365: Daily Journaling

365: 100 Ways to Make Money

List 100 ways you can make money. Watch out for exciting discoveries towards the end.

  1. Babysitting/home daycare.
  2. Joining an MLM (although that takes a lot of time and usually start-up costs).
  3. Blogging, vlogging, online social media.
  4. Bake and sell cupcakes.
  5. Buy something bulk and resell it (i.e. buy 100 scarfs off e-Bay at a cheap price, sell them at a retail price).
  6. Collect junk around your neighbourhood and re-sell.
  7. Go through your neighbours’ recycling (ask for permission, obviously). Find alcohol bottles and/or aluminum cans and take them back to their respective stores to receive a deposit refund.
  8. Do yard-work or be a handyman/handywoman for a neighbour.
  9. Work as a cashier.
  10. Make sandwiches for Subway.
  11. Deliver pizza.
  12. Grow fruits and vegetables at home and sell them at a Farmer’s Market.
  13. Cook or bake stuff at home and sell them at a Farmer’s Market.
  14. Cook or bake something, get nice labelling, take them to a store and ask them to sell it for you.
  15. Uber.
  16. Kijiji.
  17. Sign up for social assistance.
  18. Invest money, if you have it.
  19. Sell stuff you don’t need or use anymore (that sounds like no. 16, though).
  20. Sell lemonade on your driveway.
  21. Have a garage sale (I’ve only had one garage sale ever and I made almost $2,000 in one day).
  22. Sell your house if it has equity. Cha-ching.
  23. Be an exotic dancer.
  24. Be an escort.
  25. Be an exotic dancer and an escort.
  26. Stand on a street corner. (Don’t solicit. That’s illegal.)
  27. Be a motivational speaker.
  28. Desktop publishing or ad design.
  29. Be a personal assistant.
  30. Be a live-in nanny (variation of no. 1).
  31. Be a courier. Use your bike if you don’t have a car.
  32. Grow weed and sell wholesale (legally).
  33. Sell weed to consumers (legally).
  34. Become a consultant.
  35. Become a nutritionist or dietician.
  36. Join the Army.
  37. Join the Marines.
  38. Join the Navy.
  39. Join Special Forces.
  40. Be a police officer.
  41. Be a firefighter.
  42. Join EMS.
  43. Be a 9-1-1 dispatcher.
  44. Be a doctor (although I’d argue that would put you in a lot of debt before it made you money).
  45. Be a lawyer (see disclaimer after no. 44).
  46. Sue someone who deserves it.
  47. Look for a grant, bursary or scholarship if you’re a student.
  48. Look at government grants for a cause or business idea you have.
  49. Buy a house. Flip it. Sell it for more.
  50. Buy a house or car (or anything for that matter) on auction or repossession and resell it at market value (or higher).
  51. Become a nurse.
  52. Be a social worker.
  53. Be a counsellor, psychologist or psychiatrist.
  54. Be a personal support worker.
  55. Sell coffee at a coffee cart.
  56. Be a street food vendor.
  57. Sell ice cream on a truck or on a cart.
  58. Offer delivery service (i.e. groceries to your door, cookies to your door, muffins to your office, etc.).
  59. Type out transcripts for a living (i.e. a lot of doctors dictate notes into a recorder and someone has to type them out).
  60. Get a social media job for a reputable business (someone has to manage those big companies’ Twitter accounts).
  61. Be a chef.
  62. Be a baker.
  63. Do stand-up comedy.
  64. Start a band and go to open mic night.
  65. Start a wedding band.
  66. Be a wedding photographer.
  67. Be a wedding planner.
  68. Be a caterer.
  69. Start an event service (i.e. provide waiters, ushers, etc.).
  70. Sell your own paintings or drawings.
  71. Go to a garage/yard sale, peruse, buy under-priced items. Re-sell them.
  72. Sell someone else’s paintings and drawings for them. Take a cut of the selling price.
  73. Distribute newspapers.
  74. Sell newspaper and magazine subscriptions (yeah, those still exist).
  75. Sell stuff door-to-door (yeah, that still happens).
  76. Be a party clown for a living.
  77. Design cars.
  78. Design houses.
  79. Design clothes.
  80. Make movies/videos.
  81. Get paid to write (that sounds like no. 3).
  82. Make sure you own all sorts of insurance policies for all sorts of possible things that could go wrong (although that could cost you more than it would make you).
  83. Take online surveys for a living.
  84. Be a secret shopper for a living (quality control).
  85. Be a secret shopper for security.
  86. Be a security guard.
  87. Be a bounty hunter.
  88. Be a bail bondsman.
  89. Sell things that people actually need (i.e. food, toiletries).
  90. Along with no. 89, start a convenience store.
  91. Along with no. 90, start a convenience delivery store (think Dollar Shave Club for other necessities).
  92. Cut and style hair.
  93. Cut and style people and clothes (huh?).
  94. Be a stunt double.
  95. Ask people to pay you to do things for them (not sexual things).
  96. Go to a temp agency and ask for a placement.
  97. Be the agent at the temp agency that gets other people placements.
  98. Join a not-for-profit organization full-time.
  99. Be a video-site partner (i.e. YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, etc.).
  100. Seriously. Just get a job. Any job will make you more money than if you DIDN’T have a job.
Health & Wellness · Ovarian Cancer

Four years ago today… #LadyBalls


Four years ago today, I took my mom to the Sunnybrook Hospital emergency room for what I suspected was a stroke.

It turned out, she had a stroke, likely as a complication of Stage IV #OvarianCancer. Two major debulking surgeries, bilateral nephrostomy bags inserted and removed, put into palliative care, removed from palliative care, no chemo, over a month of radiation treatments and one recurrence later, she’s still with us. Continue reading “Four years ago today… #LadyBalls”

365: Daily Journaling

365: Shuffle your iPod and list the first 10 songs

…and explain their meaning.

People still have iPods?

Anyway, I subscribe to a streaming service these days so, I decided to shuffle the last playlist I listened to. And sorry but, I’m not gonna explain their meaning to me. Some of them mean something — others, I just happened to be listening to. Lol.

  1. That’s What I Like by Bruno Mars
  2. Same Old Love by Selena Gomez
  3. Lost+ (with Jay-Z) by Coldplay
  4. Just a Fool (with Blake Shelton) by Christina Aguilera
  5. Burn by Ellie Goulding
  6. I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (with Taylor Swift) by ZAYN
  7. Stay by Rihanna
  8. Cheap Thrills by Sia
  9. Chandelier by Sia
  10. This is What You Came For (featuring Rihanna) by Calvin Harris

PS: This journal prompt makes me feel like I’m a teenager again. I feel like I’ve just gone back a decade-and-half in maturity.

#BringJasonHome · 365: Daily Journaling · Being A Mom · Love & Marriage

365: Write about your perfect day in exactly one year’s time


Wow. That’s a deep one given our current situation but OK. Challenge accepted. I’ll try not to tear up while I write this. Let’s move it up a couple of days to Sunday, May 13, 2018: Mother’s Day.

I will wake up in the morning. Hopefully, I slept in — even if it’s for only 30 minutes.

Jason and Alanna have probably snuck out of the house to go buy me a pack of Kit-Kats (Alanna seems to think this is my favourite chocolate — it’s actually Twix but hey, I’ll eat any brand of chocolate — LOL!) and a pot of pink phalaenopsis orchids. Jason’s probably left me a cheesy greeting card.

When he gets back, he uses up all the dishes in the kitchen trying to make me my favourite breakfast meal: Eggs Benedict. He will use all the eggs he needs to make a perfectly poached egg. I will get mad that he’s wasting our organic groceries. Continue reading “365: Write about your perfect day in exactly one year’s time”

The Journey

Chapter 2: Bright Lights, Big City, Raisins & 9-1-1


The first time I set foot in Canada was at YVR: Vancouver Airport.

We had a layover en route to Winnipeg, Manitoba.

I was 8-years-old.

I remember getting off the plane and I was barely tall enough to see the giant posters on the wall, covered with advertisements about the Rockies.

I remember being so upset that there were no windows at the terminal (other than the ones overlooking the tarmac) because I wanted to see the mountains. (I realize now that you can’t actually see the Rockies from Vancouver, but hey, I was 8.) Continue reading “Chapter 2: Bright Lights, Big City, Raisins & 9-1-1”

365: Daily Journaling · Being A Mom · Health & Wellness

365: What 3 things do you keep doing, even though they don’t serve you at all?



I don’t eat well — or at all, for that matter.

I know I don’t eat enough and that means I don’t eat well.

When I wake up in the morning, I have just enough time to dress and feed the kids, before I have to head out the door and drop them off at school, etc.

When asked to choose between brewing coffee and making food, I brew coffee.

“But, Precious, just eat what the kids are eating!” Continue reading “365: What 3 things do you keep doing, even though they don’t serve you at all?”

#BringJasonHome · Being A Mom · Mental Health · Veteran Affairs

UPDATE: Jason graduating to level 2!

Being Torontonians in the Cleveland area during the Spring sports season it’s pretty interesting. Lol!

From GoFundMe: Gonna try and keep this short and sweet. 🙂

When Jason was admitted, he was admitted to the first available bed, which wasn’t the unit he was meant to stay in. We had set up all these medical appointments with the VA but unfortunately, he was moved and all the proper paperwork was not put through so, his medical appointments got postponed.

Anyway, he was finally properly assessed and cleared to go to his appointments on Friday. They decided to kill two birds with one stone and expedited him to Level 2 (since the forensic team was coming out to clear him to go to medical appointments, they decided to do the level 2 assessment, also). The paperwork isn’t written up yet but, we’re told he got the thumbs up.

Continue reading “UPDATE: Jason graduating to level 2!”

Health & Wellness

I Jump Rope For my Grandpa

It’s that time of year again!

My eldest daughter is jumping rope in memory of her Grandpa. This is her second year participating. Please visit her personal Heart & Stroke Foundation page (http://support.heartandstroke.ca/goto/IJumpForMyGrandpa) or read her heartfelt letter below:

Even though Jump Rope for Heart is focused on encouraging kids to get active, it’s a Heart & Stroke Foundation initiative — an organization that was close to my grandpa’s heart.

Heart & Stroke first entered my grandpa’s life when his eldest daughter was born prematurely. I don’t think he ever realized that they would be a part of his life when he suffered a massive stroke in 2012. While he was in hospital in a coma for 8 months, my grandma (his wife), also had multiple strokes and once again, Heart & Stroke came back into our lives. My stepdad passed away in August 2013 but every year, I jump rope in his memory.

Last year, I raised $260, that was $110 more than my goal of $150. I know our deadline is less than 2 weeks away, but I’m hoping to surpass what I raised last year. Help me by making a donation today!

Every seven minutes in Canada, heart disease or stroke takes another life. And another 1.6 million survivors are living with the effects of these devastating diseases. With your help, we’re that much closer to living lives free of heart disease and stroke.

Please help me reach my fundraising goal by making a donation to my personal fundraising page today.

Together, we can make tomorrow healthier for the world.


Alanna (and the entire Lesko family)

Being A Mom · Mental Health · The Journey

Chapter 1: The Beginning

These are my cousins. Although I don’t mention them in this post, most of my good memories growing up were with these three beautiful people.

Disclaimer: I’ve forgiven my dad. We talk now. I don’t write out of spite or resent. I write because I want to share my experiences with people. If you are going through any kind of trauma, you are not alone. It may seem like you are in the moment, but there are people who love you, and care for you, and are wiling to help you when you are ready.

I don’t have a lot of memories of my childhood. I remember the gist of things that happened but there are a handful of “vines” in my head: Six-second clips that constantly loop in my mind.

Trauma is funny that way.

I never intentionally suppressed my memories and yet, I have a hard time recalling a lot of things that happened.

My earliest memory is of me as a toddler.

I woke up in the middle of the afternoon and I couldn’t find my mom. Continue reading “Chapter 1: The Beginning”