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February Recap

13 Mar

Right now I’m staring at a pile of checks, amounting to a little over $9,000, that needs a home beyond my desk.

That sounds more exciting than it is.

Really, it’s the accumulation of a couple months in revenue and I’m really bad about getting to the bank.

Still, I’d like to think that one day that, and more, will be my regular monthly deposit.

Notice that I’m nearly two weeks late in getting this out? I needed emotional distance from certain aspects of February before I could write about any of it. 

The biggest business highlight last month was doing a four-week incubator/mastermind group. Last year I wrote down a goal to participate in Marie Forleo’s adventure mastermind within the next three years.

The opportunity to do a local mastermind through an amazing networking group of female entrepreneurs here in Hawaii, called Social Wahines, fell into my lap, and I decided to jump on it. While I can’t get too specific about the ideas/products/businesses/and personal goals that were incubated, I’ll just say anyone who is able to join a well matched mastermind group, should. Incredible.

Secondly, I made goals to recruit a creative type and a bookkeeper to our team for socialKINE (my social media management business). Many new business owners struggle with when to hire. While we’re still a young company, I’m confident that:

less money now (due to paychecks) = more time for brilliance = a greater payoff in the end

The final professional highlight in February was being coached by Ruth Zive. I’m a huge believer in working with the best while you develop your own expertise and niche, and my experience with Ruth was a testimonial to that theory. Her suggestions for moving forward were worth every penny.

So you see? February was chugging along…just fine…until the very end…when any focus for business (or anything at all) was train wrecked. Let’s just say, a huge chunk of unexpected white space suddenly filled my life. Le sigh. Had one of those weeks (ahem, or longer) where I had Eat, Pray, Love playing on a loop. In fact, I may have had a couple of these moments:

(and, this)

There is a part in the book and at the end of the movie where Elizabeth Gilbert says:

“Some people come into your life to reveal another layer of yourself to you…they break your heart open so new light can get in…

…In the end, I’ve come to believe in something I call The Physics of the Quest. A force in nature governed by laws as real as the laws of gravity.

The rule of Quest Physics goes something like this: If you’re brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting, which can be anything from your house to bitter, old resentments, and set out on a truth-seeking journey, either externally or internally, and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher and if you are prepared, most of all, to face and forgive some very difficult realities about yourself, then the truth will not be withheld from you.”

I took the opportunity of the unexpected to clean out my life a little: had some important honesty talks, opened a few doors, closed a few doors, deleted a million voicemails, and allowed God to sort out some critical details for me. In the end, I’m counting on it to all turn out just fine. I’m at least 77 percent sure that it will.

March revolves around finishing my thesis and closing a chapter. I’ll have income from ongoing projects, but I literally couldn’t care less about finances for the next couple months. I’ll be finishing my master’s degree, packing up my life, traveling during April (stay tuned…), and am settling somewhere new (yet, old) for the summer. There’s a story there; I’ll tell it later.

In the meantime, let us all carry on.

Mele Kalikimaka

21 Dec

Just packed my bags and am headed to the mainland for Christmas tomorrow. 

Best wishes to you all for happy holidays.

And just for fun:

Hulihe`e Christmas 2011

I’m on Twitter

4 Nov

“Create Twitter account.” Check. 

There’s a button, now, to the left where you can follow me if you should like. 

 

 

Whew! Time To Breathe

27 Oct

Whew.

I’ve felt, for the past two months, that I’ve been caught in a tornado of new projects, grad school, and life events.

Here is the run-down.

Professionally:

  • 2 extremely fast turn around projects
  • 4 normal paced projects
  • 3 new, on-going clients
  • A new business venture

Personally:

  • My last semester of coursework in graduate school
  • Lots of life events experienced with very close friends (a death, a baby, a big move, a breakup)
  • A trip to the mainland for my little brother’s wedding (last week)

In short, it’s been nothing short of exhausting. Even bliss can tucker you out. Though money is always good, I think I’ll be taking the month of November easier, in order to catch up on school and finally catch and keep up with my ongoing clients. More soon…

 

 

 

To All 10 of My Readers

11 Oct

Aloha readers,

After some site analysis, I have good reason to believe there are about 10 of you. (Mom, are you one of them?)

 I am honestly surprised by the numbers. Since I haven’t promoted this blog very much (which actually means, hardly at all), I’m thrilled to see a small little trickle of daily hits. 

You’ve been good company. I’m intrigued. 

Who are you? What brought you here? What projects are you working on? Anything you’d like me to write on?

Would love to meet you! Please begin your introduction in the comments below. 

 

My New Gig: About.com

4 Oct

Good news!

After a somewhat lengthy application process, I recieved word that I’ll be a new guide at About.com. (Hip, hip!)

I’m excited for a few reaons. First, it will be a fun way to explore one of my passions. Second, it will provide consistent income. Third, who knows what other opportunities it may lead to. 

Last night, I read a post from Danielle LaPorte entitled: thank you. i won’t let you down. It’s a must read. She delivers a powerful message based on an observation about this little starlet-in-training, Rachel Crow (see video below).

Ahem.

Dear Clients, Family, Friends, Loved Ones, Universe, and Buddy (our faithful dog who takes a daily walk with me):

Thank you. I won’t let you down.

I’ll let you know when my site goes live. In the meantime, any others About Guides out there? Tips to share?

Resource Roundup for Freelance Writers

20 Sep

Recently, I scouted out resources for freelance writers. Here are some of the best: 

The WritersDigest is one of the best print magazines for writers, and it has a pretty good website too. They also publish the Best 101Resources for Writers, which you can download when you subscribe to the weekly newsletter

Covering everything from blogging to freelance writing to technical writing Freelance Writing Jobs sends out daily listings.

FreelanceSuccess is a paid subscription newsletter but worth the investment for experienced freelancers.

For updates on the publishing industry few sites beat Media Bistro

Chris Guillebeau continually enlightens the world with his ideas and guides on how to live unconventionally. Here is his free guide to being an overnight success in 279 days. 

ProBlogger is one of the best resources for learning how to produce a profitable blog. Sign up for the newsletter and join over 167,000 hobby and pro bloggers.

Debi Ridpath Ohi (the old Inkspot editor) has generously published a Writer’s Guide to Twitter on her website. Bless her heart.  

And finally, Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) on nurturing creativity: 

 

Anyone else out there? What are your favorites?

 

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