Pivot and Focus

Violet is as motivated as ever, only now her goals have changed. Now that she has mastered crawling and knows it’s not how she is going to get from A to B the fastest, she is working on walking-hard! Almost every moment of play time is spent trying to get up and walk. With each passing day she lets go more often, taking a few more steps on her own before falling or dropping onto her bottom.

I feel the same way. I am convinced that online entrepreneurship is for me. I also know that messing around with too many things will get in my way of achieving my goals.

So I’m cutting down. Just like Violet I now must only think about working on one thing until I’ve got it done@

Here’s my plan now (updated from my last post):

-Continue to work on Amazon FBA selling, while still not taking any funds out of the business until my maternity leave is over and I’m allowed to make money again. While this hasn’t been going as well as I’ve wanted (and I’m going to write about that soon), I do want to experience a Q4 on Amazon, if nothing else than for the fun of it!

-Complete clothdiapersforbeginners.com. This one hurts, but I need to focus.  I will continue to cloth diaper and to spread cloth diaper info and advocacy wherever I go, including on the Cloth Diapers for Beginners Facebook page, but until I get the writing stuff off the ground I’m going to have to put this on hold for now.

-Create materials for authors wishing to edit and publish quality work that are passive.

-Merge my efforts into one brand – me! Dust off my portfolio and congeal everything I do, have done, and am about to do under thewriteDuffy, because I shouldn’t put anything in the way of me being my most genuine self.

-Look at what employment is available in my field and make decisions about if and where I will apply for regular work.

-Continue to care for and love my daughter every day to the best of my ability, because she’s what matters.

Grab it

Today is the Day!

This morning, my daughter crawled across the floor for the first time. She will be eight-months-old tomorrow.

This afternoon, I was notified that I would not have a job when returning from maternity leave. I have been in the same position for six years.

This evening, I am starting to feel as though a giant weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. A weight I’ve felt for a while.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m scared as hell that I no longer have a job to return to. I’m even more worried about the stress this will put on my husband, who doesn’t deal well with these situations of uncertainty. But all-in-all I’m still a little relieved.

The job, while well-paying, exciting, and fast-paced, was not really for me any longer. For quite some time I’ve been playing at freelance work and business starting, but every hiccup in my personal life has kept progress slow and full of stops. Well, play time is over. I need money. I need to provide for my baby.

Here’s my plan:

-Continue and ramp up Amazon FBA selling, while still not taking any funds out of the business until my maternity leave is over and I’m allowed to make money again.

-Complete clothdiapersforbeginners.com.

-Create materials for authors wishing to edit and publish quality work that are passive.

-Merge my efforts into one brand – me! Dust off my portfolio and congeal everything I do, have done, and am about to do under thewriteDuffy, because I shouldn’t put anything in the way of me being my most genuine self.

-Look at what employment is available in my field and make decisions about if and where I will apply for regular work.

-Continue to care for and love my daughter every day to the best of my ability, because she’s what matters.

In the spirit of my daughter’s first knee-slide forward: Carpe Diem B*#@^es! Let’s do this!

Grab it
Violet reaching out and grabbing what she wants. Just like Mommy has to do. Grab that entrepreneurial success mom!
Entrepreneurial Focus

Let’s Get Going

My beautiful daughter is four months old right now and she is already a lot like her mother. She hates to be facing towards the person holding her, preferring instead to face the room, perched on top of a knee and pushing herself forward, ready to run around to touch all of the interesting things around her; if only she knew how to make her legs cooperate.

Holding her as she is raring to go, I share her excitement and frustration… let’s get going already!

The first three months of parenting is hard, REALLY hard. It feels less like parenting and more like a survival coma. When you emerge, your newborn is an infant and you’re somehow already sad because they are growing up too fast and you feel you’ve missed most of it even though you were there, technically awake, for every second of it.

But now that she is starting to let me sleep and perform a few minutes of non-baby-duty tasks each day, I’m impatient. I desperately want to start growing a scalable business that I can nurture at home along side my daughter.

Just like she doesn’t know what muscles to move at what time though, I’m a unfocused and stuck right now. This is a crazy time we’re living in; business opportunity and inspiration is everywhere. I have a million ideas and want to work on them all, but without focusing on one I’m holding myself back because I will never complete anything fast enough to see it through.

Even before I begin I know that focus is going to be the key to any success I have. So here and now I’m going to try and shift my thinking to make finding focus the thing I’m doing. Once I’ve done that, then I will switch to focusing on that thing I’ve found.

So, finding focus, let’s get going!