The challenge for today is to choose ONE daily challenge from the past 14 days that I liked the most and why.
First of all, WHOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!! That’s me crying and being sad that the challenge is over. It’s been a lot of fun and learning. And inspiration. And new ideas. And meeting other awesome bloggers.
Before I choose my favorite challenge, I want to talk about what I loved the most about the 15 Day To Freedom Blog Challenge overall, my lesson learned if you will. I had a couple of blogs for a couple of years and I’ve always felt intimidated by the idea of producing content because I felt that every post had to be epic, all-encircling, a full-on coverage of a topic and all that is related to it.
Throughout this 15 Days To Freedom Blogging Challenge we were asked to pick and talk about just ONE thing at a time, every time. This made the task that much less intimidating and much more manageable. Thoughts, one bite size at a time. So simple, yet so powerful.
Thinking of the posts in this manner gave me a ton of ideas and got me excited about the future posts on my blogs. I have filled out an editorial calendar for one for the next 3 months and for another one for the whole year.
THANK YOU, Natalie!
Now, onto the subject of my favorite challenge.
My favorite challenge was Day 1: Daily Success Plan. I loved imagining what my perfect successful day is going to be and knowing, that if I work at it, it will become a reality. Speaking of it in a present tense, made it that much more real and attainable. Seeing what I want so clearly made me focused and committed to the future I want.
I intend to continue to post on this blog (and later, its permanent home at SimplyNewBlog.com) and help people to simplify their lives.
The challenge for today is to choose ONE thing that I will do in the place I’m currently in to feel like a tourist.
Oooooh, I really like this one! Funny that Natalie asked… I live in a city that is referred to as a Media Capital Of the World and all the major motion film studios like Warner Bros, Disney, NBC, ABC, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, etc. are located here. People travel from around the world to come here and take studio tours and I’ve never had. Many popular shows, like Ellen, are filmed here, and you can be part of the live audience, and I’ve never taken time to go to one.
So, for today’s challenge, I decided that I will go onto the studio tour of Warner Bros studios, where “knowledgeable tour guide will show you where and how we create some of the most memorable moments in film and television history on a 2 hour and 15 minute tour”. Sounds like fun!
The challenge for today is to choose ONE thing that I will do that will help my mind, body or soul. It could take a form of exercise, changing eating habits for the better, learning new things, etc.
I have been working on these aspects of my life for the past year as I decided that from now on my life is going to be different, more meaningful, with a purpose and focus. In April of 2014 I became a vegan, in May I began to practice yoga, in September I finished my first novel and in December I published it.
During that time I have also took numerous courses, online and off, read books, listened to podcasts and webinars on writing, editing, blogging, website design, social media, marketing, taxes and other aspects of business. I love learning new things so I have enjoyed soaking up all that knowledge.
But, because it’s just one of me, the end of the year ended up being very busy and stressful and I stopped doing yoga since I was dedicating every minute to my writing and the business side of it.
Now, that the craziness of the book release is over with (almost), I can tell that my body and mind are begging for yoga and meditation. Ever since I started this 15 day blogging challenge, I have also felt a new surge of determination to begin taking care of myself and bring the yoga and meditation back. I renewed my practice yesterday and am determined to stick to it as I enjoy it and can feel the benefits of it almost immediately.
The challenge for today is to decide how I would unclutter my life and business, get rid of things that fill up my spaces, weigh me down, and take those things/stuff and give them away to people that need them, sell them, etc.
This topic is near and dear to me as I’ve been decluttering my life for a while now, but boy, I still have a long way to go. Before I fell in love with simplicity, I used to collect whatever I was into at that point in time and I amassed quite a few collections. I have a collection of antique dolls (investment, really), a collection of shot glasses and other travel trinkets, I have a large number of books on a subject of doll collecting, dressing and repair, books on crocheting and jewelry making, real estate, and I have a large collection of CDs.
These are the things I can think of that can go immediately. I haven’t enjoyed or used them in a longest time and kept them really because of sentimental value (shot glasses collected with my husband) or a perceived monetary value (everything else).
As far as my business is concerned, clearing out my writing desk would be something I can and will tackle first. It has become a communal property of sorts and everyone is dumping their papers on it. I will be clearing it out and claiming my territory. Next would be paring down the old paperwork and organizing the new one.
The challenge for today is to choose ONE thing that I’m going to do, ONE way that I will make more time for ME this year.
In this challenge, Natalie calls not just for finding time to do exercise or meditate, but to take time off every day or week or month to relax, treat yourself to small luxuries of life, read, sleep, whatever it takes to re-energize and feel a 100%.
An interesting thing about this challenge for me is that I already have a gateway trip that I make once or twice a month to a beach town where I hope to live one day. I go there and stay for a 3 day weekend and just relax, enjoy beautiful views and the quiet of nature.
What I actually DON’T have time for, or should I say don’t have the discipline to set time aside for, is the daily meditation and yoga routine. I work full time while growing my new business and taking care of my family of four. I can barely find time to sleep, least for other things. For example, last night I went to sleep at 2am (working on my book edits) and then woke up at 5am to take a web class on marketing. Needless to say, the rest of the day I felt like a zombie, but that didn’t stop me from working on edits of the Kindle version of the book.
SO, today, I accept the challenge to start my day right and manage my stress and improve my health. Without searching far, I choose to make yoga/meditation a part of every morning when I wake up.
The challenge for today is to choose ONE task I am going to outsource in the next two days. I am to pick a repetitive but a necessary task and outsource it.
Phew, that’s kind of hard, since I’m a perfectionist and have to do it myself if it’s to be done right. BUT, since officially starting my new business in October in 2014, and taking on many tasks and “hats”, I have also realized that doing it all myself is a really quick and sure way to burn out and run my business into the ground.
I am a writer and as such I know that I can’t and shouldn’t do it all myself. While working on my first book, I came to terms with having to hand my work over to those who know how to do certain tasks better than I do. My first outsourced task was the most expensive one, but also a very important one – editing. I found a trusted editor through my writers society and he edited my first novel. It was one of the best things I have ever done. I knew that a professional eye will now be on my book to make it the best it can be, and it also took a huge pressure off of me and allowed me to focus on marketing meanwhile.
The second task that I outsourced was to a cover designer. I found the most talented lady from Bulgaria and she absolutely gets me. Her cover for my book has been gathering nothing but ooohs and aaahs and I have already secured her to design the covers for two other novels I’ll be releasing this year.
At last, just the other day I have outsourced my third task and it’s to do a line editing on my novel. I posted my first job ever (!) on Elance and I’m suppose to get the results tonight, wish me luck, as I’m on a tight timeline with this book. If I like how this job is done, I might have another addition to my novel-writing team.
One of the tasks that I have on a daily basis, that takes my time but isn’t at all complex, is to re-post tweets of the group I belong to where we help each other with promotion. The problem here is that the person that would have to do this work for me would have to access both my FB and Twitter accounts. I have no idea how to make it work without giving them my logins and passwords. I know that in the Hootsuite Pro I can invite a person as a member of the team and they can post tweets for me, but the particular task that I need involves more than just that (unless I’m over-complicating things here). If anyone has an experience in outsourcing something like that, please leave a comment below…