Making Money-mTurk

mTurk is a crowdsourcing site created by Amazon. There are a variety of tasks that you can do. Some of my favorites are surveys and data entry. My favorite task was one where I recorded words that I was saying. Payment ranges from $0.01 up to $2.50 (or that is the highest I have ever seen). One of the things that I love about mTurk is that there are always tasks available.

I will usually log on to mTurk while I am watching TV. I typically earn about $4 in one hour (it isn’t great but is extra money). There are some people that claim to make $10+ an hour

You can chose how you get your payment. I save mine up for purchases on Amazon.

If you are looking to earn a few extra dollars check out mTurk: https://www.mturk.com

 

 

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Make Money-Survey Savvy

As many of you know, I go to school full time. Luckily because of the way that I am going to school I do make some money, but it really isn’t a lot. (I bring home about $600 a month) I order to support my shopping habits I do extra things to make a little bit of money here and there. One of the places I go is Survey Savvy.

I have been using Survey Savvy for a few years now and have had really good experiences. I have always gotten my check quickly after requesting it. One thing that I love about Survey Savvy is that you can request payment after $1. I have never seen a survey that the payment was under $1.

One thing that you should know about Survey Savvy is there isn’t always a ton of surveys. But they surveys they do have are interesting.

Go ahead and check them out using my referral link

https://www.surveysavvy.com/?m=5254655

Grandparents

I use to think I had young grandparents. When I was little all of my grandparents were still alive. They would play with us when we would go and visit. They were never in the hospital. Freak, I still have a great grandmother alive. The last couple of weeks I have realized just how luck I was. Over a month ago my mom’s dad was admitted into the hospital because of an infection in his leg. Two weeks ago he had his leg amputated. The day after that my dad’s dad went to the hospital for a minor surgery. Then tonight my dad’s mom had to go to the emergency room because of a work injury. Needless to say I have spend quite a bit of time at hospitals over the past few weeks. In a way it makes me just want to run away. But in another way it makes me really grateful for the family I have. My family is so caring and loving. Everyday someone has been up to visit one of my grandparents or has been by their side while in the hospital. I really couldn’t ask for a better family. I am so glad that I have been able to know my grandparents and learn from them. I know that someday I will look back at this time and be grateful that I got to go through this. If you still have grandparents alive please cherish them, thank them, hug them, spend time with them. You never know when something may happen.

Religion In My Life

As some of you may know I live in Utah. Everyone knows that Utah is known for having tons of “Mormons” living here. Well it is true, but not everyone here is. I grew up going to church in the Mormon faith. From the time I was 12 I knew that I didn’t want to go to church and that religion wasn’t for me. But literally everyone goes to church, so I kept going and didn’t say anything. I thought that if I submerged myself into the Mormon faith that I would get a testimony, I mean, that is what everyone says. If you know anything about the Mormon faith, while you are a teenager there are different classes for the age groups. I was also the “leader” in my age group. That meant that I had to be the example. It was really difficult to try to lead girls when I was having my own doubts but again I said nothing.

I never understood why the church was so against dating before you were 16. I never dated before I was 16 but yet I still did things that they said would happen if you dated before 16. I really tried hard to follow all the doctrine but at the end of the day I felt like I was letting myself down because I wasn’t being myself.

When thing that the church does is youth conference. Basically youth conference is where teens ages 14-18, both boys and girls,  go camping for a few days and are overloaded with attempts at spiritually experiences. One of these youth conferences is usually trek, where your leaders attempt to give you experiences that people crossing the plains had. I was lucky enough to be able to have trek at Martin’s Cove up in Wyoming. Regardless of whether or not you are religious, that is a sacred area because of how many people died there. Anyways, it was on trek that I met the guy that really opened the door for the life I have now. I had been talking to J (a friend of mine that I am secretly in love with) about my doubts and how I didn’t want to go to church. But at the end of the day I still was doing what I was supposed to do. Then while I was on trek I met N. He seemed like a really nice guy and he went to church. We started dating a little bit. I asked him to homecoming dance. And that was it. The night of homecoming I took that leap to the “dark” side. I don’t regret the decision I made that night because it really made me see who I was. I wasn’t the girl that always read her scriptures, had a strong testimony, who loved going to church. I was the girl that wanted to live her own life.

I can honestly say my senior year was my best year of high school. It started the night of homecoming. Throughout that year, I got kicked out of seminary, because I would A) not show up or B) sleep through class. I also dated more than I had the other 2 years of high school. I had some of the best grades I had ever had. I became friends with a lot of really great people. I kissed J (it was the best night ever). I got my first tattoo. I got my cartilage pierced. I just enjoyed life. Why??? Because I wasn’t trying to impress anyone.

The following year my parents got divorced and it gave me the opportunity I had been waiting for. I no longer had to go to church. Of course because being any form of religion is so crucial here, I did try out other churches. But at the end of the day I know organized religion isn’t for me. I am not saying God doesn’t exist but I don’t thing that you have to got to church every Sunday to be close to God.

I get asked an the daily about why I don’t go to church, or if I would consider going back to church? I tell people the truth. I have no shame. I do get judged a lot because of my choice to not go to church but it doesn’t bother me because I am happy with who I am. I don’t feel the pressure to get married and have kids that other people my age feel. I tell people that they should stop going to church because it is really a personal choice. Some people need religion. I just don’t. I get an extra day in the week to do what I want. But mostly I get to enjoy my life and have experiences that I wouldn’t be able to have if I was going to church. And that is what matters to me.

If You Could…

Today while I was on Facebook, a friend of mine posted this question “If you could go back as far as the day you were born and make one phone call to yourself, warning yourself about something that has happened in the past, what would you tell yourself on that call?”

I thought a lot about that. What is one thing that would completely change by warning myself? For a long time I have thought that if there was anything I could change it would be to never date my ex C. (I am just going to call him C). My life would be very different, I would still have my car (he totaled a beautiful Chevy Equinox), I would probably not be going to school, I would have never worked at Discover. Now some of those things are good things that I would have never had to opportunity to do, but when I was dating him I also had some of the worst times of my life.

As I was thinking about that I realized that changing that isn’t what I would change. If I could warn myself about one thing, it would be that J (another guy in my life, I like to just call people by their initials) would ask me to be his girlfriend and that I should say yes. That is the one thing that would have given my the life I still dream of. I would have never dated C, I would still have my car, I would have support in the decisions I made to go to school, I could have moved out. There are so many things that could come out of that one thing.

I am curious though, if you could warn yourself about one thing, what would it be?

Do Not Try This At Home-Beauty Edition

I have very strong opinions on things that you shouldn’t do at home when it comes to beauty…

I am compiling a list of those things as well as reasons on why you shouldn’t do them at home.

  1. Take of acrylic nails- The typical method of taking of acrylic nails is to pop them off. This is very damaging on your natural nails. Trust me I have seen way to many nails that look that way. Go somewhere and have them professionally removed (not a salon where they also pop them off). Before having them remove your nails ask what method they use to remove the acrylic, if they say they pop them off, find a new place please…
  2. Remove eyelash extensions- This is similar to the above. If you can’t wait for them to naturally fall out don’t take them off at home. Yes, there are tons of blog posts out there about how to remove eyelash extensions, and why they may work, you will rip out your own lashes. Go see a professional. If your lash girl won’t remove them find one that will. It is worth going to someone to have them removed if you get to keep your natural lashes. If you literally can’t wait, take manicure scissors and carefully trim the extension to match the length of the natural lashes.
  3. Bleach your hair- I understand that times can be tough and you still want to look your best. If this is the case color your hair a darker color that doesn’t involve bleaching out. Ideally, I wouldn’t recommend coloring your hair at home at all, since box dyes are extremely difficult to remove from hair. But bleaching at home causes so much damage. There is a reason that Cosmetologists are required to go to school, it is to learn how to properly do hair with out the damage. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen girls come in with bleach damaged hair that they did at home. Just don’t try it. If money is tight and you have to have it bleached, look for deals on Facebook, Groupon, Craigslist, etc. or even go to a beauty school. Just make sure the person you are going to or is under supervision, at the time. by someone that is licensed and holds a current license.

5 Top Songs

Music is a huge part of my life. I love listening to music. I love dancing to music. I love singing to music. Not a day goes by that I don’t listen to music. When I got my car I had to make sure that the radio worked. I literally can’t function without music. I have been wanting to narrow down my 5 favorite songs. So here they are:

  1. Thunder-Boys Like Girls (This song was popular when I was in middle school. I would listen to this song with some of my friends in the neighborhood while we played night games. I would listen to this song with one of the boys I really liked. Even to this day when I hear this song I think back to that time.)
  2. Old Blue Chair-Kenny Chesney (This song makes the list because I feel like I can relate to it. The beach is my favorite place to be and I feel like this song portrays how I feel about the beach. This song can put me to sleep. It is such a calming song.)
  3. Like We Used To-Rocket To The Moon (This song always makes me think of a certain guy that I have liked for years now. This song actually makes me want to just cry and tell him I screwed up. But this song is a good reminder to me of what I could have had. )
  4. Take It Out On Me-Florida Georgia Line (It was really hard to pick my favorite Florida Georgia Line song, simply because I love them all. However, I would have to say this is my favorite song of theirs. Again, I can relate to this song. Every time I have been in a bad relationship I have a certain guy friend I always turn to that can make everything right.)
  5. It’s My Life-Bon Jovi (I love this song because I feel like this explains how I try to live my life. I am not living my life for anyone but me. I really don’t care what anyone thinks.)

Things I Don’t Eat

I will be honest I am a very picky eater. People always say you will eventually grow our of it. At 22, I am doubtful since I have become more picky as time has gone on. Still at this age I will pick at my food and take out what I don’t like. Most of my friends find what I won’t eat interesting so I hope you do as well.

  • Sushi (Yes, I actually have tried it.)
  • Seafood (with the exception of minced shrimp poppers)
  • Ham
  • Onions
  • Anything with marinara sauce (it makes me sick)
  • Meat on a bone (it isn’t because I feel bad for the animal)
  • Lamb
  • Green things (I mean anything green. Occasionally I am able to choke down Iceberg lettuce)
  • Turkey (Once I had an allergic reaction)
  • Liver (or anything like that)
  • Mushrooms
  • Cereal
  • Malt o Meal
  • Zoom
  • Cream of Wheat
  • Olives
  • Cherries

It may not seem like a long list but I did condense it by generalizing things. One of the worst things in my life is going on a first date out to eat, simply because of how picky I am. By the time I actually get something ordered that I like and/or pick through my food, my date thinks that I am crazy. Okay, I might be a little bit crazy…