Archive for May 2016

The #Finding Files

Thursday, May 12, 2016

A State of Finding

Being in a state of "finding" lately has led to this "accidental" series of posts. So I've put together a tag called #thefindingfiles so you can follow along or tag your own journey. 

I have been on my own journey in various aspects of my life, some of which I share openly, and others I don't. I wanted to come back to blogging as a sort of therapy, and rediscover my passion for writing, blogging and sharing with those who choose to read along.

I'm excited to get back to blogging and look forward to "meeting" you and sharing more about this journey that we call life. 
You can catch up on this series here: Finding your happy | Finding Good in a bad situation.

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#Finding Your Happy

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

An interview with Digital Nomad Ansley Sawyer

Ansley Sawyer directing, Mongolian man on a horse with a hawk in a traditional fur coat

               "It’s all about envisioning what would make you happy, figuring out what makes other people happy, and then following through until you make your own flavor of happy."

Think critically about what you are actually passionate about.
Find people whose work you admire, look at their resume or published works, and see how they spent their time to build to where they are now.

Make a long list of people you can contact. Send 5-10 emails everyday introducing yourself, and why you want to learn about what it is they do. Be selflessly interested in their work — this is your chance to learn, not your chance to plug your blog. Ask for a Skype date so you can establish a personal bond. Everyone is busy, but a surprisingly large number of people will respond if your email is genuine and stops short of being glaringly annoying or repetitive. Ask them about their process or their philosophy or their goals, not about what tech they use.

By making genuine connections with people who happen to be in the right industry, you’ll eventually get advice, connections, and a few ideas for your next steps. Work on a small portfolio of work that you could proudly present in case anyone ever asks. Be humble and accept small tasks as they start to come in. Start holding yourself to the standard that future clients would expect.
If you want to freelance online, start freelancing before you quit your day job. It might take you a while to start dependably earning money, so save at least 6 months’ worth of expenses before cutting off your revenue stream. Stay focused on the industry that you want to work in. It is better for you to not accept part-time jobs while you try to crack your desired niche. 

Things are always tough for beginners, and nothing replaces hard work. You are responsible for your own success, and you should always be reaching for more.

Jessica Peterson of Global Girl Travels

I hope this inspired you as much as it did me!


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#Finding the Good in a Bad Situation

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Over the past 5 months, as I have been battling various illnesses and health issues, I have spent a lot of time reflecting on my life. Getting through each day with as little pain as possible has been at the forefront of my mind. But pain doesn't always have to be physical to hurt. 

Spending a lot of time with your thoughts when you are at a low point can sometimes lead to feelings of self-pity, sadness, or anger. However, I have found that being in a position of vulnerability has led me to be thankful for the simple things that I once took for granted and see what is important in my life.

There have been things pulling at my heart over the past year that I have been making excuses about, and I have come to a point where it's now or never.
Life is too short to settle for anything short of amazing!
I have passions and talents that I want to pursue, but have been afraid of failing (again). I am thankful to have a super supportive husband who has been encouraging me to go for my dreams and stop making excuses. I find that writing down my thoughts and goals helps me set out a plan of action and gets me excited about it.

I am slowly figuring who I am and who God has made me to be, and who I want to become.
I want to be a leader.
I want to be a woman of strength.
I want to be a source of comfort.
I want to be a mother.
I want to love the unloved.

Isaiah 40:31 "but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

I would love to hear your story of chasing after your heart's desires!

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