“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.“ ☀️ ~Louisa May Alcott
An update on projects, the 2-minute rule, and tips on starting as a creative entrepreneur (#312)
“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.”
~Louisa May Alcott
This week we had sun again! ☀️ Seriously, it had been ten days or something of COLD, GRAY, DREARY DAYS. Chicagoans were struggling. 🥺
That all changed on Monday, and I sat by a sunny window for 2 hours to soak it in:
The rest of the week, I was able to make some progress on the projects I mentioned last time:
Side hustles vs. full-time
I was Team Side Hustle in a debate on this topic earlier this week. And we talked about how as side hustlers, we can often feel pressure to take our businesses full-time. But that’s not the right fit for everyone.
Some of us like solid income and benefits. Some of us like having the best of both worlds. 🙋🏾♀️ Some of us even like our jobs.
Ultimately, there are so many different ways to be an entrepreneur. And I’d love to help normalize businesses of all shapes and sizes.
I’ll share a link once the episode goes live.
OMG, there is SO MUCH goodness in the Adulting Kit that I think the only way forward is to focus on one section a month (or every other!). It covers finances, health, death, relationships, travel, cars, and more.
Specifically looking forward to the following:
I’m Going Through Stuff Guide: tell others how to help you; makes asking for help easier (I am terrible at asking for help)
Daily Routine Template: start the day off setting yourself up for success, routines, and mindsets to have a fulfilling and productive workday, and wind down, so you feel rejuvenated and accomplished (anything that helps with this is up my alley)
Text expansion snippets, organization, and tips (always been curious about implementing this!)
The kit is getting rave reviews, and Saya is increasing the price on February 1st. So if any of the above sounds like something you could use this year, grab it now.
Client newsletter launch
My client is launching her newsletter next week (hi Connie! 👋🏾). FUNdraising Geek, a newsletter for charity fundraisers, will feature fundraising and social media tips. The first issue comes out next week.
Side Hustler Interview Series
Side Hustle Convos starts next week! It will feature written interviews with folks doing the side hustle/day job dance.
I believe this series will live on my blog, at least to start, but I’ll keep you posted about new interviews in this newsletter. Excited to kick this off, as I’ve wanted to do this for a long time!
THINGS. ARE. HAPPENING. 👏🏾
Let me know which of the above you are most excited about!
On to the picks!
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🍿. Snack: PopCorners. I am a snacker, and I had a bag of these for the first time at my coworking space a couple of weeks ago. Immediate fan. They taste like popcorn and remind me of rice cakes if you are familiar. They are super tasty (I’ve only tried sea salt flavor so far) and are a nice alternative when looking for something a bit lighter/healthier.
🤖. Tool: Lex. Many folks are talking about AI lately (ChatGPT is very popular now). And I am here for any tool that gives us more ease. Lex has Google docs vibes, and I love that I can click `+++` at any point, and it’ll try to fill in the next sentence or two. It helps from a writer’s block standpoint as it helps jumpstart things. I also struggle with coming up with catchy titles and headlines, and Lex can read the text and give me suggestions! 😱 I even used it to help me title the first Side Hustle Convo going live next week. There is a waitlist, but I have three invites available if you need one. Just email me.
“If you show up at the gym five days in a row—even if it’s just for two minutes—you are casting votes for your new identity. You’re not worried about getting in shape. You’re focused on becoming the type of person who doesn’t miss workouts. You’re taking the smallest action that confirms the type of person you want to be.”
This article reminds me so much of the idea of baby steps. Do you have a goal that you want to achieve? Then, how can you break it down into the smallest task you can do? It’s not so much about the giant leaps. It’s about showing up and the momentum/confidence you get from that consistent action.
😍. Last issue’s top pick was: Adulting Kit (grab it before the price goes up next week!)
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