I miss having money.  Although I needed to quit my old job in order to move on as a person, I really, really miss making money.  Even part-time, I earned approximately $800-1,000 per month working in retail sales.  Right now, I might earn half this month.  My boss only pays us once a month, and I don’t really have enough hours to pay more frequently.  I’m supposed to earn an additional $800 per month starting in September from my school assistant position, but I don’t know if it will be enough to quit borrowing money from my parents for rent.  I’m going to check and see if the university’s health insurance will be less expensive than my current plan.  Also, I’m going to try cutting frivolous spending again.  I might have to quit one of my dance classes as well.  We’ll see how things work out.  I need to get back to a point where I add money to my savings account, instead of draining it to nearly nothing.

I really miss earning money.

Back to School

School begins again in a couple of weeks.  It’s going to be an intense year for me.  I am developing my thesis, student teaching labs, taking regular graduate classes, and continuing working for a photographer.  I am also continuing my music as much as I can.  Both school and work want me to keep track of their social media pages.

It’s going to be a lot of work, but I’m looking forward to it.  When I make it to the end, I think it will be worth it.

Social Media

A few months ago, I decided to delete my Facebook account.  Facebook, of course, said, “Don’t worry; we’ll keep all of your information in case you come back.”  I have debated returning for two reasons:  one, I would return, delete all of my information–pictures, personal information–then delete my account again; or, two, remove all “friends” I don’t want and make the account more of a professional connection.  I would also remove all of the pages I created and no longer maintained.

I originally resisted the professional page on Facebook for several reasons.  First of all, several relatives and other people I don’t want as “friends” have insisted on trying to connect.  Since I do have to meet these people occasionally, I don’t want to tick them off.  The constant updates to the Facebook program were irritating, and I constantly redid my privacy controls.

Also, the home page status updates drove me crazy.  I don’t really want to hear about the majority of people’s lives.  I would prefer to read updates from groups only–and I might not even want those.  I do and don’t want people to know what movies or products I like.  Basically, I think if I removed all of the friends I didn’t want, all I would have on my home screen is ads.

I hated receiving a glut of emails from the program.  I don’t care about status updates.  I felt the information thrown at me was of tertiary significance at best.  However, since I left Facebook, I realized how many organizations in my area don’t have websites with regular updates.  I missed a few auditions and concerts.  I also miss reading some of the fan pages.

Because many of these issues can be remedied by editing my page, I am considering returning to the site.  Also, I tried Linkedin for the second time, and I find it to be an even more useless business page.  At the very least, I could keep Facebook as a semi-professional page.

I have noticed people–especially younger people–moving away from Facebook.  Other social media sites are becoming more dominant, and, as social media, I prefer other sites to Facebook.  However, I also dislike placing my personal information–even the amount I would allow on Facebook–on other sites.  I like keeping these sites semi-anonymous.

The question then becomes, is it worth it to have a Facebook account if I don’t want to link it to what I am really doing on the Web?  So far, the answer still seems to be “no”–with shades of grey.

Brief

Here is a brief update:
I made business cards with my basic information.  I decided I needed some for conventions & “just in case.”
I emailed the restaurant people asking about my missing paycheck.  We’ll see what happens.
My boss is trusting me with some basic office maintenance while he is away. Hooray!

Job Update

I quit the restaurant during training.  I tried to do it, and I hated it.  The first day we had to wait on tables comprised of our coworkers, I felt like I knew nothing.  The coworkers at my table threw trash all over the ground–per orders of the trainers, but it was still upsetting–and one of them was being a smartass to me because I was late the first time I checked on them.  When he asked if I was upset, I said I never waited tables before.  I was miserable the entire day, and I would rather work in a retail store where I can eventually get away from asshole customers than have to deal with them and depend on them for money.

I’m so glad I quit.  I have enough hours from working with the photographer, and his work is more what I want to do.  I was very relieved I could stop going.  Of course, now the restaurant isn’t sending me the money owed for the time I worked as a trainee.  I did go to the restaurant and tell the manager I quit, and he was relieved I wasn’t going to another restaurant.  He was glad I told him, unlike some other people who said nothing and never came back.  I can’t decide if it would be worth the trouble to message them or contact them by phone and ask if they are going to pay me for the time spent with their company.  They owe me about $200, so I think I should email them to find out why they haven’t paid me.  It would at least pay the school fees not covered by my university assistantship.  I had to turn down a couple of paying gigs with the photographer in order to attend training, and the restaurant did say they were paying us for the time spent.