I have a horrible habit of picking really ambitious goals for my self designed challenges, and burning out around 2:30am. This sounds hilarious, but between the hours of 8pm and 2:30am last night I had 2 cups of coffee and 4 bowls of cereal. It seemed sane at the time. In Paonia, I did the same, sans the coffee and cereal, and spent the next day in a puddle of tears mixed with desperation and hope that Amazon would love me. (They did and the book I wrote is here) You’d think I would have learned by now, but nope. I’m sprawled over a table at a coffee shop trying to keep my eyes open in this moment. Maybe one day I’ll learn.
You’re probably wondering at this point, what the HELL did this girl pick as her challenge?! Good news: this is the paragraph in which I enlighten you. I challenged myself to redesign my website and my online presence to build an image of myself that I could sell to companies and blogs. I spent hours writing blog posts for my own blog to help shape my image and mission statement, and spent more hours after that reaching out, and sending my website to companies and groups in the adventure/travel community into which I am trying to break. I wrote a blog post that I submitted to The Huffington Post, and have sent out emails, messages, and posts to various outdoor clothing companies as well.
Going into this challenge, I had a goal of making money and getting companies to promote me by the end of the second day (today). This has not at all happened, but i’m not sure if I would consider it a failure. I have built myself a beautiful platform from which I can launch as I make more connections and write more and more, and have improved my article/blog post writing skills as well.
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