Hello to everyone, I hope you are all well.
Today marks a turning point in the way I plan to present this blog. Rather than jumping around a number of topics I thought it would make more sense to formalise it a little so that you who are reading would be able to make more sense about what I am trying to say.
So. To start. My plan is to record each week by dividing it into separate headings. I invite you to come along for the journey and please…leave me a comment about whether or not you think this is working.
The week in general:
For some time now I have been aware of an increasing longing to move back home. Home is the beautiful town where I was raised and where I spent much of my adult life-Batemans Bay. It’s on the south coast of new South Wales, situated on the mouth of the Clyde River and a real holiday hub, particularly for people from Canberra and Sydney. And all points in between. Many Melbournians find their way there too.
It’s been a long-term dream of mine to move back home but the time was never right and when I tried to work out how it would happen it all seemed just too hard. But now the decision is made. The timing is okay but everything else about it is still just as hard. Funding to get there. Finding somewhere to live. Just the whole drama of packing up and leaving.
But I’ve discovered that when your thinking changes from wishing and dreaming to actually planning how to act, the scenario changes. Now when I think about moving I no longer think it’s all too hard. Now I start researching best ways to make it happen.
Now when I wonder how I can afford the move I start planning money making and saving strategies. And I’m filled with a sense of taking the steps I need to make it all happen.
Watch this space!
I cannot let this blog go by without a mention of Connor. In case you don’t remember she is my beautiful and talented Irish Setter She has achieved two titles this year and I think that’s enough for now. There is a lot of new stuff for her to learn in this higher level so I’m taking it slowly. We have both already learned most of what we need to know but I’ve noticed Connor starting to guess a little instead of being sure of what I want. That’s a sign for me to just slow down and “cement” her current knowledge before moving forward. There is no reason to rush.
“The Other Side of the Ocean” is actually starting to sell! The local book shop has some copies and I sold a few copies when I was invited to an “author talk” a little while ago. It’s very encouraging. The book was written to raise awareness about the struggles faced by refugees and I believe the message is important. Too important to be left moldering away in a cupboard.
I have hundreds of copies to sell apart from what the publishers are doing. I’m not great at trying to drum up sales so a friend and I started thinking about selling at a local arts and craft market. We attended one recently, met lots of lovely people and got heaps of encouragement. So.. in mid-November we’re going to give it a shot. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Oh and I got my first Royalty payment last week. Not a great fortune but very exciting regardless.
I signed up for an affiliate marketing course last April and since then I have been struggling through a mine of new information, new tasks and some brand new jargon. All I can say at this point is that the total confusion I’ve been wading through has changed to include a few glimmers of understanding scattered amongst some not quite understood concepts and continuing confusion.
But when I look at what I have learned since April I am amazed. Who knew that within a few short months I would create and manage a Facebook ad, without upsetting the Facebook bosses.
I have learned how to create a Facebook page that is attracting “likes” and I can confidently “zoom” into Zoom meetings at regular intervals.
I can set up and manage an email funnel when I hadn’t even heard of such a thing a few months ago. I’m no techy genius but I can find my way around most of what I need. And what I can’t do yet I call on my mentors.
Most important of all, I believe in what I’m doing. I’m getting great coaching; I’m having fun and I’m learning so much.
Business stuff takes two hours a day, five days a week which is no great strain on my time really. I often get stuck into it at night when Peter is watching television and the animals are all fed and bedded down for the night. It’s kind of my “me time.”
Have to say I’ve spent more than I’ve earned as far as money goes but when I started I told myself that this was my sowing year to be followed by reaping in 2023.
I’ll let you know how that goes.
I started in this business by responding to an ad offering a free book about affiliate marketing. Well the book was free but I had to pay for shipping and handling which was about $7.60. The book is called The Iceberg Effect. If you’re interested you can have a look at it here. (See I can even create links now)!
Wrapping up the week:
Well that’s about it for this week. I could go on and on but I think this snapshot gives you an idea of what life is currently like in South Australia.
It’s October, spring is here with the usual spring weather. Raining one day, gorgeously sunny the next. The garden is blooming. I planted some sweet peas back when all the neighbours were doing it and they are spectacular! Don’t know which is better, the beautiful blooms or the wonderful smell.
I love all the seasons except summer, which is very hot and dry here. Everything turns brown and depressing-not my kind of season at all. But… summer is followed by autumn so I get through summer by anticipating autumn.
I would love it if you could leave a comment.
Take care everyone
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