Living In Central Oregon

New Garden

I am new to gardening. I have always had a “black” thumb. I have even killed cactus because I overwatered everything.

This year, I finally have a backyard that has enough room for a little garden. Originally, I planted carrots, cucumbers, radishes, onions, green peppers, and potatoes. So far with the few frost spells we have had in Central Oregon so far this year, all that is left are the potatoes. But they are actually growing!! So excited!!

Living In Central Oregon

Side Jobs

So currently I have a full time job, which isn’t cutting it financially. So I have started a few new endeavors.

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My aunt down in SoCal has been doing Instacart now for the last year and suggested I do it to get some extra money.

So I decided to sign up and start it. Instacart is a little different from Door Dash, Postmates UberEats, etc. With Instacart, you go grocery shopping for people and then get it delivered to their homes. You get paid for milage, a percentage of the order and tips. So you can make some good money, IF you can get hours. With Instacart, you sign up and then you download their special shopper app and that is what you use all the time you are working. On this app, you will find an area where it says “Select Hours”, and that is where you can select your hours to work. You have to work 2 hours minimum and when you sign up, they give you “early access” to hours which means you get to pick your hours on Sunday mornings around 930am PST.

You then have 3 weeks to work a total of 90 weekday hours or 25 weekend hours to keep your “early access” hours. If you don’t hit those hours, you go back to regular hours which means you pick your hours every Wednesday at 930am PST.

So here is the kicker, if you live in a big city or state where there are multiple cities aka “zones”, then you will probably be able to get a lot of hours just like you want. If the hours run out, then you go to another “zone”that is pretty close by.

However, if you live in an area like me, where there is only 1 zone and the next one is 3 hours away, its extremely hard to get hours. And you can’t work, without picking hours.

So, when I was able to get hours, I loved this job because I could make anywhere from $30-$70 in a two hour time frame. But now that I am back to regular hours, I can’t get hours until Wednesdays and by that time all the hours are gone. 😦

So, until I am able to get more hours with Instacart, I have been doing Door Dash and Postmates.

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These types of delivery services do fast food delivery. I don’t make as much money with these per hour I work, but its something. I like how these apps work a lot better than Instacart because you can literally work whenever you want for however long you want to work. It could be an hour or 6 hours or more. So I do a few deliveries then I turn it off and go home, usually after I get off of work from my other job.

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A Little About Me…

I grew up in Southern California, where about 24 million people live including my family and friends. From elementary school to college, I lived with my mom, who was a single parent, working hard to give me the best life she could. She taught me many things, including how to dream and believe that good things do happen. Since the end of high school and into my early college days, I began dreaming about other ways of life and how people in other states lived. I dreamed of traveling and meeting new people. Experiencing the world and all it had to offer.

When I was graduating college, I realized I didn’t want stay in this “bubble” anymore. I wanted to explore and live someplace else. I always felt that I was born a city girl, but secretly wanted to be a country girl. I wanted to live in a town with less than 100,000 people in it and I want to see more than just buildings. I wanted to see the countryside and trees and rolling hills and animal roaming free. I felt like I wanted more. I wanted to roam free. I felt the steady pace of the city I was living in and I felt my life was going a mile a minute with no slowing down in sight. Living in a big city, life seems to pass you by and I wanted to slow that down, so I could enjoy it more.

When I graduated college, a friend of mine lived in Central Oregon and she invited me to come visit. I went for a few days and feel in love with the place, as most do now a days. It was slower, people were friendlier, the scenery was breath taking and I just knew I wanted to be there. A few months later, I decided to take a leap and called my friend and asked her if I could come up and live with her in CO. I am a firm believer in fate and if things are meant to be then it will happen. I said if I could find a job then I will go. After a few weeks, I found a job and I knew that it was meant to happen. I knew that I had to take this chance, otherwise I would regret it. So, I packed as much stuff as I could fit in my car, along with my little dog, and we moved to Central Oregon.

It was a scary jump to make. I left my entire family including my mom, whom I am very close with to go on this journey. A journey I needed to take. It wasn’t easy, but it was SO worth it. I feel like it changed my life.