I've got to admit I'm in the midst of some confusing, busy times...but they're incredibly stimulating and rewarding as well. I thought I'd pause for an honest post on the Good and Bad at the moment. Photo above a random shot of me crafting/hanging crap before packing orders and rushing out for a kitchen shift before coming home late in the evening to write early into the morning. Note the eyes- so tired. The background; messy. Gah!
Good 1) I've Still Got It: Success Applying For Marketing and Writing Gigs
I submitted my resume and writing samples out and already have some freelance marketing and writing gigs lined up. I'm so excited to stretch the marketing muscles again and set clients up with PR, social media, and content marketing strategies. A recent quote from a potential new hire means a lot coming from an entrepreneur of his caliber; WalMart is one of his clients:
I'm Impressed. Like, you have me wowed. And I've lived in Austin & San Francisco so I'm comparing you with the talent over there.
Good 2) I Started My Back-To-School Process and Qualify For Grants
Thanks all for your honest feedback on my last to college or not discussion. I'm attempting a school come-back! My grants look very promising and I'm excited to continue to get through school for free or close to it.
Now to decide between journalism and photojournalism- so hard to choose between two loves! It's like robots and dinosaurs--- don't make me choose! Leaning toward photojournalism.
I feel happy to have a direction and path with it and sincerely want to use the knowledge I'll gain from it to make connections and land positions that will help as many people as possible. I want to work harder on woman's/animal right, whole living, and of course, creative/art causes. I want to make a big impact!
Good 3) Making Friends, Going Out, Exploring, Letting Go
I've been making new friends, getting outside as much as possible again and exploring new things: vital for the future of a writer/creator and just good for the soul in general. I've also let go on perfection on bit - not striving to complete as much, not worrying if a blog post isn't done on time or perfect (more on that below) and other work-related things I tend to punish myself by staying inside for if they're not completed. I have many trips, festivals, work-out classes, and bike rides planned already!
Bad 1) Hard to Check in on my Antique Mall Booth
It's just torture to try to get to my antique mall booth to switch it out with all the other balls I'm juggling. I also lost my price tag stamp and I'm waiting for on the new one to be shipped in from the UK. The energy runs out there but I'm trying to get back on this, it's a personal goal of mine to brand out my upcoming new booth and make it as fully stocked and beautiful as possible. Actually, my Etsy shop could use some loving too.
Bad 2) My List Isn't Anywhere Near Complete
I only have a few days left to make a dent in my 15 Crazy Goals list, time to get cracking today and tomorrow, ah!
Bad 3) Decision Paralysis Continues to Plague Me
I want to 1) Be way ahead on blog posts 2) have my sponsored banner/business cards finished 3) Have planned guest posts completed 5) Change the "Thrift Core" business/blog name...
but decision paralysis neurosis bullcrap is making it so incredibly difficult. I want it all to look good, read right and receive good feedback and it's really holding me back. Sometimes I want to turn off comments because I compare posts that have a lot to posts that have fewer and less comments can sometimes make me feel like I didn't succeed with my post, but I leave them on to encourage me to strive harder with my content.
There are always going to be ups-and-downs and we strive to improve our lives. Confusion, anxiety, paralysis, nervousness, fear, insecurity, being a broke bohemian (formerly decently-paid writer) barely being paid for hours put in- I'm experiencing a lot! Yet two nights ago I had a vivid dream that all the insecurities were shed, I was in New York City confidently strutting into my dream writing job in a sleek urban high rise. I'll continue to channel dream-me's confidence, it's been working wonders thus far.
Tag, you're it: What are three good and three bad things going on in your life? Would love for us to vent in the comments. And of course, would love any suggestions on improving my neurosis, too. Would you like a once a week and/or once a week business-behind-the-scenes update posts?