Happy new year, everyone. I hope you had a great time with friends and family. So, are you ready to jumpstart your 2020 with lots of positive energy and good vibes? Me, too. On new year’s day, I had a bit of an a-ha moment. I thought of new things I want to try and things I’ll do to be better this year. So I decided, it’s about time to burst my comfort bubble and let it go a-la Idina Menzel.
I’m a homebody and I work from home. Thus, grocery shopping and attending mass every Sunday are my top two excuses for going out.
My dogs keep me company. I have Kuya, a mixed breed of Labrador and German Shephard (so I’m told) and Bunso, an adorable and dirt-loving Shih Tzu. Having them around is a blessing and a curse. They bring so much joy and chaos around the apartment. Regardless, it’s nice having them around.
But it’s a new decade. And my agenda is to have a list of things I’ll do to be better.
With that being said, here are things I’d like to explore this 2020.
I have worked so hard last year. And yet, I feel that I haven’t really accomplished enough.
- Created 2 blogging websites
- Beta-tested online courses
- Offered copywriting services to various clients and niches
- Published my first zine and joined a women-only press fair
- Had a speaking engagement
- Invited as a panelist for a research colloquium
My mind is screaming at me.
You could’ve done more.
You’re busy. You’re not productive.
You should’ve worked harder.
So, I listened.
1. Cold emailing
I get most of my clients on Facebook. I would DM a prospect client if I’m interested in his/her job post. Conversations may end up as a closed deal or just a casual chat. Regardless, it’s a great way to establish a connection to those who may need my services in the future. I offer cold-emailing services to my clients. But I have never written one for my brand. Before Christmas day, I have researched a few websites to send emails to. Hopefully, I’ll receive positive responses soon.
2. Revive my LinkedIn profile
A lot of freelance content writers benefit from LinkedIn. Unfortunately, I haven’t been successful in getting clients there. I’m on Facebook all the time. But this year, I’d like to utilize LinkedIn more to make connections.
3. Be more visible online
I have been freelancing since 2015. But it was only in 2019 that I decided to focus more on personal branding online. I thought having different profiles in freelance platforms is enough. I was wrong. So this year, I want to be more active online and create high-quality and valuable content.
4. Blog more often
I write blogs for a living. So why is this uncomfortable for me? Well, primarily because I’m not really sure if I can pull this off. Writing for clients is one thing, but for myself (at least for my blogging business) is another. This will really put my time management skills to the test.
1. Stay out of credit card debt, STAT
Can you keep a secret?
I’m having a love-hate affair… with my credit card.
Sure, I want to stay out of debt. I mean, who doesn’t.
Last year, I was ready to say goodbye to this piece of plastic which turned out to be the root of my financial struggles.
However, I have made decisions that would require the use of this card.
Also, I use my credit card for my Netflix and Spotify monthly subscriptions. I seldom use it for grocery shopping though.
I have an existing debt from purchasing a new fridge. I got it on a 12-month installment basis at 0% interest. But if I’m unable to pay off the full amount on or before my due date, It gets carried over to the next, thus getting charged with interest.
Having credit card debt does really take a toll on me. Just the thought of it is exhausting already.
This year, I promise to pay it all off and try a different option for my business purchases. Paypal maybe.
2. Charge more for my services
I have been turned down more than I have ever been last year.
The reason: I charged more.
Are you for real?
Your rate is not within our budget.
Despite these rejections, I was able to close premium deals.
- $14/hour to write a Wikipedia article
- $400 for an e-book
- $120 for a brand name and tagline
- $100 for a blog post (1000 words)
One of my goals is to attract abundance in my life this year. Therefore, the things I should do must be in line with that goal. Besides, it makes me feel good that the investments I made are finally kicking off.
3. Spend wisely
Do you listen to podcasts?
One of my favorites is The Money Girl by Laura D. Adams.
In one episode, she talks about 13 Warning Signs You Have a Debt Problem. This episode made me reassess my spending habits. I am not an impulse buyer. In fact, about 50% of what I earn every month goes to food for me and my dogs. For me, that’s money well spent.
What I meant by spending wisely is to switch to a more nutritious version of some grocery items I buy monthly.
- Sunflower or Pumpkin seeds instead of junk food
- Sunflower oil instead of vegetable oil for frying
- Apple cider vinegar instead of Instant juice mix
- Soy milk instead of non-fat coffee creamer
- 1-kilo chicken breast instead of 1-kilo hotdogs
- Olive oil instead of mayonnaise as dressing
- Pesto instead of regular Italian spaghetti sauce
Same thing with buying clothes.
- 5 white t-shirts for Php 100 each instead of 1 for Php 500
- 2 high-quality cropped leggings for Php 990 each instead of 1 pair of jeans for Php 2000
- 2 blue t-shirts for Php 199 each instead of a fancy blouse for Php 500
This year, I want to maximize my spending a-la Marie Kondo. That is, to buy what brings me joy. The rest, I’ll leave for window shopping.
1. Have regular visits to the vet
Why is this uncomfortable? It’s scary because I don’t want Kuya and Bunso to be infected by deadly diseases. Mind you some of which are easily transmittable like the Parvovirus. But for the sake of their well-being, I will try my very best to make sure we will have regular visits to the vet, to be on the safe side.
2. Look for playmates
I’m an over-protective fur-mommy. Only because I don’t want them catching lice and ticks. But last night was nice. Kuya and I met 2 beautiful Golden Retrievers. The owner and I had a little chitchat, while our dogs had sniffing and getting-to-know-you time. Overall, it was a lovely evening. I hope we can spend time with them again.
1. Eat breakfast
I’m not a morning person, which means breakfast is off the table. But having a sound mind and body requires eating on time with nutritious food. So this year, I will force myself to eat breakfast every day.
2. Do a bedroom and home office makeover
I’ve been wanting this for soooo long. Sometimes, I dream of the smell of wet paint on my walls, an office desk, a work table, flowers, and picture frames. Hopefully, I will be able to pull this offer before June.
3. Drink more water
Now, this is really uncomfortable and a cliche. But, I don’t like peeing all the time. But for the sake of being healthy this new year, I will succumb to the depths of drinking 8 to 12 glasses a day.
I have read somewhere that having a fresh start in 2020 begins by letting go of the things that went wrong in 2019. I couldn’t agree more.
Besides, a fresh start doesn’t make room for self-loathing.
It’s okay to look back at mistakes. Not to do them again, but only to assess and think of things I’ll do to be better this 2020.
How about you? Anything new you’d like to try this 2020?
What’s holding you back?
Let’s talk about it in the comments. Take care.