To say that I’ve had a moment of ‘enough is enough’ is an understatement.
See, I’ve been contracting with a company for a while now, and it’s really just not a fulfilling job for me anymore. (Yes, I’m well aware that they’re probably following my blog, and they’re probably going to be a little upset when they read this. I’m hoping that they instead try to understand where I’m coming from, and be supportive as they have in the past.)
I can do lots of things. I have done lots of things. I’ve been a web developer, a community manager, an event planner, an author, a business coach and consultant, a blogger, and (my most favorite) an artist. However, there comes a moment in life where you decide that there’s too much going on, and not enough of it is what you want to be going on.
My daughter is nearing two and a half years of age, and she’s pulling the perfect guilt-trip on me every morning about being sent to daycare. Truth be told, while I adore her daycare mom, I hate sending her off every day. It would be so much nicer to be able to limit my “Mommy needs to send you off so I can work” time while not sacrificing my income. (Goal #1 – Be able to spend more time with my daughter and family.)
So what needs to happen in order to make that happen? I need to cut my work hours and increase my “hourly” wage somehow. Not easy in this economy of course, but I’ve always agreed with the idea that you can’t really make money working for someone else. You also can’t really feel fulfilled in your soul if you’re a creative person, doing non-creative work. (Or doing any work that doesn’t make you ridiculously happy.)
If I could re-build my business life from scratch, there are only two things I would want to be doing.
- Making and selling art.
- Teaching other creative people how to make a living by being their own boss.
So the way I see it now, I have to develop a way to have the second thing support my need to build and grow the first thing. Yes, I’m kind of “baring it all” here for you, friend. These are the only two things I’m aiming for. I want more than anything in the world to end 2015 doing only those two things for my work. (Goal #2 – Cut back on stuff I no longer want to do, to make time for things I do want to do. And DO THEM!)
If you asked me to name a few faults of mine, it’s not that difficult to pin down a dozen or so for you. We all have things about ourselves that we want to change, or improve, or eliminate, right? (Please, someone tell me I’m right!)
I have this thing about developing an idea for a blog, buying the domain, designing something cool, and starting off – but then never finding the time to finish or follow through. I kid you not, I think right now I’ve got at least 30 domain names registered and hosted with either no-start or a faulty one. I could totally employ a whole bunch of writers if I had the time to get them going and earning some income. But instead, there they sit. In the dark, dusty corners of the interwebs, growing cobwebs.
If any of you are interested in what these may be, and either buying them or helping me to revive them, let’s talk. If not, let’s move along.
The same happens in my home. I have all these ideas of how to improve our space, and never the time or money to do it. See, when we finally moved in, I was 7 months pregnant. Two weeks after the last box was here, I had my baby shower, and one week later, our daughter was born. EARLY! We never really had a chance to “nest” or get settled, and it’s been that way since. It’s frustrating for all of us, I think, and it’s something I really want to work on each and every week until we get some semblance of normal (with a fabulous cleaning/organizing on the regular kind of routine) around here. (Goal #3 – Don’t let it become more than three years to settle into our home. Get it done!)
Here Comes The Good Part!
I’m going to use you guys as my accountability partners. I need you to be my cheerleaders, my butt-kickers, and my muses. I’m going to start keeping track of these three goals and what I’m doing to reach them, every month. I ask, nay… I beg you to keep up with me, comment, email me, find me on facebook and kick my butt. In the meantime, I’m going to be creating some really amazing stuff to help YOU out.
Intentions, however great they may be, are nothing without follow-through.
- By March 1st, you’ll see the opportunity I mentioned before about one-on-one coaching. You’ll be able to buy anywhere from one session to twelve, and together we’ll work on a plan to get you out of any ruts, and grow your creative business together.
- By sometime around mid-April, you’ll see the entire plan put together for the Creative Entrepreneur Mastermind Group I’m building for you. It’s going to be an intensive group program where we’ll all work together (along with a few other experts I”ll bring in) to get our heads straight, set goals, have action items, and get it done.
- I’m going to continue my work on planner pages and helpful worksheets for you, some for sale, but some just as my way of thanking you for your support!
Please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts, either by email or in the comments! I truly love hearing from each and every one of you, and I do my best to reply to everyone!