The Journey to Magnificence: Week Eight

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Welcome to The Journey to Magnificence! This is week eight: April 1-7, 2018.

The Journey to Magnificence is a series of weekly summaries of my journey through courses and resources provided by or found through the Work at Home School, hosted and delivered by Caitlin Pyle.

If you missed a post or found this one first, the others can be found here:

The intention for this week is KISS: Keep it Simple, Stupid.

I’m feeling slightly burned out, and I’m wondering if that’s me thinking about how I really don’t have time to pin 50 pins a day on 50-75 boards – or even have the time to create said pins.

Just another reason to go through Time Management Magic, Lifehack Bootcamp, and all the pinning courses I can get my hands on! Of course, that’s not going to happen this week. This week I want to focus on creating content, making that email course on stress available, and continue working through the action steps for Intentional Blog.

Also…holy guacamole, again. It’s April, you guys. APRIL. Like, month four of 2018. I’ve been on some part of this journey for two months, now. How time flies!

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Course(s) of the Week

  • Intentional Blog Action Steps

Sunday, Day 50 – He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

Happy Easter, you guys!

My routine has been out of sorts since we got Luna. I’m going to have to make a concerted effort this week to get it back on track. Both her cuteness and distraction factor throw me off.

You know what else throws me off?

When I get home from church (or anywhere, really) and someone’s parked in my reserved spot. At our apartment complex, about 40% of the parking spots are free-for-all, but the other 60% are numbered and marked as reserved. This is the second time I’ve had to leave a note that they’re parked in a reserved spot, and honestly, it made me a little (okay, a lot) irritated.

They moved within 3 hours, but still.

Ignorance or inconsiderate, I don’t know, and probably won’t ever find out.

The Next Book!

Anyway, my book for the next two weeks (since I’m slowing down, and the book is longer than previous ones) is Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain. It was recommended to me by someone who interviewed me for a job I didn’t get, who is also an introvert.

I think that this book is going to resonate deeply with me, and probably a lot of you, too.

This has nothing to do with blogging (and so did the last thing, LOL), but I’m quite proud of the fact that when grocery shopping today, we totally hit up a sale on bacon and saved almost 60% by doing so. (Like, $55 saved on bacon.)

I spent a significant amount of time today doing research on social automation tools like Tailwind, BoardBooster, and CoSchedule. They all look pretty good, but I’m put off by the price. I think, out of all of them, I’d go for Tailwind first, but that’s a decision for another day. The point is to keep them in mind for now.

On a positive note, I got pins scheduled out through next Sunday! Perhaps this will assist in my decision on Tailwind since I’m still in the free 100-pins trial phase.

Monday, Day 51 – Officially a Quarter Century! (Almost Wrote Centaur)

Sooooo today was my birthday. I’m officially at a quarter century, y’all! (Totally almost wrote “centaur” here). 

It was a good day – I finished everything on my to-do list! Recently, I’ve had to move a few things from day to day, so it felt nice to get everything finished.

One thing I’ve noticed about myself is that I put way too much on my to-do lists. It’s a work in progress to pare those lists down to just a few things instead of a ton! It’s the same at work. I should only be focusing on 3-5 things a day, and end up putting upwards of 10 on my list, and then don’t get to them all. It’s an exercise in prioritization, for sure!

The benefit of fewer things on my to-do list every day is the feeling I get when I finish everything, like today. It feels like I’m winning! And that spurs more motivation.

To complement the new category structure on Inspired Forward, I added new boards to my Pinterest profile! It’s looking more and more like I’m going to get Tailwind premium, just to keep up with all the awesome pins in this niche.

Tuesday, Day 52 – It’s Actually Possible to Only Work with A Couple Tabs Open

I read a blog post this evening about a woman’s experiment with only having one browser tab open at a time. I have consistently had about 3-4 Chrome windows open at a time, each with 10 tabs or more! It slows down my computer and is always a hassle when I have to restart my computer (or Chrome) because it takes a long time for all the tabs to load back up.

The end of this article concluded that 1 tab is doable, but 2 is realistic. So, I’m going to try this out for a bit – having between 1 and 4 tabs open at once for everything I’m doing.

I also started using the Pocket extension, which the author recommended – and already have a bunch of stuff saved in there (especially from my mobile instance of Chrome – over 30 tabs in that!) to read later. I find myself bookmarking a lot of things to “read later” and then never get around to reading them, even though I’m sure they all have valuable content to add to my life. It looks like another thing on my to-do list is to scavenge my huge list of bookmarks in Chrome and dump a lot of them into Pocket. That’ll be fun! (#sarcasm)

Wednesday, Day 53 – Image Revamp

I did some nice work with all the images on this site – some of them were very large, which I think was affecting my site speed. That’s fixed now, but I know it still loads slowly sometimes. I’m trying to figure that part out.

As mentioned at the beginning of this, I’m taking this week slowly. Today is evidence of that, because really not much happened besides getting into a flow of resizing images (which was nice!) and re-organizing my WordPress media library.

Thursday, Day 54 – New Post Day!

I love Thursdays.

I also like calling it “Thorsday” occasionally, since I’m a big Marvel fan.

New posts are published on Thursdays. Today’s (AKA April 5th) post is on breaking the cycle of self-invalidation.

It makes me slightly giddy to know that I’ve been consistently posting something that’s not this weekly summary for four weeks now and that another one is already queued up for next Thursday! This week has really been focused on content instead of courses. The point is to get myself ahead of the game so I’m not feeling bogged down and behind come Sunday and Wednesday nights – since those nights are crunch time if I don’t have stuff already ready to go. Just another reason I write these posts as I go through the week (ideally).

Friday, Day 55 – Lessons from Disney’s Tangled

Mother Gothel is the very definition of a narcissistic parent.

It’s terrifying.

Watching this movie as an adult has me cringing a lot every time she puts Rapunzel down, insults her, tells her she couldn’t survive on her own outside the tower – invalidates her. I’m honestly shocked that Rapunzel didn’t escape that tower with crippling self-doubt, or anxiety, or negative self-talk. She certainly swung between extreme guilt and giddying excitement at the beginning of her frying-pan adventure.

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“All I have is one request: don’t ever ask to leave this tower again.”

Control.

We know, of course, that she loves Rapunzel’s hair, not Rapunzel herself. And when Rapunzel realizes this at the very end, she finally understands everything her captor has ever done.

How does someone recover from that kind of betrayal?

I found myself wondering, at the end of the movie, how Rapunzel would be able to reconcile the deep, authentic love that her birth parents have for her – enough that they sent a message with lanterns every year, hoping to find her – enough that they never had another child.

I imagine that Rapunzel would feel guilty for never having run away from the tower earlier.

That she’d feel doubt that her real parents would accept her, after having been raised by a witch, alone, for eighteen years.

Could her parents forgive her for being abused?

That’s a legitimate question someone who’s been abused would ask. Will this person even accept me for who I am? Damaged as I am?

All that being said, I really love how Flynn interacts with Rapunzel and grows to love her, enough that he would die for her over being healed. I think that kind of self-sacrifice showed Rapunzel the true meaning of a loving relationship.

(This is really one of my favorite Disney movies. Can you tell?)

Saturday, Day 56 – GoViral!

Today’s big win was creating a content upgrade for 4 Things You Do When You Don’t Love Yourself First! I’m using the GoViral tool by VideoFruit for it – to unlock the bonus you have to share the blog post on Facebook.

I’m not sure how that’s going to play out, but any feedback on this kind of thing would be much appreciated!

Tonight consisted of an awesome birthday dinner with my family. My mom and I are huge travel enthusiasts, and we’ve been tossing around the idea of hiking Hadrian’s Wall in Scotland for a while. She’s finally decided when she wants to do that, so I’ve got a nice big trip to plan for in the next couple years!

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^ This is me at Glencoe in 2014. I went on a post-graduation celebration trip with my favorite cousin. Honestly, Scotland is one of my most favorite places in the world. I can’t wait to go back.

What’s Next?

I’ll be honest. Feeling burnt out isn’t great. But my personality is such that I feel like I’m losing if I don’t push myself to get things done when I want, and not necessarily when I can.

This is manifesting as actually getting a lot of work done, but not feeling like I made significant enough progress to feel good about it.

Does this happen to you?

My big three for this upcoming week are:

  • Write (or finish) and schedule the rest of April’s Thursday posts.
  • Outline the Thursday posts for May
  • Get through 2 action steps in Intentional Blog.
  • Come up with content upgrade ideas for 5 posts.

And that’s it! Keep it simple, keep it small. And take my own advice.

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