It’s a bit of a personal blog today, to let you know what I am up to (or not!) and to ask you (yes, you!) a question or two.
A few weeks ago, I mentioned seeing my new business coach, Sharon and how productive and inspiring I found the session. In the next session we explored some ideas further, particularly moving my business forward in a direction I’m not currently going in!
The problem, if you can call it that, is I find myself chained to a keyboard but would love to share my knowledge more – training/mentoring. I have a tonne of info here I can change into online courses. In fact I have several already, mostly written and mapped out.
The same night, I made a comment on a blog and saw that Amethyst Mahoney had commented above. The Comment Luv linked to a post about her Biztopia Challenge. Now I knew Amethyst’s name from the Ultimate Blog Challenge and always associated her with tarot, but it turns out she helps people grow their businesses.
It felt right…
An odd thing to say from someone who likes numbers and facts!
But it did feel right and I promised myself this year I would trust my gut more. It’s a list building challenge. Since I recently blitzed my list and moved to Aweber, I signed up.
Then I found myself in a group of very inspiring (mainly) women from all walks of life and businesses. There’s lots of coaches from life through to business and more pagans, witches and wiccans than you can shake a stick at. Or perhaps they’re just more visible than everyone else lol
This week’s challenge to-do list is to sign up on Twitter, do a tweetchat with the group (it was my first believe it or not!) and to approach 3 Biztopians…
Well, it’s Wednesday and my blood is running cold. Ask me to blog, chat on skype, or stand in a room full of people and talk about something I love – no problem! Ask me to approach anyone one to one, and I’ll run a mile…
I’m not sure I can do it, even virtually through Facebook!
This week sees the start of Tiffany Dow’s blog and list challenge. I was recently reintroduced to Tiffany’s blog through the lovely Bonnie Gean. I followed Tiffany’s stuff for a while in my previous life online when I wrote lots of articles!
The Challenge is a blog for 30 days (5 days per week, or whatever schedule we pick) and grow our list challenge. I knew because I am busy, that blogging 5 days a week was unlikely, remember the chained to a keyboard thing earlier?
I said yes to that challenge too…
Blogging and list building is something I preach to my clients. I know it works, that’s how I get most of my business!
I need to practice more of what I preach.
On my last session with Sharon, I said I would have a draft version of a blogging for local business course ready for her to work through, and that isn’t finished. I’m also pretty busy at the mo too.
Then on Thursday night, my dog started coughing and struggling to breathe. On Friday, we went the vets. I *knew* it was heart failure.
He was old (almost 17) and because he could no longer manage a full flight of stairs, I carried him up while I got a bath on Thursday night. I heard it, how irregular his heart was.
The vet thought it might be aspiration pneumonia following his choking/gagging performance a week earlier. But, she couldn’t hear his lungs or heart because of his heavy grunt breathing. So, she gave him a shot of steroids to open his airways and we booked to go back on Saturday.
The steroids worked for 6 hours, which gave Bud time to get some decent sleep. Friday night he was back to coughing and grunting, and also falling over when walking.
Saturday, the vet said suspected heart failure. She gave him a full examination, he also showed signs of pain while she prodded and poked. He poo’d on her hand when having his temperature taken and there was quite a lot of blood.
I made the decision to put him to sleep. Yes, I am tearing up writing that. It was a horrible decision to make.
Needless to say, I am gutted. Totally heartbroken.
At the moment, I am really struggling to work. The house is far too quiet and I am restless. As the to-do list mounts up, I keep sitting down to tap away and just can’t concentrate.
For this week only, I am admitting I am human…
I will get back on track, starting now.
I’ll be using these challenges to help me, but I need your help too!
What do YOU want to know? What courses or downloads would help you? What topics would you like me to cover on the blog or by email?
Leave your thoughts and requests in the comments, or you can drop me an email if you prefer
Oh, and if you want to join in any of these challenges, it’s not too late! Two different challenges from two very talented Ladies with different business strategies, I know I am I’m learning loads and being inspired.