Okay. I’m coming off of hiatus and shifting things back into gear.
No pressure, right?
I was suppose to have my book published earlier this year back in April, but was having trouble with converting the layout specifications and making sure it looked how I wanted it too look. But since none of that was going according to plan, I took a break. Then stayed on break. No more.
What was the point of me writing this booking if I was never going to publish and it share it with the world? A waste of an opportunity. So, I’m giving myself seven days to do what I’ve put on the back burner for about two months to complete. Nervous? Yes. Excited? Hell, yes.
And although I want this finished product to be perfect, I don’t expect it to be. But I definitely want it to be out there for readers’ consumption. And it can never be that if I never publish it. So… fingers crossed that I encounter less bumps and headaches finishing the final steps. And this time – for real – I’ll let you know when it’s available.
Some odd weeks ago… maybe even months, I was supposed to be working on a friend’s website for her candle making business and have completed it. Well, needless to say that didn’t happen. And I’ve been feeling guilty ever since because it’s taken me so long to get working on it.
However, with 85% completion of this current client’s website, I now have the time to dedicate to tackling Lesa’s website. YAY!!! Yay for her and yay for me. For her, obviously, because her website gets done. For me, because I then have one less thing pending on my plate screaming for attention to get done. All in all, it’s a win-win all around.
Now, I have been working on related work for Lesa’s website and that is compiling a photos I’ve been taking that will be used on her website as well as he Facebook page. I easily have a few dozen photos I can use and play with to build up her online presence and help steer her marketing efforts. So that part has gone started already. I am not going to commit to having her website completed by next Wednesday, although that would be lovely. I will have major progress on both the Facebook site and website done and look forward to sharing that with you. And by all means, please tell me what you really think when you see it.
I been whining about how sluggish I’ve been feeling throughout this May. I go to work, give a 100%, then come home but somehow am too tired to give myself even 10%. Which is not what we hustlers are about. Granted, we don’t have endless energy and stamina. And we probably face burnout much more than the average person, but to come home and not even try to give something for myself. This was becoming unacceptable very quickly.
So I took a step back and examine critical actions I wasn’t taking or those I was making excuses for. Like, why am I watching so much TV? No, seriously. I subscribe to Netflix, Hulu and Prime. Which means, I’ll never miss a show or movie. It’ll be there as long as I’m still interested in watching it. So why was I wasting value hours on the flat screen boob tube? Procrastination? Avodiance? Laziness? D, all of the above. Or, I’m assuming as much.
So, my goal this week is to start removing distractions. First, with TV. Sorry, Netflix. How I’ve come to love to watch your new shows and movies. But I need to utilize the small amount of time I have after work to focus on my goals. And those goals are to become successfully and abundantly self employed.
Care to join me?
I don’t know why, but I’ve been feeling super lazy and sluggish in May. For no logical reason. I haven’t been hustling as hard as I should be. I haven’t been coming home and knocking things off my list and completing client projects. I’ve been acting like… I don’t care about my goals. Or, it feels like I don’t care because I haven’t put in any muscle behind what I need and want to be doing.
But in fact, this is just a cycle I go through. Something in my life is causing me more stress than I realize and rather than tackle that stressor or address it, I procrastinate with everything else I need to do. As if putting a pause on work, I’m pausing other outside troubling forces.
I don’t know. All I know is I need to do is shake off this bad May feeling off. I need to get off my ass and go into overdrive.
No excuses. No laziness. No procrastination. Just pure hustle.
I talk a lot about hustling, why I think it’s important every woman has a side hustle, how a side hustle can bring in extra income and set one up for self employment, should you so desire. But, there’s gotta be a commitment to the side hustle if the end game is about financial and career freedom. Because ultimately, that’s what I want.
So, it’s time for me to stop playing small and set my intentions. I really need to set myself up for the success I only see on my vision board. I need to plan, strategize and execute as if 2019 is the only year I’m given this opportunity. I need to go to bed every night with a goal in mind for the next day. And wake up every morning executing that goal.
Yes, I need to finish some websites. Yes, I need to clear, clean and organize the hell out my stuff and life. But more importantly, I need set my intentions towards the life I know I want to lead.
I believe I’m ready to make that commitment to myself. How ’bout you?
This week I want to focus on procrastinating less and getting more into my grind. And I am so guilty when comes to putting things off but I can’t afford to do so anymore. I really need to get back into the swing of hustling like I was in my 20s… minus late nights and scrambled thougts. And really poor note-taking.
What I really need to do is focus moreso on the things that will serve me in the long run. Such as getting back to reading more. And focusing on eating healthy and working out. And networking. Y’know, the things that matter when you’re working on building something to call your own.
And I use to be so good at carving that time out for myself. But now, I feel like I’m slacking. Like I’m not putting in enough time and energy. I feel like I’m not hustling hard enough. I feel a little disappointed in me and I want to do something to fix that. So, that’s my goal this week. Hustle the Hustle.
What are you doing this week?
I am of the firmest belief that a tidy and organized apartment is a successful apartment. Or at the very least, can be. However, I am not tidy in the least. Organized? Oh, yeah. Got several systems. Tidy? Not so much. And one would think they go hand-in-hand, but I can prove you wrong in 12 minutes. And it wouldn’t be a very proud moment.
But I’ve been working on purging since the first. I’m not cleaning or scrubbing just yet. Simply getting rid of things that no longer serve me or my goals. I like the idea of minimalism, but I don’t I’m that kind of person. I don’t mind aiming towards a minimal version of my own. But for now, I am just chucking crap that’s useless, pointless and good blocking energy.
I believe a tidy space is also a space that attracts success and good vibes. I also believe working people are going to be a little messy from time to time. I mean, if your desk is spotless and clean all the time, are you really working? I would say not, but we can debate that later. I do want the working spaces in my home to be as tidycas possible when I’m not working in the. So when I go to that space to work, I feel like I can either start anew or pick up where I left off without feeling distracted, overwhelmed or displaced.
So wish me luck. It’s day 24 and although I should be close to being done, that remains to be confirmed till the 30th. And hopefully by then I would have made a huge impact in what I don’t nees. Fingers crossed!🤞🏽
I had a portfolio a while ago. It was horrible. At least, it was horrible to me. It was – I don’t know – too simple. Too lacking. Too something of what I didn’t want. But I feel I need a portfolio. I feel like I can offer more than I am and I have so much to give and do and that I’m not harnessing my best self in the world out there.
Now, Elle and I have been talking a bit as to what I would call myself title-wise. I wouldn’t limit myself to my job and I do so many odd jobs as it is, it’s hard to neatly fit it in a box and present it to strangers.
Ideally, I want my portfolio to be a digital landscape of my work and potential. And I want it to garner me freelance projects. But finding my scope is a little more challenging than I realize. So, I thought I would display myself on a webpage and see what comes to me in the building process. I’ve already purchased the domain name and email account, so I can at least present a sense of professionalism, when contacted.
Listen, I’m not working this hard for puppies and rainbows. I’m on a mission. And it needs to show.
This week, I set a goal that was very mandatory for myself. Filing my taxes. In fact, I’ve already completed this goal as of this past Monday so I’m happy to say that it’s off my list.
However, this time around filing my taxes was a little different as it was the first time I would be claiming my notary business. And to be honest, I procrastinated. Beforehand, I was a simple 1040 or 1040EZ preparer. I would just have to plug in the numbers from my W-4, my 1098-E and thanks to the higher interest I earn with my Ally savings account, 1095-INT. All of these documents made it very easy for to complete my taxes in about 20 minutes or less. But having a part time business (side hustle), I had to add a whole new process to calculating my extra earnings.
I had to record my apartment as overhead and make sure I deducted the right amount of space for my business (300 sq. ft.). I had to calculate the my phone usage as a business expense. And I’m on a family plan. I had go through and all my notarizations for 2018 and the travel expenses (Uber) to conduct my notarizations. Yeah, this year’s taxes was much more tedious. I lot more work than I’ve done in the past.
But I’m glad I got it done before the deadline. And although I could’ve requested an extension, there was no logical reason why I needed to. Other than I had procrastinated so long.
To my fellow side hustlers reporting their income for last year taxes, I know the burden and wish you much success in getting it done.
A former coworker and friend of mine is launching a candle making business on the side (the company I keep are side hustlers too, I’m all about that life). It’s called Lesa’s Candles, obviously named after her. She’s a crafty time of person. She knits scarves (I have one), she makes lotions and creams and also candles. It’s just something she likes to do. So, after having to take a medical leave of absence from her job, she decided she was going to throw as much of her time as she could physically afford into her candle making business until she healthy and able to go back to work.
And knowing that I know a little about a lot, she asked me for my assistance with her website, which I readily agreed to do. But it’s stalled. First it was her, now it’s me. And now that I have everything from her to get started, I need to get started and finish all in one breath. I need to help her make money as if I was working on this website for me.
So that’s my goal for this week. Work on my friend’s website so she too can generate extra income and build a supplemental income stream. As all us ladies should. Once I’m done, I’ll share the link with you and can give me your honest feedback. You can hold me to both the deadline and the link to share.