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So if you’ve been online at all you’ve probably noticed that there are a million options for just about anything you would ever search. Let’s play a game! I’m going to search for random terms and tell you how many results I find.

  • Pig Latin Teachers 861,000 results in 0.82 seconds
  • How to make your own sparkling water 8,470,000 results in 1.15 seconds
  • Millennial Time Management Coaches  1,530,000 results in 10.20 seconds (my field)
  • How to start a blog 433,000,000 results in .9 seconds

See what I mean? Even things that seem kind of random (Pig Latin Teachers) or something I thought was super niched down (Millennial Time Management Coaches) have a lot of options. That being said I want to make two points for you today.

Don’t Let All The “Competition” Keep You From Chasing Your Dreams

Have you ever heard someone say, “I want to be a therapist, but there are so many why would anyone go to me?

Probably not. I did a little research, and in my state (Texas) the most common category in 2014 was truck, delivery and tractor drivers. In fact, that was the top job field in 29 of the 50 States in the U.S., In second place was primary school teachers with six states and in third place secretaries winning five states. What’s the point of the statistics? A lot of the most “traditional” jobs are pretty saturated, and you have to fight for those jobs. If you’re going to be fighting for a career why not fight for the one you’re passionate about?

You could say, “Oh not a lot of people become authors. I probably won’t make it, so why even try.” Well if you don’t try you sure won’t make it. Or you could keep writing that book that only you can write.

Not everyone is going to love your book, but the people who do will be raving fans. The point is you’re not for everyone, but if you keep working and putting yourself out there, you will eventually find the people who will love and adore you.

So don’t avoid chasing your dreams because it’s a saturated market. The truth is for some people finding jobs that require no education or specialty training are sometimes just as hard to find.

This makes me think of the Tony Gaskins’ quote, ”If you don’t build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs.”

3 Things to remember when you feel like there is no point:

  1. You are a unique colorful unicorn! Yes, you are. Even if you have an identical twin, you are your own person, and no one else will ever be you or have your specific experiences, knowledge, and abilities.
  2. Someone wishes they knew what you knew. You may not be the most experienced or even the best, but some people would love to be where you are.
  3. Would you rather deal with the fear of not succeeding now or the regret of never trying later?

Don’t Overwhelm Yourself By Trying to Take Everyone’s Advice.

Regardless of what you want to do in life, I’m talking large scale, or small scale here will be a lot of places to find direction. Like if you want to make chicken salad from scratch or you want to improve your relationship, tons of options.

The trick to this is to find the direction that works for you. There are tons of expert people out there who could teach me a lot but would bore me to sleep. Some people are masters of their craft, but I find annoying. Then some people talk in a way I relate to who have the same knowledge as the other experts, but something about them speaks to me.

I am a huge believer in continually learning and expanding, but I also know when building an online business or blog it can be incredibly overwhelming with all the advice out there.

My best advice before putting any money on the table really explore their brand and see if you find a good fit before you splurge on a course.

If you’re considering hiring a coach or a course, chances are the person offers discovery calls or has free videos or audio available in some capacity for you to get a feel for them.

Don’t try to consume the content from everyone, it will just put you in biz paralysis.

3 Things to Remember When Looking For Online Guidance

  • Trust your gut. AKA remember you need to listen to yourself! If you’re on the fence about something, ask yourself, if it’s fear or if it just doesn’t feel right. If it just doesn’t feel right for you move on.
  • Find people who have been where you are. Would you want to take a course on knitting a hat from someone who has never knitted a hat? No! Feel free to ask them what their qualifications are if they aren’t presented. Keep in mind that for some people it might be difficult to show their shortcomings or past so they may not share till you ask.
  • Don’t listen to everybody but don’t listen to just one person. I’ve been listening to the audible book I don’t Know What You Know Me From, by Judy Greer and in one of the chapters today she was talking about how you need different friends for different things. (It was during a hilarious tangent about how in Rom-Coms the leading character only has one best friend, and that isn’t anything like real life. I totally agree to quote, Mindy Lahiri, “Best Friend isn’t a person Danny it’s a tier.”) So while you might have one main best friend, if you’re like me, you have that best friend for when you need to cry, that best friend when you need to laugh, that best friend when you need to talk over an extra dirty martini at happy hour and that best friend who will go shot for shot with you till the bars close then head to get tacos with you at 3 a.m. Wow did someone say the word tangent? But back to my point, you need to find mentors for All The Things (even if it’s not someone who has no idea you exist, and you just soak up all their content like a sponge, cough cough, Marie Forleo, holla at ya girl!) You might feel like person X gives great advice about mindset, while person Y seems to be the queen of social media and person Z is trained by monks in the art of sales pages. Whatever it is, find your people and take the rest with a grain of salt.

One of my favorite online mentors is the Mariah Coz of Femtreprenuer because she is pretty much as real as online entrepreneurs get. One thing that really struck a chord with me about her business is just how open she is about the process, what makes her different and her mission. That’s why last Fall I took the leap and registered for her signature course Launch Your Signature Course, which takes you through the entire process of planning, creating a course, launching and post launch.  I have learned so much in the course and continue to revisit it for new lessons or reviews.

Right now Mariah is hosting a free video workshop to you all about launching your own course! This workshop is free and super detailed. It’s also a great opportunity for you to decide if you love her teaching system and community as much as I do and if you’d like to join me as a launch your signature course student.  You can access to the free video series here, with no obligation! Woot woot!

So tell me, have you ever felt some hesitation because your market is saturated? Have you ever dealt with information overload when trying to learn online? Tell me in the comments!

Source: To see the job statistics information check it out here.

4 Lessons I’ve Learned in 2 Years of Blogging

I was looking for an email from late 2015 when I found this:

 

Email to myself

03/02/15: 

This is the first time you are sending an email using your All The Things

I do account, today marks the day your whole life changed.

WOW! That was both ambitious and so long ago. I’d like to think my punctuation has gotten better but it blows my mind that I’ve been on this journey for two years.

A lot has changes in the past two years since a creatively unfulfilled 25-year-old me hit “Publish” on that first post. The direction of the blog has become more focused and has become a huge part of my day to day life.

I remember about six months ago I was thinking about how two years was coming up and I wanted to do something big. While I didn’t schedule a live event as I had hoped, I did want to take some time to mark the occasion on the blog. Last year I didn’t too much write an anniversary post. Instead, I wrote a letter to my pre-blog self.

This year I want to talk about a few things I’ve learned in the last two years as a blogger.

Keep Going

There are so many up and downs in the blogging world. Months where pageviews are painfully slow, days where readers aren’t very friendly or you just totally lack motivation. Then there will be months when your email list is growing, people are sending the sweetest messages, and you find yourself with some extra disposable income. With anything in life, there are good times and bad. The bad times make the good times better. Also done is better than perfect. Don’t let yourself get caught up in the myth of perfection, just do your best. Improvement comes over time. Kawhi Leonard didn’t get his Championship ring by telling coaches he didn’t want to play in a game until he was sure he’d make every shot. He practiced, played and improved his skills. (Go Spurs Go!)

Give Yourself a Break

We are all so quick to make excuses for the people we love and people in general. “He doesn’t know any better.” “She’s still learning.” “She meant well.” When it comes to ourselves, we tend to be more unforgiving. Give yourself a break, if you mess up figure out where and how to fix it. In blogging, business and in life, learn to forgive yourself so you can love yourself.

Stay With The Purpose

There are tons of ways you can get mixed up and lose your way. You get distracted by the bloggers talking about their 6 figure launches and running their business on autopilot or with the help of a team. Then sit in your one-bedroom apartment and feel like you are working your butt off but getting nowhere with your $200 AdSense check. Keep in mind most of the crazy successful bloggers have started with a purpose or mission, not to make money. If you want to keep your passion, focus on the purpose.  Keep your integrity and stay true to yourself, it might take longer, but you’ll sleep better.

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Shake Them Haters Off

I am just going to share a few things that keep me going when the trolls go to work. Including (some loosely quoted): 

“It’s easy to attack and destroy an act of creation; it’s a lot more difficult to perform one.

-Chuck Palahniuk

“The bigger game you play, the more criticism you’ll receive.

-Marie Forleo

“The world is filled with people who, no matter what you do, will point blank not like you. But it is also filled with those who will love you fiercely. They are your people. You’re are not for everyone and that’s OK. Talk to people who can hear you.”

-Rebecca Campbell

I can’t say that a day will come where a hurtful comment or mean words won’t sting me at all, but I have worked hard not to dwell on them. People are always going to have something negative to say but don’t let that derail you. The only time you should let criticism alter your progress is if it’s constructive. I believe it was a MarieTV episode that said when you receive criticism ask yourself, “Is it constructive,” and if it’s not then let it go (Especially when you didn’t ask for that person’s opinion).

Not everyone is going to like you no matter what you do. You could give a hundred dollar bill to the next ten people you see and one would be upset you didn’t give them five twenties, two would think you’re showing off and four would believe you want something from them in return. The hundred dollar bills of your knowledge are for the three people who are grateful and understand the reason behind your work.

All in all if given a chance I wouldn’t go back and not start my blog. It has been an amazing two years and here is to many more. So if you’ve been reading for a while or this is your first time on my site, thank you for being a part of the journey!

 

March 2017 Goals

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So ladies (and gentlemen, I don’t discriminate) let me tell you something, I am tired! It’s March! If you make a 90 day or quarterly plan then you are two-thirds done with your plan. Hell, we are one-sixth done with the year!  That makes me want to take a nap and a vacation but no rest for the wicked. So because time moves so fast let’s not waste any.

February 2017 Goals

Objective: Launch TheBalancedSideHustle.com and just list build and connect like crazy.

I am launching the course site on Monday 3/6 the first official day of pre-sale! So excited!

Personal Goals

  • Read one book

In my Forest Gump voice, “I was reading.” I’m actually reading 4 other books currently but have most of them on pause while I focus on my course launch but I did finish 2 books this month.

She Means Business by Carrie Green.

I loved this book, I felt so inspired and it was just what I needed to read before a launch.

Round The Way Girl by Taraji P. Henson

I love Taraji P. Henson, and I mean almost jump up and down on a couch Tom Cruise circa 2005. I had always been a fan as I grew up watching a lot of black cinema and of course, I adore her sassy character Cookie on Fox’s hit television show Empire. But after this book, I love her even more. She is educated, well-rounded, thoughtful and just really reminds me of my big sister, to be honest. It’s hilarious and I would suggest getting the Audible version so you can hear the voice she does for her late father.

  • Get back into meditating

When my anxiety reached its peak I knew I had to get back into it. It’s been great. I don’t do it every day but I have started doing it more regularly.

  • Do at least one activity a week for myself that isn’t work related.

I think all things considered I have managed to do this. Some weeks it may have been hot yoga, therapy or just watching the entire first season of the Santa Clarita Diet on Netflix in a weekend.

  • Do my gratitude/goal journal at least 5 days a week if not 7.

I love this. I normally do it right after I get out of the shower. A time when my mind isn’t as clouded and I can just reflect on the day and myself for a few moments.

  • Party like it’s 1999 for my grandpa’s 85th! I love that guy. Here is a picture for the hell of it.

It was so nice to see the family. I think he had a great time.

Grandparent Birthday Part

Blog and Freelance Goals

Yes! Right now I am in the section of the course all about launching, so I’m pretty excited.

  • Have 555 Facebook page likes

545 Whomp whomp. I haven’t been as active on Facebook as I’d like. Hopefully next month.

  • Have 3200 Twitter Followers

3275! Yay!

  • Have 1125 Instagram Followers

1145! I think a part of this is the Imperfect Boss campaign I participated with on Instagram. 

  • Have 990 Pinterest Followers

1145! Thank you, BoardBooster.

  • Create at least one new Resource for my Resource Library

I didn’t publish a new resource but I created a new email course. You can find it here.

  • Post at least 4 times this month

February 2017 Goals

The Distraction Keeping You From Your Dreams

An Open Letter to The Woman Who Prayed For Me

Yes, You Need a Business Plan

  • Spend at least 10 minutes a day engaging on each of the above social media sites. That means repinning, responding to tweets of others or seeing what their links are, etc.

Yes and no. I have been in heavy focus mode and have been trying to stay away from unnecessary distractions and let’s be honest most of the time that is social media. I did manage to post consistently on all of them thanks to Buffer and BoardBooster

  • Do at least 2 webinars

I did not get to host any webinars this month. I still made connections and feel like I helped people and that really is my ultimate goal.

  • Reach out to affiliates

Yes! Not as many as I would like but the month is young!

  • Do auto versions on relevant posts. I did my first audio take on a blog post in January. I have been wanting to do this for a while and plan to do it for posts in certain categories.

I did audio for the 2 posts I felt needed it and to be honest, I really do like it. I recently had someone asked if I had a podcast and now I am seriously considering making the audio files available on podcasting sites. I know that I’d need to clean them up a bit and do intros and stuff, so it would be down the line.

Health and Fitness

  • Make meals at home 80% of the time or only eat out 4 times of the week.

Yes! Although I have found a new favorite healthy fast food option for the days I didn’t make my lunch.

  • Go to a gym class at least 3 times a week.

I did better this month. I didn’t get to 3 times but did manage to do twice a week.

  • Lose 5 pounds more. 

Done! I’ve officially lost 20 pounds and want to lose at least 10 more. I have worked hard. I’ve watched my friends eat cheese sticks, while I’ve eaten an apple and protein shake. I haven’t been suffering but I have been being more conscious. Not only is my weight down but so is my blood pressure.

March 2017 Goals

Objective: Launch The Balanced Side Hustle

Personal Goals

  • Read one book
  • Finish the She Means Business 28 Day Plan
  • Do at least one activity a week for myself that isn’t work related.
  • Do my gratitude/goal journal at least 5 days a week if not 7.
  • Keep meditating and visualization

Blog and Freelance Goals

  • Finish Launch Your Signature Course!
  • Have 555 Facebook page likes
  • Have 3325 Twitter Followers
  • Have 1160 Instagram Followers
  • Have 1020 Pinterest Followers
  • Post at least 4 times this month
  • Do at least 2 webinars
  • Do auto versions on relevant posts.
  • Stop and look at my dream board twice a day.

Health and Fitness

  • Make meals at home 80% of the time or only eat out 4 times of the week.
  • Go to a gym class at least 12 times this month.
  • Lose 6 pounds more pounds

Well, this is sort of short but I have a lot going on this month and better get to it. Let me know what you’ve got going on this month and how last month went. Tell me in the comments!

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