cut for free. You're a struggling author with excellent writing and grammar skills, and your sister wants you to write a thesis for college. Or maybe you're a famous author, and a friend wants you to ghostwrite her novel. Should you be paid?  As a researcher, you earn big bucks to find out information for a law firm, yet an associate would like you to do some fact checking for a project he's working on.  There's a fine line, however, because it's always important to be kind, but when is too much, just too much?


Do you get the gist of where I'm going with this?  Do family and friends ask you to do things because you possess certain skills that are useful at any given time? Should you be compensated, or is it just expected that you're supposed to do it, in order to keep the peace?   Inquiring minds just wanna know.

JAMES PATTERSON
It never ceases to amaze me how often I come across a James Patterson novel.  He writes alone, with partners, and is even writing children's books these days.  Having sold over 300 million copies of his novels, he has more #1 bestsellers than any other author in the world!  I wish I knew how he found the energy to do all that writing.  I don't read his work as much as I used to, but he's definitely a true writing genius!


PERFUME FOR CHRISTMAS
Have you noticed that during the holidays there are literally tons and tons of perfumes and colognes in the stores?  What's up with that? Some are super expensive, and you can find some at the budget price of a dollar.  I've always wondered if someone has broken out in a rash after receiving a fragrance that caused an allergic reaction, or even worse, the scent just plain sucked.  Still, every year all those gift sets are then marked down at 50% off the day after Christmas.(lol)  I'm just saying...


WHAT MAKES YOU STOP FOLLOWING SOMEONE ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Since I've had Facebook, there have only been 3 people that I "unfriended", and about 4 I've "unfollowed" on Twitter.  The Twitter unfollowing came about when I realized they were hard core advertisers, and Facebook was for business reasons. For the most part, I stay with the team, even when there are differing views.  Unfortunately, there a few who may not feel the same way, and may hit the "unlike" button, quickly when there is a disagreement. (lol)   But what about you?

No matter what, there are still the same hot buttons that we all know and love.  Politics, sexual orientation, race, books we love or not, and people who just plain get on our nerves.(lol)  What's also true, is that if you put your feelings out there for the world to see, be prepared for all the love, or all the backlash that it brings with it. No matter what, there's always the "unlike, unfriend, or unfollow" buttons.


MANDATORY CHRISTMAS TV
Do you find yourself watching the same Christmas programs year after year?  I'm definitely guilty of watching Home Alone, The Grinch (animated) and Trading Places every single year!  Never mind that I have the DVDs on the shelf of these very same movies, or that I know how the story ends. Something about these three is just plain entertainment.  Do you have any favorite Christmas programs?


SAVE MONEY ON SHIPPING
If you're one of those people who can't decide until the last minute what gift you need to get for your co-worker, or best friend, December 18 is the best day for you to shop!  Order your things on line through major retailers, and you're not only GUARANTEED to get your delivery by Christmas Eve, but the shipping will be FREE!  This includes the biggies like Amazon.  Visit www.freeshippingday.com on Thursday and you're all set.



10 comments:

  1. I can do you a favour once in a while, but it will never be that I have to spend so much of my time that if affects my livelihood.

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    1. I hear you on that one Joy! Hugs...

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  2. It's definitely a balancing act about doing things for free. I never ask friends to do something for free that they do professionally though I won't turn down a discount! I've started avoiding Facebook. It just ends up stressing me out or irritating me and I just don't need that!

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    1. I'm the same way. I don't ask, but if you're going to offer me a deal, I'm so there! (lol)

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  3. I haven't had that particular problem because I guess I don't really have a skill that anyone needs. I mean my daughter has asked me to type up a resume for her and print it out but I'm mommy so I helped. There was a family friend that was a hair dresser and she would ask friends and family if they needed a cut once in a while and she would do it for free but I don't know of anyone asking her if she would when she didn't offer. I don't think people should just expect you to do something for free just because you can.

    I have unfriended and unfollowed a few people when I saw that they were just mean and that mean girls mentality rubs me the wrong way. I've unfriended a few authors when they asked their street team to go after a blogger for a 2 or 3 star review, I mean who does that? I've also unfriended people who were racist, hateful and made fun of people.

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    1. True on the expectation thing, for sure. No need for meanness in social media, yet it happens so often. Crazy! Hugs...

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  4. RO, you had a lot on your mind today. It's not Christmas if I don't watch "The Grinch." Boris Karloff was the perfect voice (and, yes, like you, I have the DVD) but I still have to watch it when it pops up on TV. Have a great week.

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    1. LOL! I know you look for the recipes, but I'll get back to that tonight or tomorrow. Yay to the Grinch! Have a great week, too!

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  5. I have unfollowed, usually for behavior i cannot tolerate. As for friends/family wanting things for free...offer a discount and let never do anything you feel is wrong.

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    1. Yes, sometimes something is done or said that can be too much! Great words of wisdom! Happy Monday!

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