A few weeks ago I stumbled on the recorded sessions of conference hosted by ConvertKit. Craft + Commerce is a conference for professional bloggers earning a living from their craft. Anyway during my youtube binge watching I found Sean Wes. His talk resonated with me because I’ve been trying to force myself back into the writing habit for years.
I used to write everyday on my blog and for other brands and their blogs on the regular. For the last seven years, I’ve been able to craft posts in sporadic bursts. But for the most part my blog has been pretty stagnant. This year I’m going to change that.
This year I have to change it. So I bought Sean Wes’s book, Overlap, which talks about finding a job that will allow you to pursue your passions and create the life you want. Since he and I have a similar background both previous web developers and both write. I figured it would be worth the read.
There is a section in the book about goal setting. I combined this information and another thought provoking exercise from Jen Sincero’s book, You Are a Badass to write down:
- The life you want to live and/or a day in the life scenario.
- Goals to get me there.
So here is my combined response to both.
A Day in the Life
I’m walking in from scenic run through the city. This is my favorite part of living the nomad lifestyle, you get to hit the pavement in so many different places. Today, is booked with different activities. My daughter is flying in from Chicago for a quick visit and I have to pick her up around 2pm. She’s been working on tour with her best friend. They have been dancing together for 5 years. I also have a coaching meeting with one of my clients and I’m being interviewed for the CoSchedule podcast in a few hours.
My assistant, and I sit down to review next months content schedule. Afterwards, I jump in the shower and get ready to meet my son and husband for lunch at a robotics convention.
I’ve struggled for years with my skinny fat figure but I have finally found the best regime to get my physique in check. Now I run 5 times a week in the early morning combined with circuit training and yoga on consecutive days. Running and meditation are my new caffeine.
We’ve been living in Spain for the last month and I’m falling in love with the architecture. I hope I can convince the Hubs to rent a flat outside of the city. It’s great to visit the different places I visited as a child. Next month I will meet my sister in Japan for a second time before heading back the US to spend time with family.
We’ve been living without a car for the past 10 months, so I can’t wait to get back to the states to drive. Going electric was the best decision ever, I’m sure my dad is enjoying driving the cars around while we are away. I know my husband is missing his Tesla right now.
My assistant, Sam, walks into my office. Jade & James is going to be featured in Forbes.com as the best resource for inspiring Kidpreneurs. They want to meet for an interview in-person or video chat.
After some mediation, I hope on the phone with one of my clients. I’ve been working with her and her non-profit since I started the business. We have been working together to help reduce sex trafficking. Her non-profit has trained and coached 2,000 plus girls how to code. Many of them have gone on to work for Facebook and Google and even launch their own business. In fact, one of them is my new client. My client, Nicole, asks me about what I’m going to say during the Podcast. And I’m reminded of the day that turned my life around.
I was working at Disney, contracting as a Content Strategist. It was coming out of a work divorce and man it was an ugly one. And I had my guard up big time, to this day, I wonder if anyone noticed. Anyway, I finished a marathon of audio books on mindfulness, writing, habit, grit, mindset, and how to be a badass. And the three biggest takeaways from all that is this.
- Write everyday
- Write down your goals and life you want to lead
- Meditate daily
From that moment my life changed. I was no longer scared to make changes in my life. I know longer accepted that this is how my life will be. I paved my own path and stopped listening to the negative rage that perched on my shoulder everyday.
I wrote out my goals and kept plowing through them. This is what I had on my list.
- To own my money and not let my money own me.
- To create a resource that matches kids and mentors to allow them to start carving out their future early
- To live the nomad lifestyle for a year or more.
- To help non-profits, social change and lifestyle brands grow their business online.
- To write and publish content that sells
- To raise two kids and give them all they need to be successful in life.
- To go on a week-long vacation every year with my family.
- To create on online store selling my fathers photography work and helping him teach an online photography course.
- To go on weekend getaways with my sister and/or friends once a month.
- To own several properties that we lease out to airbnb when not is use. We have a cute little condo in Seattle, a tiny space in Maryland (that my parent frequent every 6 months) and our house in California.
- Transition $100k salary to $100k to independent work.
- In 12 months increase my BizzieLiving subscribers to 1500.
- In 12 months increase my Bizzie Media subscribers to 1000.
Those were my goals. I wrote them in my passion planner, on my office wall and in my bathroom and read them every single day. Every Single Day.