This Christmas holidays I’m
I am lucky enough to get 2 weeks off at Christmas – woo woo! I really need it this year. Hubby and I have both been really sick this year. Like, knock you for six sickness. I think we both need the time to rest, relax and re-charge.
I’ve also been wrangling with this darn “mid life major re-assessment” as well. Realizing where I am at in my life at the moment – very loved (by both humans and furry angels). A bit lost and searching in my art but with a sense I am getting closer to defining my style. I’m in a day job instead of where I truly want to be, but I’m also working towards my Big, Wild, Crazy Dream.
I’m also looking at what I have accomplished up to this point in my life – All the kids from the local high school drive past my day job on the day they finish school. Their cars are covered in fluro writing and streamers and balloons. As they drive past, they “woo hoo” out the window and honk their car horns. I look at them and remember all the things I wanted to do when I left school. Their whole world is opening up to them and I remember back to the day I finished high school. I think of the different paths I could have taken. I haven’t achieved all the amazing things I envisioned when I left high school like traveling and living overseas. Gathering “rocking chair” stories of adventures I wanted to have. However, I was lucky enough to fall in love with someone amazing when I was 23 and we have been building a life together ever since. Working, paying off a house, having quiet domestic weekends. I am blessed to have someone in my life who adores me and makes me laugh every day. Some people search the world for what I found at home.
I’m also looking at what I have achieved since I decided to go after my Big, Wild, Crazy Dream. I’ve started my blog including setting up the technical stuff when I have no idea what I am doing. I’ve started work on my product. I ‘ve interviewed some amazing women who have inspired me and given me a courage boost to keep going. I’ve also done lots of learning through this year and I am making a to do list of things I want to do over my break (never fear, there will be art days and DVD days in there too).
Wanna see my “To Do” list?
Finish off my Kelly Rae Roberts “Taking Flight” course. I started and then work and getting sick got in the way and it got away from me. So I want to go back over the parts I’ve already done and finish the course to the end. I think I will learn more going over it while I am in relaxed holiday mode too which can only be a good thing.
Start my creative business website. I registered the domain name for my creative business a couple of months ago. I’ve also set up a Twitter account and Pinterest account in my creative business name. (By the way, how obsessed am I with Pinterest? So, very). Over the holidays I want to set up hosting and find a nice template for my creative business website. I will have to go over all the videos in my blogging course again to get it up and running which isn’t going to be the most fun, but once it is up and running it will be another “big hurdle” in this creative business that I have accomplished. A huge step forward.
Tactical Twitter. I want to use some of the tips I learned in the 2 Twitter workshops I did earlier this year. I’ve already started putting some of it into practice and I want to do more of it with Creative Women’s Business as well as with my new creative business account. I also want to start building up some people to follow (and hopefully some followers as well) and start tweeting under my creative business account.
Tidy Twitter. I feel the need to clean up my Creative Womens Business Twitter. There are people I stared following who I am just not clicking with. My hootesuite won’t let me unfollow on my iphone because they are on a list and I can’t work out how to take them off the list on my phone. So I want to get on my main computer to go through and delete these people who are just not working for me so I can make room for new people.
Set up Etsy for my creative business. I’ve already got an Etsy account f(or my shopping pleasure) but I want to set up an account for my creative business including the selling option so it is set up to a point for when my products are ready.
Find new blogs. It won’t all be business…. I wanna have some fun too. I want to go searching for some new blogs. To find new business related blogs to learn from, to inspire me and to guide me. I want to find some new arty blogs to meet new artists, find art in the style I like, to just see beautiful things that give me a spark – any suggestions?
I will probably also play on Pinterest and follow the links – I’ve already found some great blogs doing this. Wicked great. This should be fun and inspiring and delicious. I also want to “go tactical” by leaving comments on my favourite blogs (both my old favourites and new finds through Pinterest). I’ve read this is a great way to build friends and followers in the online world, so I will fight off my inner hermit and try to reach out to people this way. I want it to be organic and lovely and kind. To be about meeting amazing artists and new friends though, not just “tactics”…
Eer, I think I may need more than 2 weeks…..
I want to put everything I have learned this year into practice and build on what I have already done. I don’t want to do a scatter of things in a kinda sorta way and hope something works. When I say I am going tactical…. I mean I want to get serious about getting myself out there and getting things working for me to build my Big, Wild, Crazy Dream. I want to be smart about this. To get great results for every effort. To find out what works for me and what doesn’t. To move on from this crawling stage that now feels like I have outgrown it but I am hiding here. At the beginning of this adventure, being at the point I am at now was such a distant vision. Now I am here, I need to look forward. Not just a step in front of me, but to the next horizon and start walking (or even running) towards it.
Wanna come with me?