Today marks the first full day that I am officially self-employed! The how and the why and the timing of that is a whole other blog post, in a whole other tone. A sad, introspective, and nostalgic tone... But we are not doing that today! Today, we are choosing to be positive! Positive, positive, positive!
I am positive I have jumped head first into a deep, dark, murky, shark pool, where no life guard has ever been on duty! Hooray! Positive!
I am a freelance artist and graphic designer, basically. For the last 5 years I have worked for the same company in many different capacities. A restaurant group. I worked my way from hostess, all the way to resident artist. I managed all of our PR & social media and took care of all graphic and web design needs, basically. Sometimes I would work full-time, sometimes I’d only work a couple of shifts, and in the end, I was able to work entirely from home on my own schedule at my own pace, reporting my hours via a weekly text message. It was this freedom that gave me the extra hours to lay the ground work for my side hustle and (hopefully) eventual business, Pigs Fly Shop.
Pretty great set up, right?! Yah, until it wasn’t. But again, lets save that for another day. Today we are positive! Positive, positive, positive!
I am positive that I was getting my soul sucked out, one Sullivan Nod at a time! Wasn’t I? *nodding rhythmically* Yes, yes I waaaas.. Get back to work.
This all came about way ahead of schedule, but bottom line is that I knew it had to happen. Just like with every other job there were the usual ups and downs. But when it becomes mostly downs, and you start sacrificing your health and questioning your values.. I’m out. Work sucks but that is the suckiest, and I’d say it’s time to move on. I am positive about that. Positive, positive, positive.
Here I am at my new beginning! Holding my brand-new career baby, with a half-finished nursery! Pigs Fly Shop might be the weird kid, and I guarantee you it will never brush its hair. But I tell you, it is loved, and as long as its alive and happy, I’ll know I’m doing a good job!
Yes, that is also my philosophy on parenting. (Kids, if you ever read this... you are not weird, you are perfect. Mommy was joking…)
I am totally one of those people that listens to motivational books on tape. I also legitimately enjoy listening to podcasts about business, finance, e-commerce and marketing. OH, and the stock market! Pop on my head-phones, keep a pencil and paper near by for notes, and listen while I work! I love it!
Always with these genres of books and podcasts, there are these lists. Total click-bait. I have read article after article discussing the marketing genius of these “lists”.
“Top 10 Ways To Improve Your SEO Strategy!”
“10 Easy Ways To Boost Your Confidence And Achieve Your Goals!”
“5 Fast Ways To Lose 75 Pounds In An Hour!”
Put that last one Pinterest and watch your click-through rate go through the roof! YOLO!
I’m joking, don’t do that.
Being newly self-employed, I welcome all the tip lists I can get! I don’t even care that I know I’m being targeted and that I fell for it!
I am good at what I do, but there are definitely things about the 2019 world of business that I know I need to learn, and to be even better at. And honestly, building the business itself and learning interesting marketing strategies has somehow become just as interesting and exciting to me as creating the art itself! So gimme that knowledge! CLICK!
I was driving in the car a couple of days ago with my two girls. Bonnie (7) and Ryland (3). We were listening to my absolute favorite business-y podcast called, “The Side Hustle Show”. In episode 318, host Nick Loper speaks with Pinterest marketing expert, Rosemarie Groner. She shares tips on organization, and keywords, she explains the Pinterest algorithms, and dissects Nick’s personal Pinterest account. It’s an excellent listen, if you’re into that sort of thing.
While I definitely absorbed and applied as many of the tips as I could later when I got home, in that moment we sort of honed in on one topic in particular. You guessed it. Pinterest lists!
“Top ten-it and pin it! Yolo!” -I’ll be trademarking that. Maybe not the yolo part..
Pretty much immediately, our knowledge-sesh and peaceful drive to school turned into my 7-year-old and I making ridiculous top 10 lists of our own.
“Top 10 Kinds of Puppies!”
“Top 10 Slime Ingredients!”
“5 Weirdest Poop Shapes!” …they are kids. It’s always going to end up here.
It was when I brought it back down and asked Bonnie for her “Top 10 Ways To Be A Healthier and Happier Person, Inside and Out” list, that stuff got real! Not only did this kid have it figured out! But these were tips I could find value in, and see the grown-up applications for! And in that moment, a few were nail-on-the-head ways to combat the feelings and anxieties I’d been having concerning the big career change! You gotta’, kinda’, apply the metaphor… and I’m not telling you which ones! But they helped!
So, what started as a quest for knowledge in order to better our ourselves and situation, will also end with the sharing of knowledge that will hopefully pay that forward! Here is our “list”! CLICK!
“Top 10 Ways To Be Healthier & Happier, Inside & Out! According to a 7 Year Old.”
1. Brush your teeth, and take showers.
(No smelly kids here! Parenting win!)
2. Eat and drink water.
(It’s THAT important)
3. Go shopping for a bunch of different things with your Grandma.
(Retail therapy, if you’re into that sort of thing.)
4. Take medicine when you are sick, but only when you are sick.
(Drink wine when you drink wine, but only when you are drinking wine.)
5. Wash your face.
(Y’all, I love this book by Rachel Hollis! I about died laughing when Bonnie said this one.)
6. Eat peanut butter when you have the hiccups.
(Family secret. One spoonful. Works every time. You’re welcome.)
7. When you are sad, cuddle your “stuffies”.
(What our family calls our super special stuffed animals, also known as “Peanut Butter” and “I”.)
8. When your stomach hurts, lay on your left side to let the farts out.
(This is just science.)
9. Play with slime or squishies when you are nervous.
(NO, YOUR kids are Youtube kids!)
10. Wash your hands after you feed an animal, or after you go to the bathroom. Or play with slime. Or food color noodles.
(I’m pretty sure this is some kind of commentary on anti-vaxxers. Get em’ Bonnie!)
BONUS TIPS! Because Bonnie was on a roll!-
11. Also when you are sad, Facetime a friend and dance.
12. When you are bored, find someone to play with.
13. Play sports.
(Or join art club, or theatre, or talk about your feelings because that’s cool too.)
I am positive this list of tips is going to come in handy as we embark on our journey into the wild unknown of self-employment. Positive! Positive, positive, positive!
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