“All great things take time.”
I have that as motivation on my computer desktop, but sometimes, it doesn’t help at all.
Goals are a struggle, as they often are.
Well, it’s more so procrastination (and sometimes laziness) stalling my own progress.
Then, on the other side of it, there’s the “wait time” and having to express patience that’s even more difficult.
Because, what can you really do then?
Being patient is hard when you want something so bad.
My goals right now are heavily career and business-focused.
The end-goal remains to earn a decent income from all of my creative and blogging efforts.
More immediately, I want to continue growing as a Blogger, Graphic Designer and Business Owner.
- Earlier this year, I’ve sealed the deal and put my name on this Blog. I’ve implemented Google Authorship. Now my face, profile and Blog link pops up in Google search next to some of the more informational posts I’ve published. I’ve also added MerelyMarie to my resume. It’s official.
- I’ve added AdSense as well, and started selling my services as an adman. This is very tough and slow going work (having a “mid-sized” Blog) but, I feel good about the decisions. I’ve noticed that I’ve learned quite a bit about marketing over the years and have managed to find comfortability in writing email proposals and selling. I used to think salesmanship was equivalent to “sleaze-ball-ship” but, I’ve learned that the two have nothing in common where there’s value. Majority (if not all) of my proposals get a response. Even if that response is “thanks, but no thanks” or “we’re interested, just not now”. It’s a bummer to get those, but exciting nonetheless.
- I’ve switched over from FeedBurner to MailChimp and purchased a P.O. Box to be able to submit my Blog in email form to subscribed readers. I’m happy with the format, design possibilities and the delivery service. I still wonder about the “daily v.s. weekly” emails though. It’d be awesome to be able to let readers choose which they prefer to receive. I’ve just discovered that there may be an option for this but, it seems unclear & tricky to implement.
I’m currently considering purchasing an account with FeedBlitz, for a better feed service for RSS readers. FeedBurner was great but, whenever I logon now, I feel like it’s not good enough anymore.
- I’ve connected and worked with some wonderful Bloggers and Entrepreneurs, and helped them develop some great designs for their Blogs.
- I’m still working on my Recipe-Ebook. I want it to be GREAT! This gets me into trouble. Having GREAT expectations. I don’t know what to do about that. I hope to get the E-book out before Fall comes around the bend. Creating the book feels overwhelming at times. With testing the recipes, making sure the directions are clear and that there are zero mistakes in the listing of ingredients and measurements (because a “tablespoon”, where it should be a “teaspoon” would NOT be good), designing and formatting it for Amazon and for sale on the Blog…there’s just more to it than I initially expected. Especially with selling it on Amazon. Geez Louise! I may just format it for immediate sale here.
- More recently, I’ve decided not to be an “omni-present Blogger”, in regards to social media. I still consider getting back on Instagram every now and again but, I’m cool for now. I picked my choice platforms (Pinterest and Google+) and, so far so good. I feel less pressure and stress. Blog traffic hasn’t spiraled downward, contrary to my initial belief that it would. It also feels more “intimate” here, which I think is a great thing to have going on!
All things considered, this little “choo-choo” is still puffing & chugging along.
All work aside, but not really…
- Cleaning out the “concealed spaces” at home are a huge goal. Closets, cabinets, bins and drawers don’t help me at all. I’m too good at collecting and giving stuff “sentimental value”. Ugh! I want to get rid of a lot of clothing and junk I’ve gathered over the years, let go, and just organize things better. It’s funny how I can organize business details like nobody’s business* but, when it comes to homemaking…it’s a different story. Everything is clean and has it’s place but, MAN is that place disorganized! I’d love to get better with this.
I’ve started with my clothing closet. I took “before and after” photos to share and hopefully inspire any fellow “pack-rats”.
- I also want to organize my printed recipes. I have two binders in my kitchen that are a disheveled mess! All the recipes that I have tried over the years are stuffed and now overflowing out of those things. When I want to cook or bake something again, it takes minutes to sift through* and find the recipe. Boo!
*All puns intended. 😀
I still have my “40 by 40” list too. I do those things as I feel up to doing something new. Looking at it now, there are a few things on there that I no longer want to do. I’ll probably update that at some point to reflect any new dreams.
Although I’ve shared my recent “over the mountain” experience, I rarely (until the writing of this post) think about the actual progression of my goals these days. So, thank you very much for asking me to share this with you! You’ve given me a bit of therapy here and I really appreciate that.
It seems more important to share some of those “not-so-great” in-between stages, than the “glorious” end results all the time.
What are some of your goals? How are you progressing with them?