Motivation Monday is Back – Did You START Something?

Don’t Go Starting Something!!

Or Maybe You SHOULD?

 

 

Welcome (or welcome back) to my K. Lee Banks, EdD, Inspired Freelance Consultant blog, where I endeavor to share daily motivational and/or inspirational thoughts that will hopefully uplift your spirit and speak to your life in some way.  (I also endeavor to blog DAILY on my Words of Encouragement blog, if you’re interested in checking that one out!)

 

But, as I’m sure is obvious to those who visit frequently and/or who subscribe to this blog, I have been absent nearly the whole month of January. Other obligations and circumstances kept taking over, regardless of my attempts to control and redirect them. The result, I confess, was a less than pleasant attitude, and very little activity here on my blog!

 

Honestly, I finally had to just let go of certain situations, change my attitude, and take care of other things before I could once again turn my attention back to blogging!

 

 

SO … back to Motivation Monday, per my blogging schedule!

 

I am thankful for this last week of January, heading into the new month of February on Thursday.  It’s a good time to assess what has worked, what has NOT worked, what changes I need to make, and how I can continue to grow in various areas of my life.

 

I think this is especially important since my motto or phrase for 2018 is “change and growth.”

 

 

Have you heard the expression,Don’t go starting something“? I usually hear it directed at people getting into a heated discussion or planning some kind of retribution.

 

Of course, I hear it at home sometimes, too, when it’s close to bedtime and my darling hubby is trying to make sure I get to bed at a reasonable hour!

 

“Don’t go starting something”  – but then again, maybe you should! It’s one thing to have a dream or a goal – it’s quite another to take proactive steps to achieve your goal.

 

I find it fascinating how often an inspirational thought I’ve read goes along well with a concept I blog about. For instance:

 

“Are you just spinning your wheels and not really getting anywhere in your life? Maybe it’s time to stop trying to drive a parked car!

If you are doing nothing with your life because you are not sure what to do, then I recommend… begin trying some things.

You cannot drive a parked car. Get your life out of ‘park’ and get moving in some direction. As we take steps of faith, our destinies unfold.”

Joyce Meyer

I know when I “came home” to work in February 2008, I had to start something to replace my lost income from my previous work as a traveling speech therapist.  Oddly enough, while I had enjoyed writing for over 20 years in various informal capacities, I had never seriously considered pursuing it as a career. When the opportunity presented itself out of necessity, I started my freelance consultant business, concentrating on writing, editing, and instructional design. It’s amazing to think I’m now entering my 11th year in this career, and have since added curriculum development, course writing, assessment writing, and ELA specialist services!

 

 

 

I also started my own home-based business, K’Lee’s Kreations, MANY years back, but became more serious about it when I moved here to Maine 15 years ago. I took a business course sponsored by Maine Centers for Women, Work, and Community called New Ventures and it was at that time I received encouragement to invest in my own imprinting equipment to add to my business, as I had previously been outsourcing the imprinting to another female entrepreneur in Maine. It was a good thing to start, and continues to be the most popular type of product I make.

 

      Tote bag with imprinted photos

 

 

So what do I want to start NOW?

 

     I want to start handling my current freelance business more professionally and efficiently.

 

     I want to start on the path toward being a well-known blogger with a following, so I can make a difference in people’s lives. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll eventually start earning money from blogging, like many dedicated and hard-working bloggers already do!

 

     I want to start creating an inventory of my “kreations” and start promoting my K-Lee’s Kreations business more consistently.

 

     I want to start (actually CONTINUE) my quest to learn more…about blogging, my freelance business, my craft business, and other interests.

 

 

 

So What About YOU?

 

Is there something YOU should be starting?

 

Do you have an idea for a business that you have put off? What’s keeping you from moving forward with your idea?

 

 

 

 

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53 comments to “Motivation Monday is Back – Did You START Something?”

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  1. Nelly - January 29, 2018 Reply

    I want to start my teaching career. I want to be more serious on all my goals as well.
    BTW I checked out your online store, very nice stuff on there.

  2. Cassie S - January 29, 2018 Reply

    I have been wanting to start my own personal styling business for a long time but fear has stopped me from that. I am fearful of failure but I am not going to let that stop me anymore. I love your Monday motivation posts! They always brighten my Monday. Thanks for giving us all courage and that extra boost we need on a Monday. xx

  3. Joleisa - January 29, 2018 Reply

    I am starting with believing in myself that I have what it takes to make a living from home. I am also aware that if I keep doing the same old things in the same old ways, I will get the same od results. So it;s time to make changes.

  4. Victoria - January 29, 2018 Reply

    This post is inspirational, you do so much! There’s so much I’ve been wanting to start but I’m extremely over analytical and I’ll talk myself out something way too easily. I just need to stop thinking and start doing.

  5. Ashley - January 29, 2018 Reply

    I recently started a new series on my blog and it has been a lot of fun. I think this is a great way to keep yourself accountable.

  6. Ana De- Jesus - January 29, 2018 Reply

    I am so inspired by you and how successful you are. You took the opportunity to follow your dreams and set up your own freelance consultancy business which you have been running for 11 years.It just goes to show that if you have the passion and motivation to succeed you can do it. I hope that you are able to grow your blog to the extent that you want and tick off your other goals too. I actually did go ‘starting something’ this year! I co-founded an events company and created and set up an entire blog event in the space of three weeks!
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  7. Heather - January 29, 2018 Reply

    Ha ha! I always start stuff…its often the not finishing that gets me in trouble. I’ve been really good since moved though. I’ve learned to not put too much on my plate so that I truly finish what I start. It feels great to finish a project!

  8. LeeAnn - January 29, 2018 Reply

    I am finally taking the leap to creating a course that I hope to sell and take my blog income to the next level!

  9. Aduke Schulist - January 29, 2018 Reply

    That car analogy is great. You can’t get anywhere in park. You do need to start moving to progress.

  10. Lisa Favre - January 29, 2018 Reply

    I am excited for a new month as well. January was really great so far so I’m looking forward to awesome things this February!

  11. Kelli - January 29, 2018 Reply

    Thus is my year where I too want to start something. The more I learn about the culture/business of blogging the more I realize I don’t know squat. Just taking each day at a time and trying to stay grounded.

  12. Jenn @ EngineerMommy - January 29, 2018 Reply

    I have a lot on my to-do list for this week. This motivation monday is reminding me of everything I have to accomplish over the next few days.
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  13. Bill Sweeney - January 29, 2018 Reply

    I feel we can always use some motivation and inspiration. I like your daily blog topics.

  14. Terri Steffes - January 29, 2018 Reply

    I, too, have a doctorate and I KNOW I should start an education blog but I don’t. I don’t know why. Something seems to stop me every time.

  15. Joely Smith - January 29, 2018 Reply

    Love these quotes! It is so helpful to be reminded to keep pushing, not give up, and that things do get better, whatever each person is going through.
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  16. Jenna - January 29, 2018 Reply

    I needed this kick in the butt today! With the cold and all the snow we got, it’s been killing my motivation. I need to suck it up and get stuff done!!

  17. Emily Fata, www.EmulatingEmily.com - January 29, 2018 Reply

    I love these motivation Monday quotes — I missed them while you were away! This is a great one to come back to. 🙂 Glad to have you back writing!
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  18. Melinda - January 29, 2018 Reply

    I like the metaphor of getting our lives out of park or spinning our wheels. I definitely have caught myself in those places and it can be hard to get myself out, but once I do, I feel a new resolution to kill it!

  19. Megan B - January 29, 2018 Reply

    Thanks for this Monday Motivation! It was much needed today 🙂 What a great collection of quotes. x

  20. Evelyn, PathofPresence.com - January 29, 2018 Reply

    Good on you for starting so many things. I’ve always taken the quote “You will miss 100% of the shots you do not take” (not verbatim) so I’m always ready to begin. What’s mine to do is to begin, again and again is upon each new day – full of possibilities, to live life with courageous embrace. xo Blessings and gratitude, Evelyn, Path of Presence
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  21. Leah - January 29, 2018 Reply

    I love these! I have so many novels floating around in my head. I want to/need to just sit down and start writing.

  22. Heather - January 29, 2018 Reply

    I can never get enough inspiration and motivation. It helps me to keep going, so thank you!

  23. Marysa - January 30, 2018 Reply

    You have definitely achieved a lot since leaving your prior job. It sounds like you know what you want and how to achieve it. It is so good to have goals. I have a lot of goals for my blog this year, and also for my personal life.
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  24. Kathy - January 30, 2018 Reply

    This is a really good post. I need more motivation sometimes. There are some days where I just don’t have motivation to do anything.

  25. eliza - January 30, 2018 Reply

    Yeah, its been weeks now that my mind is itchy to start something – I have been trying to read and get some tips and advise – though I think what I need to set first is what I wanted to start.

  26. Czjai Reyes-Ocampo - January 30, 2018 Reply

    Such inspiring and encouraging words! This is how we should start every Monday, every week. 🙂
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  27. Victoria Heckstall - January 30, 2018 Reply

    Such a great and wonderful quotes. It gives me a boost in life.

  28. Ridima - January 30, 2018 Reply

    wow..that is soemthing inspirational there. i actually needed some positive vibes by mid- week when I really get tired and saw your blog. Many many thanks.

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  29. Melissa Dixon - January 30, 2018 Reply

    I am currently trying to figure out what has worked for me and what has not as well. Heading into a new month gives me a fresh start!

  30. Shannon Sawicki - January 30, 2018 Reply

    Change can be hard to adjust to but I find after you make it you wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.

  31. Shell - January 30, 2018 Reply

    I absolutely love all of your fabulous and very true quotes… I love the fresh start of a new day and a new month 🙂

  32. Drake Conan - January 30, 2018 Reply

    So many great words to keep motivated. Such a great choice of words. Great way to ponder.

  33. Chelsea Pearl - January 30, 2018 Reply

    This is the early week motivation I needed to read! Also hoping to increase my freelance business this year.

  34. Ada - January 30, 2018 Reply

    All of these quotes are great! Totally the perfect way to start off the week.
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  35. Heather - January 30, 2018 Reply

    What a great way to look at Mondays. I’m still eager to work on my new year goals. I need to hustle to make them happen, but I know I can accomplish what I have started.

  36. Sharon Koenig - January 30, 2018 Reply

    I love all of your different themed days! I’m glad that you’re standing back up from your stumbling block and stepping back into a groove. Sometimes all we can control in a situation is how we react, and by the looks of it, you’re doing just fine!

    As far as what I need to be starting… I’ve already started it! For too long, I was dragging my feet on getting my products finished and out there – but now I’ve finally done it. I guess as far as what’s to start next… marketing and meditating on a positive result!
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  37. Marissa Zurfluh - January 30, 2018 Reply

    I love starting things. Especially when it involves dreams or goals. You won’t ever know until you just do it!
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  38. Shannon Graham - January 30, 2018 Reply

    It can be hard to talk ourselves into starting something. Especially when it’s something that involves us to step out of our comfort zones. I went for it and I’m glad I did!

  39. Tim B - January 30, 2018 Reply

    Quotes are always a nice way to boast people’s motivation. It would be so AWESOME if one day someone thought something I said was worth quoting in a significant way.

  40. Ricci - January 30, 2018 Reply

    Oh gosh, I need some motivation in my life. I am such a BAD procrastinator! LOL!!

  41. fashionandstylepolice - January 30, 2018 Reply

    I needed to read this post. Found it so inspiring. I need to make sure 2018 is a year to remember. Working on all sorts. Hope it turns out great.

  42. Angela Bethea - January 30, 2018 Reply

    This is really a perfect timing for me to read your post. As much as I want to update my page, there are certain things that needed my attention first. This is very inspiring and true.

  43. Cyn Gagen - January 30, 2018 Reply

    I’m really looking forward to a fresh new month. January was spent with our family pretty much being sick for most of it so I’m anxious to actually get some of my goals on the move.

  44. Meghan - January 31, 2018 Reply

    I definitely need to start growing a new business. I do make excuses like I’m too busy with my blog and my regular job but in order to feel fulfilled I know I need to start!

  45. Catalina - January 31, 2018 Reply

    I began some important activities in 2017. And I hope to reach that succes I want in 2018. I wish you a good 2018 year,too!

  46. Rachel - January 31, 2018 Reply

    Sounds like you have a great plan! I think starting something is a positive, and should be encouraged. I’d rather try and fail, then never try anything, and always wonder ‘what if.’

  47. chichi - January 31, 2018 Reply

    I want to let go of blocked situations and also people that have no relevance in my life now!

  48. David Elliott - January 31, 2018 Reply

    The beginning part of this post reminds me of me and my friends when we used to sit around talking about what we wanted to do but could never agree. So we found ourselves doing nothing until we developed the “less thought, more action” method. Once we came up with that, we actually started moving places and doing things, which was much better.
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  49. Anna - January 31, 2018 Reply

    I want to start writing a book. It’s been in my head for a very lo my time but I keep pushing it away. Your post reminds me that the time has come 🙂

  50. Surekha - February 1, 2018 Reply

    It’s wonderful and motivating to see that you followed your dreams and have been running a successful business for 10 years, congratulations on that. I have been dreaming of starting my own fashion line for a while. I will be working towards that this year

  51. Nathan Reid - February 1, 2018 Reply

    Oh this is really an inspiration to start something new. Me and my friends wants to start a business.

  52. Donna Merrill - February 1, 2018 Reply

    Hi Karen,

    What a lovely inspiration you are! I just love the quote you put in here “Are you just spinning your wheels and not really getting anywhere in your life? Maybe it’s time to stop trying to drive a parked car!” I find it a great analogy to this article because we all have to start something, even if we have been here a while. We cannot stay in the same place “spinning our wheels” because it gets us nowhere.

    I do have to start something and that is my sales page. Frightening as it is for me, I did hire someone to give me a hand because I can create products with no problem but when it comes to creating a sales page I stink. I want to master that part of my business.

    -Donna
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  53. Elise Ho - February 1, 2018 Reply

    I am definitely focused on bringing together an event that I feel called to do. I am a bit nervous but that is ok. I expect that the event will benefit from that drive.
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