This week has been up and down, in my opinion.
The bad things are that my personal routine and spiritual discipline goals are still not quite where I would like to see them. But when I thought about it, I realized that my standards for myself are pretty high. It’s all about perspective…
I have a rule for myself—that sometimes I feel down, but I don’t allow myself to stay down. I reminded myself to see things from a wider perspective. My feelings are valid—and it’s true that I felt overwhelmed—but it is also true that I have come a long way from where I was 3 or 5 or 10 years ago (or even 6 months ago!). And I’ve never allowed myself to relapse back to where I was.
Of course, I would like my progress to move faster than 3 or 5 years at a time. But I must also allow myself to be joyful about the changes I’ve made so far. They are reminders that—if I don’t give up and if I continue to pray—then sooner than I think, I’ll be making more great changes and even greater progress.
With that, I must also mention the good things I was able to accomplish recently! I made great headway on my 3 business goals.
Last week, I registered my business in the state of Virginia where I live, and I did what I could to register as a home-occupied business in Arlington, VA. Now they are supposed to get back to me. I’m not sure how long it should take, but I’m still waiting…
I also ordered my business cards. This is especially exciting for me, because I really enjoy the design. I used a pre-set design; it is not completely original to me. But it took me some time to adjust it to what I wanted. Now I feel like it represents me, my style, and my vision for the company.
Then in the middle of that, the website updated their layout. And yes, part of the template I was using disappeared!
Thankfully, I was able to think fast. Microsoft PowerPoint has some pretty useful editing capabilities. I used PowerPoint to make something I liked even more than my original business card. How nice is that?
Making business cards wasn’t one of my official 3 goals. But it was something I’d been wanting to do. So in the end, I felt pretty accomplished. But on to the big work.
My next task was to: finish my “Dad-work.” I have been working with my dad to write a book. Technically, I’m revising the book he’s already published. Then I’ll publish a “Revised Edition.” But it has mostly been me pouring over this project to make sure it’s professional, informational, and relatable to all kinds of people.
It has been a demanding task, but I am very pleased with the outcome of my work. I have written, updated graphics, built a presentation with notes. I would have loved to do more and go in-depth with this book, but I feel like it is a cohesive and useful body of work. And for that, I’m proud. I feel like this is one of the first times I’ve ever been able to look back at my work and see great value in what I am capable of contributing. For once, I feel grateful for my skills. I can do some creative nice things.
For the book, I have a few more things I would like to add, now that I have updated its graphics. These additional notes, will help the overall book flow. But it should not be much more work after this. All I need is to make sure this thing gets printed. I’m praying that will be a straightforward process. I should be finished in only some days now, I presume, I hope, I pray.
Finally, my third official task will be to order textbooks for my company. The only reason this has taken me a bit of time is because I would like to be intentional. Textbooks do not make the lesson; the teachers do. But I want to make sure I have good tools and materials that my teachers and participants can benefit from. This way we will all have fun. I’m excited!
Once those 3 tasks are finished, I will be free to give more time and energy to my company and other creative projects. That is the real goal here—I must pursue my dreams.