April 2017 Goals

Disclosure: Posts on AllTheThingsIDo.com contain affiliate links. For more information see policy.

Yay we survived April Fools Day and the first quarter of 2017! Before I hop into the review of March and April 2017 Goals, I want to do a quick recap of the first quarter. 

2017 wasn’t the great radical life change I hoped it would be. At least it didn’t start that way. As I have mentioned I suffer from anxiety and I hit a really bad patch of anxiety and depression towards the end of January. I have been down that road before and I knew I couldn’t let myself go to that dark place again. I think the last time it got really bad I was maybe 21 or 22 and now on the other side of my twenties I knew I didn’t have the energy to push through and still function of drink my feelings away each night and still bounce back hangover free for work in the morning, like I had in the past. I know it sounds bad but that is because it was bad. This year I went on a search to face my depression head on, without vodka and without avoidance. I didn’t look for one fix all. I started eating healthier, got back into meditation and yoga, found a therapist I really can open to, got strategic about what I wanted, stopped putting up with a lot of other people’s shit and practicing gratitude. That may have been a run on sentence but life is sometimes one big run on.

I didn’t accomplish all my business or life goals but I did rearrange my plans.

Big wins for the first quarter:

  • Got out my free business mapping email course.
  • Lost 24.4 pounds
  • Celebrated many special occasions with my loved ones. Including the wedding of two good friends, the birth of one of my friend’s son and my grandpa’s 85th.
  • Made more blogger friends and have been pretty bold about hitting send on scary emails.
  • Had my highest grossing revenue month as a blogger
  • Got my business taxes done (I don’t care what anyone says, I feel like the real MVP for this one.)

Now to recap.

March 2017 Goals

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

The doors are open my friends until April 10th! 

Personal Goals

  • Read one book

This month I read I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: My Life As A Co-Star by Judy Greer. I know the book got mixed reviews but I really enjoyed it. She is another one of those actresses who you hope will be down to earth and she is. I love how she talks about getting nervous peeing next to Jennifer Lopez while filming The Wedding Planner.

  • Finish the She Means Business 28 Day Plan

I didn’t finish. Maybe it would be better if I stuck to the 28 day plan but I’ve been picking it up when I felt the inspiration and working it in order on the days I want.

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

When one of your best friend’s has a baby and the another has a wedding it’s hard to keep track of if you’ve done anything for yourself. I do think I’ve gotten better about taking care of myself this year. So I’m sure I’ve done this to some extent. 

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

Yes! I love this it really makes me think about my blessings. I’ve even started keeping an affirmation journal. So I think this might actually count doing something for myself. Every day I wake up and write 5 positive affirmations to start my day before interacting with any other humans.

  • Keep meditating and visualization

This is pretty much the only way I can get to sleep most nights. Thank God for YouTube.

Blog and Freelance Goals

  • Finish Launch Your Signature Course!

So no. I actually started the program over from the start. I needed to refocus. 

  • Have 555 Facebook page likes

552. Come on guys… give me a like. (In my flirtest voice.) 

  • Have 3325 Twitter Followers

3,374! Awesome! Check out my Twitter account, I am constantly sharing things to help you feel better and blog better from amazing sources. 

  • Have 1160 Instagram Followers

1,222! You may not know this about me but Instagram is my Jam! I also am loving Instagram Stories. Follow me to see my pics, inspirational quotes and hear me ramble about my day in my car on Stories.

  • Have 1020 Pinterest Followers

1,023! You can check out my profile here and follow the boards that you like or the entire profile.

  • Post at least 4 times this month

March 2017 Goals
7 Ways to Stay on Top of Your Side Hustle
5 Things That Are a Total Waste of Time, Yet, Everyone Does Them Daily (On Life Advancer)
4 Lessons I’ve Learned in 2 Years of Blogging (I feel the need to clarify that I’ve actually been blogging a lot longer than 2 years. I’ve been blogging on and off for about 10 and also have a long history of ghost blogging. The two years is just at this level and on this website.)
Learning and Teaching in a Saturated Market

  • Do at least 2 webinars

No. I really hope to get at least one blog done this upcoming month or at least more live streams. I love doing them they are so much fun, especially when done with a partner but I like to promote them for a week and sometimes that part slips through the cracks. Now that my friend’s wedding is over hopefully I can do one soon. 🙂

  • Do auto versions on relevant posts.

I didn’t do every post but plan to go back and add them to the ones I missed.

Health and Fitness

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

Did you read the part where I lost 24.4 pounds lol. Yes! 

  • Go to a gym class at least 12 times this month.

No. I have been going on runs but didn’t go to a class this month. 

  • Lose 6 pounds more pounds

I hit a bit of a plateau and got a little wild the weekend of the wedding (how can I not have mimosas with one of my best friends on her wedding day??) but I am back on track. 

April 2017 Goals

Objective: List Building 

Personal Goals

  • Read one book
  • 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
  • Have a great sister trip (details pending. We’ve come a long way from Vegas)

Blog and Freelance Goals

  • Work Launch Your Signature Course!
  • Have 560 Facebook page likes
  • Have 3350 Twitter Followers
  • Have 1240 Instagram Followers
  • Have 1030 Pinterest Followers
  • Post at least 4 times this month
  • Do at least 1 webinar
  • Do auto versions on relevant posts.
  • Put together my writing portfolio
  • Publish on another site
  • Get most of my blog posts for quarter 2 written or at least outlined.

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 8 times this month.
  • Lose 5 pounds more pounds

I am feeling pretty good about the second part of 2017. I have learned that planning is important but so is going with the flow and adapting to the changes that come with that. Let me know what you’ve got going on this month and how last month went. Tell me in the comments.

Learning & Teaching in a Saturated Market

Audio Business Tips

Disclosure: Posts on AllTheThingsIDo.com contain affiliate links. For more information see policy.

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.

If you want to keep your passion, focus on the purpose. Click To Tweet

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!