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MARCH 2017

This is where I'm at: weekly blog posts being published (for the most part), business cards being distributed, two collaborations being done (one with CT and the other with EB - my first guest post), trademark process email responded to, podcast course complete and software ready to start recording!!  And this month I will see what my graphic design needs are for these first two products.

The next two months will be really telling as I gear up for a spring launch in mid-May.  I need to continue to work at building my blog community along with working on the two one-off products for the spring.  

My work flow was a bit heavy on the writing contract for the past 3-4 months.  But now my focus needs to be on my products.  And IRL networking and marketing.  I need to really limit my time on social media unless I really know what the purpose is.

Let's do this -  I'm going to release my first two incredible sweet products into the world this spring!  It's time to be brave.  xo

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!

what's what: monday morning check-in!

WEEK 44 - POST 1 

Monday - it's mostly a wide open week and the main goal is to get back to regular programming. With the blog, with my products, with the business. (I still have 2 fact sheets to write + primer + audit but I'm going to manage those within my other work and not let them take over my full week.)

I woke up with a slight hint of sadness and I'm not sure where it's coming from.  Is it from the tv I'm watching, is it because the winter didn't go as planned, is it because friends (and family) disappoint, is it because I see a mountain before me (for my entrepreneurial work?), is it because I still don't have solid footing?  Ultimately, it doesn't really matter because a better strategy rather than fixing it or trying to make sure I don't feel it again, is just accepting it, allowing it and letting it pass.

I went out for a quick walk this morning as it felt like that would help.  I'm also hoping to get back on track for more healthy food choices (made a smoothie this morning) and adding more exercise - movement into my day.  Soon I'll be able to go for a jog!  It's a grey day with freezing rain but spring is coming and the next two weeks temperatures will be staying above zero.

This week:

- adding my first guest post to my blog (from a classmate of the Juicy Blogging course!)
- working outside the house twice (thinking Wed & Thur)
- life coach session on Friday and then skype session with mastermind friend on Saturday

Let's do this thing!!

P.S. Week 44 divided by 4 = 11 (wow!  has it been eleven months already!)



What's Inspiring You This Week: a whole wide week that feels really open! #girlboss

Where Are you Stuck This Week: I don't have a task list that make it easy to know what to tackle first!

What Is The Message You Need To Hear: you've got this - let's get back to what matters.  trust that you can do this!

What Will You Commit To For This Week: getting back to the blog!




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:

letting off a bit of steam

WEEK 43 - POST 3

I wanted to get this out on the weekend so as not to darken my week...  I am so excited to go back to normal programming on Monday!!!

So my friend and I sat down and talked finally (after a month - which was probably actually good to let things settle) and I found out that something has been bugging them since 2014!  What?!?!  Three years of having this hidden!!  Ugh!!!

So the conversation went well and we both agreed that we want the best for each other but after I left I realized that one thing they said was a bit CRAPPY.  They didn't like one of my ideas (an app that talked about locations) feeling it was too close to what we had done together (a guided walk on a specific subject) WHAT THE?!?!?!?!

This is what I think I had been sensing - that EVERYTHING I do now, is going to be too close to the area that we collaborated on and that this person will always have themselves in a twist about it.  This sucks because, this person knew I was going back to school for this and wanted to make a go of something and that I was very interested in the subject and already had a blog on the topic!!  UGH.  UGH.  UGH.

(As I said before, I know that the real reason for this is that my friend hasn't really found their own niche or started their own enterprise so I know that they are just feeling the fear of that but it ends up making my life crappy.)

Please - own your own stuff!!

("Just tell me what's up and let me know," they said to me.  Like I have to get permission from them for every single thing I think of now.  OH GOD.)

So this is going to suck and be hard to navigate.  

I'm betting other people might have some type of similar issue also.  Let me know how you've navigated it yourself!



So all I can say is definitely have your EXPERTISE well stated before you go into COLLABORATIONS and really know what are your products and where you will be going no matter what happens with the collaboration.  Also understand where the other person is coming from - especially if their expertise is similar.  Be as open as possible but also know that if there is overlap - there may be competition some day.  

UGH.

end of the week check-in... happy accomplishments!!

WEEK 43 - POST 2

My Friday check-in.

First let's celebrate as I have finished two more fact sheets!!

AMAZING!!  I am THRILLED!!!

This feels so great!!  I only have three more to do.

WHEW!!

Now it REALLY feels like this might actually be complete.

I DID IT, I DID IT, I DID IT!!!!




OTHER RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

I got back to my lawyer about the trademark!! Yay!!

I provided my critique on the first 3 chapers of my C.P. manuscript and sent her my next chapter! Woohoo!!

Two "business" conversations - so exciting!!  Told someone at a meeting about my blog and biz idea and also the local enterprise alliance suggested I do something for their June event.  Wow!!

I provided the graphic designer with the first three (reviewed and edited) fact sheets to start working on the finished product.  (The case study one looks amazing!!)

Invested 45 minutes of my entrepreneur time to answer Britt Bravo's "Calling All Healers" survey and then another 30 minutes reading a few of her latest blog posts.  The survey really helped me to sort out what is going on with my small business - great questions - you should fill it out also!  I'm excited to see what other tools she may create to help healers.  Her Juicy Blogging Course was a great investment!


Hope your week went well also!


xo

what's what: monday morning check-in!

WEEK 43 - POST 1

How to describe how I'm feeling today?

The biggest issue is that I know that I am my own roadblock.  That I desperately want to have these fact sheets complete (!!!) and that really the only thing in between me and the completion of them is THE WRITING.

That I have to do.

If I wrote them, then they would be done.

But for some reason, I'm just agonizing about "them not being done" - like THAT is my job, rather than writing them.

Plus, the anxiety that I don't have enough time for my blog is returning and that on Sunday I wanted to be out doing so many things for my blog but couldn't...  and I think the anxiety is in part because of something in my personal life that then bleeds into my professional life....

I had a GREAT phone conversation with my supervisor on Thursday.  I did some writing and critiquing on Saturday (WAY OVERDUE) and got out of the house (yay!).  I saw my parents on Sunday.  So I did accomplish some things.


** This Thursday's post will be on Friday as I have a workshop that I have to be at on Wednesday and Thursday and it will be hard for me to check in.


What's Inspiring You This Week: Nothing!  It's a short week (going to a workshop for part-time job for two days).  I know that three of the facts sheets are almost there.  I can do this.  I can!!

Where Are you Stuck This Week: Same place, same headgame, same attitude.  How can I switch this up??

What Is The Message You Need To Hear: I know you are disappointed that you didn't get much done this weekend.  I know you are disappointed that it's almost April and your products aren't ready for launch.  I know you are disappointed.  But don't let that make you believe you can't do this.  You are doing this.  You are right here, right now doing this.  I believe in you!!

What Will You Commit To For This Week: Nothing.  I will commit to surviving the week.  And being supportive to myself rather than critical.  That's it.  No other goals.  xo



OK, that's me... I hope your week (month?) is going better than mine!!  What's going on with 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:

connection, collaboration and local entrepreneurial support

WEEK 42 - POST 3 

There's always this ebb and flow of wanting to reach out and connect to more local like-minded masterminders and then thinking that I don't have the time to connect and I really need to get the work done!!

I'm feeling that need to stretch out right now - possibly because I've listened to back to back episodes of JBYM lately.  And I'm wondering where I can find "my people" locally.  Not only my community (that will connect with what I'm offering) but also some local masterminders - others who are trying to make a go at being creative entrepreneurs.

I know that through local networking I'll meet more and more people and will end up finding some of these people but my current feeling is that I want to meet them NOW.  (hah!)

I know I have to be patient and that it will all come at the right time.

I do have some amazing support right now and really there are some amazing people that I'm just starting to get to know and I need to make space to allow these relationships to grow and expand:

- (WRITING) both an online C.P. and a local friend who's a writer (we just talked about renting a cottage next November to just get away and focus on writing!!)

- (COLLABORATING) another friend who is an artist/poet that I'm collaborating with (woohoo!!) and a blogger I met through the juicy blogging class

- (WOMEN'S GROUP) a nice group of women that I'm meeting through this monthly breakfast meetup once a month (haven't been able to go the past few months but will go next month!!)

- (ENTREPRENEUR) both an online mastermind friend (who skypes with me every few months) and a local self-employed friend who is now checking in with me more regularly

- (LOCAL SPOT) I really want to be a "regular" and hope that this helps me meet people who are really local - like down the street!  need to start going to my local coffee shop plus this great local creative hub

- (SPIRITUAL) have been wanting to join this local meditation group and I think finally I will have the time to go!!

- (UNRAVELING) a really sweet online friend who is so encouraging about the spiritual stuff (we've skyped) and wonderful to talk about "providing service" to the world

And let's not forget that I've just met some really cool new people last year: someone to swim with, someone who has become a fast friend (coffee, xmas carol, snowshoeing, etc), someone to hula hoop with, someone at the podcasting class (who is also a writer), someone who might be a great local biz topic contact, someone who is working on the local enterprise alliance and now there may be an indie kindred opportunity locally which would be super.  (I've just joined some FB groups - podcasting, blogging will have to see if there are opportunities there also!)

Also a French conversation group, a local writing group and book club (at library)...  and maybe someday knitting!!  My life is full, I have so much support!  I need to really see what is already there and appreciate the small pieces and how they all fit together.  Happy, happy, happy!!