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It is now the merry month of JUNE. Officially the “halfway mark” until a Fresh New Year. Kinda makes your stomach roll doesn’t it?
Around here, June also marks the end of the school year (insert massive happy dance HERE) and the beginning of summer FUN! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I love being self-employed this time of year. I am able to make some bank yet flex my work around the needs of my family and the desire to enjoy these delightful summer months.
BUT, I am also slipping into Lazy Mode. That’s the mode where you stare mournfully out your office window wishing you could be doing less work and more sun-soaking-up. I think it has reached epidemic proportions for me…and it’s only mid-June. My daily work/gig prospecting has taken a backseat to scrolling Pinterest for fun crafts and cool things for me and the kids to do.
NOT GOOD, grasshoppa
I also find myself justifying my laziness with things like, “I’m living in the moment for my kids” or “creating memories is so much more important now…” All true, but I truly cannot let myself backslide like this. I’ve worked too hard to build up the workload and client base that I have to piss it all away.
Can I get an amen?
SO, what’s the solution?
I can think of 3 things that I will be focusing to battle and zap my summertime- Middle-of-the-Year Biz Blues.
*Reevaluate, re-look and re-study my goals and dreams for the year.
Do I have them? Why yes I do! I’m sure you’ve heard me gush about my Create Your Shining Business and Life Workbook from Leonie Dawson. This system has been my Godsend this year for helping me map out what I want from my business and following the steps to get there. BUT, my beloved book is now buried under four books (that I tell myself I need to read) a pile of completed paperwork that needs to be filed and a broken portable DVD player (WTF?).
Leonie needs to be pulled out, dusted off and revisited. ASAP. I need to remind myself of my End Game, my focus and the direction I want and need to head in 2016.
If you haven’t created your own roadmap for success in the way of Leonie’s Create Your Shining Life and Biz, do it NOW. It is NOT too late. You still have 6 months of money-making and tootie-kicking ahead of you. Make the best out of it. All physical workbooks are sold out nationwide, but the digital ebooks are available and uber affordable. Please consider this tool to get your aspirations back on track!
*I re-did my Dream Board:
My mid-way-through-2016 Dream Board looks a little different because I’ve achieved some things and want to focus on the remaining goals for the rest of the year. Here’s my original post about the power of Dream Boards and planners and also my old Dream Board…which leads me to #3….
I Created a Make-More-Money incentive:
Now, I honestly would NOT rush out and buy a 2016 Explorer like I did. But as you can see, it was on my Dream Board!
The funny thing is that, when I created this board in January, I don’t remember putting that picture on it! The story leading up to why this Ruby Red Beauty is now in my garage is not magical or even planned. The short version is that my crappy 2008 Toyota Rav4 was close the DEATH. And I hated it. I checked with the local Ford dealer and holy moley, I got the deal of a lifetime and drove away with my Dream Rig.
NOW, back to #3; having this rather LARGE car payment, after many years of having NO car payment is pretty damn motivating. Having this new and looming need for $$ incentive has done wonders for re-igniting my flame for success, let me tell you. Bottom line; have something to shoot for. An incentive so big, you hardly dare to dream about it.
Do you feel like you are floundering a bit? It’s OK, you are normal. But let’s turn this trend around:)
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ONE LAST THOUGHT:
Summer fun is such an important part of life…BUT, I know you need to make a living as well. I firmly believe that earning all money in the world is not worth sacrificing the most precious moments in your life for. Not only is it OK to take a break, but it is imperative that you do so. Luckily there is a way to earn an honest income AND be able to have the flexibility to take time to smell the roses in life.
Soooo….want to know more? Have you been secretly (or not-so-secretly) dreaming of working from home, making an honest living and flexing that work around the needs of your family? NO, this is not one of those assemble-rubber-duckies-for-ten-cents-a-bird gig. Those type of gigs suck…right along with the “Make money taking surveys!” silliness. I am talking about taking the skills you already have and finding people/clients who are willing to pay you for your knowledge/help/guidance.
My commitment to this subject is a sincere desire to help others. My goal in becoming an “expert” on the topic of working from home successfully (re: emotional and financial success) isn’t to come across as a giant smartypants. My goal is to help readers, and women just like me, discover that there IS “life beyond the cubicle.”
I want to educate newbie and veteran solopreneurs (in my fun and quirky style) that working from the comfort of home and supporting a family is totally possible. My FREElance FREEdom ebook is not “the fluff” of working from home. It is real life, I’ve-been-there-done-that, “no B.S.” details that share the tips, secrets, best practices, processes and resources that peel back the curtains of being self-employed and a business owner. Working from home is not all butterflies and unicorns, but it IS completely worth it.
Ready to learn about creating your own home business while earning a honest living on your own terms? Go HERE to take the first step in realizing your work from home dreams.
We are about to look October in the eye, so I hope business has picked up for you and motivation running high.
Bloggers Pit Stop
Rachel @ Smart Mom Smart Ideas says
Thanks for sharing these tips. I have been working on re-evaluating my progress toward goals and plans mid-year and making adjustments. No matter where we are in the process, we need to step back and look at where we are and where we want to go. Thanks for sharing at Mom-to-Mom Mondays.
Lady Lilith says
Summer is one of the best times for me. I love when we all have off and get to make our own schedules.
It’s a good idea to re-evaluate goals halfway through the year. For me, I can really focus a bit more since I live in seasonal area and I’m basically laid off from my “job that pays the bills” for the summer. Thanks for sharing at the Blogger’s Pit Stop.