So much… all the things…

20170910_185054 It’s been a long while hasn’t it?  I’ve been so focused on planning, ya know?  A lot of brain dumping, mind mapping, list making and so on and so on and so on….  Then my phone died.  And then we had two associates at work quit with no notice on consecutive days.  So things have been so hectic.  Now though I have a new phone (with a better plan!  Unlimited data woot woot!!), we have new associates and I’m going back to my regular schedule.  Thank.  Gods.

Tomorrow I want to get a filming area set up in our spare room so I can get more to-do’s checked off of my Youtube list.  I got a video editing program and so my next project is to get a video recorded and then play around with the program so I can get used to it.

I also got an Instagram friendly app on my phone for recording short videos.  I’m excited to learn that too.  I’m also working on designing a watermark for my photos.  And on the subject of photos I’m working on designing a “set” so to speak, for my desk, for taking pictures of my bullet journal and other things not yet mentioned.

So anyway that’s all for now.  I wanted to actually write about Something, but .. well.  This is what it’s turned out to be LOL

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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.

Representation

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Something I’ve noticed, as I surfed around the internet looking at blogs and websites, especially in the working from home, crafty diy and journaling communities, is that there seems to be a very common “type.”

I want to stop for a moment here, only one sentence in, to specify that this trend is what *I* have noticed up until *now* which is mid-June 2017.  This very well could change tomorrow!

I’ve noticed that these individuals are mostly women, mostly stay at home mom’s.  These women are often very conservative, living conservative Christian lives, often with little to no financial worries.

Now let me stop again to say this: If this is your preferred way of life, if this is your belief, than I am truly happy for you.  I wish you all the best and while that type of lifestyle is not for me, if it is for you then more power to you!

My point is that there is very little representation in this community for individuals like me.  Not Christian.  No children.  Very liberal.  I am Pagan.  My children all have four legs.  I am agender and part of the LGBTQIA+ community.  I have fibromayglia and I desire to work from home while still keeping my current standard of living, or bettering it.

And so here I am!  I remember several times over the last few years, trying to find blogs from people who have fibro and only finding a couple, if that.  So then I wanted to find blogs by people who did things like make their own soaps and cleaners  and while I found a couple blogs most of the posts were regarding their family life and how they want to be the best Christian wife and mother ever.  Well I wanted a blog that I could regularly follow.  So I went and looked for some crafty diy ones.  Same thing.  I’d find one or two but they were always ones that I had so much different from them I wouldn’t be able to regularly enjoy it.  And now most recently I’ve had the same with searching for journaling, paper crafting and bullet journaling blogs.  I find blogs with posts I love, but the rest of the blog is about being a Christian stay at home mom.  I’ve even been having this problem with motivational/inspirational Twitter accounts.  I have yet to find one that doesn’t also happen to be Christian.

Well I’m here to tell you that you can be motivational, you can be a blogger, a journaler, a crafty diy’er, a stay at home mom, or whatever the fuck you want without being Christian!  Without rolling in money!  Without having children!  And hopefully my online presence (as it becomes more regular) can provide, for someone else, what I have been looking for all these years.

So at any rate that’s that.  There IS a liberal part of this community.  There IS a LGBTQIA+ part of this community.  There IS a Pagan part of this community!

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