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I am constantly amazed and inspired by stories of people just like you and me who take the initiative to change their lives and follow their dreams. Day 6 of the Suitcase Entrepreneur 30 Day Blog Challenge focuses on case studies of those who transitioned to living life on their own terms. I encourage you to read more and if you haven’t joined the challenge already it’s not too late! Today’s writing prompt is:
What are my three priorities for the next 30 days that will move me closer towards living life on my own terms?
- Get to work! I would like my business to be solely online, a virtual resource accessible to anyone, anywhere. That being said over the next 30 days I need to work on writing a business plan, identifying the services I want to focus on and completing my website. I must admit I’ve struggled a bit with what services I would like to offer. Obviously I love social media marketing and defining a plan for content marketing. My strengths lie in planning and time-management, however I want to pass on what I have learned and empower my clients to reach their goals.
- Challenge myself! I think my biggest competition is myself and through the 30 Day Blog Challenge I have set a goal to write every single day for 30 days. This is a huge goal for me because when I first started my blog I did not have a focus, I wrote every month or so and this year I made a resolution to blog more. (It’s working!) I’m also challenging myself to run a half-marathon before the end of the year since fitness energizes me and helps me stay motivated. I’m not a runner by any means but I think discipline and training will help in other areas of life.
- Test it out! What I need to do next is plan an international trip, it’s time to go, my traveling feet are itching and I’m ready to explore. I’m working towards spending two weeks in New Zealand in Winter 2014, hoping from spot to stop every couple of days, meeting new friends and enjoying an indescribable experience. I plan to blog often and keep my virtual business with me along the way.
Writing these priorities out and sharing them makes my goals a reality. Now that I’ve shared with the world now I have to focus on these dreams and make them a reality.
What are 3 priorities you need to make a reality? Share in the comments below or if you end up blogging leaving a link!
Welcome to Day 2 of the 30 Day Blog Challenge – I’m super pumped today because I just downloaded a copy of The Suitcase Entrepreneur! Have you gotten yours yet?
Getting back on target today’s prompt is:
If you woke up tomorrow and were free to do anything you wanted with your life, what would you do and who would you be?
I feel shallow sometimes thinking about all the things I want out of life, to drive a Porsche, live in a penthouse downtown and enjoy a successful career as a senior executive and entrepreneur. Truth be told I don’t know what I want out of life, especially if the sky is the limit, but I certainly know what steps I would take to achieve my dreams.
There are three ways to move forward which would involve traveling, socializing and continuing my dream to be an entrepreneur.
Travel – When I was 15 I took my first international trip to Panama for 10 days, and that was when the travel bug hit me. I spent 3 days training in Miami with about 900 excited teenagers and college students. 8 hours in an airport in Costa Rica eating fries and trying to figure out how to sleep comfortably across 3 chairs. 9 sleepovers in a spider infested Villa with 10 other girls. 1 night in an authentic Indian village with unusually large rodents and 3-day tattoo ink. A year later my adventures continued in Mexico (including an impressive view from the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon) and finally in 2009 landed in Ireland for 14 days. Ireland was quite a drastic change from South America, the air has an ancient feel to it and everyone enjoys going to the pub (I can’t blame them). Next up I’m planning a trip to New Zealand and can’t wait to share my incredible pictures!
Socializing – Social media, inbound marketing, network marketing, followers, likes, all used to describe finding friends online and in person in order to build a community. I love networking whether its finding inspirational stories online or striking up random conversations in Starbucks. I’m the kind of person who finds myself happiest with in a room full of people. There are those who pull energy from others and those who find energy from being alone. My goal is to always have that positive energy surrounding me wherever I go.
Entrepreneurship – I currently provide freelance services geared towards content management, blogging and social media marketing. Why freelance? I can do it this any where there is wi-fi and coffee, I cannot miss my coffee date with a white chocolate mocha. Entrepreneurship is exciting and challenging but totally worth it when I receive rave testimonials from thrilled clients. (You can choose those out on my website). To be honest I’m not sure where I want to take my freelance business. I love my day job and certainly want to see my own business take flight but I am unsure of the direction to take it in. My goal is to learn from others and gain as much knowledge along the way which is one reason I’m doing the 30 Day Blog Challenge. It’s not too late to join, in the words of my favorite TV Show (which is nothing like “Friends” for the record!) Challenge Accepted!
Remember those childhood hobbies?
Dreams of becoming older and taking on an exceptional vocation? Saving the world and going on a new adventure every day? No? Well maybe those childhood dreams aren’t so far off after all. My childhood dream was to become a writer and a bestselling author. Where am I today? Working in Wellness, writing on the side, dabbling in freelance and loving every minute (almost).
The thing about dreams is that as you grow, your dreams grow and change with you.
While I may not be a bestselling author today, I’m still a writer which is one of the main reasons I started this blog. I’ve found that stories are powerful, and when shared even better whether your format is through songwriting, poetry, painting or design. I love networking and blogging gives me another ready to stay social and learn from other artists.
As a writer I’ve found the most joy comes from blogging and sharing with you. My goal has been to reach those who want to share, discuss and find some inspiration to take the path less traveled in the story of your life.
After all one of the most important part of life is have the confidence to be you and stay true to your dreams.
You’ve heard this said again and again but I want to encourage those who desire to live outside the box, it’s a journey but it will be worth it.I’m always looking for a Challenge and am thrilled to be apart of this journey discussing topics by The Suitcase Entrepreneur.
What are your childhood dreams and how has that changed the story of your life?
As you have noticed by now my blog tends to focus on many topics including general interest, new technology, good reads, places to buy shoes etc. Check out on a personal note for more reasons why. I keep this blog as a journal for creative release and believe some of you-not the broad consumer market but the small creative niche market – might be interested in reading, liking, sharing and commenting on different topics. So far so good.
I could focus on the book I self-published: Gywn’s Tale a short young adult fantasy.
I could focus on 45 Days of Shoes and fashion trends via Instagram.
I could focus on being a freelance entrepreneur and how gaining clients and working on projects is fun and exciting.
However there are plenty of sites that have a very focused blogs and messaging. So without further ado here are my three tips on defining your focus:
- What are you interested in? What are your passions? Because you’ll be writing about something you know you’ll be able to provide better tips suggestions and recommendations for your readers.
- Define your market. We can’t all be Wal-Mart a one stop shop for everything! Where do you go for fashion advice? To Wal-Mart or to the fashion blog where you saw some unique trends you’d like to add to your collection? If you have a travel blog I want to see pictures and if you’re sharing unique gadgets well your blog just became by gadget go to blog. My weird gadget pick of the day: It’s a lamp, it’s a book it’s a lamp book
- What happens if you don’t have a focus? Nothing. Not to say that you won’t get readers, likes and re-blogs it will just be harder to find a place to share your message.
Yes I am preaching to the choir. Carry on writing and share a link to your focused or unfocused blog. What are the pros and cons you have found?
True iconoclasts don’t just happen upon a novel approach. Their brains are actually wired in a way that makes them more likely to take the road less traveled
– Joe Robinson, Entrepreneur Magazine
Going against the norm has been a fun part of my life, anything from figuring out an easier way to doing a math problem (which did not always work out as teachers expect to see your work) to figuring out how to make a mid-senior level salary upon college graduation (work 3 jobs you’ll make plenty!).
However in the work place I’ve found I’m really good at doing what’s been done before. Why? Because taking a risk on the workplace is…well…risky. Lately I’ve been having more creative ideas and although sometimes shot down it’s becoming much easier to take a risk and think outside the box. As Entrepreneur magazine states that’s why people start businesses. They have a creative idea and have enough ambition to go with it. I want to be more like that so here’s to my journey down the road less traveled.