Do you Care for an Aging Parent?

Ten thousand boomers turn 65 years old every day in America. We’ve been talking about this coming crisis for decades, and now it is here. So 1 in every 3 employees holds down a job and volunteers for an average of 5 1/2 years to assist their loved ones.

CareWise(tm) Solutions help employee-caregivers stay productive on the job while providing superior care for aging or disabled family members. 

Right now, we are soon launching a Crowdfunding effort to develop a smartphone APP for working carers. This APP frees up employee-caregivers using remote technology, collaborative schedules, customized organizational tools, and access to resources. 

As our crowdfunding efforts move forward, I’ll update you on how to pre-purchase the APP for your family or your organization. Companies purchase the APPs as part of an employee benefits package because of the increase in productivity seen by employee-caregivers and their teams. 

In the meantime, check out the Lifeworkx website to learn more about CareWise Solutions. 

Instructional Design, Anti-Money Laundering!

If you’ve known me for some time, you know I have an instructional design (ID) background. I studied instructional design at UBC back when we handed papers in, on paper. Then, I also spent over 25 years working as an instructor for Dale Carnegie Training in BC. Most of the courses I taught I did not design, but I did create many company workshops and conference type meetings.

What Is Instructional Design?

It may seem obvious, but basically instructional design is the process of presenting information in an order and manner that make it memorable for the learner.

Poor design leaves the learner:

  • sitting through a lecture that is all over the place
  • wondering what the teacher is getting at
  • walking away learning nothing
  • not remembering what the lesson covered
  • bored

So, I am thrilled to say that the first phase of the Anti-Money Laundering Course through Innova Learning is complete. If you require Anti-Money Laundering (AML) compliance training, be sure to register to be sure you are notified when the course is available.

Other Applications

Innova is clearly an application for ID. There are many online courses available now. Some are required by governments, like this one. Others are offered by companies as employee training. Some are available to the general public to learn new skills, especially in the high tech field.

In addition, I write for school teachers, a Singapore public speaker and a series for a US government department. I am also helping develop a series of courses for energy work and self-healing.

Instructional design is an increasingly large portion of the work I do. Mostly though, I still write the words on the internet.

Lifeworkx, an employee caregiver support organization, has offered me the opportunity to write many of their internet and non-internet words. I even wrote the scripts for these videos. If you are caregiving, or know someone who is, the resources there are incredible. Also, they have resources for employers because employee caregivers are now creating a labour market crisis.

Instructional design and writing the internet. So, that’s some of what I have been up to lately.

Greetings from Ecuador!


My Life as a Content and Copywriter in Ecuador


My Life as a Content and Copywriter in Ecuador

Another exciting few weeks in the life of a content and copywriter! I am especially excited about a couple of projects that I am even allowed to share with you.

The first is a blog for people with diabetes on the website Sell Test Strips Here. Why am I so excited? My first byline! Yep. Check the top and it says “melody”. That’s me! I’m usually adding 4 blogs every week, so if you have diabetes or know someone who does, be sure to follow along!

The second is The Construction Channel’s big reveal for the first episode of Six Figures, No Suits. What do I do there? I write those blurbs under the videos on YouTube (and some other stuff). I love watching the construction videos. Anyone who knows me knows I have lived in a reno for many years, and now we are building another house here in Ecuador! If you find a 4 foot auger digging a hole 200 feet deep holds the same fascination as it does for me, subscribe!

Otherwise, there is no shortage of writing tasks! I am writing every day, and enjoying every minute.

News on the Finca (Farm)

As for the finca news… we are in the rainy season so we are getting evening and overnight rains. Nothing loud enough that we can’t watch TV yet, but that’s more likely in the next few months. We had some tools stolen from the back 40, so the team has been busy building a bodega (storage shed) back there to keep everything secure. More distractions from the actual house building, but we hope to be back to that very shortly.

The mare is pregnant (again). Apparently it is the natural order of things. Could be we will have another October baby. Luz is turning colour, and our expert neighbours tell us that it means she will eventually be grey, like her mother Paloma. Right now she just looks dirty.

Bitter Seville oranges are a plenty (20 trees or more on the property), but the orchard we planted 2 1/2 years ago has started to produce, too. A few Meyers lemons and a mandarin have already been picked. Lots of coffee. Kumquats and sweet oranges are beginning. The coconut trees are growing, but like most of the trees, no signs of fruit yet. Papayas show up about once a week, and I have a volunteer cucumber plant that produces a couple a week, too!

They finally opened the new Parque Central (Central Park) in town, and in a couple of months there will be an election for a new mayor. Things are hopping here!

25C every day, and things are good. My health is stable, as long as I don’t do anything I know I shouldn’t do. Good thing I’m not even slightly tempted, eh?

Greetings for 2019 from the equator!

Leave the Copywriting to me,