Misc Updates

So I’ve had a lot going on lately.  I’ve really been giving a lot of thought to things and I realized, though it was hard to accept, that I was trying to do too much at once, in terms of getting my online presence and business going.  Thus, I’ve put aside getting the actual store/business aspect going and I’m focusing now on just getting my online presence an actual thing.  Thus I’ve been spending a lot of time researching different social media platforms, things like Hootsuite and whether I intend to spend a lot of time tweeting, things like this.

In addition I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about just how much time I want to put into blogging, what I want to say in here, and so forth.  I’m really thinking I want to make my Youtube channel the forefront of my online presence, while having my blog be more of a “home base” type of situation.

This week I have started researching things like making photos look semi-professional, how to make my blog posts sound professional, etc.  I’m also researching things like hashtags  and ways to label blog posts to get more views.  In the background I’ve also slowly been getting a spot in our spare room set up to record videos.  The first few are gonna kinda suck ‘cuz I don’t have very good equipment but I’m working on it!

I’ve also been working a lot in my bullet journal and I’ve started getting my second one set up for tracking my social media and such.  I’m migrating to using dailies and I’m so happy with it!  I am also slowly but surely incorporating ideas and methods from “Getting Things Done” into my life and journaling and that’s really helping me be more productive.

In the near future for my main bujo I’m going to be moving into a travelers notebook with inserts as well as my main lt 1917 and I’m going to also begin using a hobonichi.  Their 2018 lineup is going to be totally released at the end of the month, which happily will be when I start having money to spend again so I am so freaking excited about that.

So that’s it for now.  I’m pretty genuinely serious about mainly posting vlog updates so, really, we will see what happens.

Thoughts and Thinking….

It’s my dream to be self sufficient and to not be living paycheck to paycheck while also to not be working full time out of the house.  Due to being on medical leave for three weeks I have finally seen what I can accomplish at thoughtfulhome when I’m not beyond exhausted from work.  As I’ve been recovering each day I am able to do more and it feels great.  I’ve been accomplishing so much (in terms of what I am usually able to do) and I feel so capable!

I also recently discovered Bullet Journaling and it has totally changed my life.  I am planning and making realistic goals.  I am doing things about my goals, researching and making decisions.  I am so excited, so pumped and feeling better than I have in a long, long, long time.

So I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and brainstorming.  I’m writing lists and coming up with ideas, crossing some off that won’t work and coming up with more.  My end game is to not have to work out of the house more than one or two days a week, if at all and if I do to have it be because I want to, not because I have to.  So I’m also looking at ensuring that I have multiple sources of income because when it comes to working from home, for most people it’s flexible; based on sales and such.

Although I’m honestly not terribly worried about income.  Not that we don’t need me to have income, we absolutely do.  But, what worries me is health insurance.  I currently have fairly decent insurance through my job, but if I leave there I won’t have it any more, and most places won’t give insurance to part timers and I absolutely need it.  So…. ya.  There’s that.  I’m going to start looking at the state insurance exchange to see how much it would be for me to get on my own, but who knows.  I need to have steady income otherwise anyway.

So that’s it for today.

Jess