The Lazy Bug Is Going Around

Sometimes, you find just what you need. For me, today, that thing I needed was this post from Johnny B. Truant about. . .doing nothing. I have been accomplishing a whole lot of nothing lately. At least nothing “productive.” I’ve been too busy dealing with the extra fatigue and mood swings that a certain female hormonal cycle brings. PMS is yucky at the best of times, but when you have fibromyalgia, it’s like having it times two. My mental and physical energy reach capacity way too soon, and when I can concentrate, most of my thoughts are negative. Not a situation conducive to creativity. I have so much to do; who doesn’t? Uppermost on my mind is launching a new website, Youth At Promise, and building business through it as well as this site. I am so frustrated at the lack of progress I could scream, but that would probably trigger a migraine. When I can get quiet enough to ask my body what it needs, I hear “rest.” Not surprising. Yet I have a pattern of believing I need to earn my rest that gets in the way of the new belief I’m trying to absorb: rest first, shine second. Even when I can accept that I need to rest, I am afraid to because it seems like 90 percent of the time, that’s what I need. My business is new, nowhere near the point of a 4-Hour Work Week that would allow for that much resting. And so I try to do something, anything, that will move me forward. Today, I did some internal work on my...

Up in My Biz #4

This is my weekly “state of the business” address, where you get to see all the gory details of my learning experiences (Grr!) and accomplishments (Yay!). Grr! I did not do all of my postings for last week. Or this week. Sigh. I had another cold. Plus, my thyroid shows no signs of regulating so I still had the tireds. I had many great intentions for editing my website copy to the point where it was at least marginally functional if not stupendously beautiful and sales converting but it’s not there yet. Yay! I did make some progress on the website in the form of getting clear and brainstorming. I sent guilt packing and have enjoyed the freedom that brought. I got a lot of organizing done, including transferring all of my business emails/folders from my personal to business account. I discovered that adding plugins is easier than I thought it was and was able to let go of all the time I spent trying to do it the hard way. I became really aware of my tendency towards busyness versus productivity, and awareness is the first step in healing. * * * All in all, I’m still not moving forward as quickly as I’d like, but at least I feel like there is progress. How was your...

Up in My Business #3

This is my weekly “state of the business” address, where you get to see all the gory details of my accomplishments (yay!) and learning experiences (Grr!). Not always strictly business-related. Yay! Around Day 6 of I started to feel the turning of the detox tide. I had tons of energy and started sleeping better. I have now made it 12 days without alcohol. Except for the social aspect, it wasn’t as hard as I thought. I snuck in a couple soy chai lattes this week but man, they tasted good! I started taking thyroid meds and am relieved to have something to fix the imbalance. Also, not noticing any ickle side-effects so far. My website that went M.I.A. in the course of getting a business email set up is back. I am now feeling recharged and ready to get my ittybiz really launched already. I settled on prices for my services that feel comfortable for me. I got to play with my nephew a lot. He’s learned how to give kisses now and it’s just heaven. I had tea and a good heart-to-heart with my best friend. Grr! Let’s see: in the last two weeks I’ve had my yearly physical, two ultrasounds and a dental cleaning. Turns out I have a slightly low thyroid, which explains the weight gain, thinning hair, night sweats, and fatigue. I have two very small fibroids on my left ovary. Apparently no big deal but something to watch. I was half hoping I had a benign cyst that when removed would result in a 10-pound instant weight-loss. Sigh. I suppose I will just be...

Up in My Business

This is my weekly “state of the business” address, where you get to see all the gory details of my accomplishments (yay!) and learning experiences (Grr!). Yay! I had my first paying client on Tuesday! Who knew editing a paper for APA format could be so rewarding? I felt like a real entrepreneur. I realized I have gone from being self-conscious to being excited when telling people about my biz. I got all of my blog posts up on time. I got my first piece of biz-addressed junk mail, which somehow made me feel more legitimate. Grr! My first piece of biz-addressed junk mail freaked me out at first because it was from a law office. I haven’t even done anything yet, how can I be in trouble? OH, right! They just want to sell me their services *grins sheepishly while heading to recycling bin*. Umm, I haven’t gotten any farther in developing my website. My first assignment was stressful not just because of the neurotic stuff it brought up (what if the client thinks my work sucks? can I really be charging someone for doing this? etc.) but because it was a collaboration and I was left with only a couple of hours to do my part before the deadline. Note to self: always insist on a cushion! Another NTS: keep track daily of yays and grrs for this weekly post. That is all. Feel free to share your yas/grrs (biz-related or otherwise) in the...

Maybe I’ll Just Call it the Food for Business Group

I am a naturally introverted person, so how I wound up being a theatre major—and not a techie—I’m not entirely sure. But that’s not the point here. The point is that I tend to like to do things on my own, including starting my business. However, I know that support is crucial and asking for help is a good thing, so I decided to start a small business support group meeting. Or mastermind group. Still working on what to call it, but the point is it exists. I had this idea a few weeks ago and I actually followed through! This wasn’t a huge step for an introvert like me, seeing as the group consists of my mother (who has started her own business) and one of my best friends (who is thinking about starting her own business) and myself. I’m giving myself props for actually getting something like this going, and maybe someday I’ll be brave enough to expand. We had our first meeting a couple of weeks ago, which was mainly about setting up a structure for our group: how often we’re going to meet (every other week, for now), how long our meetings will be (an hour), and whether we want to incorporate food or not (the answer was no, but we all love food so that may change). Then we discussed where each of us is at, set some goals for the next meeting, and brainstormed some ideas. These are our intentions for the group: Support Having a place to come to for encouragement is so important just in general, but especially when you’re starting...