Monday, December 5, 2011

12/5/11 - MI 1 of 3

I didn't get much sleep last night but at least I accomplished my Mission Impossible 1 of 3! My goal was to get my room organized and cleaned, and to clear things out so I could move my laptop back to my desk. (I've been taking my laptop to the living room.)  Check!

MI2 will be to get the rest of my photography and scrapbook boxes unpacked and the equipment set up for use... by Sunday night at the very latest. Everything --my bedroom, my craft room, my office-- all in one room, organized and functional. I have to cull and streamline to live in an RV one day anyway, right? Might as well bite the bullet and get compact now.

MI3 will be to complete the tribute albums to Dad as Christmas Gifts. Yepsters. This Christmas. 2011. I can do this!

I've been waiting for this clarity and vision my whole life, wasting even a single moment just doesn't make sense to me. So, madness now (MI 1-3) and then in January I will enter a new writing contest for the month (TBD), and I will also make portfolio albums that display my photo/scrap work.

Ultimately the dream is to make a living from my writing, but until that is steadfastly in place I will need another source for my mobile income.

All of this is part of me getting my life back on track and moving toward my vision as originally outlined in 10/22/11 (2nd) - What A Difference A Day Makes):

-- My life will be mobile.
-- I will write.
-- I will be a public speaker.

I have decided I need to pay cash for the RV and have at least $1000/month in mobile income before I move into a tin can, as Tammy would say (grin).  Mind you, I have no idea how either one of those things can possibly occur since I'm starting over in life -- flat broke, again -- but as I've said before, I know it will happen. I just don't know how or when.

To be honest, that's not my concern right now. My commitment is to keep moving forward. Doing what I can each day to get there. Helping the Universe help me, as it were. Very "Jerry Maguire-ish" of me, don't you think?

So this month, it's getting my room set up and cranking out the Christmas gifts. Then, as I said, I will make portfolio albums the next month that promote my craft as a business.

One album will be of before and after photos that showcase the enhancements, deletions, repairs, and embellishments I've made to photos. The other album will show various products I make that display the improved photos (albums, stands, embellished frames, greeting cards, household decor and other gifts). The 1st album will promote me as a "photo artist." The 2nd album will exalt my "scrappy gifts."

Basically I have started my own business. Or at least I'm gearing up to launch a business. Perhaps that's more accurate. I'm going to call it, "At Your Service."  Pretty catchy, right?

So, dear Readers -- MI 1 of 3 accomplished. Stay tuned for MI2 and 3.


culling, culling, culling
cleaning, cleaning, cleaning
organizing, organizing, organizing
cleaning, cleaning cleaning

Signed up for an online refresher course on how to make Zutter albums & gifts.

Created a task chart to keep me on track.

Purchased an online backup service for my computer so I don't have to waste valuable time doing it manually or spend time worrying that I might have missed something that would cause me to lose work or photos - that would be disastrous! (Plus, I crunched the numbers and the service is far more cost effective than the time it was taking me to do it, even incrementally.) After reading Backups in Glenn's blog, and doing additional research, I chose Carbonite. The initial backup is taking forever and I'm not too happy about that, but overall I liked their features, specs, flexibility and pricing the best. That's what worked for me - you may need something entirely different.

With the creation of my website, I also gained the ability to sync ALL of my calendars to my phone - another feature that is going to save me tons of time as I juggle my j.o.b. with writing and my new business.

All in all, I'd say it's been a great few days. :)


  1. Sounds like you're making amazing progress! I love the feeling of getting things done :)

    Just keep following the leads, jumping from stone to stone and soon you'll find everything works itself out perfectly.

  2. A great big "ATTAGIRL" to ya Deb!! Culling and cleaning are very important to get you out on the road!! Can you have a yard/garage sale to earn some cash from your "DO NOT NEEDS"?? About a month before I hit the road, I had a garage sale and sold over 280 Longaberger baskets!! Which kept me in fuel and food for almost 6 months!!

  3. @Gatorep... Omg over 280! What could one possibly want with all that basketry? I like you're philosophy John... live free and work just enough to keep going :)

  4. @ Maria - Yes, am making progress and love the feeling. I paid the price for getting too busy too soon after having the flu tho. Came home early from work today and spent 5 hours under the electric blanket set on high. I woke up and was feeling better and had to hold the reins tight to keep from vigorously going at it again. Feeling discouraged, I logged on and read your "stone to stone" comment. After that I did what I could to keep with my commitment of moving forward. Am now ready to go back to bed and am feeling better in many ways. Thanks you!

  5. @ Gatorep - thanks for the attagirl! :) Will probably wait until spring for the garage sale, but that's ok. It gives me a chance to keep culling. Of the 8 boxes I recently unpacked, a lot of it went in a huge box labeled "For Sale." As I go along will also sell some things on eBay, maybe Craig's list, and take books to 1/2 Price Books, etc., but I don't think I will have anything as substantial or sustainable as 280 baskets. Wow! LOL. Just curious - what were they for? Did you or your wife collect them? Am enjoying your adventures in Q-zite. Stay warm!