This was the ultimate gift ~ tomorrow marks the 2 year anniversary of my ‘corporate quit day’ and what better way than to receive an amazing award for cre8ively serving humankind from #FAHF ~ so excited! I am so honored, truly. Thank you Renita Manley-Garrett! — feeling blessed
When was the last time you set out on a new week with GOALS in mind?
Well, as a busy entrepreneur, mom, author, wife and more, I have to admit I have not written down my goals in about four months. I recently had a call with one of my new coaches/mentors and she asked point blank “what is your goal for your business” and I was stumped. I know I have goals. I know I have a business plan (sort of), I know I make my financial goals (most of the time) but I do not have my monthly/weekly goals written down.
So, that leads me to the TEW Blog! One of my goals for the past four months has been to give this blog a little love, devotion and encouragement. Therefore, I will devote a chunk of time and a full coffee cup to this blog every Sunday! I find that on Sundays, we are rejoicing, praying, revisiting our plan and most often, making a mark on what the week has in store for us.
Today I made three goals – not too many, not too few, just enough.
I will share them with you so you can keep me honest!
1) My first goal, which is a long time coming is to Re-Fuel this TEW Blog with the same passion, purpose and fire that was underneath it when it first started out! We all need an outlet, and if you’re anything like me, all entrepreneurs feed from others inspiration; at least that’s what they say!
2) Make my business more “likeable” – by this, what I plan to do is make a better effort to follow up within 24-hours. Secondly, I plan to get a stack of postcards printed this week and with each new graphic design order (my business is www.jmhcre8ive.com) I will send a friendly thank you postcard to the client within two to three weeks or less! I have been talking about this for over a year. It’s time to stop procrastinating JMH!
3) Implement my project management software for once and for all! I have a fabulous creative team, consultants alike and a wonderful lady named “Mother’s Love” who is ready to become the virtual admin for #teamJMH however procrastination and laziness has bit me time and time again. This week we will implement our project management system so that we can stay on track, honor commitments to clients and make the business run so much smoother than it has! I am truly excited.
Well, there you have it. Those are my goals for this week. I hope you take the time to create some as well!
P.S. – We are currently seeking 4-5 guest bloggers for this blog, The Entrepreneur Within You so if you have a knack for entrepreneurs, writing or pure inspiration, your words are welcome here! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org today and give us your elevator pitch about why you should be featured! C’mon this will be fun!
P.S.S. – Here’s my visual treat to go along with this week’s post — I rewarded myself with 5 minutes of design for completing my first goal 😉
This is just simply amazing!
No one said the road was easy, however it’s great!
The TEW Crew wishes you a happy and productive day!
The 3-Year Review
About 4 years ago I found myself unemployed due to layoffs so I sat home and taught myself graphic design with a $50 piece of software purchased off craigslist! Soon thereafter, I was offered a position as the administrator to a very busy CEO. For three years, I was truly dragged and driven through a pile of mud. I stayed loyal and worked my tail off to collect a paycheck, ensure my family had insurance and for whatever other reasons, I do not know and do not wish to re-live. Although today I wish I had never taken that job, I am grateful because it ultimately led me to true entrepreneurship.
At years (three to be exact) and a few days passed, I found myself frozen in an absolute state of confusion. I could not believe that I allowed myself to be treated in such a way by an authority figure. My boss berated me on a regular and continual basis, he embarrassed me in staff meetings, he often called me out on having minimal amounts of common sense, told me I hadn’t done a thing since I started there three years prior except design ‘pretty well’, told me I was easily replaceable, told me he would surely find someone that would do my job and do it better, told me I helped others on my team too much, told me I took on too many responsibilities, he told me I didn’t even deserve the ‘cost of living’ adjustment on my three year review.
The Weekend After and all those “Why” Questions
The weekend after the big ‘3-year review day’ situation I could not explain to others why I remained loyal to this situation for as long as I did. I talked to many friends and family re-visiting the situation over and over to seek their input on whether or not I was the crazy one. I repeatedly told friends that I could not envision one more day on earth if I had to go to that job yet one more time. I could not wait for my escape day and decided that time would come very quickly. I was so happy that I finally realized that it was time to ‘unlock the treasure of my artistic gifts and become an entrepreneur full time’. I had heard it was the most amazing career anyone could ask for!
That day, my children played the Wii downstairs with my husband laughing and giggling while I sat upstairs in the “office” of JMH Art + Design Studio and cried silently for hours. Puddles of tears watered my shirt and sweat from my hands rested “frozen” on my keyboard. I needed someone to push me over the edge and say – go on, go forth with this decision that you have already made up in your mind.
As I sat there debilitated for hours at my desk with the intent to write a 10-page paper for my marketing course, I asked myself these questions: How did I get here? How did I get this far off the artistic track? Why is it that when I quit art school the year after high school, did I not pursue a career in the ‘arts’. Why, for years was I able to sell my paintings to family and friends, but never step into an art gallery and have them peep my work? Why have I designed hundreds of logos for ‘other people’s’ dreams, while not fully and whole-heartedly pursuing my own? Why, after teaching myself graphic design four years ago while sitting on unemployment did I not pursue that business full time, instead of taking another dreaded administrative support role? Why, while working a full time job, was I able to freelance as a designer and make a 50% increase in revenue for three years, was I not able to do this creative thing full time? Why did I have to find out after nearly feeling ‘dead’ inside?
In the midst of an absolute panic attack, I was finally able to answer all those questions. I was afraid. I realized at that very moment that the answer to all of these “why” questions was this: “only I have the key to unlock that treasure of mine called “the entrepreneur within”. Don’t get me wrong, I had just re-read through for the third time Unlock the Treasure and Discover the Princess Within by one of my BFF’s and life coaching friends, Bernada Baker however that book is for young girls and teens! That lil book truly had an inspiring effect on my soul that morning. The moment I realized and truly understood this concept of ‘unlocking’ all that stuff inside of you that you were meant to be when one is born I realized now was that time for me. So, what next? Prayer.
#TEW2012 – coming soon!