~Today, I went to the park and began writing the final chapter of my book. I am almost finished with the first rough draft, with 5 days left in the month I know I'll make it. Unfortunately, I stopped creating the online course for voice over work to make completing the book a higher priority. Which works best as I know this book will do the most good for everyone. My purpose of writing this book is to make a change in the world. To bring awareness to a lot of people so we can create better futures for ourselves. It is being written out of love, understanding, and works towards making a better world for everyone. "Be the change you wish to see in the world." -Gandhi "The best way to predict the future is to create it." -Abraham Lincoln
~Yesterday was Christmas and my fiance and I enjoyed ourselves together. We aren't big on buying so many expensive gifts for ourselves so we only bought 3 gifts max for the each of us. My best gift was the Matrix Collection! I watched the Matrix a few days ago and it felt like it was my first time watching it. I'd seen it once before for the action, but now that my mind is more open to spiritual meanings seeing it this time blew me away. I really got the essence of the message. It really awakened me to improving myself further and how much potential we all truly have. So for Christmas, my fiance found the collection and got it for me. Now I am looking forward to watching the second and third films as well as the many commentaries, special features, etc. I'm really excited to see the philosophy behind it, there's an extra feature in which a few professionals speak about what they thought of it.
~This year has been the best year ever and next year will be even better! This year I gained complete emotional control, I rode in a helicopter for the first time ever, I rode a horse for the first time ever, I completed a 30 day challenge, I gained a 4 pack aka a 6 pack, I am completely disciplined, I continue to work on improving myself to become the best me I can possibly be.
I certainly wish 2017 will be a happy and healthy one for everyone!
~Lately I've been so busy working hard to make sure I accomplish my last 2 goals, today I am spending a lot of time working on completion of the voice over actor course. I recorded half of the videos and edited a few, today I will apply the voice over to them. I am making sure I don't criticise myself so much because if I do overkill I will end up talking myself out of completing it. This will be the first course I have created and I am enjoying it as much as possible. This could become a great way to make passive income.
~My book is steady moving along, last week I spent Monday and Thursday working on it. I always go to the park to receive inspiration out in the open air, just me and God. Even with it being December here in Vegas I can sit in my car for hours without having to turn on the heat, it is wonderful! I have 2 and 1/2 chapters left of my book to complete! After that I will be merging some parts of the first book I was writing with this one, then the rough draft will be complete. I have less than 2 weeks before the deadline and I am very confident that I will make it. My fiance and I decided we would watch less tv now, 2-3 hours a day for weekdays. This way we can stay focused on accomplishing our goals and being productive as much as possible.
~This week, we went to a couple Christmas parties. The first was thrown here, where we live, inside the clubhouse, the second was an invite from a close friend. We truly enjoyed both parties. We finally became acquainted with many of our neighbors, besides the ones we've met while working out at the gym.We also may have possibly found more people to involve in the project we will be launching next year. It has been a lovely week!
~The migraines seem to have stopped, thankfully. Now, what happens is the aura will appear in my vision, with minimal pain and it eventually goes away. No meds have been needed, so I'm feeling good. I also had my MRI and the doctor wants to monitor the arachnoid cyst to make sure it isn't getting any bigger. I will be having another MRI in about 3-6 months. I am hopeful that everything will be fine, no fear, no anxiety, just hope. Regardless of what happens, I am always thankful and blessed to be living the wonderful life I am now. I have no regrets. May thoughts of love and blessings of happiness surround you, God bless.
One goal down, two more to go! The day before yesterday, my fiance and I decided to complete our weight loss management certifications this week. We ended up completing it within 2 days (to be totally honest we were 75% done with the course a couple months ago, this time around was a refresher to take the test). By not applying for any jobs on Upwork or Fiverr, I was able to get through the entire course without any distractions or voice over jobs that needed to be done. It actually worked best by going through it in a couple days as everything was fresh in my mind when I took the test. I passed with an 85% and I am proud of myself for completing it. My main reason for starting the weight loss management course was to help people take better care of their health. While taking the course, I found out 50% of African American women are obese, not just overweight, but obese. It even stated that the obesity had nothing to do with income, as AA women who aren't considered as having a lower income neglect their health as well. To me this was shocking, so I felt completing the course was very important. As an African American woman, I feel obligated to help other AA women manage their health and weight. I know old habits die hard and most people overindulge in bad foods, but when it's a matter of life or death I think people would choose life. The black community needs to pay more attention to these negative behaviors that are killing us. If anyone reading this would like a free consultation, please do yourself a favor and contact me. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org I will respond within 24 hours, unless your email ends up in my spam folder, in that case it would be within 48 hours. Even if you aren't an African American women and would still like a consultation, please contact me. I only want to help others, I know that we can all do so much better by working together and helping each other.
On December 1st, I began my next 30 day challenge of goal setting and accomplishing. This time I am working on productivity. At the beginning of this year, I set a goal to write my first book. As the months past, I lost sight of that goal. I am picking that goal back up as it is important to me and I feel I have something to offer the world in my writing. I changed the title of my book, but not the overall theme/idea. My goal is now to complete it before the end of this year, therefore my deadline is December 31st to have the first rough draft completed. I also set a deadline of January 31st for having the book fully edited and published. I began writing again on November 20th, I started over from scratch, but I have more than enough material to finish my first draft by the end of this year. I have found I do my best writing when I am in a quiet place to voice out loud what I am going to write down. Lately, that quiet place has been a local park here in Vegas. Since I work from home I have a very open schedule until work comes in. So when I have a few hours to spare, I drive out to the park with my binder, my pen, my 'Letter to my daughter' book by Maya Angelou, and I get down to it speaking and writing in my car. I feel close to God out there surrounded by the trees, the open sky, and mountains in the distance. There's a sense of peace in the air there. It inspires me.
The next goal I am working on is completing and passing the weight loss management certification my fiance and I started a couple months ago. I have to break the habit of beginning projects then stopping when I'm halfway through. I'm going to do an intense study of all the coursework so I can retain as much of the information as possible. Then I will take the test and pass it! If not, I'll take it again after studying some more. There's no failure in trying to accomplish a goal, the failure comes from not trying at all. After receiving that certification, I will begin the personal trainer certification, with which I can become a personal trainer in a local gym here in Vegas.
The final goal I am working on is I am creating a "Make Money Using Your Voice" How to Become a Voice Over Actor/Actress Course. I realize most people do not know what a voice over artist is so I will now call myself a voice over actress, which is the same thing. The course will help anyone who wants to become a voice over actor to break into the business. I include many tips and tricks to get started. As a self-taught voice over actress I have tons of advice for those who need it. Becoming a voice over actor is a great way to be more productive in your free time while also making money instead of just lounging around watching tv. I would recommend it as the best way to make supplemental income from home. So as you can see I have a full table this month and I plan on accomplishing all of these goals. Doing this is leading up to a big project my fiance and I are working on releasing next year. I will update this blog weekly to keep myself honest about everything. I stopped working on the first book, I must continue this one for sure. This will be a wonderfully busy month!
Speaking of a wonderfully busy month, the voice over jobs have been pouring in, thankfully. This month is on course to be the best month I've had since becoming a voice over actor almost 2 years ago. I realize I was limiting myself by only sticking with one website. Upwork.com has been very promising for me lately. Although, I would still refer people who are just getting started to Fiverr.com to get the first few jobs under their belt just as I did. Before, if I were getting so many voice over jobs I would have wondered if I'd be able to make time to accomplish these goals I have set. Now, I realize that we have 24 hours in a day, 8 of those are for sleeping, 2 of those are for eating, and the rest of those hours are up to us to do with however we please. I am choosing to be productive and work on my goals, that is what I choose.
MY GOALS FOR DECEMBER 2016: