I feel awesome right now.

@mentalward (14695)
United States
December 16, 2010 1:59pm CST
I do, really! Some of you know that I am on Social Security disability because of fibromyalgia and some other disabling things but I am allowed to earn a certain amount of money each month and still keep my benefits. I never thought I'd ever proofread again but that changed today. Quite awhile ago, I had applied for a work-at-home proofreading job. I was told that they had no positions open at the time so I just forgot about it. Then, yesterday, I received an email from this company asking if I was still interested. OF COURSE I WAS! Today, I was sent a job which I just finished and have turned in. I'm ECSTATIC! I was a proofreader for 20-some years and stopped because I could no longer work in an office and all the work-at-home proofreading jobs I had were being sent overseas to save these greedy companies a few dollars. I don't even care if I never get another proofreading job because I'm happy to have simply had the opportunity to do it one more time. I really loved proofreading. Have you ever been surprised like this? I mean, you submitted an application or resume to a company that you didn't hear from for quite awhile and then heard from them offering you a job? Did you take it or had you already found other work?
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@marguicha (97083)
• Chile
17 Dec 10
Dear friend, I am SO glad to read your news! I have been worried about your problems but getting a job you can do at home can mean a great difference. And that is not only about money but also about how you feel about yourself and how others see you (specially your husband).Congratulations and let´s hope this job is the beginning of a turning point in every way.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
17 Dec 10
You're so rigt, marguicha. It has really helped my self-esteem, even earning a little bit. I've actually worked since I was 14 years old so not working hasn't been easy for me to adjust to. This is just enough to make me feel better but not so much that it will do me more harm than good (physically speaking). I received feedback on the work I turned in yesterday and it was all positive. I was officially offered the job to proofread their new website, which is going to consist of around 1,000 pages but I'll get them in very small increments, like 50 pages here, 30 pages there, so I won't come close to jeopardizing my disability. I'm very happy and, I've gotta admit, it feels GOOD!
@marguicha (97083)
• Chile
17 Dec 10
Do as much as you can without hurting yourself. You are wise to do it little by little. You´ll get there
@AmbiePam (49482)
• United States
17 Dec 10
That's absolutely awesome! I remember when I first got on disability, I was still working part time. It gave me such a good feeling. When I had to quit, it definitely affected my morale. I'm glad you get to do this again.
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@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
16 Dec 10
I was glad to hear that you found a job, especially so close to the holidays. As a heads up though, my mother was on SSI and she was working just as a fill in baby sister for a friend until their baby sitter could come back to work for them. She made over the allowed amount and was fined. Her friend was keeping records for their tax purposes. For every dollar she made over she had to pay two dollars back. They took it out of her check on an agreed amount every month until it was paid off. The only way that you could lose your check all together is if you made over the allowed amount more than once. Then it becomes a case that is put under closer scrutiny. DCMerkle
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
17 Dec 10
Thanks, DC. I'm aware of how much I can make and don't plan to get anywhere close to that. It took me over seven years to finally be approved for disability so I won't do anything that could jeopardize that since there's no way I could ever work full-time again.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
16 Dec 10
I'm so happy for you. What a great time to be hired. I can feel your excitement in this discussion. I didn't expect to be hired by the employer where I interviewed for my last job. Was surprised when I got the call. It was a fun job and the extra money was nice. I accepted the position even though I really wasn't actively searching for work. A friend suggested I check out the job. Congrats, carolbee
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
16 Dec 10
That's really cool that you were offered a job you weren't really searching for. It's horrible when we apply for job after job and never hear anything. I feel so bad for those searching for work right now who have no other source of income. I'm lucky in that I do have my disability but I've been so depressed because I loved working and just don't know how to handle not working. This really perked me up and at a great time, too. I've been very depressed lately and haven't had any Christmas spirit. I've been baking my yearly cookies, candies, breads, etc. because I always give them to everyone and didn't want to disappoint them but I just couldn't get into the spirit. Now, I feel a bit better and will most likely be getting out the decorations later today.
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• United States
23 Dec 10
Congrats on your proofreading job! Sound like this really made your day...very happy for you
• Canada
17 Dec 10
No surprises like that lately, but I know what you mean about only being allowed to earn a certain amount of money. That is the nice thing about living in Canada, and posting under an anonymous name to a company that pays me to an American bank. What the disability people up here don't know, won't hurt them!!! :)
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
18 Dec 10
I hear ya! If I could do that, I would.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
16 Dec 10
Nope, never. But sounds pretty cool, good for you!
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
18 Dec 10
Thank ya, thank ya. I was offered another job from this company today, proofing 1,000 pages of their new website. What a cool Christmas present, huh?
@bunnybon7 (36883)
• Holiday, Florida
16 Dec 10
oh yes. those were the days when i got the great job. 15yrs ago almost to the day. id been cleaning houses for 10 dollars an hour. one of my clients kept wanting me more and more at her house cause i helped her with other things when i was there like her shower and things and cooking, etc. she had copd so bad and her hubby even asked me to come by on days i was off to help with carpet cleaning, etc. she gave me a raise to 12 an hour if id drop another customer and come on that day, etc. anyway, eventually they decided they wanted me as a caregiver because the CNAs they'd been getting just sat on their butts and didnt do enough. they offered me 18 bucks an hour to be there 5 days a week. i was elated. after i was there 2 yrs, they offered me 20 an hour. i had never had such a great job. they treated me like family. i got $ 1,000 bonus every xmas, plus, stocks, and other gifts. i worked there 8 yrs. it broke my heart when the daughter let me go for some agency she'd found. thats a whole other discussion tho.
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
16 Dec 10
Wow! What an awesome job! I'm so sorry that it had to end for you the way it did. It actually reminds me a bit of how I got into proofreading at home. I began by working with one company doing typesetting. They let me use one of their computers and taught me the codes. After that, I bought my own computer and found another job where I was typesetting and proofreading my own work. Then, I found a company looking for just proofreaders. Luckily, I had a background in English but I never thought about proofreading until it was under my nose. I lost that work when these companies started sending their work overseas to save a few pennies. Sigh! About that other discussion, you should write it!
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@elitess (5072)
• Ipswich, England
16 Dec 10
Hello dear. I have actually been through a similar situation in the last 2 years. I have applied for a job at Ubisoft in October 2009, and they called me in february 2010 and invited me for an interview which led for my employment for 9 months until the middle of November, when i decided it was best to put work on hold to finish my master studies.
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
16 Dec 10
Isn't it exciting to hear from the companies we've applied to quite awhile back? For me, it was enough to pick up my spirits that have been down in the dumps lately. It's actually given me a bit of a Christmas spirit back. That is worth more than the pay, if you ask me. Actually, it's kind of ironic that you responded to this because the company I'm working with is called Elite Home Tutors. You're not the owner of this company, are you?
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@Hatley (164645)
• Garden Grove, California
16 Dec 10
hi mentalward hope it keeps going for you as its downright wonderful these days to have any kind of job. Proofreading sounds like something I could do I am retired without much social security so mylot helps and anything I can do else will help that much I may be 84 but I have a BA in English.I can make some money without anyone fussing at my age as Social Security won't bug me.
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@kingparker (9698)
• United States
16 Dec 10
That didn't happen to me, maybe I was not that lucky as you describe it. I would like to do something I really enjoy like you, then I might feel extremely awesome. For now, I just do whatever is available, and I would just hang in there. That is what I am doing now just to get survive.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
16 Dec 10
Yeah, these days, with this economy, you have to do whatever you can to survive. I am extremely lucky to have found this job, but it took a long time to find it. One thing I heard that made a lot of sense to me was, "Never stop looking for a new job." That means that, even if you have a job, a better one could be right around the corner and if you're not looking for it, it could just pass you by. I was doing that all the years I was a proofreader. I worked mainly from home and would occasionally find another company using home workers. Usually, I'd just add that new company to the ones I was already working with. At one point, I was working with four different companies at the same time. It was a lot of work but I loved it so it didn't seem too bad. Besides, it helped me to raise my two sons almost entirely by myself.
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@dragon54u (31615)
• United States
16 Dec 10
That's wonderful!! I would love to proofread but I have never heard of any place that needs someone like me. I put my resume on a site a couple years ago and never heard from anyone. A few months ago I got a call from a company who saw it on that site! Unfortunately, the job was not one that I could do as it called for standing for long periods of time and I'm lucky if I last through cooking an omelet without having to sit down! Still, it was a pleasant surprise. I hope you get more work from that company. Doing something you like and are good it is worth so much more than the money you make!
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
16 Dec 10
Thanks, dragon. It took me forever to find this, believe me! So many of these places are scams you just can't be sure of anything anymore. A few of them are real, though. The trouble is, I'm sure they get thousands of applicants for every position they have. I was completely surprised that they got back to me, even if it was quite a while. I agree with you 100% that doing something you like and are good at is worth so much more than the money. I think the more you like it, the better you'll be at it so it just doesn't make sense to stay in a job you can't stand, at least if you have an opportunity to get something else. Just keep looking. You never know. I had written this company off and look what happened!
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
16 Dec 10
That is wonderful Marti I really hope that it will go really well for you and you will enjoy it How are you feeling and how are things going for you well apart from the Job which is just brilliant Big Hugs
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
16 Dec 10
Thanks, Gabs. I was told there would be lots more work and I can take as much or as little as I want. I have to be careful not to go over the amount I'm allowed to earn each month because, even if I go over it by $1.00, they'll terminate my disability. I worked too hard to get it so I won't jeopardize that. Besides, I doubt I could work that much in a month, anyway. Proofreading sounds easy but it really is hard on the back and, with fibromyalgia, it also puts a hurting on my neck, legs, hips, etc. plus I get a headache if I'm looking at a computer screen too long. But, even if this was the only job I was offered, it had perked up my spirits quite a bit and I actually feel a bit of the Christmas spirit that has been lacking around here. I'm doing okay other than that, except now one of my hips is giving me trouble. It never fails... I get one thing fixed and something else falls apart. If they tell me I need another surgery, I think I'll lose my mind completely and my username here will not only be my username but also my residence. I read that Gissi is doing better and has been for awhile now. Is he still doing well? I worry about the little guy. My Lilly has had something wrong with her right eye for over a month now. The vet gave me antibiotic drops for it and it seemed to help but then she started keeping it closed again. So, we'll be going back to the vet's soon to see if they can fix whatever it is. It just never ends, does it?
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
17 Dec 10
Congrats! I'm so glad that things are going well for you now..it has been a longtime coming. I have never had a belated offer. I bet it was quite a nice surprise. I did have an article purchased once several months after I wrote it and that was a nice surprise..lol...Take care.
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• United States
17 Dec 10
I have never been surprised like that!! I am so happy you got to do something you love doing so much again though. Hopefully they keep sending you jobs, and like you said, if they don't, at least you got to do it one more time! That's amazing and fantastic news.
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• United States
17 Dec 10
Congrats to you for the holidays,I just love your spirit but with fibromyalgia take it easy.You don't get SSI for no reason lol!but serious watch how much you make cause you don't want to get fined or worse.Have fun and be thankful this season,how do I get a hold of those baked goods?
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25 Jan 11
hey mentalward :) i admire your posts and everything, can i ask you something? is the book that you read is "the subconcious mind"? and who is the author please:) im looking forward you to answer this. THANKS :)
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
25 Jan 11
I'm not sure I understand what you are referring to, aljan. I didn't mention a book here, I don't believe. I did read a book years ago called "The Power of the Subconscious Mind" but I cann't remember the author's name. But, like I said, I did not mention that here so what are you referring to?
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
25 Jan 11
The author is Joseph Murphy and the book is called "The Power of Your Subconscious Mind".
@aerous (13474)
• Philippines
20 Dec 10
If I were you I grab the opportunity because it a great chances to get jobs again. Because as of this days getting jobs is really hard...
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
20 Dec 10
You are so right, aerous. Jobs are so hard to find these days. I'm very happy and also very thankful that this job came along when it did. It has made me so much happier than I've been in quite some time.
25 Jan 11
hey mentalward, i admire your posts and everything :) can i ask you something? is the title of the book you just said is "THE SUBCONCIOUS MIND"? who is the author? please answer this :) im looking forward to :) thanks!
@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
21 Jan 11
that's really good news, marti. and i am happy to hear that. at least, you have another more thing to get busy with. i have no experience as work application or something is concern. but with our experience with zayzay, we were really surprised with the support we got for his surgery. it started with the sleep study that we've got from you about a year ago. and we are very thankful for that. when we knew about the surgery last july, i never thought we could actually get support from too many people, friends and relatives. and the most surprising is, the actual operation that we got free, with the help of that tv program. most surprisingly, with a first class medical center in manila. and now, not only zayzay sleep tightly at night, but we parents too, sleep without worry that our little angel sleeping between us is already out of danger of apnea.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
7 Mar 11
What you received is so much better than a surprise offer for a part-time job! It was like the heavens opened up and poured good tidings down on you and your family. I'm so very happy for you and feel so relieved that Zayzay is sleeping well. I'm also so sorry that my response took so long. I don't know how I missed your comment when you wrote it. I haven't been receiving all of my notifications so maybe that's the reason. Anyway, I see it now and, as the saying goes, better late than never, right? I hope everything is going well for you.
@singout (980)
• United States
18 Jan 11
Congratulations Mentalward. You deserve it. Nothing bolsters your self esteem more than being thought of after a period of time. You must have made an impression on someone. You certainly impressed me with your writing skills. Keep up the good work. This may be the beginning of something great.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
18 Jan 11
Aww, thank you, singout. Also, it's so darned good to see you again! Wow, what a vacation you must've had. I hope it was good, at least for the majority of your time away from myLot. Yeah, I was pretty excited when I was offered this job. I loved proofreading but there's no way I could ever work in an office again and all the local companies I used to work with started sending their work overseas. I'm waiting for this company to start sending me pages from their new website because they've offered me the job to proof the entire site which should be around 1,000 pages. I'm only doing this because I love proofreading so much but I have other projects that I'm working on now that have nothing to do with proofreading. I've invented a few things, one of which I've just finished the prototypes on. I'm waiting to hear back from some mail order places because I want them to sell them for me. It will be easier (for me) to do it this way than to try to market them myself. In case you're interested, they're a little block of wood called "Jinx Block". One version is a keychain, one has Velcro on the back, another has a magnet on it, etc. It's for those times, and you know we all have them, when we say something, then immediately think we could be jinxing whatever it is by talking about it, so we need to knock on wood. Sometimes, no wood is available and that can be disastrous! Ergo, my 'Jinx Block'. It took awhile to get all the legalities taken care of (trademarks, copyrights, patents, etc.) but it's ready now so things may get VERY busy for me in the near future. I hope so, anyway. In the meantime, I'll do this little bit of proofreading and stay happy. So, what have you been up to?
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
20 Dec 10
That is good news! The last time something like that happened to me was around twenty years ago! I was in a lousy job I detested which had me in tears every morning and inevitably the day came when I had enough and I quit! I gave no thought to how I was going to make the rent until I was on my way home and it was then that, upon collecting my mail that I noticed a letter from a bank I had an interview with a couple of months before. I too had forgotten about it and lo and behold they were offering me a job! It was a real Godsend because I have no idea what I would have done had that position not come along! I hope you get more jobs as you seem to really enjoy proof reading...
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
20 Dec 10
WOW! I have to agree that the job offer from the bank truly was a Godsend! The timing couldn't have been better! Wow! It apparently was exactly the right time for you to leave that other job, with the other offer sitting in your mailbox. I had a job like that once. Of course, I didn't get my next job like you did but was lucky enough to apply for and get another job when my "job from hell" gave me time off (without pay, of course) to "think" about the seriousness of the grievance I had filed against my supervisor. (It was my boss's boss who gave me this time off.) I was able to come back after those two days and hand copies of my 2-page resignation letter (I named names, believe me!) to my boss's boss, the department head, head of personnel and also the president of the company. It was lovely! I heard that my supervisor quit only 2 weeks after I did. About this new job, I heard from them the next day. They said I did a great job and offered me another job proofing their new website which will consist of around 1,000 pages. I'm thrilled because I really do enjoy proofreading. (Don't tell them but I've always felt like I was cheating whenever I got paid for proofreading because I love it so much. LOL)
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