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SEPTEMBER 2017

This is where I'm at: 

So the summer blog posts didn't happen.  Even though I was finished with the writing contract there were other things that took up my time: other writing (for the outdoor audits) and training new staff (for part-time job) which doubled my hours in July and then a two week vacation in August. 

For September I'm hoping to finally get back to the basics and make them GREAT - weekly blog posts and weekly 52 Week initiative and working on my first product!!

The two collaborations went well and this winter I'm hoping to do more guest blog posts and then work on marketing once the product is done.  I've signed up for an online entrepreneur support group and there is another local one that meets IRL monthly near me.  The newsletter never got sent out but I think we'll start that in 2018 also!  And the trademark process is still ticking along in the background (still hoping that it will be finalized by the end of the year). 

What I'm realizing is that I have created a great career for myself and am very successful right now.  I wrote 10 case studies and 10 fact sheets and now I've done 10 audits and all in the area that I want to be working.  Even though my blog isn't where I want it to be, perhaps I have to see that the part-time job is becoming my business and the blog can be the side show for now.  If there is a period where grant funding is not available then I can step up my blog and other products.

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!

adjusting to distractions

WEEK 78 - POST 2

Old habits die hard.  I'm going to have to really make a point of implementing changes ASAP.

- scheduling exercise as a "MUST DO" each day (and start being Ok with the other "stuff" that gets put off because of this (including writing, and the things below)

- make a list of distracting thoughts ("need to do this now") that aren't biz related to deal with them later when i'm not WORKING (this includes calling friends, searching for "must have items" and organizing personal schedule)

Way too much time wasted on the above this week!

But I do think I FINALLY have a task list that I can use and that will be helpful in terms of organizing the day!

I made it to pilates last night (when I was really debating whether I should go) so that is good!

I also stayed up late on Wednesday night to review my Master blog idea list and update it (and work on a few blog pieces) Yay!!!

Today is going to have to be part-time work catch up (unfortunately).  Yesterday got away from me (partly in creating this new task list).

No coffee shop this week.

I will do better next week.  xo



the subtle shift

WEEK 78 - POST 1

I was lying in bed last night after returning from the writing retreat, realizing AGAIN that I can't do it all.  There's just too much going on.  (I just couldn't unplug and was getting so stressed.)

I have to realize that this year it's about the trademark and the paperwork and perhaps once I clear these items from my "desk" then I will have energy (and time) to focus on other parts of the entrepreneurship.  There is a reason for this.  I have to let the lessons really sink in.  xo

This winter I had thought that perhaps there would be a possibility to get a full draft of the novel complete, but after two and a half days away, I only got one chapter done.  I still have four more chapters to complete just to finish Part Two.  Maybe I'll just hope that four chapters get done over the winter but I'm really hoping that I can get another done soon, so that I will always be ahead one month - when my C.P. sends back her comments.  (I always do this - trying to calculate how I can get ahead, how much I can get ahead, as I think it will make me feel a bit better but in the end I never accomplish what I hoped and then plans are trashed.)

I just don't have the energy for all of this and the fiction story really took me away mentally from the blog so I need to figure out how to balance it all.  I didn't touch the blog posts at all over the past few days.  (But this weekend was productive with me working on a much more robust outline and understanding the significance of each character and event and piece of information and doing a much better job at solidifying ideas for Part Three!)  Yay!

Just need to schedule one fiction writing "weekend" per month.  :  )

It's Tuesday - which means, it's actually a part-time work day so won't be able to get to the blog until tomorrow.  I was wondering how I'd get ahead this month so that I could make up for the holidays next month (work extra hours) but now I'm thinking that I'll work those extra hours in January. Whew!



What's Inspiring You This Week: Got out to the coffee shop last week - will have to do it again.  YES!!

Where Are you Stuck This Week: Need to get a better routine, I really can't spend the next half of my career in such a rut.  Exercise, food, health and happiness are priorities!!

What Is The Message You Need To Hear: I feel a shift, I feel a shift, I feel a shift.  It's subtle but you are noticing it (when you directly need "sugar" after a stressful confrontation, when you went for a walk for yourself just on impulse (in the rain) to see the waterfall, when you made the coffee shop the priority)  it IS happening!! xo

What Will You Commit To For This Week: one exercise routine.  yes I can!!



OK, that's me... now tell me about you - how is this Monday in your entrepreneur life?


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:




#getaway

WEEK 77 - POST 3

I'm just starting to realize that I'm slowly getting close to WEEK 100.

Whoa!  Crazy!!

That will happen when I'm almost two years into this new career of mine, so it's not at all THAT close, still a few seasons to go, but again - we're almost at WEEK 80 here.

Amazing!!

So it's Friday morning and I'm really getting ready to go away for a writing weekend.  A FULL WEEKEND (Two Full Days!) of writing!!  Another "WHOA!!"

Can I hear a "Whoop, WHOOP!"

So very excited!!

It will be more for my fiction writing (which hasn't happened all year!) but I'm hoping to finalize the text of three blog posts (one for each day) while I'm gone.  We are there three nights, so two full days and then the last day, we'll leave around noon.  So LOTS of time to write.

OMG!! 

I did this - I asked a friend and suggested a weekend away.  She said yes.  I prioritized me!!

xo


It always is the push and pull here at home.  It feels like part-time work really interrupts any type of flow that I can start for my biz.  I'm hoping that if I get away I'll be able to enjoy full momentum for two and a half days.  I just hope my friend is good with that also!!  And if I can get a bit of a better flow while away (meditation, work, break, movement (yoga, walk), back to work, tidy up a bit, cook, move, back to work, etc.) then I can let it carry over into next week when I'm back!!

Hope your weekend goes well also!!


FROM WEEK 24 (2016)
"There was a lot of momentum in that one day and if I could have, I would have worked for another day or more.  It was very energizing.  Getting stuff done is energizing!!

I feel like my energy has to go in too many directions.  This writing contract is not only scary and frustrating but also pulls me completely out of my "zone" (even though it is in the same topic area in a way).  And when I go out for my part-time job and talk to others, it's exciting, it's great to imagine how this could make a difference for people and cities.  But again it pulls me in a different direction." (LINK)

I did it!!!

WEEK 77 - POST 2

So I did it!!  I went out to a coffee shop this week.  So happy I did it.

YAY!!

I wanted to get out to a cafĂ© again today but I just don't have the time.  I will be meeting with the tax accountant who is doing my paperwork late in the afternoon and I didn't have a really early start to my day so there just is no time.  And tomorrow window installation is happening (and it's my day for part-time work).  Friday I'll do entrepreneur work in the am but have errands and then leaving for writing retreat mid-afternoon.

So I am staying home today:
  • Working on blog
  • Adding a bit to social media
  • Getting back to lawyer
  • Can I get yoga in?  (maybe tonight)

Distracted by:
  • Ideas for gifts for the holidays (will I do baking?)
  • Can I find time to do holiday cards this year
  • Can I do something special for my parents (maybe do it for their birthdays instead?)
  • Hope to clean kitchen and get dinner made before I leave for apt.
  • Writing weekend (need to pack and get stuff ready!!)

So not the best week - distractions and errands and appointments.  But at some point I have to see that this is life.  I need to expect this and realize that quiet uninterrupted days are a gift.  Most weeks I should plan for one or two regular days and just know that the rest will be a bit of a mess.  

I just need to get out once a week to make a start!!  

How is your week going so far???

what's what: monday morning check-in!

WEEK 77 - POST 1

It's happening.  Slowly but surely.  One step in front of the other.

I had to sleep in as I couldn't fall asleep last night but when I did get up:

- meditation + green tea + journal
- yoga + shower
- going to coffee shop to work


I know that not every day is going to be great but I am determined to make changes in my life which will positively affect my business.  Just this morning I journalled after meditation and got a new idea for a product for my biz.  This month with HSHB it's about time management - so something that doesn't resonate so much with me.  But all good - I'll move forward with the workbook.

This weekend is a writing retreat for me.  First one.  I can't believe it's happening!  I'm sooooo excited.  This will be another piece of the entrepreneur life of mine if I can at some point get my novel published.  Yes!!

I feel unnaturally light after such a heavy week before but some light bulbs went off - so that's always good.  Keep moving forward, keep forgiving, keep searching for the lessons, keep accepting that nothing will ever be perfect.  xo



What's Inspiring You This Week: Going to the coffee shop this week!!!  (using up old bus tickets.)

Where Are you Stuck This Week: Figuring out how to kickstart again the blog writing.  I always get so inspired after writing, then if time passes I get stuck and it's like molasses to get back at it.

What Is The Message You Need To Hear: Ebb and flow, up and down, heavy and light, just keep moving forward.  You don't need inspiration - you just need to take that first step.

What Will You Commit To For This Week: Going to a coffee shop.  Maybe twice!



OK, that's me... now tell me about you - how is this Monday in your entrepreneur life?


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: