Changing Gears

This year has been a booger. My life – both personally and professionally – has been a jigsaw puzzle, a convoluted jumbled mess of life, death, tragedy and triumph for several months now.

Now, with the warmer days and sunlight returning us to the season of spring – my home, my soul and holding my breath in my lungs (without being aware) is also returning to a more natural, relaxed state.

I am proud to announce, after changing my mind and changing gears, I am in active pursuit of something, a little more challenging perhaps, in my career. Which could prove a risky business move (commission based still independent contractor), considering my historical preference, and my emotional deep need for home, family and domestic security.

For more than 20 years, I have been tied to a desk: answering telephones, managing facilities and personnel, working with people and offering exceptional customer service and support services all the while. But I need change, and in the true nature of life’s wonderful experience, I have manifested change in my life, yes as a result of being subjected to another human being and living with the consequences of their decisions.

My newest adventures will finally allow for real potential for, and possibility of, working less and playing more (ideally with my children).

In addition, exploring the concept of myself realizing financial security is mindboggling in a way. Maybe just so far beyond reality that I can’t even grasp the concept.

Please accept my sincere appreciation and apology for taking leave (and absence). I look forward to our future!

About Me: Doing What I Love

In 2002 I read a book that was so poorly written, I picked up a pen and started writing – hell bent and purpose driven to prove I could write better than “Lisa” whatever her name was.

I’ve always enjoyed writing,and when my husband Robby and I learned we were expecting our third child, my focus shifted. I left the jobligation. The opportunity to raise my children at home  was something I’d never dreamed I’d have.

During that time, to make a little play money, I began working from my home as Professional Client Services – a virtual Bookkeeping, Payroll and Administrative contractor who provided various  services independently. Now, that was cool! To stay home, take care of those needing care (my family) and give care to those needing help (my clients). It was fabulous.

That was nearly 10 years ago. The next four years I spent at home, then when the youngest started kindergarten, I spent another year looking for work. The last four as the Visitor Center Coordinator with the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce, and now I am home again.

Unless an employer advertises an extremely lucrative opportunity that includes health insurance for my family and retirement benefits for me, I am going to give Virtual Assistance another go. This time with the added benefit of high-speed internet, virtual social and professional networks and opportunity to succeed at warp speed. My children are growing quickly and I just want to do what I love – work when I want to, provide for my family, write great pieces, and make enough money to end my husband’s worry and fill the fridge with food.

Virtually Self Employed (catchy isn’t it) provides Virtual Assistance & Computer Administration services. With more than 20 years professional career experience in business and office management, bookkeeping, and computer systems administration, you can expect exceptional results, efficient service, one eye focused on accuracy and the other on your satisfaction. You can contact me at VirtualSelf@VirtuallySelfEmployed.com.

Now that I have published my blog, my writing conscience wants to explode, chomping at the bit, waiting to unleash itself. So who knows what will happen next. Will my writing reveal epic failure, deliver delicious short stories, express a crazed brain full of weird or fanciful ideas? Will I someday publish that secret work of fiction (a novel idea) that sits unfinished in my office?

Either way, I am moving forward!

If you care to, please offer feedback below. I would like to know if my writing moves you or needs critique. I am looking to grow tomorrow beyond the boundaries of who I am today. Thank you for visiting.

Patricia “Tish” Shoffner

Fountain and me

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My Social Love Affair

100_2024“Money and Success is now following you…”

While scanning through my email in box yesterday, the phrase shown above caught my attention. I read through it a few times, my mind filled with purpose and intention. The words and I shared a brief exchange, a romantic interlude – Law of Attraction style – right there on the living room vision board.

I imagined briefly the myriad possibilities, wanton hopes and fanciful thoughts, allowing myself to fully experience the moment the universe would manifest its plan for us. As I read those words again now, they are just as satisfying and delicious as they were then.

Opening the email revealed the true meaning of it. Curiosity – and that poor, cute little fuzzy cat.

“Money and Success is now following you [on Twitter]”

I had to giggle and if my wide Cheshire grin was any indication, I had eaten a la petite curious cat for lunch.

Still invigorated by the heat and lingering aroma of sweat from my afternoon love affair, I realized that the universe had bestowed a gift upon me.

The day before had been an extremely long day, filled with one personal challenge after another. My goal was to educate myself in other Social Media applications and merge them into my new life as a freelance professional. Now “Virtually Self Employed” I felt the need to explore new areas of Social life and experience the culture. So I forced myself out into the world with the intent to play the field a bit.

LinkedIn and I met a couple of weeks earlier. Initially, I found myself bored and unsatisfied, running back into Facebook’s arms at every turn. But after getting to know one another I found myself appreciating who he is at the core and the purpose he serves. LinkedIn, Facebook I visit often and the three of us a have integrated nicely.

After putting on some fancy clothes and tightening my belt, I got right down to business with WordPress. I had read somewhere that building a relationship with a website or blog would make an honest woman out of me and I would quickly climb the ranks in Google. It took a while to make it the magic happen, but hit the dashboard running. WordPress and I happily bonded and we are expecting the arrival of our first domain any day.

Then I met Twitter. Life moved quickly at a downward angle after he forced me to sell myself a thousand times over, one click at a time. I was not able to satisfy that Social beast. It was so exhausting. After a Twitter Tantrum nuclear meltdown and humiliated after throwing a Twit right there in the middle of our Tweet, my hands flew up in defeated surrender. Battered, bruised and torn, I Twit and I left. And after cooling off and a short separation, Twitter and I worked through our differences and got the job done.

I realize now why my attraction was so strong with email. After reconsidering my history with Twitter, I needed to see those words to realize it had been worth the effort. I know now that the affair with email was born of fantasy, not from my heart.

I am grateful for the lesson and experience and can now appreciate the message the universe was sending to me.

P.C. Shoffner – ©2013

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Finding My Voice Again (at age 42)

Finding My Voice Again (at the age 42)

I refer to this image often, almost daily, to serve as a spiritual mantra; a daily reminder to live life beautifully, empowered and alive; ablaze with creativity and eloquent simplicity; to honor myself and others with equal consideration; maintain an attitude of gratitude and volunteer in humble servitude; honor true love with passionate attention, sprinkled with the spice of spiritual purpose, and embrace fully all the wonderful, delicate aromas and flavor life has to offer.

My first blog entry, ever! Not bad…

P.C. Shoffner – ©2013

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