I’ll try anything….really.

Between the adoption route and the IUI route, I have spent a good chunk of money. I don’t mind really however I don’t have a money tree growing out back. Wish I did! I’ve made some handmade things such as scarves, wraps, some beaded jewelry, etc., and placed everything on Etsy hoping to sell. Well I might sell something every few months. Nothing that will help my baby fund.

I tried taking on a part time job with a friend of mine but that turned out to be me working for free. Who wants to do that? I’m trying to make money, not work for none. So I stopped working with him and moved on to another money making attempt.

Origami Owl.

Have you heard of it? It’s such a unique and personalized jewelry line that I fell in love with it. A 14 year old girl wanted her own car when she turned 16 and her parents said she had to get that money herself. So she built this business of Living Lockets where each locket tells a story.

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So I took the plunge and signed up to be a Designer so I can sell this wonderful idea and make money while doing something fun. I love jewelry. I love Origami Owl.

I have done so well with it and I’ve only been doing it for about three months. I’m making a couple hundred a month which, ya know, anything helps.

So I’m writing about this in case anyone out there would like to help me out and order a necklace or bracelet, some charms, and whatever else you’d like to have to tell your story.

I made myself one that I wear everyday and it’s sort of my Wish Locket. I have a baby stroller, the word hope, a faith plate, and a girl charm. I also have a Husband Locket – cancer ribbon, in memory of heart, the initial R for his name, and and angel. He died in 1997 but like to keep his memory alive.

There are so many stories to be told….what’s yours?

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If you’d like to purchase one, you can go to my website at tracylogan.origamiowl.com and simply add what you want to your cart. Questions? Ask me! All money made will help me to be able to afford my next step of IVF. I don’t get insurance because I’m single so this is what I’m relying on to supplement that money.

 

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I’ve been trying to find ways to come up with the adoption money without going into major debt. I haven’t told everyone on Facebook yet and only my mom knows from the family. I’m hoping and praying that someone…and I mean someone uses one of my ways of donating, whether it is buying some of my Etsy items or just using Paypal or GoFundMe to place a donation.

The first chunk of money needed to begin the home study is hefty $5300. That includes the home study and three post-placement meetings, plus paperwork processing fees. But I don’t have that lying around either. Luckily I have a couple months or maybe even a few months to get that money.

So let’s talk about the first part-time job that I have. Over a year ago a friend of mine I met at my previous job, met with me to discuss becoming a business partner with him and his company. His company is only a few years old and thought it would be a great idea. I signed the paperwork and was immediately the one woman department for eLearning. My role is to develop online training based on the customers needs. In the last year, no contracts came in because of an employee in his company not doing her job in finding us contracts….so the GREAT news is, last week he told me that he got a contract for some onsite training as well as online training. Yay! Looking at the curriculum there could be about 28 online courses for me to develop. So I am really hoping to get this going to bring in some extra money. It will be nice to see the adoption bank account increase. 🙂

Now on to the second part-time job. A couple of weeks ago I attended DogFest and met two ladies who work with a wonderful and award winning dog walking company. My friend and I both got to talking to them and somehow in the conversation they brought up they are looking for part-time help. My eyes lit up so I inquired. I received the application, filled it out, and returned it. So last night I had my phone interview and it turned out to be a great conversation and she explained in details some of the more popular services. For example, overnights are really popular! That shocked me because I guess I can’t imagine a stranger staying in my guess room for a week while I am on vacation. But apparently people do it.  She explained the pay system and the fact that if I don’t feel comfortable with the client for whatever reason, I can turn down the job. So after we talked and everything sounded great, she told me to sleep on it and let her know in a day or two.

I’m wondering though, can I handle a full-time job and two part-time jobs? I worry about part-time job #1 going full force and not having time to do the dog walking, or vice-versa. But then again, if I don’t try, I might not know if I can do it or not and I wouldn’t be bringing in any extra money. I might decide to not do part-time job #2 and then end up waiting months before actually getting any work from part-time job #1.

I’m ready to sacrifice my time in order to get some extra money, but I also have to keep in mind I am a one person house and I don’t want to neglect my own dog and her needs. My mom is currently living with me and can at least let her out so she can do her business but my mom can’t do the dog training with her. We are currently in a Rally I class that requires a good chunk of time training. If I knew that part-time job one was going to come through, I probably wouldn’t consider the dog walking or at least not do the overnights and just do the dog walking service.

Too many decisions….oh sigh.