It’s the second half of the year! Time to revisit your goals, dreams, and desires.

So, today marks the beginning of the second half of the year.

 

This is a perfect time to revisit the goals & desires that you decided you wanted at the beginning of the year, and to a) see how you are progressing, and b) make a new plan for the next 6 months.

 

Don’t get to the end of the year & then realise that you’ve wasted most of the 12 months of the year – this is a great time to reset, take stock, and start afresh where needed.

 

Are you proud of your business?

I know, this may sound like an odd question.  But I’ll ask it again anyway:

 

Are you proud of your business?

 

When people ask you what you do, do you answer with enthusiasm?  If you see a Follow Friday post on social media, are you in there straight away sharing the social media profile for your business?

 

Or are you hesitant?

 

If someone asks about your website, do you tell them the URL confidently (or hand over a beautiful business card), or do you just mutter “oh, well, er, it’s not quite finished yet”.

Comparisonitis. Why do we torture ourselves with it so much?!

I had a mini epiphany over the weekend (I was drinking tea & eating a teacake; good brain food!).

You see, I think some of what has been holding me back in the online business world is that *gasp* other people teach what I can teach, and I don’t want people thinking I’ve copied them.

And I know all the “but you’ll teach it in a different way / people will resonate with your personality & style (or not)” business. But I still have felt inferior.

The Importance of the Work / Life Balance

Back when I was employed, I didn’t have much of a work / life balance.  I worked a 9-day fortnight, meaning I did 10 days’ worth of hours in 9 days, which allowed me to have every other Monday off.

 

However, I still never seemed to have any time for myself.  Work would consume my thoughts when I wasn’t there, and by the time the weekend came around I was exhausted and just wanted to sleep.

 

So, I said to myself, things will be different when I work for myself.

 

My Kindle Publishing Journey Part One: Procrastination dressed as perfectionism

I have wanted to write a book for ages.  I love writing.  When I left my old job I created a Purple Book of handover notes that ended up at over 22,000 words long.  I’ve been blogging for years.  I’ve written all manner of PDF worksheets, information books, etc.

So I know I CAN write.

But as of yet, I haven’t ventured onto the Kindle.  Now, this keeps coming up as something I really want to do.

“Oh, but it’s complicated, you’ve got to get all the formatting right”

“How long does a Kindle book need to be (word-count-wise)”

How I’m Organising My Sparkly Fabulous Life and Business

Ever feel like your life is running away with you?

You have so many things to do, and so many things to juggle – and so you find yourself forgetting things, procrastinating, and not achieving half of what you’d like to?

I was in the same place. I run 3 websites, I have a life (of sorts!), and yet I found I wasn’t getting anything done as I just didn’t know where to start or what I was doing.

So firstly, I created a free workbook to help to organise the chaos (you can get it here: Hello!).

The revamp of www.NikkiStephens.com

You may have  noticed things are looking a little different around here.

That’s because I have completely redesigned this website, even down to paying for a theme! My previous theme was not sufficiently mobile-responsive for Google, plus it was in need of an overhaul anyway.

For my own amusement, this is how this site has looked over the past 7 or so years:

The blog history

Note a recurring theme of purple?!

Up until this reincarnation, my site title & strapline was “Nikki’s Search For Freedom: join me as I build my own online business”

My first month since leaving my job

So, as you may be aware, I left my full-time job of over 8 years at the end of February.

 

There were a few reasons for doing so, one of which was that I could finally dedicate my time to following my dream of being a ‘proper’ online entrepreneur (as opposed to one just dabbling around).

 

So I thought I’d share how my first month has been.

 

Where do you get your best work done?

Do you have a home office? Do you work from cafes? Do you chill on the sofa in your PJs?

 

Mine seems to alternate. My best ideas seem to come when I’m in a café having a cup of tea & letting my mind drift. But I’ve never tried actually working in a coffee shop. I see lots of other people there with their laptops, but I don’t know whether that would work for me.

 

A notepad & pen for doodling & writing ideas down, yes. Lugging my laptop around? Maybe not.

 

What does your Perfect Day look like?

Or your perfect week?  Month?  Year?

 

As part of the Inner Circle mentoring group that I’m currently in, I was asked to describe my ideal day.

 

I don’t know about you, but I found bits of this easy (“No alarm clocks!”) and bits of this hard (“but…what will I do without being restricted by someone else’s structure & rules?  What if I run amok?!”)

 

(As a side note, I’m writing this while still employed, hence the reference to the structure & rules of another.  Workplaces are entirely within their rights to have structure and rules!)