Working From Home or Flexible Hours?

Is It Possible To Have Both?

By Jerry Lambert

Hi, and welcome back to The Brown Parachute Club.  I have a confession to make.  I have been settling.  I have been settling by driving for Uber and Lyft as my primary source of income.  Not that there is anything wrong with that, but I have been driving for both of them since November, 2015 and I am ready for a change.

is09an5qdSo far, my one and only adventure with a different side hustle has been signing up for Shipt, and I told you how that turned out.  So, I am making a belated resolution for 2017.  Effective today, I am retiring as a full time driver for Uber and Lyft.  I may occasionally pick up some fares when my funds are running low, but the morning and evening shifts are over for me.

Now that I have that out of the way, what the heck do I do now?  I made it a goal earlier this year to find a job (or jobs) that would get me back to roughly half of my previous full time income.  This will be a large achievement if I can pull it off.  I am going to be completely honest.  I have become addicted to the semi-retired lifestyle.  Being able to determine what days and times I choose to work is a major benefit, one that I am not willing to give up.

That said, I now have to come up with a Driving Income Replacement Plan or DIRP.  It sounds like a government program.  Anyway, I have decided to pursue a career in the “Work from Home” field.  Uh huh, you say, just how do you plan to do that?  I have no freakin’ idea!  I am going to pursue this new position (or positions) with the same drive and effort I used to find a job, when I first was laid off.  That job turned out to be in a Call Center and I quit in two weeks.  Hopefully, this time I’ll have better results!

Man planning for new house and carIf you do an Internet search for “Work from Home & Flexible Hours”, you will come up with no end of leads to do just that.  However, from past experience, many of these offers are scams that are just trying to bilk desperate people out of whatever money they have left.  Pretty sick, actually.  Upon further research, I hope to find at least one legitimate Work from Home (WFH) job per day.  I will employ this plan Monday through Friday, until I find the job, or jobs (hopefully no more than three) that will get me to my goal of DIRP.

Now, I am finally getting to the title of this article.  Work from Home or Flexible Hours?  Are they mutually exclusive, or can you have both?  Most of the WFH results I see on the Internet have Flexible Hours as part of the summary.  However, I believe that you can have one without the other.  Being a Virtual Assistant for instance.  In the article I wrote about this side hustle, you can work from home, but your hours may be determined by your client.  This will give you the flexibility of working from home, but not the freedom of setting your own hours.  Trust me, after a year of setting my own hours, having a “Boss” tell me when I have to work is not what I am looking for!

If you type in “work from home vs flexible hours”, a quick search of the web brings back a range of results.  Two of the results piqued my interest.  The first is the job search site Indeed.  I remember liking their website quite a bit, back when I was job hunting full time.  They seem to take a “No BS” approach that is quite refreshing, compared to other job search giants like Monster and Career Builder.  However, when I just did a search for “work from home”, I came up with results for all three headhunters.  But, I digress.  Getting back to the original search I did, “work from home vs flexible hours”. Indeed came back with a list of 4,897 jobs!!!!  WOW!  I like those odds!  Plus, since these jobs are WFH, it doesn’t matter if they are from Chicago, New York, Boston, etc.

Female sitting outside with laptopI also noticed another item that came up in my search.  There is a company called Flexjobs that appears to specialize in exactly what I am looking for.  Legit jobs, by legit companies that will enable me to hit my DIRP goal.  However, it looks like this is not a free website ($14.95 / month).  I generally avoid pay websites like the plague, since I subscribe to the early opinion that most of us tech weenies had. Everything on the Internet should be free!  However, sometimes you’ve got to pony up some cash to get some good results.  I will see what kind of results I get with Indeed first, but it’s good to know that Flexjobs is there as a viable alternative.

Well, I’m glad I came clean!  Putting this out there will help keep me accountable to myself and to you, my much appreciated reader.  I plan on putting my hits and misses on this website every week, so you’ll know which jobs may be worth looking into and which ones you should skip.  Hopefully, I’ll have some promising hits to share with you next week!

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My Shipt Experience

My Review On Becoming A Shipt Shopper

By Jerry Lambert

Welcome back to The Brown Parachute Club.  A while ago, I tried my hand at the Side Hustle: Shipt.  I promised to write my impressions of Shipt, and here they are.

is09ao7n6In theory, it seems like a good idea.  Get pinged to pick up groceries and deliver them, just like Uber or Lyft, but substituting groceries for people.  Yeah, not so much.  I have a number of beefs with Shipt.

Before I get into them, let me start by saying that Shipt, and other food delivery services like Shipt, provide a valuable service to their customers.  Based on my discussion with Bryn, my Shipt Orientation Specialist, most of the customers are older folks or young moms who have a hard time getting out of the house (though I am sure they would love to, sans kids!).

As I mentioned in my previous article about becoming a Shipt Shopper, the online application process moves along quickly.  However, there is a video part of the application, where you will have to record your responses to specific questions.  That was a little nerve-wracking, but it’s only about a third of the application process and the rest of the questions are pretty much common sense.

Once you’re approved, you can start making money by scheduling your availability to accept orders.  This is a very squirrely process.  Since you can schedule up to 7 days in advance, it is not really an “on-demand” type of position.  Instead, you make yourself available for “Delivery Windows”, which means that all of your shopping needs to be done before the window begins.

This also means that you have to be able to shop the whole order, go through checkout, load up your car, and get to the customer by the beginning of the Delivery Window.  Shipt expects its drivers to hit the beginning of the Delivery Window every time.  Yeah, that’s not gonna happen!  At least initially.

Young man reading label in grocery storeAnother beef I have is with the estimated shopping time listed for each order.  This time estimate appears to be for an experienced shopper, who can whiz through the store on Rollerblades and have all of the items magically jump into his or her shopping cart!  For beginning shoppers, the accuracy of this time estimate, in my experience, is closer to double the time listed.  Not only does this make hitting your Delivery Window almost impossible, it cuts your hourly wage in half!!

You can choose to shop at the store closest to you.  That’s a bonus.  Not many jobs let you pick a location close to home to work from.  In a related story, the Meijer that I chose to work from is just down the road from the recently re-opened Fraser, Michigan Sinkhole!  A story that just made national news for the third time!!  A nice feature of Shipt is that you can easily change your store if your selected store happens to be on the edge of a sinkhole (that swallowed up one house and damaged many others)!

I get it, you say, “But what about the actual shopping?”  The app has 2 ways to shop for the items.  In a list, or by flipping through each item, one by one.  Let me say this to be fair.  This Meijer is not where I do my grocery shopping, so I don’t know the store layout as well as the Kroger where I normally do my shopping.  That said, I had a very tough time with the shopping process.  Between substitutions, where you have to get in touch the customer (about eight times on my first order), and racing around the store trying to find that elusive last item, I started to feel like a game show contestant on the worst game show ever!

Ok, you say, “But I bet you made some good money!”  Uh, no.  I only shopped two orders.  The first order paid me a whopping $15 and it took over two hours to shop and deliver the order, so I was late.  On the second order, I did better.  It took me only one hour and forty-five minutes to shop and deliver the order to a very pregnant young mom.  That paid me a massive $12!  All I could think of was how much money I could have made driving for Uber or Lyft, during the same time!

To be fair to Shipt, they are a great company, that is providing a valuable service to their customers.  However, in my case, I found that I would have a hard time replacing my driving income by only shopping for Shipt.  Also, since it took such a large chunk of time just to shop one order, it would cut into any other money-making Side Hustle I might be working as well.  I’m sure I would be able to speed up and make more money by becoming more familiar with the store.  However, the prospect of shopping an order of $200 or more (I did orders of $70+ and $50+) was terrifying!  It would probably take me five hours or more to shop it!!

is09ao7k7All in all, I decided that Shipt was not for me.  And that was before the sinkhole opened up down the street.  I just couldn’t see how I could earn enough money.  Plus, filling a huge shopping order would require a lot more work than a smaller order.  Driving someone to the airport requires that I hang onto the steering wheel and keep my foot on the gas.  In other words, no additional effort.  I am not afraid of hard work, but I think that spending endless hours in a grocery store would be my own personal version of Hell!

I hope this review of becoming a Shipt Shopper has given you some insight into how it all works.  It appears to be a young person’s game since I did notice many young women shopping orders.  Unfortunately, since nobody is going to confuse me with a 20-year-old, I have decided to look elsewhere for another income stream.

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Side Hustle: Virtual Assistant

Use Your Skills To Stick It To Your Old Boss!

By Jerry Lambert

Hello again and welcome back to The Brown Parachute Club!  I hope you had a terrific holiday season and are rested and refreshed.  Yeah, right!  Anyway, this week I thought I would discuss a Side Hustle that many of you may be interested in.  Becoming a Virtual Assistant.

is09ao1z3I have decided, at least for the first few postings of this year, to focus entirely on Side Hustle jobs.  We all need to generate some extra income to pay off those Christmas bills.  When I first started looking into Side Hustle jobs, I was surprised to find the position of Virtual Assistant.

I am going to be honest.  I don’t come from a Secretarial, pardon me, Administrative Assistant background.  Gotta be PC.  When I was moved onto the Tech Support Desk, I was terrified.  I had to try to help the Secretaries who would call with fubared legal documents.  Needless to say, I had a pretty steep learning curve before I became relatively competent in my job.

That said, I was surprised to find out the Virtual Assistant position was actually a “thing”.  Since this is really not my area of expertise, I have decided to defer to Joanne Munro, who has an excellent website with a complete rundown on how to become a Virtual Assistant.

The VA Handbook takes you through how to set up your business, create your website (for FREE at Wix.com), and take care of all of the legal stuff needed to get your VA business off the ground.  It’s really an excellent resource and I highly recommend that you check it out.  However, keep in mind that Joanne is in the UK, so some of the information may be related to that region.

However, if you are someone like me who was downsized, becoming a VA might be a great way to start a new career and flip the bird to your old company at the same time!

Joanne does mention that Networking is the key to building your VA business.  I would think that Social Media would be an excellent way to spread the word about your budding Side Hustle.  Spreading the word on Facebook about your VA business could net you some solid leads.

Happy typistAlso, I would reach out to your friends at your old job.  See if they have heard about anyone who is in need of additional secretarial help outside of the office or after hours.  Catching up with them over lunch might be your key to future clients!  Also, getting in touch with contacts you may have with your old company’s clients is a good way to capitalize on your time there.

Don’t forget about LinkedIn.  I know that you probably blitzed all of your LinkedIn contacts after you were let go from your previous job.  Do it again, but this time keep in mind your new objective.  Promoting your fledgling business and mining for prospective new clients.

I know that our firm had one secretary who worked the afternoon shift.  She was there to help attorneys who had after-hours work that needed to be done.  You may want to consider specializing in after-hours availability.  I would think if you get contracted by a couple of companies as an after-hours Virtual Assistant, you can pretty much write your own ticket.  Again, not speaking from experience, but I would think that it would make a lot of sense.

is09ao1ykThat said, keep in mind what you may be letting yourself in for as an after-hours VA.  When the law firm I worked for had a “Closing”, it could run all night.  That may be a can of worms you do not want to open.  However, if you can find a company that needs after-hours support, it might be steady work without the threat of an “all-nighter”.

I hope this article has encouraged you to venture out on your own as a successful Virtual Assistant.  After all, what better way to stick it to your old employer than by using the skills you perfected to become a successful VA?!

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Giving Tuesday

Don’t Forget To Give!

By Jerry Lambert

Welcome back to The Brown Parachute Club and to the Holiday Season!  By this time, you should be preparing for Christmas and had all the turkey you can handle (no, I’m not talking about Cousin Eddie) .

Black boy putting money into donations jarThis year, I learned about a new charity event.  Have you ever heard of Giving Tuesday (#givingtuesday)?  I put the title all as one word, with the hashtag for a reason.  This is a campaign that was started by the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y(MCA) in New York.  They use Social Media Influencers to spread the word and encourage giving at this time of year.

Giving Tuesday is the day after Cyber Monday each year.  I would have scheduled it the day before Thanksgiving and called it Giving Wednesday.  After blowing your bankroll on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I wouldn’t think there would be a whole lot left over for Giving Tuesday.

However, it is a reminder to take care of your charitable giving early.  Before the “Christmas Steamroller” plows through December and you wind up in January with a mountain of bills, wondering what just happened!

Since Giving Tuesday is a Social Media-based event, it gives me hope for the younger generation of this country.  The Selfie-Generation seems so self-obsessed, it is encouraging that a campaign like Giving Tuesday has caught fire.  It is promising that this age group can count their blessings and consider giving to others, who are genuinely in need of their help!

BLM028702During this extremely busy time of year, it is difficult to sit down and figure out which charity deserves your donation.  The hassle of trying to figure out who should receive your hard-earned money can become more of a chore than a blessing.  Also, how do you know which charity you can trust?  How do you make sure the money you donate is finding its way to the people or animals who really need it?

Unfortunately, there are many charities who make a living off the generous nature of its donors.  Check out this article that details The 20 Best Charities in America: 2010.  You may not be familiar with many of these charities, but they have the lowest overhead of any charities reviewed in 2010.  That means that virtually every dollar donated goes directly to the people or animals that need it the most.

Here is another chart that details some of the best vs the worst charities.  There are a lot of terrific military charities listed.  So if you want to give to our Heroes, here is a great way!

As far as animal charities go, I have always found it is best to stay local.  I avoid the national money-grubbing charities that tug at our heartstrings, with commercials of neglected and abused animals.  Petfinder has a great way to find a local shelter in your area that can use your donation of money (and time).

Portrait of a pit bull mixI know what you’re thinking.  “I would love to give to charity, but I don’t have two pennies to rub together.  I am barely making ends meet as it is.”  I know it’s a lot to ask.  However, since I have started donating 10% of my income to a different charity each week, I have found a string of blessings have been coming my way.  I can only account for these blessings by my charitable giving.  It’s like “Indiana Jones and the Leap of Faith” I mentioned in my last article about Goals.  Sometimes, you just have to take that first step and see what happens!

I hope you decide to donate to a charity of your choice this Christmas Season.  Just remember, no matter how bad things are for you right now, there is always someone else who is worse off.

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SparkPeople

How To Keep On Top Of Your Health And Fitness Goals!

By Jerry Lambert

Hello, and welcome back to The Brown Parachute Club.  This week I am going to talk about something that I came across while I was unemployed.  I am referring to the amazing Health and Fitness website: SparkPeople.

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Get Healthy And Fit With SparkPeople!

After I had been laid off for about 8 months, I was feeling pretty low.  Despite some initial positive interest, my small business startup was floundering.  I needed to do something I could control when so much of my life was out of control.  I decided to take action on losing weight.

After losing the weight, I felt great, but I was stumped on how to keep track of my weight, food intake, water, exercise, etc.  It was crucial to stay on top of my weight after I lost it.  This is where SparkPeople comes in.  I initially discovered the app trying to find a way to keep track of all of the areas I just mentioned.  SP is a Godsend!

The app and website help you to keep track of your weight, food intake, water intake, exercise, and much more.  My only complaint about the website is that it is geared mostly toward women.  However, that doesn’t mean that men won’t benefit from the website.  Far from it!

In addition to keeping track of all of your health and fitness stats, SP has a huge library of articles and videos on just about every health and fitness subject you can imagine.  You can also use SP to track your exercise goals and it can sync with many fitness trackers like Fitbit.

On the front page of the website, you will log all of your daily food and exercise information, plus keep track of your goals.  You can also create groups to make it easier to track your food and exercise.  Below that is the Challenges area.  There are a number of personal challenges that you can sign up for, from Taming Your Sweet Tooth to the New Member Challenge.  Most of the challenges run between 21 and 30 days and are a great way to keep yourself motivated and accountable during your journey.

In addition to the Trackers and Challenges, the front page also has a Community section.  In this area, you can post your fitness journey and get support and feedback from people who are all on the same fitness road as you!

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Don’t Forget The Fruits And Veggies!

The best thing about SP is that most of the content on this website is FREE!  You do have to sign up and get a login and password, but there is no fee and they don’t need your credit card on file!  There is a paid option that is very affordable.  It will allow you to use the website without ads, which is a major consideration since the website is very ad-heavy.

But wait, there’s more!  In addition to all that SP already does, there are healthy recipes as well!  There are also more apps!  One is for recipes (SparkRecipes) and the other breaks down the nutritional values of all the fruits and vegetables that you’ll be eating (Perfect Produce).  All of the apps are available on Google Play.  Just type in SparkPeople in the search box.

I only wish that I had discovered SP BEFORE losing my weight.  It would have made the whole process so much easier.  I am probably going to ride out the holidays at my current weight, but after New Years’, I plan on putting together a Challenge that gets me down to around 220.  I should be able to use SP to help me get there and stabilize my weight in the 215-225 range.

In the jumbled chaos that makes up the Internet, once and a while, you find a diamond in the rough.  That diamond is SparkPeople.  I have already shared the site with all of my Friends on Facebook.  This article will hopefully let more people know about the website, apps, and how great they are at helping you live a healthier lifestyle!

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Side Hustle: Shipt

A Different Wrinkle In Driving Income!

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Become A Professional Shopper

By Jerry Lambert

Hello, and welcome back to The Brown Parachute Club!  Today I am going to talk about a new side hustle I am exploring.  Becoming a Professional Shopper with Shipt.  I am really looking forward to it.

Food delivery services are one of the fastest growing businesses out there.  After a long day working the 9 to 5 grind, or in our case, pounding the virtual pavement, wouldn’t it be great to have your groceries delivered to you?  The answer for many people is a resounding, “YES”!

So far, I haven’t actually done any shopping for Shipt, but I have been approved, and I will be having my orientation soon.  Shipt claims you can make between $15-$25 per hour driving for them, by shopping and delivering groceries.  It appears to be like Uber for food.

The customer uses the Shipt App (available on Google Play or iTunes) to pick out their groceries, then a Shopper is pinged with the list.  The Shopper decides whether he or she can pick up the groceries and deliver them to the customer within the allotted time.  Pretty neat, actually.

There are many reasons I am looking forward to driving for Shipt.  The increase in pay will be nice, but the main reason for me will be the decrease in miles, on me and my car.  Recently, I drove a guy to Detroit Metro Airport from the GM Tech Center in Warren, Michigan.  It was a nice fare, mainly because I had to do some creative driving to get around the traffic caused by Hillary Clinton’s visit to the Eastern Market in Detroit.  However, I got him to the airport in plenty of time.

I got pinged right away for a pickup and drove to the “Arrivals” area at the North Terminal.  My riders were two college girls wearing Maryland sweatshirts.  Of course, they were visiting Ann Arbor to watch their Terrapins get destroyed by the Wolverine Juggernaut. This was a half an hour drive in the wrong direction.  By the time I got home, I had put 125 miles on my car and I yelled “ENOUGH”!  I had already applied to drive with Shipt and I decided to take a couple of days off to work on my car.  I needed to replace a missing hubcap, clean it out, clean all the windows, etc.

The application process with Shipt seems to move along fairly quickly.  Hopefully, after my orientation, I’ll be able to start driving right away.  Once you’re approved, there is a Shopper Portal where you can learn everything you need to know (hopefully) before you start to shop.

The main attraction for me is being able to drive close to home and keep down the miles on my car.  I will be shopping at my local Meijer store, which is about 3 miles from my house.  With the upcoming holidays, there should be no shortage of people who need food deliveries.

Even though Shipt is only available in the following states (Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas) there may be other grocery delivery services available in your area.  A quick search on the web didn’t come up with anything, but if you check with your local grocery store, they may use a similar service.  Just make sure it is a large chain grocery store, like Kroger, Publix, Winn Dixie, etc.  I would think larger stores like these would be the only ones to offer these types of services.

That’s all for now.  After I hit the road and get familiar with how it all works, I’ll follow up with a “Tips & Tricks” article like I did with Uber and Lyft.  Wish me luck!

P.S.: My biggest fear is I will become so good at grocery shopping my wife saddle me with all of the shopping!  Oh well, one of the hazards of the job I suppose!

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Journaling

Britney does this, you should too!

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Consider Keeping A Journal Or Diary

By Jerry Lambert

Hi and welcome back to The Brown Parachute Club!  This week, I have decided to write about something I have been doing since I was laid off from my job.  This activity is essential to organizing your thoughts, working on your goals, and just plain venting.

I am talking about Journaling, or keeping a Diary.  When most people hear the word “Diary”, they think about Britney, writing about her latest crush and which girls at school are so mean!  Yes, I’m talking about you, Tiffany!

Keeping a Diary or “Journaling” has come a long way since you ladies kept one in high school.  It is now a widely accepted practice among business people, who want to organize their thoughts, create fresh ideas, and figure out what steps to take next.  It might even change your life!

I kept a Journal on and off during my “Employable” years.  Every now and then, when an important life event would come up, I would make an entry.  However, on the morning after I was let go from my job, I fired up my PC and wrote some blistering commentary on fairness, loyalty, and the lack of both in the business world.  I also wrote some choice words about the people I felt were responsible for the layoffs, and which biblical plagues should descend upon them!  Like I said, venting!

Once I got all of that out of my system (mostly), I decided to start Journaling every day.  This helped me to search (in vain) for a job where they would appreciate my talents, hire me on the spot, and give me a big raise!  Problem solved!!  Yeah, we all know how that worked out!  However, Journaling really has helped me to organize my thoughts and figure out my next move.  I’m sure it will help you as well.

What follows are some suggestions on how to get started, based on what I have learned on my own, and what I have learned about Journaling from other sources.

Start by figuring out how you are going to Journal. “Old School”, with a spiral notebook, or joining the digital age by using Journaling Software.  Being a techie guy, I use iDailyDiary to record my daily thoughts.  It is a free download from Download.com.  There are also many other Journaling options, such as Microsoft’s OneNote, and online Journaling sites, such as Penzu, JRNL, LiveJournal, and others.  These sites give you the added benefit of being able to record your thoughts on your PC, tablet, or phone.  Also, you don’t have to worry about losing all of your entries if you misplace your spiral notebook or your PC blows up.  They are all safely stored online.

You may also want to consider having more than one Diary going at a time. This is very helpful if you want to have one Diary for recording daily events, writing down ideas, and venting.  Plus another Diary for posterity. Sharing your infinite wisdom, thoughts about current events, and why the college football playoff system STILL sucks!!

Getting started. Most people are terrified of a blank page, or screen in my case.  To make it easy on yourself, just write down what you did yesterday.  You may want to put a prompt at the top of each page to help you remember.

Mine says:

Weight Status (2 years ago, I lost 40 pounds so I keep close tabs on my weight)
Health / Workout Status
Morning Driving
Before / After Lunch
Evening Driving
Anything Else
Top 10 Goals
Scripture of the Day

As you write about the previous day, you may remember a task you weren’t able to check off on your to do list. Put 3 asterisks (or any special character) at the start of that sentence.  ***You see how it makes the sentence easier to spot on the page!  You will appreciate that when you proceed to the next step.

Weekly Review. Writing down all your thoughts is great, but what if you actually need to do something with them?  I suggest you take about half an hour at the end of each week, to review the entries for that week.  Make special note of any sentences with special characters that will require further action.

At first, you may find you won’t be able to write down more than a few lines of text.  However, as you get used to putting your thoughts down on paper or PC, you will find you eventually get into “The Flow”.  The words will just start to pour out of you onto the Journal of your choice.

An example of why this is a good practice.  I have been using iDailyDiary for quite a while now, but I haven’t been happy with the fact that I have to back up the entries myself.  Researching this article has inspired me to start using JRNL to record my daily Journal entries.  I never would have thought to do this, if I wasn’t writing this article about Journaling, and the idea to write the article came to me while writing in my Journal!

I hope this article inspires you to take up the habit of Journaling.  Getting your thoughts down on paper or in digital bits is always a good thing.  Whether they be good or bad, it’s always good to get them out of your system.  It is cathartic.  Plus, I have found that new ideas will often occur to you that you haven’t considered before.  It’s a great way to tap into the universe of new ideas.

Until next week, may your parachute fully deploy, and may you have a soft landing!