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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!

nature rejuvenation

WEEK 74 - POST 2

This whole week feels like a struggle.  I'm not really focused on work (either P.T. work or entrepreneur work).  It's interesting that I was out in nature last weekend but it wasn't refreshing for me.  It didn't rejuvenate - almost had the opposite effect.  I did appreciate learning new things and a chat with someone I knew but it's really not how I want to be out in nature. 

(I will do it again but will schedule it as "learning" not as "downtime"!)

Regarding my check-in from the beginning of the week:

I am currently two posts ahead.  Two were published this week.  And I also spent an hour working on two past posts - adding links and even changing wording!  This is great!!  I'm going to celebrate!!

Wow!!  Have I EVER been two posts ahead???? 


I'm wondering if I can finalize one more to be posted next week - so that I actually have two posts for that week?  (And then I'll only be one post "behind" and that one can be finalized next week.)

I actually think I can see the possibility of being ahead on my posts by the end of this year!!  That would be great - I could figure out sequence better - have a stronger strategy on what I'm focusing on, etc.  Next week I will have three straight days to focus on entrepreneurial work (writing + first product) so I definitely can do more posts (plus will do other things!)

I'm going to make sure this weekend is rejuvenating so I don't struggle next week! 

(Lesson Learned.)

There has been some potential this week but some things interrupted it:

- staff meeting this week (P-T work) at the office cross town
- request from a NFP partner to pick up a box from their office (P-T work)
- friendly phone call from collaborator to meet up (which ended up not happening but made me reprioritize)
- trying to deal with this procrastination (loneliness?) by watching HSHB videos
(some good (learning) but it's still hard to see all the work that I'm not getting done!)

So let's just focus on the good:

- I'm ahead on posts!!
- I'm learning more at HSHB!
- This weekend I can rejuvinate!


what's what: monday morning check-in!

WEEK 74 - POST 1

It's a Monday - I feel unrefreshed.  I did a lot over the weekend - lots of great stuff but I didn't have my normal downtime.  I was out with a local club for about four hours Sat morning then had a few hours at home and then had to get dressed for dinner out with the family.  Sunday was a work day from about 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (another four hours) and then a coffee with a friend  hadn't seen in awhile.  So all in all, just a two small sections of time for downtime.

Never again (I always say this!  hah!)

So the requisite check-in:

- still the same paperwork (but I AM inching forward)
- worked on four blog posts but none posted last week!
- must post four blog posts this week to be up to date (yikes!)
- one blog post scheduled for NEXT month (yay!!)
- another blog post for next month is 3/4 done (yahoo!)
- still on top of social media (using social pilot)
- no grant writing done last week (due in Wk 76)
- did do some HSHB workbook & a bit of a check-in

This week feels like there is a lot of potential.  I think finally my weeks are pretty wide-open and I can get done what I need to do (rather than scheduling around a bunch of meetings and appointments).  I was thinking this weekend about the difference between a real "at home" job like editing or translating, where there are very few meetings or dealing with the public.  In some ways I really crave that... must think more about this!  Maybe one regular check-in a week but not something so regular.  Hmmmmmm....

Back to the potential.  The potential for going out to work in a coffee shop.  The potential for doing regular work-outs and putting thought into healthy meals.  The potential for waking up early and doing meditation.  Let's see how it goes!!


What's Inspiring You This Week: I'm thinking about skipping this "entrepreneur" event this week and focusing on some people that I have more in common with and said we should do "coffee" - I really need to start meeting others and seeing where collaboration is a potential!

Where Are you Stuck This Week: hoping for the best for routine (meditation, health, etc) but worried (as it's never gone right before).

What Is The Message You Need To Hear: Just allow, don't be too worried.  Be curious and observe and feel into things.  It's all good.  You are learning every day.  Be gentle and take good care of yourself!!  xo

What Will You Commit To For This Week: Allowing and observing!  And being gentle.

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:

Jazzed up (while needing to be focused!)

WEEK 73 - POST 2

It's Friday.

Yesterday I was working all day at the PT job, call at 3:00 pm, out the door by 4:30 for an event I had to help at (booth duties).

But the interesting thing is that I met two women (who I know - know of) who both work in the same area I do (entrepreneur) and both talked about getting together (for a coffee or walk).

And seeing them (and a few other people) promoting their business has me really jazzed up about getting work done on my products!!  YES!!

(of course in a way this is a distraction from the Paper Work that I have to get done!)

(and now I'm thinking of going to the entrepreneur meet-up next week.  which on one hand is good but on another hand may again be a distraction from actually the hard stuff - paper work and product development!!)

So let's remember this Jazzed Feeling!!  (Yes!!)

and now let's get back to the paperwork!

(was listening to HSHB Q & A and interview and doing some work from their booklet this morning and working on a bio (how to promote my first product) - still trying to refine my "Who" but also realizing I want to really refine my values and understand why I wanted to start this business in the first place!!)

(2.5 more hours of work - will work on the blog this weekend so as not to get too behind!!)


what's what: tuesday morning check-in!

WEEK 73 - POST 1

Last Thursday I was very distracted.  I had a meeting for my part-time job and then we were leaving for a long weekend, so I had to think about packing, etc. and I skipped my evening exercise class.  All in all, not a great day and I didn't get here to check in.

And now here it is Tuesday (after the long weekend) - a short week and I'm still working on the same things:

- paperwork (must see if this can be complete - on my end - this week!!)
- blog posts (did one last week but was hoping to catch up!)
- grant writing is also continuing but there are no hard deadlines until next year.

What I've realized in the last month or so is that I am taking on too much and something has to give.  But it's hard for me to "give" anything up.   So everything gets done half-assed or it doesn't get done and I feel guilty because it's on "my list".  It just needs to be taken off the list period.  (At least for now.)

I am also incredibly (INCREDIBLY) hard on myself and others.  SO JUDGMENTAL.  ugh.  This needs to be seen, heard and accepted.

So there's lots I want to change (or rather learn to live with - have less resistance to).  I'm currently living with a lot of disappointment.  And as mentioned before I make my friends too much of a priority.  (I do know that checking in with them boosts my mental health (also) but there are some that I check in with because I feel I "have" to not because I want to.  And there is alot of fear surrounding this.)  Double ugh.

This all affects who I am as a business woman.

I really miss the "old" questions.  The new Monday questions feel like something that should be looked at quarterly - they are higher level questions, whereas I want something that I can connect with while I'm in the trenches every week.  What do you think?  So for now I'm going back to the old ones:

What's Inspiring You This Week: "Just Allowing" - right now I have to do paperwork.  I don't have the time for new products.  I have to trust that "product" time will come.  xo

Where Are you Stuck This Week: Paperwork.  I keep doing a little bit of it but I have to just attack it and get it behind me.  Plus wanting new routines.  Let's just use this week to "catch up" and not worry about the bigger picture.

What Is The Message You Need To Hear: You are still doing amazingly well.  Even if there is not a lot of movement on the outside, there IS movement on the inside.  You are feeling it, you are ready, you are going to do amazing things!!

What Will You Commit To For This Week: (you know what it is!) Paperwork!!!

OK, that's me... now tell me about you - how is your Tuesday 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:

very quick check-in

WEEK 72 - POST 2

Haven't done alot of work with social media in the past few months or checked in on stats for awhile.

Wk 72: IG - 205 Tw - 233  (still going up but I may have to work on them again!)