Could It Be Too Good To Be True?

Hello again everyone. Happy Friday! I’m back this week with a question that has been weighing on my mind for months now. Could it be too good to be true? I have been trying to find another way to make some extra income with my writing. Creating a masterpiece novel is quite time-consuming and difficult to reap financial rewards in a short-term period, so I have been wracking my brain trying to find another way to continue to write and get paid. Win, win! I stumbled across an ad in the Writer’s Digest magazine for AWAI’s Accelerated Six-Figure Copywriting Course. I checked out their website and read all their promises for a six figure career working part-time from home: your own hours, your own home, lots of money. The course they offer is risk-free and they state they will refund your money if you decide that this course just isn’t for you after all. At first I bought in hook, line and sinker, thinking yes, this is what I have been looking for. I didn’t need to make a six-figure income, just a comfortable one that I could do on my own schedule, but the more I thought about it, the more I started to doubt it. Could it be too good to be true? Could I really succeed in this industry? I’m not saying anything negative about AWAI or their course because I am sure it is an excellent resource, but I am not sure how I would succeed with it. Could I create good marketing material that companies would want? How competitive is the industry in my area? Would it be something I enjoy or just a way to make money?

Every couple of years I like to take a course to learn something new. The last one I took was a Freelance Writing course from ICS Canada which I absolutely loved and learned so much from. I loved the online setting and the fact I could take the course at my own pace from home. That course gave me the confidence to return to my writing with the hopes one day I could make a career from it.

I am still strongly considering taking a copywriting course, but I have a family now, so if I’m going to commit time and money to something I have to make sure that it is worth it. To my writer friends out there, have you had any experience with copywriting or know anyone who has? Did they take an online course? Do they enjoy it and find lots of work? I appreciate your feedback. The more info the better! My indecisiveness while weighing the pros and cons is exhausting.

Well I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I’m off to give my sick son some extra good mommy snuggle time to make him feel better. Snuggle time is my favorite time!

Thank you as always for reading.

See you next week!

❤ Melissa

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Book Review: The 13th Gift by Joanne Huist Smith

13th gift Happy book review Friday! Hope you all had a great week. I snuggled up with a blanket Sunday afternoon while my son was napping and power read “The 13th Gift” by Joanne Huist Smith. It is set around the Christmas season, so most people would probably want to read it around the holidays, but I actually didn’t mind reading it after Christmas. The story is about a family who is dealing with the immense loss of their husband/father. They feel lost and broken, not really wanting to or feeling ready to celebrate the first Christmas without him. Everything changes when mysterious gifts start appearing at their doorstep. The story was simple, but the emotions were powerful. I could feel how lost and disconnected this family was until strangers began leaving gifts at their doorstep once every day leading up to Christmas. The mystery and the thoughtfulness of these strangers whom only sign each card as ‘ your true friends’ really bring the family together.

The message of the story really resonated with me. The power of kindness. It was amazing to see how one small gift each day for twelve days could unit this family and bring them a small piece of happiness in their day. The 13th Gift was a short and simple read which I appreciated. It was easy to get lost in the love and pain of this family.

I give the book 5/5 stars. It was well written, short and sweet and left the reader with a reminder of how one simple act of kindness could change someone’s life. Definitely pick this book up if you’re looking for a great book and don’t want to commit to an epic novel. Happy reading!

Have a fantastic weekend and happy reading!

*I was given a copy of this book by http://www.bloggingforbooks.org in exchange for an honest review*

❤ Melissa