When It Comes To Your Hustle…

You control:

  • Who your clients are
  • How much you charge
  • Your work environment and where you meet clients
  • How many hours you put in
  • How you market and advertise
  • How you can be reached
  • How often you take breaks and vacations
  • If you scale up
  • If it turns into a business
  • If it just pays down debt or pays off some bills
  • If it stays a hustle
  • Your equipment and tools
  • Your network and crowd
  • Your continued education
  • How far can you go

You are in control.

Sunday, Plan Day

Happy December 1st!

I am working on day four of my five day Thanksgiving break… and I love it! I love time off no matter how I get it. I got these five days off as a fluke but I’m not complaining. I’ve been resting, eating and even doing some planning for 2020. Which, in my opinion, is what December is all about.

I met with three notary clients over the span of four days…. love it! Maybe turning one of those clients into a consulting client in the near future. Working on a social media client’s editorial calendar, but will be rolling her into the consulting umbrella as well. December is looking pretty good even on day one.

With that being said, I know we idly use the phrase: Sunday, Funday, but let’s starting thinking of Sundays as day we use to plan and plot our next course of action. Our next steps. To really think about where we’re going and what steps we’re gonna take to get there. We don’t have to have it all figured out each every Sunday, but being able to chip away every week would be lovely. Don’t you agree?

So here’s to Sunday, Plan Day! And may you steer your way to accomplishing your biggest goals.

This Thanksgiving…

I am thankful for:

  • The job I started earlier this year
  • The part time business I pushed to be better
  • The opportunity to visit friends
  • The opportunity to travel and see family
  • To challenge myself
  • To grow my network
  • To support other women
  • The car I was able to lease
  • The positive changes I was able to make in my life
  • The food on table
  • The roof over my head
  • The clothes on my back
  • And each day I got to wake up and see

Happy Thanksgiving. I hope your year has been bountiful as well.

Happy Friday: Whirlwind

Happy Friday, ladies and gentlemen!

I know, I know… I gave this speech about making these last months great and getting back to regularly sharing with you all and what do I do? Disappear again.

But not really.

I just got back from visiting some friends in North Carolina and took some much needed vacay. Prior to that, I had three programs at work I needed to wrap up while I launched a new one — one I am currently in the middle of completing. And still managing my side hustles and part time business while I prepare to launch another part time business dedicated to hustling.

Work has really ramped up to end on a positive and well prepared note for 2020. It’s been a very whirlwind November for me and trust and believe I am happy to see it come to a closure. Especially with me getting 5 days off for Thanksgiving, none of which constitutes as my vacation days.

I’m happy that I got a chance to drop in today. I hope November has not been as crazy for you for as it feels like it’s been for me. I’m going to do my best to end 2019 strong with you all I look forward to what the new year will bring us.

Happy Friday!!!😊

Happy Friday: And Exhale…

Girl, I had plans to be all over this site with some fabulous updates to roll out for the new year. But as you can see, nope! This was my hell week at work. And not like ‘I hate my life’ kind of hell. More like I was running four programs over the course of this week, three of which were back-to-back. And that meant preparing for the next program the day of a program I also had to prepare for. Ugh.

And although I’ll never admit this to an employer, I work amazingly well under pressure. It’s not my ideal work situation, but when my back is against the wall, I can perform. And the programs were pretty successful and the director of my organization had pleasant things to say about their overall outcome.

That’s no excuse for not sharing with you amazing hustlers in the making, I I just wanted to let you know where I was at this week. You’re not neglected, I promise. I just had to take of what take cares of the bills. Right?

On this Veteran’s day weekend, I wish you success as you map out and plan how you will rock 2020. I’ll be making the same effort. It’s also my mother’s birthday weekend and with that comes a mini family reunion.

Till next week, keep hustlin’ your way to your dreams!

Word of the Week: Recharge

Recharge yourself

How do you recharge?

I search for jazz music on YouTube and play them in the background while I’m working, reading or cleaning.

I pull out a journal or planner and start listing things I want to accomplish in the next couple of weeks or months or for the following year.

I nap. Ain’t gonna lie, that’s my favorite one. And I try to get a nap in at least once a week.

I call a friend and shoot the breeze. Bounce ideas off of them.

Pout myself a glass of wine, sit at the computer and write. Currently working on book #3.

I think it’s very important that we find ways to recharge and that we find multiple ways to do so. We may not always have immediate access to our regularly used tools so we need to be able to go to the next channel and recharge that way.

How do you recharge?

This Week’s Goal: “Unsubscribe”

Unsubscribe

I know there are apps and tools that can help me do this, but I kind of enjoy the process of reviewing certain email subscriptions and either unsubscribing from it or keeping it. It’s very much like when I edit my closet: to keep this dress or not keep this dress. That is the question. And most of the time, anything I haven’t worn in 6 months has to go.

Same thing with email subscriptions: if I haven’t made time to read the email or I find that I automatically delete it without reading it, I probably should just unsubscribe. But what’s the big deal with this? Why am I paying this any mind?

Yesterday, I almost deleted an email from a prospect client because when I skimmed through my inbox, I thought the client’s email was one of those recruiter emails telling me about a job opening that also asks I forward the email to anyone who I think would be a good fit for the position. I couldn’t differentiate between a client message and junk email because I have too many messages in my inbox.

Unsubscribing I shall go. Besides, why would I want messages in my inbox I don’t read or even acknowledge anyways? It takes up time deleting them and distracts from the messages I should be focused on. And since we’re all together trying to crush 2020 with our head start over these next two months, we don’t need no distractions.

Working 5 to 9: It’s the Final Countdown

I don’t know about you ladies out there, but the next 6 weeks for me are going to be super crazy busy for me. Between work, launching a new side business, taking on new clients, trying to close out the year on a high swing and on a completed note, I’ve got a lot to get done before 2020 rolls around.

Last night I had back to back conference calls with two clients: one regular, one prospect. I still need to get some content ideas over to another client by the end of this week for a project I accepted and I got to prepare for some workshops we’re launching at work.

But doesn’t it always feel the same? At the end of every year, wrapping it up closing it out? This year feels a little more intense because I’m not where I was four or five years ago and I’m in a position where I have a voice and I influence impact.  But I enjoy it.  all the challenges that’s come my way. I’ve been enjoying every second of it.  I just look at this moment in time, this chaotic moment as a snapshot of the juggling act I’ll be doing for myself when I make the full leap to self employed individual.

Just counting down to it.  That, and the new year.  What does the rest of 2019 look like for you?