Our topic in today’s challenge is to STATE A HABIT YOU ARE REPLACING AND THE NEW ONE THAT WILL SERVE YOU.
I’m happy about today’s topic because I’ve already started working on this one. I have become a collector… and I’m not talking about comic books, stamps or any other theme specific memorabilia. I just collect things that have some meaning to me.
For example, Architectural Digest magazines. Love them!
The problem is, they have really started to clog up my life and weigh me down. They just don’t serve me anymore.
I’m proud to say I’ve already given away all of my magazines… a step in the right direction!
I want to be FREE to TRAVEL and spend more time adventuring, instead of being tied down to things & stuff! I want to lighten my load as much as possible BECAUSE by this time next year, I plan to be somewhere else. Somewhere warmer and than here… somewhere less cold and less white.
The only way I am going to achieve this is by clearing the clutter and getting rid of ’stuff’. My goal is to be Stuff-Free by mid-April. That way, when an awesome opportunity steps in front of me, I’ll be able to grab it.
This goes for people too. I have been a collector of friends… even some people who don’t really get me. It’s taken a while, but I finally feel that ‘most’ of my friends (and some of my family) respect my desires and are nothing but encouraging. They love me enough to say ‘follow your heart’, make your dreams happen!
Several years ago I watched a cute and quirky little movie called Crazy in Alabama, starring Melanie Griffith. There was one line in it, that struck me so hard that I could have fallen over. It’s stayed with me all these years and I love to quote it.
“All I know if you’ve only got one life…. You can’t sit around waiting for your next life to start!”
See you tomorrow 🙂
BTW, if you’d like to leave a comment, please click below where it says ‘No Comments>>‘ and let me know what distracts you and how you manage to get through it.
I’m back! I haven’t blogged in a number of months, but the time has come. I was writing quite regularly but something (I can’t even remember what), threw me off my schedule… and before I knew it I had stopped.
When I was writing before, it was a personal blog that I slowly tried to shift more to business but at the time I wasn’t confident about posting business related information, or tips and tricks because I really felt I was still in the development stage of my own new career.
Back then, I would wonder when I would turn the corner from feeling, almost, like a fake or a fraud. Do you know that feeling? Have you ever thought to yourself, “who am I to tell people that I am a business owner?”? I didn’t always see myself as a ‘Solopreneur’.
The key for me was not giving up on my dream. That truly kept me going… When I would let my mind wander, I would find self-doubt. Had I made a mistake… giving up a pretty good job that I had had for over 10 years? I’m lucky… I’ve always been the kind of person who is hopeful and that self-doubt never lasts very long. I kept my eye on the prize by reminding myself EXACTLY why I wanted this career.
Now, here I am, a year and half since the launch of JenSheaVA and I recently realized that things really are moving in the right direction and in fact, I have organically found my niches.
I’ve always known that what ever I do, I really wanted to be able to be creative and help people. After a couple of recent conversations with another VA and friend, I realized I that I am doing both.
My business really is taking off… people are finding me!!!
I am feeling blessed. I’ve met some wonderful people since starting this journey in the Virtual World. Women who were starting around the same time as me… women (and men) who so very generously shared their time and knowledge and others who became clients… and I feel confident in calling all these people, friends.
I will only look back now with a huge smile on my face, and look forward to all the exciting things to come.
2014 has already become my year!
I can’t believe it is Friday night! I am so sure that yesterday was Monday. Full of ups and downs but I am happy to say mostly ‘Ups’. Life as a Solopreneur.
My girlfriend Kathy, another VA… who I swear is my older twin, keeps me up late sharing great information and ideas. I love her.
And, I met a fellow VA for dinner on Wednesday night. What a treat. She is a doll and I am so happy we connected in person. Thanks Karen for dinner and great company.
I started Melanie Duncan’s Power of Pinning course for Business Pinterest. It’s going very well. I love her teaching style and she speaks so clearly, I can’t imagine anyone having any trouble with it.
I am looking forward to meeting a new client this weekend too.
I’m off to bed, I have a full 8 hours tomorrow.
Have an awesome weekend my friends.
I finally finished my News Release. Here it is:
February 18, 2013
Jen Shea VA
My Job is a Virtual Reality.
Small business owners, could you be spending more time generating new business? Are admin or social media tasks filling up your networking and sales time?
An enterprising Ottawa, (Ontario) area woman has recently launched a business perfect for the technological age: Virtual Administrative Consultant ~ more commonly known as a Virtual Assistant.
Jen Shea recently started her business, after working in office administration for more than 20 years.
“Just like a traditional personal assistant, I handle a wide variety of tasks using today’s technology. The only thing I can’t do is get your coffee. My tag line is ‘Your Virtual Collaborator’. I want to work with people who are building and growing their businesses and I feel very strongly about developing a relationship based on trust and compatibility.”
“I specialize in creating & maintaining websites using WordPress, and also in desktop publishing, client services and social media set up, and other time-saving administrative tasks.”
With software programs such as Skype, email, e-fax and secure file sharing sites (for example Dropbox) almost anything can be done virtually.
Small business owners can hire a ‘VA’ to keep costs down. A VA is a self-employed contractor, not an employee, so you don’t have the expense of overhead costs such as office space, equipment and computers, etc. The most appealing part of outsourcing to a VA is that the client is only billed for the actual time spent working on that particular task or project.
“We are always furthering our skills and perfecting our techniques so that we can deliver superior work. My clients do not pay me when I go on a personal appointment, take a holiday, or get sick. Virtual Assistants are only paid for time actually worked”, offers Ms. Shea.
“You would be amazed at how much it costs to hire a full-time, or even a part time, employee.”
Ms Shea explains that some clients hire her to do one-time projects and others work with her on a retainer basis. You can hire her to work a couple of hours a day, a few hours a week, or several hours a month.
“Every client is unique and so are their needs. After our initial discussion, a plan is put in place and a contract is signed. Adjustments can easily be made along the way.”
Ms. Shea also works with a team of other VAs with specialties of their own and this enables her to offer a ‘Total Client Experience’. The client doesn’t have to spend precious time looking for different VAs because she can do that for you. “I only work with VAs who share my work ethics and whatever your need is, I have an expert who can make it happen”, she explains.
Contact Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a free consultation. You can also visit her website at http://www.JenSheaVA.com for details on services, packages and rates.
Today was one of those days… Information overload!
I learned a lot because I landed on a new blog post that was full of so much good information, I ended trying to implement all the tidbits I was reading about.
What I really need to do though is find a good way to ‘log’ sites and pages that I like and remember to go back to them. I need to schedule these things. Just yesterday I was telling my mentor that I am getting lost in time. I start reading and the next thing I know I’ve gone from one page to another to another site and I’ve lost 4 hours. Not always, but it does happen. Look at me now, it’s 2:30 am… again!
Does anyone, out there, have any suggestions for me on how to keep track of the pages I want to go back to read? I save them in my favourites/bookmarks but now I have so many I can’t remember where anything is.
Thank you in advance for helping this New Girl 🙂
Have a great night and I hope we can connect soon.