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Welcome to The Journey to Magnificence! This is week forty-nine: January 13-19, 2019.

Well, the day this post is published (January 21, 2019) is the first day of Work Your Way 2019. You should still be able to sign up for it or, if you’re coming to this later, sign up for the wait list for the next event and launch.

This event is the second iteration of the Work-At-Home School, which is what got me back into this blog and has pushed me so far forward it’s insane. I highly, highly recommend you attend!

Week forty-nine ended up turning my "champagne moment" on its head because VA pitching pays off! Stepping outside of the comfort zone really helps.

What I Said I’d Do

  • Finish the General Transcription Theory & Practice Course
  • Reach 75,000 words in my novel (short by 6312 words) <— this probably won’t mean I’m done writing; there’s a lot of work yet to do and sections to tie together. I should also do a plot outline but I’m very pressed for time this coming week and need to focus on only a few things.

What I Actually Worked On

  • Pitched to some potential VA clients and ended up with some yeses…meaning my original plan for the week went out the window, much to my surprise! Totally okay with this, though. I’m taking each day and week as it comes 🙂

Days 337 – 343

Despite not getting as far into the Transcription course as I’d like, it turns out that there isn’t a time limit like I thought and I have all the time I need to finish level one.

As of this writing, I still need 4,267 words to meet 75,000 for my novel, but that’s not going to be difficult to meet. I had thoughts, actually, of increasing the goal up to 100,000 (twice the word count from November alone!) but with all my other goals this year that’s just putting more work on myself that I don’t need before outlining the full plot.

I’ve been working from a general idea and have a lot of interesting scenes that I need to figure out how to fit into an overarching plotline…

As for progress on my other goals for the year—I’ve now gone to both of the rock climbing gyms in my area and decided I like the one that’s farther away.

Go figure.

I’m pleasantly surprised by how well things are going at the moment. I’m going to enjoy them and decide to ignore all the anxious feelings that arise whenever I try something new.

Because that happens to all of us—the “something new” is also a chance for new failure.

But, as Ginni Rometty says, “Growth and comfort do not coexist.” I wrote about this in my guest post for Refactor Daily, which should be publishing this week.

There are plenty of daily opportunities to step outside our comfort zones and try new things.

What new thing do you want to try but haven’t yet, because you’re afraid of failure?

What’s Next?

  • Book outline and word-count goal
  • Start new VA work!
  • Make progress in the Transcription course
  • Write a guest post draft for a fellow blogger 🙂

Week forty-nine ended up turning my "champagne moment" on its head because VA pitching pays off! Stepping outside of the comfort zone really helps.

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.

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Life coach, author, engineer, and host of the podcast This is Type 1: Real Life with Type 1 Diabetes. I teach T1Ds how to feel better without changing how they manage it.

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