Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s 2019 already. I figured I’d kick off the year by giving my blog some much needed attention. Whether you have actual New Year’s resolutions, or you just like to look at it as the start of a new year, it’s another chance to work towards your dreams. Over the last year, I have been working on my dreams of starting my own venture that allows me to work in the English field learn new thins every day. I hate to admit it, but I am only a human and can be prone to the fear of taking chances. Taking chances can sometimes mean forfeiting your security, however, it can also mean that you’re choosing to move forward and open some doors for yourself. It was a bit frightening leaving a full-time, fairly well paid job to begin working remotely without a guaranteed paycheck, without set hours, without benefits, and I couldn’t have done any of it without the unwavering support of my husband Phillip. Sometimes fear is worth it.
So, to kick off the new year I’m also officially launching my business. I have been working for a large transcription company for several months, and I have found that it is in the best interest of the client and the transcriber to work outside of that system. That way, the interaction is more personal and accurate. (I will be posting more on that at a later time).
Also to kick off the new year I thought I’d throw in some New Year’s resolutions. Instead of traditional resolutions like eating healthier or exercising more I like to create goal lists to remind myself of little changes.
1. Read, read, read … At least five books.
Although I absolutely love to read, actual physical books rarely make it into my hands throughout the year. Audio books are just so much more convenient, and many are free on audio book sites. However, this year I would love to read more than one or two print books. I am currently reading a copy of Money, Love, and Kate by Eleanor Porter that I picked up at a thrift store, and I don’t think I will ever get sick of the smell of those old pages. The act of hunkering down and escaping with a chunk of ink and paper is unlike any of the over stimulating experiences we have day-to-day, and I think it would be reasonable to force myself to sit down and read.
2. Finish the first draft of the floor plan for our house.
We won’t be buying or breaking ground on our own land for at least a few years, but a headstart in planning is never a bad idea. This one is more just to please me rather than a way to improve my life. My husband and I dream of moving to eastern Oregon, building a house, and starting a small scale farm. Working on a floor plan keeps the dream alive, and provides a good basis to build on.
3. Participate in continued education.
If you aren’t actively learning, you aren’t learning anything new! Sure, on a day to day basis we all will catch on to a concept or hack that we were unaware of before, but how much do we truly learn? My goal is to take courses, officially and unofficially, and to really strain that brain.
I am aware that it is a very short list, but short is a good place to start!
I hope you all enjoyed your New Year’s, and I would love to read about your goals and resolutions as well!