Welcome to my 5th post documenting my weekly struggles, goals and achievements in business and life.
So far I'm really loving this idea because it is definitely helping me in a variety of ways! If you're an entrepreneur, blogger or small business owner who feels overwhelmed with all that you need to do every week, then keep reading because you might find some ideas in here that could be helpful to you! Or, if you're just looking for some inspiration on how to work through your struggles and challenges in general, keep reading!
WHY I'M DOING THIS
- To help keep me accountable by posting my goals publicly.
- To give me a better sense of control.
- To give me something to work towards.
- To keep me motivated to keep improving.
- To help me learn more about myself, blogging & business (I LOVE learning & analyzing!)
- To help me break things down and simplify my to-do list, so I don’t feel so overwhelmed (the goal is less stress, right?!) For my goals, I'm giving myself 3 things to accomplish in each category in order to keep things simple. All I have to do are these 3 things and once I finish them, I'm done for the week and I can go do whatever I want.
- To give me an outlet to talk about this stuff ( I LOVE talking about business and blogging but I don’t have too many friends that can relate, and the ones that can are usually BUSY buildin’ their own thangs…)
- To help me with my monthly income report.
- To give me something to look back on to see how far I’ve come.
- To hopefully help inspire and motivate others who are going through the same struggles (and maybe help us connect if we don’t know each other yet?!)
The top 3 struggles I’m currently working through this week.
- I think I need to rebrand Whipped Dream sooner rather than later. I have all these ideas for it but I'm scared it's going to take away too much time right now (however, I'm not really doing any client work right now so I have the time!) I still need to figure out the difference between WhippedDream.com vs. TaraTierney.com, what they are all about and what content is going to go where. I don't want to double-post the same topics on both blogs. I also don't really like my Whipped Dream logo, so I think I need to redesign it because it's important to me to be proud of it. But this will be the 3rd time redesigning it... is this going to confuse people? Some other questions/fears I have: How do I organize my content/productivity for the week across each of my blogs? What about building my email lists? What do I want to write about on each? I think I really need to figure out my target audience. I don't want to compete with others who are doing the same thing and don't want to do what everyone else is doing; I want to do my own thing, my own way. But what is that way?!
- I want to start posting more blog posts on this blog, I have lots of ideas for this, but I don't know if that's more important than working on the rebrand of Whipped Dream. These would just be more self discovery posts and aren't really things that would make me direct money right now, so maybe I should hold off on them?
- Looking at my bills this month and... UGH. Need to start making some more income, stat. The car issues I've had to pay over the past few months are really setting me back financially.
- Getting my deadlifts down. I'm struggling with form, probably because I don't do them enough which is really frustrating me!
- I feel like I've hit a plateau in weight loss because I've stayed roughly the same weight for the past month. I probably need to cut calories... but I don't want to! Meh. Also, not sure if I want to get on a meal prep plan with a local meal prep company... I looked at prices online and I feel like I can just make my meals at home for cheaper. However, it would be nice to cut out the time (and stress) it takes to grocery shop and cook every week. Plus, I'd know exactly how many calories I'd be eating, I'd be hitting my macro goals daily and I'd be trying some new combinations of meals. I do like variety!
- Socializing with friends. I have been avoiding anything social because I'm trying to stay focused on my goals in both business and health. I don't want to drink because that only makes me feel like crap and sets me back (calorie-wise and feeling hungover/lazy for a few days after.) But if I do go out and don't drink, I find myself getting annoyed by others around me who are drinking/are drunk because, c'mon, it's just not fun being the only sober person in a group. I usually find myself just waiting for time to pass until I can go home because I'm bored/annoyed... it just seems like such a huge waste of time to me! However, I miss hanging out with my friends and I feel really bad backing out of plans last minute or just telling them I'm busy because I feel like they get mad at me. But maybe it's all in my head. Meh, the struggle is real! I'm trying to remind myself that I have to be a bit selfish with my goals if I want to accomplish them. I'm not doing all of this for other people, I'm doing all of this for me.
My top 3 goals for this week.
- Make significant progress on rebranding Whipped Dream (logo, website, services and content.)
- Write a blog post about my new logo and rebrand for this blog (which I completed about 2 months ago.)
- Set up a Lead Pages account.
- Do 2 days of deadlifting this week to make sure I start doing them more often and to practice my form.
- Cut my calories down from 2,000 a day to 1,750 a day and see if that makes a difference.
- Hit 175 lbs. for 5 reps squatting.
What I’ve accomplished since last week.
Watch module 7 of Melissa Griffin's the Blog Hive.(And module 8! Officially completed the full course!! YAAASS!! Totally worth the $500 I paid for it and I can't wait to start implementing the strategies I've learned!) Be more active in the Facebook groups and see if anyone can help me with my business struggles... and maybe get a client or two for design work?!(Been more active in 2 FB groups and have had positive results! Been getting a lot more views on my website & blogs in response, which, even if I don't gain any clients, it still helps with SEO and is a good way to start showing my skills and authority in my niche.) Start creating a branding board for the rebrand of Whipped Dream.(After getting some inspiration through Pinterest, I am SO excited to create this new vision I have!)
Take at least 1 video of myself doing squats, deadlifts and bench press this week (Ugh! Uncomfortable!)(Did all 3! Videos are on my new YouTube channel for accountability purposes. Don't really like this but whatever. I said I was going to do it so I did it. #integrity) Take a progress pic in the posing room at the gym (Also uncomfortable!)(Did this, and the look on my face must have been priceless. I was so uncomfortable and my whole body language showed it!) Stretch after EVERY workout and see how I feel in a week.(I feel sooo much better! Joint pain overall is pretty much gone! )
Extra Stuff I Did That's Worth Mentioning
- Created my 10 quotes (I use Adobe Illustrator) to be posted this week on my Whipped Dream social media accounts and scheduled them out through Buffer.
- Pinned those quotes onto my Whipped Dream Pinterest board.
- Added SEO keywords in the description and board title areas for both my Tara Tierney and Whipped Dream Pinterest accounts
- Organized my Facebook groups in my favorites area so I can feel more organized (being organized is KEY!) Also turned on the Facebook notifications (only on my computer, notifications are still off on my phone) for these groups so I can work on being more active in them.
- Updated my Google Voice settings (free business phone #.)
- Made an auto response on my Facebook page for this blog to something that tells them to email me at my email address (I have Facebook messenger notifications off so I don't always see them. Plus, I prefer to have all communication coming to one place because it's easier for me to stay organized.)
- Took out any links I found that linked to my other websites on my Uber Driver Referral blog. I'm not sure if these were helping me or hurting me, since I post how much money I make off of Uber referrals and I'm thinking some people might not sign up through me because of this reason.
- Started a YouTube channel for this blog in order to document my workout videos and keep myself accountable. I also want to practice being on camera and editing videos. Uploaded videos of me benching, squatting and deadlifting this past week, which was one of my goals from last week.
- Added new client sites (Kissed Tan & Headlines Boutique) to my portfolio on Whipped Dream as well as my Facebook, Pinterest, and Yelp accounts.
- Removed all old photos from portfolio on Yelp & Pinterest that I didn’t think aligned with my future goals.
- Updated my Bloglovin’ profile and added a button to my blog for people to follow me.
- Signed up for a Flipgram account to help with video editing on social media.
- Created a new blog post on Uber Driver Referral and promoted it on Pinterest, Facebook & Twitter.
- Hit 1k followers on my Pinterest account!
- Achieved a personal record squatting: 170 lbs. for 4 full reps (5th rep a little high.) View squat video here.
- My email list is growing like crazy on this blog! Gained 123 new subscribers this past week! I think one of the main reasons is because I changed my subscribe form to say they'll receive all new blog posts in one email every Thursday (people like to know what they are getting.) I'm also now posting at least once a week on this blog (which would be the post you're reading now) and also producing monthly income reports.
ONE THING I'M GRATEFUL FOR THIS WEEK
I'm grateful to have so many inspirational people in my life! Over the past few years, I've made friends with people who really love to challenge themselves in business, fitness and personal growth and I am just so happy to be surrounded by these kinds of personalities!
I've cut out the toxic people in my past who only made me feel shitty about myself or who weren't growing in life, and by doing this, I've made more room for better people! I feel better about myself and what I'm doing with my life on a daily basis and I really have to thank the people who have done the work themselves in order to upgrade their own lives... you are an inspiration to me! 🙂
Well, that's what I've got going on this week. I think these posts are definitely helping me keep myself accountable and motivated and so I will definitely be carrying on with them! 🙂