Below is a personal update post, it’s a bit long but I just need to write it all out sometimes! Hopefully I can help someone out there who is going through a similar situation, and motivate them to get off their ass and accomplish great things!
Today has been a good day so far! Today is my day off, so that means I am tightening things up around the house and working on a few personal projects. Oh boy does the time fly when you’re having fun! I will be heading out to lunch with my mom and sister here shortly, but I wanted to get a quick update about my life posted beforehand.
Today I got some much needed kind words from the upper management of the company I work for. I was praised for my recent accomplishments and nothing feels better than that! I really couldn’t be happier and I am excited to turn down the interview I was requested to attend at a local design agency. I feel like my work within the company I’m with has really paid off and I am making progress towards a life long (dream) career with them. It can be tough to wear so many hats, and sometimes discouraging, but in the end hard work always pays off! I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it, but I recently got involved in my company blog and am now able to create blog posts for them! I feel like this is an amazing opportunity and an honor and I am so excited to show everyone what I’ve got to offer!
I have been wanting to do a 2012 recap of my life and of my blog, but haven’t had a lot of motivation lately! I don’t know what is going through my head but I’m treating myself to many nights of TV and movie watching! I guess I’ve been a bit down lately, just because I’m slacking with my school work. I think as long as I can pass three of my four classes this semester I will, in my mind, have succeeded! My portfolio class is over 1/26/13, so I have a LOT to do in a short amount of time! I’m not sure if anyone else does this to themselves, but when I feel like I have sooo much to do, sometimes I just shut down and go into a state of melancholy. I beat myself up on a daily basis for not doing the things I need to be doing and then I end up being sad, depressed and unmotivated! This has to end, and it’s ending TODAY! I will not do this to myself any longer, I am determined to succeed in everything I do. I understand failing is a part of life, and I know that I will fail many times before I succeed, but not today. Not this semester. Only a few more classes to go! I know I can do it!
So, as I did the semester prior, I am PROMISING MYSELF that I will succeed this semester. I WILL complete the three classes that I am enrolled in. I will work day and night until every last assignment is completed. I am PROMISING myself that I will NOT watch a single minute of TV until I have succeeded in completing this semester. I will not TRY to complete this semester, I WILL complete this semester! To TRY is to plan to FAIL, and I do NOT intend to fail! I feel more motivated already!
Sometimes, all it takes for me is to write it down. Sometimes, I start writing and I have no idea what I am going to say and then all these words start flowing into thoughts and eventually the thoughts turn into action! This blog really helps me let it all out, to organize my thoughts and document where I’m at in my life. Writing this blog over the past year has taught me how important it is to self-reflect.
It’s also NOT taught me how to prioritize… something I am working on! I have designed and re-designed this blog oh so many times over the past year and I feel that this current design is by far the best yet. Then again, I think that every time I do a re-design! At least I’m evolving and improving my brand. When I have a stack of homework assignments to complete it has always been much easier to create an awesome blog post or to design a new logo. I would get whisked away into the world of blogging and forget that I actually have a degree to complete! That being said, I feel like this year I definitely earned my Associates Degree in Blogging. (Oh! How I wish this were a real major!)
You know what? If blogging were a real life college major I think it would consist of a few great things: Writing & Editing, Photography, Graphic Design, Web Design, Marketing, PR, Networking, Branding and Social Media. Why isn’t this a major?!? To be a great blogger you pretty much have to be an expert in all of these areas. That is why it is so hard to really “make it” as a successful 100% full time blogger. One must wear many hats to succeed in this business and this past year I have truly learned so much and have “met” so many great online personalities in the process.
To create a run a successful blog is really a full time job. There is so much that goes into each and every blog post. I know for a fact this if I didn’t have a full time job already and was able to dedicate 100% of my time to Alizabet.com it would be spectacular. It would be exactly what I dream it to be. This sort of sounds like an excuse, and I hear it, too! I do not need a lot of time to run a successful blog. I just need to be organized, dedicated and consistent. So far, I’ve got the dedicated part down. Now, it’s time to work on the organized and consistent part!
That is going to be my biggest challenge this year: balance. How do I create a hugely successful blog while fulfilling my everyday obligations to my schoolwork, my role as Life Editor at TheFlairist.com, my family, my job, my boyfriend and my beloved TV time? Well, it is going to be a lot of hard work and dedication to all of my obligations and I am fully prepared and ready to make my life and blog a success. Thank goodness for my desk calendar!
My one New Year’s resolution is to find a balance. Scheduling of my time is going to rule supreme and I vow not to waste even a minute of it. I will spend my time being productive as I have the previous semesters and actually allow myself to succeed.
What is your New Year’s Resolution?
What do you do to stay productive and successful?