Hello and welcome BACK to my blog – I say that to readers as well as to myself, as the author of this blog!
The second half of 2011 was difficult, to put it mildly. Following highs of my best freelance month ever, back in May 2011 (over $2400), and my youngest daughter’s wedding in June 2011 … I experienced the devastation of losing my Mom to cancer suddenly in July, and dealing with estate matters along with my siblings, since my Dad passed away back in 2002. Numerous other issues only compounded the difficulties and “de-motivated” me from blogging.
Now, however, 2011 has passed – 2012 is here – and it’s time to establish goals. No, this is NOT about “New Year’s Resolutions.” We all know what usually happens to THOSE even before January goes by. I’m talking about proactive plans to reach goals. I have divided mine into several primary categories, as you will see below. My personal list is much longer and more detailed, but I thought I would share a more general, briefer version here, just in case anyone is interested and/or it may prove helpful or motivational for someone else.
I have three primary clients, and they’re different enough that it keeps things interesting for me and uses slightly different, although related, skill sets.
*Access Technologies Group (ATG) – instructional design and course development.
*Smarthinking in the Online Writing Lab (OWL) – online tutoring.
*Writing – my MAIN writing client is Writer Access, so I’ll continue watching for assignments there. I may occasionally do other writing gigs, depending on what’s available.
I also need to get my freelance site (the companion to this blog), my various online profiles, and several blogs up and running, too, and maintain them on a consistent basis.
I want to put more effort into my K’Lee’s Kreations business – this includes building up an inventory of “ready to sell” items, as well as promoting my custom orders, and getting all my various sites up and running (in addition to Etsy and Bonanza). My initial plan was to have my main site feature the entire business, then use smaller sites to feature specialized areas or products.
For both freelance and entrepreneurial goals, I need to put more effort into promoting and marketing myself.
I would like to take courses or otherwise learn more about grant writing, white papers, press releases, ebooks, and those types of specialized areas of writing that I see job leads for frequently.
I need to achieve a consistent schedule for doing my grad course work, so I’m not always running behind and stressed out! I’m pursuing my ultimate goal of a doctoral degree, specifically an Ed.D. (Doctor of Education) in a dual concentration of Educational Technology and E-Learning. This is a fully online program through Northcentral University. I am currently on my 9th course, so I still have about two to three years to go! I want to use this degree to get better and higher paying jobs in instructional design, curriculum/course development, and online tutoring/course facilitation.
*Achieve better health – lose weight, eat better, get more sleep, exercise regularly.
*Write my first book, finally – my “fire story” from 1985.
*Allow for more “me” time to do whatever – or nothing – without feeling guilty!
*Stash money away in the savings account on a consistent basis.
*Do something “crafty-creative” every day – whether it’s working on an actual project, or skimming through magazines and books for ideas, or designing/planning the next project.
**Happy New Year to all – and to all, a good night!**
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