Here’s the Thing…
I have a feeling I am going to be saying this a lot this year but I cannot believe we are already through the second month of the year! Where has time gone? So crazy.
Speaking of crazy, this month has been an interesting one for me. I think the most appropriate word to describe it would be ‘hustle.’
Read on to find out why!
If you remember my review from last month, you’ll know that I was pretty confident that I was going to be able to cross my first blogging goal off the list which was to post three times a week.
Guys, I was so so close to accomplishing this goal! But last week, life just got crazy and I was only able to post once. So sad. I was really proud of myself for sticking to it every week and I’m not exactly sure what happened last week.
But onward and upward! Now I just know that I need to prioritize my blog more than I have been!
My next blogging goal, to learn how to better utilize social media, is going surprisingly well. Going into it, I thought for sure I would be lost and confused and not understand how to utilize social media from a business perspective. However, continuing to learn more about Instagram has been going very well! Some things I have been focusing on this month are using hashtags, crafting better captions, and having more genuine interaction with other users. I have definitely seen an increase in engagement and it makes me so happy that I have been able to learn + utilize new things!
For my last month focusing on Instagram, I hope to better utilize Instagram stories by posting more videos of myself talking. It sounds simple but it is something that is definitely out of my comfort zone! However, when I think about my favorite accounts that I follow on Instagram, they all give their followers a look into their life by using videos and it makes me trust them and feel like I know them! I want to provide that for my followers as well, so here goes nothing!
So in case you haven’t noticed by reading my recent posts, I quit my job! Yay! I will talk more about all that in a future post, but for now, I think I can cross my first work goal off my list, which was to learn as much I can at my current job, since I am no longer at that job!
The second half of my work goal has been to transition into working remotely.
And this is where the hustle comes in.
Since I don’t have my full-time job anymore, I don’t know where my money is going to come from, at least on a consistent basis. Therefore, I have had to work my butt off every day reaching out to contacts, applying for jobs, learning new things and sharpening my skills. I may not have a full-time job, but I am putting in full-time hours, minus the part where I get paid for it.
For the first three weeks of the month, it was terrifying (more on that in a future post.) Although I was working hard each day trying to establish myself in the freelance world, it does not happen overnight. And each day that passed was one step closer to when all my bills are due. (Just because I quit my job doesn’t mean my bills decided to go away.)
However, in the past week, some things have really started to fall into place! I did some more work for a company I do transcriptions for and just the other day he gave me 18 new files to transcribe. WHAT. Then, last week I applied for a job that I was so stoked for; like literally my dream job. Since I am still in the beginning stages of it and just figuring out what it will look like and if I will be a good fit for it, etc., I won’t discuss the job quite yet. But, some basic facts are that it is a fully remote job working with female entrepreneurs and it is not full-time (at least not yet), so the hustle is still very much present!
Although I am not exactly where I want to be yet in this category, I am so happy that things are slowly starting to happen and I know that is because I am putting in the work. Yes, it was really scary to take the leap to quit my job, but I am so so happy I did it!
It’s funny, my seemingly most straightforward goal this year was to have a consistent morning routine, and it has proven to be one of the trickiest to navigate.
Since I have transitioned to working at home, what I want in a morning routine has also evolved. Instead of needing to multi-task during breakfast and read my devotion, answer my question of the day, etc., I can just focus on enjoying my food, since I can do those taks at other times of the day. Also, I used to enjoy going to coffee shops before work, but now that I don’t go to a regular job, I don’t have to wake up at 5am every morning to get extra work done.
So as you can see, as my life has changed, the end goal for some things has also changed. I don’t know how this one is going to end up, but I will keep you posted.
And finally: the goal I am confident will be the most challenging this year: saving $2,000 for a trip to Egypt.
When I had a steady source of income, this goal was not hard at all. Sure, it was a bummer at first not having the money, but I knew it was going to a much better cause. Now, however, I have no idea where the money I would usually put away is coming from. Also, I have to be practical here and make sure that my regular bills get paid and that I have enough for groceries, gas, etc.
I’m definitely not giving up on this goal, because it is very important to me; I am simply recognizing that obtaining this goal will be a little more difficult than previously anticipated. But that’s okay! If achieving goals were easy, then people wouldn’t be so salty over New Year’s Resolutions!
So Egypt, I’m not giving up on you yet! (or ever)
So That’s the Thing…
You know, in the future I am probably going to be very happy I am writing this blog series. Because although I am recapping how my goals are going, I’m also in a sense recapping how my month went in general. It will be fun to look back in the future and see how far I’ve come and how much my goals have evolved!
How are your 2018 goals coming along?