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Welcome to The Journey to Magnificence! This is week twelve: April 29-May 5, 2018.
This week has been an exercise in ignoring my course to-do list. I’ve had Simple Pin Master Course and Time Management Magic (not to mention Intentional Blog) on my to-do list for weeks, and I haven’t made much headway on them for a bit. That goes, I guess, with an evolving list of priorities, the biggest priority of which is keeping up with blog content and not totally losing my mind.
That being said, the biggest things I’m feeling proud about are figuring out how to implement content upgrades through MailerLite – and getting them live on their respective posts:
- 4 Things You Do When You Don’t Love Yourself First
- 5 Reasons Why a Morning Routine Transformed My Life
What I Actually Worked On
- Peak Work Performance videos
- Content upgrades
- Brainstorming for some new Fanfiction ideas (totally not blog related but – writing related. And I’m counting that towards my word counts!)
Sunday, Day 78 – Who the Hell are You Guys?
“Life is about making plans from which you deviate, almost always. If you are lucky, you do come up with a plan.” Kenneth Branagh (AKA Gilderoy Lockhart, AKA That Guy Who Directed Thor)
This quote is so relatable to me right now. I swear the last month or so I’ve been making plans, and not following them. I feel like I’ve sunk into a routine of writing, posting, and batching – but not really any steps towards where I want to be in a year.
Maybe I need to make the plans with the assumption that I’ll be deviating, and hopefully, have a contingency plan for that! Ha.
We saw Infinity War today. I’m not going to spoil anything, but I am going to say that I’m emotionally wrecked and simultaneously eagerly looking forward to Avengers 4. I’m excited to gossip about it with my coworkers who’ve also seen it, as well as read all the Reddit spoiler threads I’ve been studiously avoiding since the Thursday night release.
On the blog side, I got last week’s Journey post scheduled and also – you know what – I’m loving Tailwind. It’s so easy to fill up my queue and just forget it until the next week. Hootsuite is a little different because the free plan only has 30 scheduled slots at a time (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram). I’ve been using it to schedule to Facebook probably more than I should since Facebook prefers its native scheduler. It’d free up a lot of scheduled slots though, so I’m going to have to think about that more.
Monday, Day 79 – Tomorrow’s a New Day, Unless You’re Phil Connors from Groundhog Day
“The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.” Unknown
There’s a bunch of other sayings like this:
- What’s done is done
- No use crying over spilled milk
- Tomorrow’s a new day
And I think it’s comforting. Knowing that we have the power to change our futures, regardless of how our pasts have gone, can feel intoxicating. And I feel like Caitlin Pyle would really like this quote because her whole platform is about learning new things and not relying on your past to propel you forward.
It doesn’t matter, and it’s only holding you back.
Today I picked my (second) content upgrade idea. That was it – just picking the idea. Not doing anything with it except deciding on what to create. That’s a small step, and that’s what I needed.
A small step.
Tuesday, Day 80 – Keep It Simple, Stupid
“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” Rabindranath Tagore
Ugh, I feel like I’m picking all the quotes that make me want to do epic shit and then realize that I’ve been slacking on doing epic shit.
It’s inspiring and also a cold splash of water to the face that even though I’m getting two posts out a week, I still feel like I’m slacking everywhere else.
But Tagore is right. I can’t just keep looking at the work I have to do. I have to do the work.
Self-motivation sometimes sucks.
So yesterday I decided on the content upgrade idea.
Today I outlined it.
I sat down with my notebook and drew out what I want it to roughly look like. And when I was happy with that, I created an outline for it in Canva.
Not putting “complete content upgrade” on my to-do list and feeling discouraged when I don’t actually complete it, just “outline content upgrade.” Putting it in Canva was actually more than what was strictly on my to-do list, so I count that as a bonus.
The KISS principle works great here: Keep it Simple, Stupid! (Me. I’m the one I’m calling stupid.)
Wednesday, Day 81 – So, Hawaii’s Erupting
“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” Winston Churchill
I don’t know if it’s coincidence or karma, but this quote for this day is slightly dark because the volcano on Hawaii’s big island erupted today. The pictures are terrifying and I’m glad that no one’s been hurt so far in the eruption.
On a slightly less terrifying note, Winston Churchill is right about the “keep going” part. It also jives with another quote (probably off Tumblr, to be honest) that the way you know you’re going the right direction in a video game is if you’re running into enemies. Encountering resistance and obstacles usually means you’re going in the right direction.
If you never encounter anything that prompts you to grow and evolve, what kind of life are you living?
The plan for today is simple: make bacon, and finish that content upgrade.
Finishing the content upgrade doesn’t mean making it live, though, it just means finishing the content part of it and making it ready to upload when I get to that point.
Surprise, I got both done! Yay!
I was also able to get some work done on future Thursday posts, which is always good.
In other news, today (May 2, 2018) is the 20th anniversary of the Battle for Hogwarts. Just a friendly reminder that it’s been 2 decades since the final fight of the Harry Potter books, and that makes me both nostalgic and feeling old. I mean, the last book came out eleven years ago.
(The husband and I do not count Cursed Child as canon.)
Thursday, Day 82 – Content Upgraaaaaaaades!
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Nelson Mandela
Oh man. This quote. Today.
I’ve been saying for three weeks (at least) that the next thing I want to get done is another content upgrade.
Well, yesterday I finished the content part of it, and today – today I figured out how to put it on the site without using GoViral!
GoViral didn’t work out for the first content upgrade I posted on Loving Yourself First (it’s a PDF quick reference guide on the six types of Greek love) so I got rid of that hosting and made it all through MailerLite.
I had to Google how to do it, but I found a video that walked me through every step and now it works!
So I’m happy!
I actually did a little happy dance when I got it to work.
It felt impossible leading up to actually doing it, and then I actually did it!
Spoiler: not impossible!
Friday, Day 83 – May the Fourth Be With You
“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” Og Mandino
What you plant now, you will harvest later.
If that’s not a metaphor for delayed gratification, I don’t know what is.
The way I see it, I have two choices for every decision I make – the best I can do, or not. It’s that simple. Like Yoda says, “Do or do not. There is no try.” Which, now that I think about it, is an incredibly Sith thing to say…after all, only Sith deal in absolutes.
Sorry, getting off track because of Star Wars day.
I can choose to read Fanfiction all day and totally ignore my to-do list (ha ha ha oh boy that happened today) or I can fight through the lack of motivation to do anything and just do the things on my list.
Which didn’t happen.
But it should have.
I get that feeling of guilt and shame (about MYSELF) for ignoring my to-do list to indulge in Fanfiction.
In fact, the only writing I did today outside of my morning routine was for Fanfiction.
I need to control that distraction by setting time aside specifically for it and sticking to it.
It’s the sticking to it part that’s difficult.
Saturday, Day 84 – That Was Steeper Than I Thought…
“If you can dream it, you can do it.” Walt Disney
I like that this quote is so positive and encouraging. Unfortunately, it might also be misleading. While there are truly plenty of things that we can dream up that are totally doable, there’s also that guy who dreamed about genetically engineering ducks that criticized fashion sense.
In any case, if your dreams are realistic and ethical (not like living forever or being capable of unassisted flight or being a mafia kingpin) I have every belief that we should try to reach them.
And on that note…
I’m going to be totally honest with you guys.
Today I only planned to do two things, and neither of them was for blogging.
I hiked a nearby trail, Rattlesnake Ledge, which was steeper than I expected it to be (1160 feet gain in 2 miles), and also completely gorgeous the entire way. (The other thing was the laundry.)
In fact, my calves and quads are still extremely sore (as I write this the day after) and I totaled over 17,000 steps for the day when my goal is 7,000. So, major win!
I’m going to write a goal list for the week and use that as my checklist for every day. What I mean by that is instead of being abstract and vague about what I want to accomplish this week, I’m going to be specific about it on one list and then use that to determine what to do each day to get there.
So, the biggest things on that list are:
- Spend an hour doing email management, since I have almost 800 unread emails. SOB
- Watch one video from Simple Pin Master Course.
- Watch two videos from Time Management Magic.
- Finish and schedule the post for May 17th.
- Write at least 1000 words for the post for May 24th.
- And lastly, be intentional about my days and realistic about how much I can fit into them.
If you missed a post or found this one first, the others can be found here:
- Intro: Tell Your Inner Voice to Shut Up
- 1: I Started the Thing!
- 2: Step Out of My Comfort Zone
- 3: When Plans Go Out the Window
- 4: Trying Out a Magic Notebook
- 5: Lessons from Unintentional Black Ski Runs
- 6: In Which We Adopt a Cat!
- 7: Curious Cat Enjoys All Existing Cords as Snacks
- 8: Mother Gothel SUCKS
- 9: Black Panther’s Sister is My Spirit Animal
- 10: A Plan is Coming Together
- 11: A Great-Grand Cat