Re-evaluate

I have been feeling a little lost in terms of direction lately; I have been feeling a little frustrated and stuck without really being ab...

Re-evaluate

I have been feeling a little lost in terms of direction lately; I have been feeling a little frustrated and stuck without really being able to pinpoint why. I have felt whatever I was producing - making, writing, sharing - lately wasn't good enough. I could do better, I could try harder. I felt I had become disconnected from my goals and purpose.

So I took a little time out to sit down and re-evaluate a few things.

I revisited my business plan and rewrote it.
I sat down and refreshed my plans and reestablished my intent.
I reminded myself of why I blog and figured out what was going wrong.

I gave myself some fresh goals, I realigned my intent for the content I produce, and I formed a better idea of what I’m doing, what I want to do, and where I'm heading. I set new short term and long term objectives, assessed major achievements to date (because reminding ourselves of the good things we have done is really important) and ditched anything that just wasn't working.

Sometimes we fall behind and start running on autopilot. The simple step of taking time out to evaluate our situation and update our purpose and intent, reminds us of what's important and renews our enthusiasm. Giving ourselves refreshed goals, lifts a huge weight off our shoulders and enables us to continue with a more positive, intentional outlook.

What you surround yourself really does influence your creativity.
Trust yourself and the direction your true creativity wants to take you in.

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  1. Really needed to read this, lately I've felt a little lost and disconnected too. Thanks Sophie x

    Sophie | SophiesMakeupBlog

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  2. Really great post, and very true. For me, I it's not so much the auto-pilot, but trying to juggle all the dreams I have for my blog and photography career with a full 9-5 job. I am not at the point where I can live from my blog or photography, but it's also because I can't give them both the time they deserve in order to turn them into something bigger. I would love to hear your thoughts about moving from a full-time job to freelance. (Although I am sure you have probably touched upon this subject before too, I can't remember any posts about it per-se)

    Rae | love from berlin

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  3. fancies&beauty4/28/2015

    Needed to read this today. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I am in the process of re-evaluating right now too. I'd say about halfway through it :) It has been really interesting and for the first time in my life I haven't fought against myself and I let go of some of the unrealistic and un - "me" standards I had set for myself. Wishing you the best of luck! (A small tidbit, we ended up in Australia for a while enow as part of the re-evaluation. Life opens up all sorts of doors if you let it!)

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  5. Maireem Maneje4/28/2015

    wonderful post. we all get stuck sometimes, however, we just need to step back and look at out surrounding and reevaluate.


    www.maireem.blogspot.com

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  6. Leslie Love4/28/2015

    Establishing intent can be so difficult! Congrats on making it through! Your blog is lovely.

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  7. I hope it helped just a little

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  8. I find juggling everything tough but then I sink into an "OK I got this" attitude and start running on auto-pilot, because it works y'know? Sometimes I need to stop and re-evaluate everything to make sure what I'm doing is what I still want to be doing.


    I definitely will discuss the transition period between full-time day jobs and freelance/self-employment, it's an important aspect to talk about I think and I'm not sure I have discussed it properly. Any particular areas you want me to cover or questions you want me to answer?

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  9. Thank you for reading <3

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  10. I don't need to do anything quite so drastic! I just need to make sure all my intentions line up and what I'm doing is still making me happy. I think reaffirming our goals and ambitions really helps keep ourselves in check.

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  11. Business plans are incredibly useful.. so long as you remember to revisit it regularly and check your goals/ambitions. I revisit mine every few months and use it to guide my decisions.

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  12. Thank you - I totally agree with you.

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  13. I absolutely agree - I think it's an ever-changing thing as well. Our intent changes over time and I think it's wise to re-evaluate regularly.

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  14. I would love to hear about the financial aspect of making the transition. I also am having a hard time knowing if it's the right choice and also knowing that going part-time at my current job is PROBABLY not an option - but this emotional decision is one that only I can make - still maybe there are some specific questions one should ask themselves to see if they are ready? But back to the financial issue - I am worried about cutting my income in half and still being able to pay the rent and all that jazz. I guess those are the two hardest things when making the leap - to know if it's really the right decision (and if it's not, will my company take me back on as an interaction designer, or have I lost chance forever to be an interaction designer) and how to not go bankrupt!

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  15. I absolutely hear where you are coming from and this is definitely something I have been thinking about discussing on the blog but didn't really know what angle to approach it. You have sparked some ideas that I think I can work with, so thank you.


    In brief, the way I did it was start building savings and kept a day job for as long as possible. It was TOUGH; I was working REALLY long days. From 7am to 12pm most days for two years. I had to eventually quit my job anyway because I was moving home.. 200 miles away. I had about £7,000 in savings and I did intend to get another job because I just couldn't see how I could make it work; I presumed, like you, I would lose a lot of income going self-employed..


    The thing you have to remember is: you will hit a glass ceiling at some point and you will not be able to earn enough money from your freelancing until you quit your day job. This is what I experienced. As soon as I quit my day job and went full time self-employed, my income from my shop tripled. I could never have predicted that and without a leap of faith, I could have been stuck presuming I would have to wait until my shop was earning more money before I could quit.


    I'm not sure if I made my point correctly.. I'm just trying to say that, at some point, you've got to take that leap of faith. Just make sure you've done all you can to push your business towards success and saved enough money as you possibly can.


    I wish you all the best and this is something I am definitely going to talk about.

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  16. Thank you so much for this thoughtful comment. It does make sense and a lot of what you experienced is sort of how I am feeling. Gonna shoot you an E-Mail for privacy reasons!

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  17. You'd think as a former Business Major I'd be more inclined to use them. I'm so bad at following my own advice...
    -Cory U

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  18. This is such a good idea - I try to do this once a month or so, and set goals to re-focus myself! Your blog is gorgeous!


    Milli x


    artsandgraces.com

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  19. Runwright5/01/2015

    It's true that what you surround yourself with influences every part of your life. Environment is key. I actually have a post coming up on my blog in a few hours about how our habits create a snowball effect in our lives. I hope you'll take a peek at it http://runwright.net

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  20. Thank you for sharing this post! It's a way to remind yourself of why you do what you do. I'll need to revisit my intents as well.

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