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A few of you have noticed that I haven’t been around much online lately, and have been asking me what’s up. So, I thought it was time for me to do another general life update.
First of all, I spent the beginning of September preparing for and then attending my older sister’s wedding. R and I could only swing a quick trip, due to his work schedule and our limited budget, but obviously this wasn’t something I was going to miss!
The wedding was beautiful. The bride and groom spent a lot of time putting their personal touches on everything. Some of the decor items and the wedding favours were actually handcrafted by the couple themselves. They could not have picked a nicer venue or a better photographer. (Can’t say the same about the hotel though, which gave every one nothing but problems – including locking my sister out of her own room, on her wedding night, while she was wearing her wedding dress!)
Once things calmed down post-wedding, I got distracted from working on my own website, as I was helping the newlyweds set up a new website for their small business. They have successfully been selling said handcrafted items at markets and conventions around Toronto, and are hoping to find the same success online.
It was awesome to take what I’ve learned from building my own website and apply it to creating a brand new one. (Now I get why so many bloggers have more than one!) I would love to add website management to my self-employment repertoire, and this is a great place for me to start.
Speaking of self-employment, things are basically going the same as they were.
My online income is holding steady, which is a nice surprise because I haven’t really been focusing on it as much as I should be. I’m hoping that with some real effort, I can get this to grow. (As long as I’m not moving backwards!)
I’m still happily nannying for one family. Their little girl is adorable (even if she is entering her terrible-twos) and is growing so fast! The mom has recommended me to a friend of hers, and I’ll soon be babysitting for this family on a casual basis, as well.
Unfortunately, even with another babysitting gig, it isn’t enough.
Because R works for the government, there was a lot of rumors flying around in the weeks and months leading up to the recent election. Now that the election is over, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens, and hope that it doesn’t end in a strike. That would be very bad for us.
On the other hand, there are positive rumors flying around as well. If true, R would be offered a full time position. That would be very good for us!
I’d love to stay self-employed, and if R does get this promotion, it would be so much more feasible for me to do so.
Regardless, I haven’t given up on trying to find a traditional job that I love (or at least like?). There have been a few that were very promising and I really thought I stood a chance, but no. Yet again, I didn’t even get called for a single interview.
I thought I’d be used to this rejection by now, but every time this happens, my confidence and my motivation takes another hit. I really wish it didn’t bother me, because it sometimes takes me days to get over it and get back on track. Days that I should be spending on better things than feeling sorry for myself.
Better things like finding more online employment opportunities (as I’ve already mentioned), and growing my blog/brand to make these opportunities for myself. This is really where my mind keeps wandering off to lately.
If only I weren’t so stuck!
I’ve been thinking, and researching, and signing up for every free e-course, and joining Facebook groups, and bookmarking resources, and asking for advice, and basically doing everything but actually doing something to make it happen.
I convince myself that I’m being productive, but it’s just procrastination in disguise. (But that’s essentially the story of my life, isn’t it?)
Writing this post was a good first step to stop thinking and start doing. Only a million more steps to go : )
YOUR TURN: What helps you to take the first step when you’re feeling stuck?
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