Back on track and hello 2011!

Hello friends!  I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted (like a month?), but things have been a little crazy.  Like I mentioned before, I had finals, was sick, the holidays…the list goes on and on.  Plus, I was wading my way through all of this:

(Left stack, Top to Bottom-The Renaissance Soul: Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One by Margaret Lobenstine, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath, For Sale By Owner by Steve Berges, The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey, Eat Right for Your Type by Dr Peter J. D’Adamo, The South Beach Diet by Dr Arthur Agatston and The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferris)

(Right Stack, Top to Bottom:  If You’re Clueless about Starting Your Own Business by Seth Godin {and a few others of his, he’s brilliant}, The Boss of You by Lauren Bacon and Emira Mears, The Girl’s Guide to Starting Your Own Business by Caitlin Friedman and Kimberly Yorio, Craft Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco, The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin, The Crafts Business Answer Book by Barbara Brabec, Mommy Millionaire by Kim Lavine, Patent, Copyright & Trademark by Richard Stim, Preparing Effective Business Plans: An Entrepreneurial Approach by Bruce R. Barringer, Photoshop CS4 Quicksteps by David Bouton and Carole Matthews, Incorporate Your Business by Anthony Mancuso)

 

Every year when the new year rolls around, I am normally trying to figure out what my resolutions are, and then I realize that I didn’t accomplish a darn thing from the resolutions from the year before.  Therefore this year, I’m trying something new.  Chris Brogan, author of Trust Agents (which if you do anything on the web, is a must-read) wrote a post about his three words for 2011.  So I decided to try it as well.  Instead of making resolutions, everything I do or want to do will be guided by these three words.  They are:

Accountability-this is to myself and to those around me.  When I say I’m going to do something, I need to do it by its due date and do it to the best of my ability.  No more excuses on why things aren’t getting done-I need to plan better and just do it!

Confidence-I tend to doubt myself and my abilities a lot.  I struggle with getting things done because I don’t think I can, even though everything is sitting in front of me.  This includes my creative endeavors, my blog and my personal life.

Transformation-For the past couple of years I have let myself get into a rut.  I used to be in pretty darn good shape, I ate well and mentally I felt great.  I’ve let that slip, so this year will be my “butterfly” year.  I’m going to transform myself into the better version of me.

So in summary, I’m going to ACT this year to make it a great one!  And all of those books are a part of the process.  Over the next few months I’ll be reviewing the books I’ve read in hopes someone else can benefit from them too.

With that in mind, I am in the process of moving my blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org.  If anyone has any tips on making this easy (and on how to create a site that’s both a blog and a retail site), please let me know.  This is such a huge step but it’s one I’ve been wanting to do for over a year now.  So look for a new site soon!

That’s all for now-Happy New Year everyone!  Make it the best on yet, I plan to!

Nicole

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