As most of you know, I’ve been absent from my own pages for quite some time. Sometimes life gets in the way, especially when you are a full-time caregiver with a full-time life. Your world gets shuffled around as if thrown in a clothes dryer where the heavier, clunkier items fall to the bottom. When you are involved in a tragedy sometimes the words get lost in the sorrow and grief. I can’t say I haven’t written, but most of it wasn’t fit for human consumption. I have several drafts where I have spewed out my anger across the page like venom from a snake. When I saw that nothing good would come from it I just shut it down and avoided writing about anything personal for awhile.
I also can’t say that it’s been all bad. Losing my brother helped me to realize that life is short as if I needed a reminder and that I had better get my ass in gear if I didn’t want to leave this world with a whole list of regrets. I love my little corner of the blogosphere, but it still wasn’t all that I really wanted to be or do. I knew that if I did what I was thinking about it could be a life changer so I did what I do best and I ignored those feelings that I had been having for the last year. That’s when Julie Stoian entered the picture.
Well, technically she didn’t enter the picture she’s always been here in the background teaching me how to take care of my site and turn it into something that I could be proud of. I’ve always had this inherent need to take things apart and put them back together. I’m adult enough to admit that it hasn’t always worked out well, but in the end, I usually figure it out. I know this comes from my father.
There was nothing I loved better than tinkering in the garage with my dad when I was a kid. I mean with 5 kids you couldn’t go around replacing all the things that got broken or stopped working around the house. It may be a toaster or child’s toy, even a lawnmower or pool filter. Whatever it was, I was his assistant who handed him the right tools at the right time. All the while soaking up his attention and his knowledge like the little sponge that I was.
Julie became my teacher and I learned everything that she put in front of me. I couldn’t get enough so when she started her school with courses designed to help you turn your blog into a business, of course, I signed up! I knew I would learn so much from her, but I had no idea when I began just how much it would change my life.
Maybe it was the timing, but I happen to think it is her teaching style. I’ve always been able to learn from her and that is not always easy for me. This course was different from all of the others I had signed up for. This wasn’t just a series of webinars that you sign up for and that’s it. This is real one-on-one help that allows you to see where your talents are and how to market those talents to become a success. It doesn’t stop there. She also guides you step by step through the setup process. Everything from marketing and Facebook ads to making an ebook or setting up your own courses. The sky is the limit.
When we started out with our first phone session we talked about T.D.A.C. and what I saw for its future. While I love this site and writing here I don’t see it as a lifetime commitment. I don’t know if 10 years from now if I will still want to talk about Alzheimer’s and Caregiving. I’m not saying I won’t, I’m just not as clear on that. She picked up on my lack of direction immediately and finally I broke down and explained that while I love to write and shine a light on Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers everywhere it isn’t my first love.
My first love is the nitty-gritty technical part of blogging. I love to do design work (notice the constant changes in design that goes on around here every few weeks!). I love to migrate blogs from Blogger or WordPress.com, I love coding and I love putting a package together that is going to help someone achieve their own goals. It is like I signed up for a foreign language and understood what the people around me were saying when I walked in the door. It hasn’t been easy of course, there have been lots and lots of hard work, but nothing good ever comes easy. I’ve put in that work and with the guidance I’ve received every step of the way I have the confidence to go out in the world as a determined successful business woman.
You see, she not only taught me the nuts and bolts of Technical V.A. work she also taught me to believe in myself like nobody else ever has. She not only made me believe in myself she showed me that she believed in me by becoming my very first client. Whatever niche you are in if you feel like you are at a crossroads this could be your answer to the questions that you may or may not have even asked yourself yet. I know of a few of you who would truly benefit from these courses. Even if you never open your own business there is so much valuable information taught that you will see the benefits no matter where you want to take it
I have opened my Technical V.A. Services business (The Blogging 911) and I’ve never been happier. I feel like I’ve finally found what I have been looking for. It fits into my life like a glove. I am not a person who is upfront and comfortable with it. I would rather work in the background. It is something that I can do and still take care of my mother, write here, and it doesn’t amp my anxiety up like going outside my home would cause. It fits my hermit lifestyle perfectly because everything that I need to be a success is right inside these four walls! I’ll keep you posted and if you’re a blogger sign up for your 15-minute blog checkup!
Appreciate the good, laugh at the crazy, and deal with the rest!
I love you momma!
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