Have you read my essay over at Mamalode? I’d love if you did –> The Moments Between the Waves
Hooray! It’s the last day of March! I don’t think that I’ve been happier to see the end of a month. Well, maybe February but that was because I thought that the Polar Vortex was behind us. I didn’t realize that we were in for another full month of cold, grey, winter weather.
I’m convinced that once the calendar turns to April tomorrow, that the weather will be warm and sunny. Power of positive thinking, right?
It’s crazy that the first quarter of the year is over. My friend Melissa reminded me that it was time to do a quarterly check in on my goals for the year.
You may remember that I didn’t set specific goals for the year. Instead, I chose a word for the year – something that would help focus my thoughts, actions and intentions during the year. My word for 2014 is DO. Instead of getting caught up in planning every step along the way towards my goals and being paralyzed by the planning, I knew that I just had to start DO-ing.
The first few months of the year were crazy. I felt like I was running three different lines of businesses, two of which were just starting up (freelance writing and teaching yoga). I felt like I never had enough time to devote to any one thing or to do it entirely well.
But there was a flurry of activity which kept me moving forward.
So far this year, my writing has been published in the Huffington Post, espnW.com, Daily Burn, the Athleta Chi Blog and Mamalode and has been syndicated on BlogHer. I was named as one of Zulily’s 10 favorite fitness bloggers and I have been featured in articles on Shape.com and EverydayFamily.com.
But, I haven’t been teaching as much as I would like. Honestly? I haven’t had as much time to devote to it. With my schedule and workload being what it is, something had to give.
Of course, there have been a lot of lessons along the way.
1. “Be a writer not a waiter.” – Carol Tice
You have to act in order to be in the game. There’s no way that I’m going to get freelance writing gigs if I don’t pitch. I might have great ideas for a story but unless I pitch those ideas, they will languish in my head.
2. But you also have to focus.
At the beginning of the year, I basically tried to pitch any and every market. I tried to pitch every topic. I tried to pitch every format – print publications, online publications, blogs, etc. Same thing with teaching yoga – trying to reach out to lots of yoga studios.
It kind of felt like I was throwing spaghetti at the ceiling and just hoping that something would stick. The problem with this approach was that it was exhausting. Now, I’m working on a couple of areas where I’m getting traction and focusing there for now.
3. Relationships matter.
They really do. You never know where or when opportunity will present itself. The opportunities that have come my way are all a result of relationships that I have and have cultivated over a period of time, sometimes a year or more.
4. Daily action.
Daily action breeds habits. I made a commitment to do at least one thing each day that will move me towards my goals – write, pitch, practice yoga – along with going to bed by midnight and drinking 60 oz of water (habits that I NEED to establish).
The actions can be small or big but the bottom line is that I have to act in some way. I’ve found that having these daily goals has helped me to stay focused. I even have an app on my phone to remind me of these things.
One of the biggest lessons that I’ve learned is to keep going. There’s a lot of rejection involved with freelancing. There are a lot of pitches that go into the ether and never get a response. You do have to be persistent and follow-up with people but don’t get too attached to any one idea or thing. You have to be able to let that roll off your back and keep going.
I’m hoping that the momentum will continue forward. Let’s see what the next quarter has in store, yes?
Did you set goals for 2014? How has your first quarter been?
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