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This is where I'm at: soft launch completed, weekly blog posts published, business cards need to be ordered, blog posts idea list created, one-off project ideas raring to go (to work on over the winter)!  This autumn I need to continue to work at owning that voice of my blog and meeting others who I can share the good news with.  I also really want to solidify a flow for my blog and social media that is natural and easy to keep up.  What I also am hoping for is the courage to design and produce some one-off projects this winter that I can release into the world next spring.  THAT'S what I'm really excited about.  I'd love to hear what you are really excited about!!  There's lots to learn and I hope that we can cheer each other on!

low energy here

I don't have enough time to publish quality posts right now.

But with the course I feel like I have to push "publish" and the last two posts have not been that great.

Along with some kind comments and now radio silence, I feel a HUGE lack of motivation to work on my blog.

I have very limited hours this week and the last thing I want to do is publish another sub-par post.

They are supposed to be getting better - not worse!!

Small Good things:

Woke up with some more ideas for my MP3 so I quickly jotted them down.

Also had a few email exchanges about recording studios, costs, etc. here in the city.

Had a few other comments on the blog (one person said she shared my post) and i received some kind comments and likes on Fbook (where I shared a different post) and a friend also retweeted my post on twitter.

All this effort to market - get the word out - can really be exhausting (esp. for introverts!)

Another good thing:

Am getting my hours in for the contract and part-time job.  yay!!

what's what: monday morning check in!


Very quick check in this week.

Two weeks left of the month and I have to POWER through my writing contract hours this week if I want to have a relaxing time out west.

Happy that I completed Week 2 of the Blogging course.  Only had time for one of the three written assignments but I find that for the 2nd assignment, I already do the type of blogging suggested and for the 3rd assignment, I had done a couple of posts like it.  It was great looking back on my previous posts to see the underlying intentions for them, even if I was unaware of them myself.  Will position me well for future posts.

Worried that I will never get this schedule working for me.  (Haven't found ANY time for fiction writing yet.) I know that in November I'll be away one weekend and already thinking about how this might throw me off.

OK.  So this is a week you can hunker down and just think about three things - moving (exercise), food (healthy) and work.  That's it.  Put ALL other priorities on the backburner.


What's Inspiring You This Week: The first part of my writing contract is almost half done - I will have all seven case studies written in a first draft this week and hopefully have done interviews with all of them to finalize by the end of the month and send for review.  WOW.  And you thought you couldn't do this.  xo

Where Are you Stuck This Week: Always so ready to distract myself.  Must try other (more healthy distractions).  Make a healthy meal, time with loved ones, move and stretch, pet the cat.  (Do not get on the internet - do not worry about what is going on with friends or the world!  Even in terms of the class - don't look at it until end of the week!!  And especially no travel research!!  xo)

What Is The Message You Need To Hear: You are ALREADY DOING this!  You have written the case studies and have a great start to some of the fact sheets and had that great inspirational idea for the primer just last week. You are ALREADY DOING THIS!!

What Will You Commit To For This Week: Writing, Eating Healthy, Drinking Lots of Water and Movement.

OK, that's me... now tell me about you!!

What's Inspiring You This Week:

Where Are you Stuck This Week:

What Is The Message You Need To Hear:

What Will You Commit To For This Week:

so much fun doing course! but have to get in my hours for the writing contract!!

WEEK 20 - POST 3

Saturday morning I did some more work on the Juicy Blogging course.  But it's now 12:42 and I have to get in my hours for the writing contract and MUST get out and do an hour or so of digging (the garden needs to get done!!).

I am really appreciating all the new ideas and approaches to blogging topics and the journalling questions have me really understanding my blog in a different way.  I know that I will have a much more solid foundation for my blog, purpose and goals once I'm done with this course.  Two more weeks to go.

I hope that I can do another blogging post assignment (although I have alot of hours to put in for writing (contract).  I already have one blog post that is done that meets the week's assignment but do want to try and do one or two more.  The course is also getting me to connect more with other bloggers - which I truly appreciate and like magic I received my first comment from a "stranger" but someone who has their own blog that is similar to mine - a likeminded blogger - so the community is slowly starting to build.

I am going away in just one week - so this is why I'm really trying to get my contract hours completed before I go - so added pressure this month.  Am hoping that next month will be calmer (although I am gone one weekend for work).  I really want to get a good schedule going.  And find time to write my fiction story also! So many projects on the go.


This was really good for my spirits to get out of the house.  I want to work outside the house two times each week - once at the shared office (for contract and part-time job) and once at a coffee shop (for my business).  Helps me with my sanity to get outside and feel truly to be part of the working world!

reaching out and finding my people!

WEEK 20 - POST 2

I've been doing OK with social media, both instagram and twitter this week.  Need to remember to do Linked In once a week also.

But no blog posts.  And the writing contract is becoming very demanding again!


However, the one development that has been really cool is to have finally gotten the courage to ask people if I can reprint their photos on my blog.  (If I'm talking about an organization - it's great to have an illustration from their website.)

It's been such a positive experience!!

First of all - I'm connecting with like-minded people!  They obviously like the same topic as I do since I want to highlight their efforts.  Second, it allows more people to know about my blog (the person I connect with and maybe their friends?) and when I post about them, they may share on social media (which would be even MORE people).  Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!!

Why did I not realize this before.

And every single person that I've emailed so far has been incredible and very appreciative of me making the effort to contact them!



(and networking went OK - I was SUPER tired though and it was hard to make great conversation, although I did talk to four people (beyond just "hello, how are you") and I handed out my business card to two people.  Yay!!)


and I replied to a comment on my blog (and other comments from my classmates in the blogging course!) so very busy with that!  excited to have a comment from a stranger for my blog!!  first one!!


what's what: tuesday morning check in!


Wow!  I can't believe I'm here.

Twenty weeks in!

I have my website, my logo, my blog!  And twenty-two posts so far!  Woohoo!!

I've started networking and have my first collaboration ...

And this week will be my THIRD opportunity to network (and my FIRST opportunity to pass out my business cards.) WOW.

I made two investments in my business in September: the business cards and the juicy blogging course.

And I've done one week of the course and find it ALREADY to be a great investment.

It's a TUESDAY as there was a holiday yesterday and I didn't do any work.  (I did work a bit on a second blog post.  Whew - finally catching up and I hope that with this course, I will finally get ahead on my posting schedule!)  But it's still busy with my writing and we are going out of town for six days this month so I think it will still be a game of catch up.

It's hard really getting into a writing schedule - you TRULY have to fit in down time and find a great rhythm.  And be prepared to sit even if you don't feel like writing right at that moment.  So as a writer, you have to fit in that time to your schedule (AND get compensated for it!) as the down time is crucial for the productive time.

(My pet sitter asked for an increase to her rates - I need to be brave and start asking for an increase to mine!)










What's Inspiring You This Week: the blogging course is really inspiring me - I wished I had more time to invest in working on the assignments, etc.  Will remember that next time I take a course - make sure you have a quiet schedule!!

Where Are you Stuck This Week: hoping to find the self-love to be able to ride this up and down of writing ambitions!  I need to stop forcing and just allow.

What Is The Message You Need To Hear: you ARE figuring it out, slowly but surely, you are getting what you really need to know and you are getting some great messages (supportive structures plus what would your compassionate future YOU advise you and how can you work with fear rather than force yourself to be "confident")

What Will You Commit To For This Week: keeping going - moving forward - seeing where the steps lead me and being open to messages and new directions!  xo

OK, that's me... now tell me about you!!

What's Inspiring You This Week:

Where Are you Stuck This Week:

What Is The Message You Need To Hear:

What Will You Commit To For This Week: