At the Smithy: Project Wellness

“At the Smithy” is a place where I discuss what I am currently learning about, be it through a book, an ecourse, a teleclass, or a life experiment. This is my opportunity to model what I’m teaching others and legitimizes all the self-work I like to do (bonus!). It has been (very unpleasantly) brought to my attention that I’m not really doing my best to give my ittybiz what it needs. I’ve been trying to give it research, education, content creation, product development, systems development–all things that are generally good for a business. So what does LMWS really need from me? Health. None of the above can happen if I’m not in good, solid shape. I’ll spare you the details, but basically my thyroid (which never balanced out in the first place) is backsliding. I’ve talked about swimming with the crocodile before, if you want more background. My body has been complaining and I have been trying to placate it with little tweaks to my routine here and there. Last week my body hijacked my mind and spirit and said “fix your health before anything else!” I immediately protest because my bills won’t wait, house cleaning won’t wait, all the various obligations of life WON’T WAIT. But I want desperately to rest. I am craving long nights of sleep and days of naps. I long for curling up on the couch with a good book, preparing and enjoying good, simple food, and engaging in regular but gentle exercise. Somehow I tell myself this is impossible, yet I know it is necessary. I can’t make my health just one of...

At the Smithy #3: Magical Mapping

“At the Smithy” is a place where I discuss what I am currently learning about, be it through a book, an ecourse, a teleclass, or a life experiment. This is my opportunity to model what I’m teaching others and legitimizes all the self-work I like to do (bonus!). So my first “At the Smithy” Project, Magical Mapping, is done! Well, just about. And unexpectedly. My Extremely Valid Action Plan from last week was to check in with my week Monday morning and schedule “whatever Magical Mapping time feels appropriate.” While that didn’t really happen, I found myself swept up in the MM mood yesterday afternoon and after some final formatting today (apparently I’m feeling very alliterative), all that’s left to do is give it some physical space. What it looks like Title page Table of Contents Mission and Vision One page for each year of the five-year plan, starting with September 2009-2010. Each of these pages is divided into Website, Biggification (marketing), Operations, Product/Services Creation, Other, and Income Streams. My income streams are in table form and show my hourly rates and weekly/monthly goals. This is the only section of each year that is complete. That’s okay though as this is a living document that will grow and change, and as long as I know where I’m headed specifically for the next few months  I’m good. Finishing touches I found some really pretty paper that looks like it was designed for my business the other day, which I will print this out on. I need to get a report cover to bind it in. And. . .chocolate! It is...