This past week was a little bit of a turmoil for me. I didn’t do anything but maybe read a few blog posts for the first half of the week. I just couldn’t get the energy or motivation together. Not to mention, I let doubts creep in. They were telling me that I wasn’t good enough to start an online business. I don’t have the skills necessary to do the work. Plus so much more. I let them win the first half of the week but I refuse to let them beat me down.
I finally got up the nerve to fight back. I told myself that I was good enough. Maybe I don’t have the skills but that I could learn. I might not be good enough right now but I will be with practice and by learning what I need to know. NOONE knows everything when they start out and I have to get that through my head. My doubts may be somewhat justified but really they are just excuses.
Excuses that I have to beat down and beat down I will. I think I got a little scared because this online business is going to take hard work. It is going to take many hours of learning, designing projects, blogging, financial tracking, marketing and so much more. Do I have it in me? YEP! Maybe not every day but so long as I come out with progress most days I am in the lead. I want my work to be fun and rewarding and I certainly think it can be.
The second half of the week I rocked. I finally finished my Weight Loss Planner. I got it uploaded to Etsy and I feel good about having it done. It wasn’t all that hard to do. The biggest thing was making sure everything was correct. I would get it all put together and then see a spelling error or a color variation that was wrong and have to go in and fix it. I plan on double checking as I go along for the rest of my projects.
Once that was done I decided to get my own domain name. This involved me having to find a web host to hold my website. I went with Bluehost because a few of the blogs I follow use them. What is better than word of mouth referrals. I had to import my settings from Charitys Design Studio to Sympliq Designs but that was easy. Then I had to make sure the theme looked good. I used the same theme for both sites. Although, there were some appearance functions limited by the change.
I am not good with CSS (Cascading Style Scripts) to change the font and font colors because I don’t know how the theme creator set up the site. That was a little frustrating but overall I think it looks ok. I wish I knew how to create my own theme. Took me forever to decide on which one to choose because I saw what I wanted in my head but couldn’t find anything similar in the themes. Oh well.
On another note, I am trying to decide on the direction for this blog to take. I don’t want it to be just me talking about my days. Especially when it seems they are all fighting negative emotions. I don’t want anyone to link bad moods with running a business. Yes, I fight mental illness and it is a big component in my life, sometimes it seems like it takes over but the battle is not letting it get the best of you and succeeding in life in general.
I want to put some valuable content on this blog. I want to make it be a resource for anyone starting a business but especially those with mental illness. The steps will be the same either way. We just have to find our determination and motivation and make a plan that we can stick with. Any ideas on what you would like to see just shoot me a comment.
Overall I didn’t let the mental muck win but it sure took me for a ride. It is going to be a constant battle I see that now. Some days I can’t wait to get to work on this business and other days I think a “real” job would be better. I know deep down that I am meant to be an Entrepreneur and I will be successful, it’s just going to take some time.
Time to get some projects done. So until next time…
What I am reading:
Crush it! by Gary Vaynerchuk
What I am listening to:
Fizzle Show (they are really funny and inspiring)
What I am watching:
Don’t have time lol