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Honey's main interests are online dating, long distance dating, and long term relationships. She met her boyfriend on MySpace and they have been exclusive since their first date over three years ago. Currently they live in Tempe, Arizona. Honey graduated with her PhD in Composition and Rhetoric in May 2009. You can contact Honey via email here or online here.

Good News Follows Good News: Or, LinkedIn Works!?

Apparently the universe is apologizing for my terrible weekend.  First, the BF was able to verify with his supervisor that a) his company isn’t going to do any layoffs, and b) even if they were, his position wouldn’t be in jeopardy.  Awesome!  So he’s going to try for a little work/life balance and we’ll see how that goes.

Second, remember how I’d been trying to decide whether I should go back to school or take on some freelance work?  Well, in this post I mention that I’d decided to go for the school thing, since (as DD tells me repeatedly) it’s a) a kickass opportunity to try something new and different, that is b) also super-cheap.  I applied last week (after the pleasant surprise that employees don’t have to pay application fees) and am admitted – as soon as I can find the time for my previous university to send over my proof of MMR then I’m good to go!

Side note: it’s okay for me to WORK here, directly with the students, with no proof of MMR, but when it comes to taking classes – whoa!  Somebody better make sure that girl had her shots!  Um, what?

In any case, I’ve identified some potential courses for the fall and my backup (a women’s studies course in the same area as my diss) seems like it will work if none of the interesting communications courses open up.  Then, lo and behold, I get an e-mail from a former sorority sister that works at a publishing house. 

Apparently, this company that sometimes contracts work through them was looking for someone to develop an online course, and they were under a time crunch and coming up empty on someone with the necessary qualifications (a PhD in English/writing, experience taking & teaching online courses, experience working with adult learners).  Well, in a fit of desperation he was looking through LinkedIn and came across my profile (I’m friends with 2 or 3 other folks who also work there, and I used to do contract work for them when I was getting my Master’s, so he saw my name come up multiple times).

She e-mailed me, I e-mailed him, and $2500 later, I am going to be flown to the East Coast for two days next week (all expenses paid in addition to the flat fee for the work).  And he assures me that 2/3 of the work is going to take place while I’m there in person, with minimal follow-up before and after.  SWEET!!!!  Plus my name’s out there if any of the three publishing/educational companies that are involved with this project need anything else done.

Now the only question is whether to put it all toward my credit card or do something like a credit card payment of $1000, put $500 in savings (since taxes won’t be taken out), and do something utterly fantastic with the other $1000, like get myself a year’s membership to a yoga gym.  What an absolutely delicious pickle, and all without having to choose between school and freelance work!  I do think that since I’m out about $1200 for the year because of furlough, this windfall won’t affect the bottom line of my taxes too much, but it never hurts to be sure.

Networking/Game Lessons: put your name out there as many ways as you can, keep in touch with everyone, and be open to possibilities!

What would you do with the $$?  I have about $4600 in savings, about $5800 in credit card debt, and no room in my regular monthly budget for anything that’s not a necessary expense.  Leave your advice below, and then check out these also-upbeat posts:

  • http://www.thedateabledork.com The Dateable Dork

    Wow, that’s fantastic! Regardless of what you decide to do with the money, I’d definitely recommend splurging a little on yourself, even if it’s just some new clothes or something. A girl has got to have priorities. : )

    Also, don’t take too much stock in my advice about taking classes – keep in mind that I am a college addict and dream about going back but can’t swing it (or choose not to) for financial reasons. Since I’m deprived of my university craving, I tend to go overboard when an opportunity like yours is presented!
    .-= The Dateable Dork´s last blog ..I’m turning into a zombie =-.

  • http://honeyandlance.com Honey

    Well, DD, I figure I’m getting the best of both worlds – as much money as I could have reasonably expected to make freelancing for the rest of the year over the course of two weeks, and the rest of the year free to take a course! Whoppeee!

    I’m a college addict too, as my various degrees (none of them in anything super lucrative, despite my recent windfall) attest. So really I am still following my heart :-)
    .-= Honey´s last blog ..Good News Follows Good News: Or, LinkedIn Works!? =-.

  • http://www.vcarded.com The Virgin

    Though they lack the security of full time jobs (no benefits, guaranteed pay, etc), there’s nothing like scoring a good freelance job. Better yet, one that pays several months of bills and you can sleep in for a while ;)

    Just me, but I would pay the credit card due to finance charges. On the other hand, it’s important to have a security blanket too. I paid $3000 on my credit card only to lose my job a few weeks later. Sucks, but on the other hand it brought my minimum payments considerably down too, which greatly helps.

  • http://honeyandlance.com Honey

    Yes, I keep thinking – I could pay my credit card off entirely in a year if I put it ALL toward that! Plus, as you say, minimize my monthly payment enough that I could probably just work the yoga into my normal budget. Tough choices…
    .-= Honey´s last blog ..Good News Follows Good News: Or, LinkedIn Works!? =-.

  • Mr_Right

    Put 2k of it toward your credit card debt, and use the rest to spend on other things. :)

  • http://honeyandlance.com Honey

    That’s what the BF said, too, Mr_Right, and probably what I’ll end up doing. A $500 splurge is nothing to sneeze at!
    .-= Honey´s last blog ..Good News Follows Good News: Or, LinkedIn Works!? =-.

  • http://dadshouseblog.com dadshouse

    You are inspiring me to update my linked in profile!
    .-= dadshouse´s last blog ..Father and Teenage Daughter Go For a Run =-.

  • http://casualencounters.com/blog/ Janak

    Hmm. Personally I’d pay down debt, but I’m ridiculously sensible. You yoga yourself up right nice.
    .-= Janak´s last blog ..Ashley Madison Review =-.

  • http://honeyandlance.com Honey

    @ dadshouse – yeah, I’m glad I updated mine when we didn’t know if we were going to have layoffs in our department. Hooray for forward-thinking!

    @ Janak – the current plan is to put $1500 towards credit cards, $500 in my ING savings account as a tax hedge/emergency fund, and $500 toward “splurges” – our DVD player is on the way out and we want to upgrade to the PS3 because it plays blue rays. And then I can probably join a yoga gym for a month and see if I like it and will even go.
    .-= Honey´s last blog ..Good News Follows Good News: Or, LinkedIn Works!? =-.

  • http://tsquest.blogspot.com T

    That is SO awesome Honey!! What a great opportunity. Linkedin comes through!

    Yeah, definitely get rid of some debt but treat yourself to something nice. A year of yoga? Sounds good to me…
    .-= T´s last blog ..What to say, what to say… =-.

  • http://susancourtad.com Susan

    Hi, Honey – found you originally through dadshouse. Just yesterday I was wondering if I should even bother having my LinkedIn profile anymore. Now, I know I better keep it… and update it! Congrats on the gig.

  • http://www.singlemomseeking.com/blog Single Mom Seeking

    How super sweet! Since I’ve been working in educational publishing for the past 8+ years, I’m so curious to know what you’re doing….

    I found my Match.com contracting gig through LinkedIn, so after much skepticism, I’m a believer, too.

    I’m with Mr. Right above: pay off that credit card debt… have fun back east!!
    .-= Single Mom Seeking´s last blog ..Gulping sugar in the morning? =-.