About Jewelia
Joined August 2017
Hello, my name is Julia (Julie is a nice name, but it's not mine).
Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, I've immigrated to the United States 25 years ago. I've started my working career back in Russia as a school teacher. My first job in the US was as a photographer (that was in the predigital era), and for the past 20 years, I've been working in IT. My last position was terminated 2 years ago, and now I am exploring several new career paths trying to decide which works for me the best.

Unfortunately (or fortunately! :) ) I can't go back to working full time in an office as I am a caregiver to my adult son with disabilities. The technical side of an Internet business is not much of a concern for me, but the ability to react (especially quickly if needed) by writing a blog or an article is a bit of an issue for me. My English became pretty good over the years I've been living in the USA, but writing takes lots of my time. I've never been my own boss or an entrepreneur. Let's see how far I can go with my own business in digital marketing :)

Nowadays, digital photography is my serious hobby. I also love reading and learning new things. My son is a happy and adventurous young man. He became a musician (blind, autistic musical savant). My husband also works in IT, and he cooks delicious meals for us. Our family likes to travel the world, and we all dance Argentine tango.

I look forward to learning a new way of earning money for our expensive hobbies! :) Thanks in advance for the support of WA community!
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Money Goals
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Money I would be happy earning
3.5K/ mo
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Money I would be ecstatic earning
7K/ mo
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Time I'm willing to invest to achieve my goals
25 hours weekly
 
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Jewelia Premium
How much money would you be happy earning?
3.5K/ mo

How much would you be ecstatic earning?
7K/ mo

And how much time are you willing to invest to achieve these goals?
25 hours weekly
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RRasmussen Premium
Nice goals that very achievable!
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Jewelia Premium
Thanks for the tip. I hope you're right! :)
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CherryRed20 Premium
Those are very nice goals, Julia.
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Pernilla Premium
Hello Julia!

Just wanted to drop by and say a hello here at your profile page too.

You have the best prerequisites to become a successful online entrepreneur, indeed! Your English sounds excellent to me, you've got great experience in the IT business and a lovely family.
I had a look at your Website and I find it looks very attractive and professional. Me too love stones, since I was a kid I always pick up stones that crosses my way. I place them decoratively in our garden and some of them in our house ;-)

Wish you great success!
:-)
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Jewelia Premium
Hi Pernilla,
Thank you for your kind words of encouragement.
Thank you for checking out my site and for your feedback.

I browsed your website too, and left a comment there :)
I like how your site is designed: it looks pretty, clean and simple for navigation. Your images are nice, some humorous, and they are very well tied to the content. I'd say that your site could probably benefit from a few additional pictures in certain places. I like that you keep "About Me" in a sidebar, and it appears on every page. What widget did you use for that? I'd like to implement this on my site too. I also noticed that you don't go with the rule of roughly 1500 words in every post. I don't either. Otherwise, my site won't get updates for weeks! :)

Speaking about English... It's a second language for you and me, isn't it? I just want to mention that I noticed some typos on your "About Me" page in case you'd like to run it by someone who could edit your writing.

When we speak, native speakers forgive our grammar mistakes because they hear our accent (or, because they don't know their language any better than we do :)) ) However, when we write, we are treated the same as native speakers. When we write for the public, the language in our articles defines our level of education and culture. We want to be trusted, which means that we want our readers to believe that we are well educated - at least in the subject we are teaching about. I can't afford paying an editor, which means that there is no way to avoid errors in my posts: I know for sure that in the best case scenario, I will only confuse tenses and miss or misuse articles. I decided to have a few static pages on my website, and in them check the grammar and spelling thoroughly, ask my well educated American friends to check on my English. The rest of the writing will be in form of posts - my blogs. There, I will do my best in checking my own grammar, but I realize that some errors will get through - there is nothing I can do about it. This is my approach and best strategy I could come up with for myself. My "About Me" page was edited by an American writer - so, I hope it is well written stylistically and grammatically. :)

I wish you all the best,

~ Julia
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Pernilla Premium
Hello again Julia!

Many thanks for leaving a comment on my Website! Really appreciate that a lot. I have answered your comment now.

I have also left a comment on your article about Tourmaline ;-)

Thank you very much as well for the thorough feedback about my website. It's far from how I want it to be, but step by step I'll work on improvements, feedback are therefore a precious help.

My mother tounge is Swedish, my second language is German and English is my third language. Not easy to keep the grammar and spelling perfect. It's a good idea to let an English native speaking person to read through the text. I want to try to find a solution for that.

Well, the 1500 words-rule is a tough one - therefore a Tourmaline gemstone would be just great to have!! Anyhow, in the todays world people haven't got that much time to read all the information that is around. Many of our WA friends write articles around 700-900 words. Here is an interesting WA-discussion about this issue: Julia here is a video, made by Marion Black, showing exactly how to do the About me-Widget: Have great fun creating your widget!
Happy to be connected with you!
:-)
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Jewelia Premium
Good morning Pernilla,

I love it in Europe, where people speak 4-5 languages! In my early childhood I was fluent in Polish. In my youth, I had pretty good conversational German. I forgot both, because in the United States, I have no reason to use them. Here, I could practice Spanish and French, but I never knew them.

Thank you for your comment on my website. I replied. Also, thanks a lot for the tip on the length of a post, and for the video-tutorial on "About me" widget. You've been awesome and very helpful! I am glad we've connected. Let's keep this connection alive.

Cheers,

~ Julia
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Pernilla Premium
Yes, let's keep in touch!

I wish you great success
Ich wünsche Dir viel Erfolg!
Je te souhaite beaucoup de succès!
Jag önskar dig stor framgång!
:-)
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DaveSw Premium
Wonderful life story Julia! I am quite sure you will adapt to this online stuff pretty easily and excel. You have a ready-made niche it seems, photography has been a central theme for many years and you likely are VERY good at it! Best of luck, and ask questions if you have them, plenty of people to help you out! Cheers! Dave : )
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Postum99 Premium
Hi Jewelia,
Great to have you onboard. I have trouble also with acronyms that many use when explaining answers to my questions. I have never used Facebook or any of the social media outlets. So my english gets stretched. The main thing that will help you is KEEP ASKING.
Don't let their answers be too short. Ask again.
I followed you
Best to you
Dan
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Jewelia Premium
Hi Dan,

Thank you for connecting back with me. I wish you great success here in WA community and in your Internet business.

~ Julia
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Julia,

Well, here I am. Today I am typing my fingers blue as I have to answer so many comments, likes etc. Just as well I only write 1 post a month. Your family seems to be really nice even if you have these challenges. I mean to all dance together, what better can there be? I always say this to the new people I meet here. In case you need a good source for writing do check my WA post on the Spanish priest and the world library, some amazing documents can be found there.
Thank you for the follow and all the best.

Regards, Taetske
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stephhill Premium
Hi Julia:

Many thanks for the follow. We have much in common. I too am a full time caregiver. I care for my mother who is widow. We lost my father two years ago. My parents were married 46 years ago.

Also, like you. I have an adult son who is autistic. He is high functioning and also loves music. I too care for him as well, but he goes to school during the day. He attends college during the day. He does get bullied on campus and so I do need to intervene now and then for that purpose.

I hope all is going well so far. Keep in touch!

Steph
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Jewelia Premium
Nice to e-meet you, Steph. Thank you for following me back. Yes please, let's keep in touch!
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