Funerals, unemployment and health scares. How was your summer?

I took the month of August off from blogging, but I’m honestly surprised I didn’t end up taking the whole summer off. It was quite a summer! I’m at a point now, where I can talk about it … or most of it. I started blogging in the beginning as a source of therapy and fun, so onto the therapy!

Several things actually started prior to summer, but everything converged in chaos during our warmest months.

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Working Your Illness Into Your Side Hustle

This post is sponsored by Op4G, the research partner that lets you use your opinion for good. They’ve established a research community for people with diabetes to have a voice in future diabetes treatment developments, make a little extra cash and support nonprofit organizations. Sign up to be part of the community.

Nowadays ( <- wow I feel old typing that) it seems that most people don’t have just one job anymore. You’ve probably heard terms like: side hustle, gig economy, extra income, freelancing, etc. a lot more in recent years. A lot of people are taking more control over their lives and their finances through doing more things.

A lot of people, like myself, work a normal full time job and spend a good chunk of their spare time doing other things that earn money. Other people have built whole careers on these independent projects. These things range from freelance writing, editing, coding, graphic design, etc to taking surveys, mystery shopping, operating a money-making blog (not all blogs make money) or even mining Bitcoin.

People who live with chronic illnesses often have opportunities to earn money related to their conditions. Continue reading

Asking Questions and Giving Feedback

This post is sponsored by Op4G, the research partner that lets you use your opinion for good. They’ve established a research community for people with diabetes to have a voice in future diabetes treatment developments, make a little extra cash and support nonprofit organizations. Sign up to be part of the community.

You know how whenever your computer is acting up, the moment the IT guy comes to take a look at it, it starts working perfectly?

That’s kind of what it feels like when I go to the doctor. I know everything that’s going on, specifically what’s going wrong, and when I get into the appointment, it seems to fly right out of my head. Which is why the best thing I’ve done for my appointments is keep a running list of questions and thoughts on my phone to discuss at the appointment.

Asking questions and providing feedback are two critical parts of being an engaged patient. Continue reading

Using Your Opinion for Good

I’m excited to introduce a new diabetes blog series and the awesome organization making it happen. Op4G is a market research panel company which stands for Opinions for Good. When someone joins an Op4G panel, they have the option to select a nonprofit that they want to support from a list of 300+ non-profits) and when they complete a survey, a portion of the incentive goes directly to the nonprofit. So far, Op4G has donated over $447,000 to non-profits.

Op4G is open to the general population, however they are working to form niche health communities… starting with diabetes. Op4G partners with organizations with research needs that focus on diabetes, while also giving you a way to contribute your voice to research on products and services that could impact you in the future. They’ve teamed up with me to produce a series of diabetes-related blog posts so this is a win, win, win, win kind of series (4 wins there). Continue reading

7 Things to Consider Before Getting a Pet

Happy National Pet Day!

April 11th is National Pet Day, and it falls so very close to when my own furballs were born. (They’re about to turn five by the way.)

Go ahead, you can think it: Rachel’s a bit of a crazy cat lady. I’m definitely an animal lover. Holmes and Watson bring a lot of joy and entertainment into our home.

If you don’t already have a cat, dog, rabbit, fish, snake, hamster, etc in your home and are thinking about adding one to your family, here are a few things you should consider: Continue reading