I took about a month off of blogging, and clammed up on tweeting as well. I’m not going to lie, the bluesfest took a lot of energy out of me. Doing it all was exhausting and I’ve taken the last month to regroup.
The Bluesfest went from vision to reality because I set a goal for myself to do it, and then progressed through the process of visualizing it, and creating it. While it was an amazing experience it was a huge learning curve and needed a lot of positive energy and focus in order to make it happen. I am pleased with the outcome. We had 350 people come out for the event, we grossed over $14,500 and fun was had by all….other than locking my keys in the trunk of my car at the end of the day I was very happy with the culmination of my vision, and I am moving forward to make this an annual event.
After the event was over, I pulled back, regrouped with my current clients to make sure I was putting forth the effort they deserved, and I’ve also taken on several new clients. Since the art of lead management is a time consuming process I allowed social media to fall by the wayside a bit. I needed to find a way to get some balance. It was a bit of a social media break….other than facebook, but even there I wasn’t my usual chatty self for the past month.
There have been a lot of stresses, both work related and home. Some of that stress has been released with the success of the first annual Blue Gypsy Bluesfest, and the fact that we’ve finally re-rented our home in Norfolk.
Now I’m getting back into the swing of things, and beginning to set some goals as 2011 approaches.
I’ve got a lot of new things going on besides new clients going into the new year. They should make for some good lessons learned. And some interesting things to write about. Some of the highlights are:
- I’ve started to create WordPress websites for small businesses, on small budgets
- I’m working on starting up a non-profit to do fund raising events for charities
- I’ve taken over a Meet Up: The Woodbridge Ladies Get Up and Get Out Meetup
- I’m doing some marketing and branding for small businesses, on small budgets
These are just a few of the things I’m adding to my plate for the coming 2011. With these new projects and ideas, new goals are being formulated.
Here are a couple of great goal setting exercises I used to teach teens and I think it’s pretty effective:
- Visualize in detail your goal
- Write it down on a slip of paper that will fit in your wallet in as much detail as possible
- Make another copy of it and put it on your mirror
- Read your goal to yourself once a day and envision what it will feel like when you achieve your goal
This is not just goal setting but utilizing creative visualization to achieve your goals. But now here’s the harder part. You can’t just think about it and visualize it, you have to put positive energy and actions behind that goal or it becomes only a wish.
With energy and effort you will reach your goals. Getting toward the end of the year it always becomes a great time to think about the upcoming goals for the next. Start thinking! Start doing!