The Journey to Magnificence: Week Ten

Welcome to The Journey to Magnificence! This is week ten: April 15-21, 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:

This week it feels like a plan is coming together. I’m getting a better idea of what I want to do and where I want to go. Sometimes I’m driven more by external motivators than internal ones – such as a trip in the future that I need to save for or meeting expectations of someone else. Now, I understand that this isn’t ideal. I should be more motivated by INTERNAL things, right? But my thing is that while the initial motivators are EXTERNAL, they become internal. I want to go on a trip in two years, so I have to save. I want to feel valued and valuable at my job, so I have to do good work. The key is to not let those motivators stay external.

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Course(s) of the Week

  • Committed Coaching Calls
  • Simple Pin Master Course

Sunday, Day 64 – Three Latios Raids and Community Day Mareeps

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

This is such a powerful quote. Oftentimes we’re afraid to even take a tiny step because we don’t see the whole picture. And sometimes we need to forget that the whole picture exists, and just take the damn step! Momentum doesn’t happen without movement, and if you stay at the bottom of the staircase afraid to take a single step, you won’t climb any higher than where you are right now.

Today was Pokemon Go Community Day, and there were Mareep spawning everywhere for three hours. The husband and I went to the mall and the crowds were so big that we split into probably ten groups for a single Latios raid. It took the husband three tries (AKA three raids) to catch the sucker, but we both got him! I also managed to land three shiny Mareeps, which are cute in all their pink cotton candy glory.

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On the blogging side, the usual Sunday sprint took place – finishing touches on scheduled posts, getting social media done, and working on future blog posts.

But, I needed to set aside some time to make my plan for the week: which three things do I absolutely want to complete this week?

  • One content upgrade.
  • Finish and schedule three more Thursday posts (through May 10th).
  • Batch post images for the next month.

And what do I need to plan to do each day to get there? Setting goals and making plans – that’s the plan!

Monday, Day 65 – Taking My Own Advice Is Working

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK, Jr. is an icon. His quotes speak on such a deep level to humanity. I think this quote, in particular, captures his values – silence is worse than being persecuted or martyred for your beliefs. I think we should all remember his words when we’re tempted to stay silent on the things we care about – the things that matter – because it’s a sign that we’ve lost our drive for life.

If it’s important to us, why do we stay silent about it? It’s usually because of fear.

My big three tasks for today are to watch the third Committed coaching call with Caitlin (Facebook), create the post images for weeks ten and eleven, and write this summary for today.

I’m proud of myself to have completed all three, plus some bonus tasks! I listened to the coaching call while doing image work in Canva, and when I finished the two I’d planned for I finished up the post images for an article on my morning routine, and then finished putting that post into WordPress for scheduling.

I love it when a plan comes together!

Just by having it on my to-do list for today, I noticed that it’s a lot easier to find time to write these summaries. The intent is always to do so at the end of the day, but you know how life is! It interferes and then I’m writing from memory on Sunday instead. So, having it done the day of really helps.

Tuesday, Day 66 – Let Them Howl

“Never retreat. Never explain. Get it done and let them howl.” Benjamin Jowett

To be honest, I’m not entirely sure why I picked this quote for today. I like the emotion in it, and my take is that it means to stick to your guns. Don’t back down from the things you believe in. Don’t try to explain your thought process to someone who’s attacking you – just get your shit done and let them howl all they want.

There will always be haters.

The trick is to ignore the haters and focus on yourself.

Focus on your values.

Focus on what YOU care about – not anyone else.

For a long time, I kept my writing only between myself and my best friend. It took years to become comfortable with other people reading my fiction (and Fanfiction), but even longer to get used to the idea of people reading stuff that’s raw, emotional, and vulnerable.

Jeff Goins calls this kind of writer The Prophet. Prophets tell the nasty, dirty truth. They’re not afraid of saying the unpopular thing that NEEDS to be said.

There’s another way of looking at the Prophet.

Just being honest.

In college, I wrote an essay that was filled with honesty and raw emotion about the passing of my elementary school principal. It made me cry as I wrote it, and it makes me tear up when I read it, even eight years after I first wrote it.

What’s my point in telling you this?

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The plan for today?

  • Proofread Morning Routine post
  • Schedule social for Morning Routine post
  • Write Scrivener summary for today

In addition to the above, I also went to the chiropractor, made bacon, and went on a walk with the husband.

So, I think it was a pretty good day! I’m feeling a little rushed sometimes though; it’s good to keep these three things small enough to manage.

Wednesday, Day 67 – And The Rains Come

“Cherish your human connections – your relationships with friends and family.” – Barbara Bush

Rest in Peace, Mrs. Bush.

Regardless of your politics, George H.W. Bush’s wife was a huge proponent of family and literacy. I’m not going to talk about her life here, but I will say that she knew what she talked about.

The most important indicator of longevity and happiness in life is the quality of your relationships.

I know firsthand that when relationships are broken and suffering, I felt broken and suffering. It’s so important to surround yourself with positive people and to have good relationships with them.

This is a big reason why I absolutely love the Work-at-Home School Community on Facebook – it’s the most positive group I’ve ever been in, and I feel like real friendships are being forged with the other members.

In any case, my big three for today:

  • Create post images for weeks 12 & 13
  • Watch the last Committed Coaching call
  • Write Scrivener summary for today

I get the feeling I’m going to have to make “write Scrivener summary” one of my big three every day or else I’m not going to take it as seriously. And that’s totally fine! It works for me, so I’m going to do it.

I finally got through the last of the Committed Coaching calls that Caitlin did, and while listening I made more post image for weeks 12 and 13. This batching thing is great!

Thursday, Day 68 – Favorite Cousins are Favorite

“With a new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

I like this quote because it emphasizes that every day is a new day. We get to leave all our past mistakes in – get this – the past!

Every day is a fresh start.

The plan for today? Well, not much because I’m meeting my cousin for dinner. Since cousin night takes up my whole night, I try not to plan anything on these days. And that’s okay because I always have great conversations with Favorite Cousin! We’re even going to start doing book swaps in the future.

The only thing I did besides going to work was sharing this morning’s post on social media (mostly Facebook).

Friday, Day 69 – All the Cringe

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” John F. Kennedy

JFK’s right on this count. Leaders can’t lead unless they learn how. They need to learn how to best lead their specific people since there’s no one correct way to lead. And thinking about it in the opposite way: you need leadership to learn. Without taking control of your own learning – leading yourself or trusting in a leader (teacher, professor, manager, instructor, or yourself) to teach you – we’ll never learn.

Tonight’s movie night. Again, in anticipation of Avengers: Infinity War, we rented the other Marvel movie we haven’t seen yet: Spiderman Homecoming.

While the husband and I both thought it was a good film, neither of us would’ve wanted to see it in theaters. I felt like cringing during most of the movie – teenage antics are painful, yo! It helped that Tom Holland was probably actually a teenager when they filmed it since he nailed that performance.

I think this movie is a good lesson for adults though – listen to the kids. Don’t shove them in a corner, or they’ll find ways to get into trouble and make your life more difficult than it would’ve been otherwise, even if it’s unintentional.

Treat kids like adults, and a lot of problems would evaporate.

Saturday, Day 70 – Nice Day for a Walk

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

I love being outdoors, especially when it’s sunny or just nice weather in general. My favorite summer activities mostly involve hiking, but if I can get in a kayak that makes me happy too.

The weather’s getting nicer here, so this morning I took a 2-mile walk before 8 AM. It was quiet, beautiful, a little chilly, and the fresh air just wakes me up. Muir is right that we get a lot more out of nature than we expect. If I expect to just be taking a walk for the sake of exercising, I actually get a lot more – fresh air, nice views, and sunlight (unless it’s raining).

I recently read about someone who went on a run just to enjoy the weather. I love that!   

You guys, today was jam-fricking-packed. I got so much done, it’s not even funny.

After my walk this morning, I finished the rest of the post images for May (batching for the win!!). My Pinterest now has uniform board covers which makes it look a lot more professional. Two more Thursday posts are scheduled, and I even got some food prep and laundry done today!

It’s good that I got so much done today because tomorrow my Grandma is coming over to have lunch with us (and meet the cat), and I won’t have as much time to devote to my usual weekend tasks.

What’s Next?

I’ve decided that I’m going to finish the Pinterest and Time Management Magic courses as quickly as I can, and then move on to the Affiliate Marketing and 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success courses. Through all this, I’ll keep working through Intentional Blog. I’m starting to have a better idea of where I want to take things.

So way back in my first Journey post, I stated that my first goal would be to make back what I spent on the WAHS access. So far I haven’t made anything, so I’m going to be actively working towards that pretty soon. One of the externally driving factors is that the husband and I are now saving for a trip to Scotland in 2020 to hike Hadrian’s Wall with my parents.

Beyond having WAHS pay for itself here, I think it would be a pretty good accomplishment to pay for that trip entirely with side income.

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