Aspiring

I purposely haven’t embraced resolutions or words for this year (something I explained in an earlier post). Mainly, it just wasn’t a priority for me at the start of the year as I watched my Dad struggle after his operation to remove his voice box and the cancer that surrounded it. Sure I could have made half-hearted resolutions to “get healthy” or “be more in the moment with my kids” but considering I was living off fast food and spending days at a time away from my kids while I supported my parents, those sorts of claims would have rung hollow to me and you would have seen through them too.

It doesn’t mean I have given up on 2015 or that I have no dreams, goals or aspirations. I do – I have all of those in spades. But I think we all know that we don’t HAVE to make promises to ourselves or to others just because of an arbitrary date on a calendar or because “everyone else is doing it.” For aspirations to be real and to hold the promise of actually coming to pass, you need to truly desire them and be able to have a good crack at making them happen.

This year, 2015, is the year that I embrace my new reality. I now work at home. I am not employed by anyone other than myself. I am my own agent of change and master of my own destiny (if you like that sort of dramatic terminology). It’s a huge responsibility but I now KNOW that I can do it. I finally have belief in myself. I have been given this opportunity, something many people dream of, and I want to run with it and make it a success.

After a lot of soul searching at the end of last year (and the beginning of this one too) I know that the only thing I want to do is to help people. If I ever applied for another position it would be to directly help people. THAT is what I’m passionate about. So I’m aspiring to help people this year and basing my home based business on that principle.

Aspiring

In 2015 I’m aspiring to:

1. Write my first book

I am currently writing the first draft of a guide for special needs parents. Expanding on many of my previous posts, it will cover different aspects of special needs parenting – becoming a special needs parent, liaising and advocating for your child, care and support for the carer, as well as dealing with all the everyday challenges of special needs parenting. I am pouring my heart and soul into this with the hope that it will help others who are just starting this journey. My goal is to have the first draft ready for editing by the end of Term 1 (before we go on our US trip). So far, so good!

2. Host a podcast

To further assist parents of special needs kids, I want to publish a weekly podcast that will provide understanding, support and practical assistance. I plan on launching this later in the year, once my book is further along in development. I anticipate interviewing fellow parents to unearth their stories of special needs parenting as well as hosting interviews with specialists, therapists and educators to increase knowledge, understanding and confidence for all parents. If you are interested in finding out more or being a part of the podcast once it launches, please, please let me know!

3. Treat my blog as a business

My blog is the centrepiece for all my aspirations. To make all my aspirations work in together, my blog needs to be strong, purposeful and driven. I have benefited from some wonderful advice from Dorothy K as to how to approach blogging as a business and I now also understand the metrics and analytics of blogging a whole lot more thanks to the wisdom of Dana from  Talk About Creative (more on that later this week). The content, the truth and the ‘me’ of my blog will not change. But behind the scenes I need to plan better, show more purpose and become more strategic if I am going to make my dreams a reality.

4. Launch my new online business Double Scoop

This aspiration is not new. I have put this on the backburner so far due to my father’s illness and end of year mayhem and the need to just ‘be’ for a while after my redundancy last year. A lot more work needs to be done to refine my business plan, service offerings, etc, but I am still very much committed to launching my own business by the end of 2015. I want to help small businesses take control of their communications, writing, tender preparation and project management. While My Home Truths is my priority for the moment, Double Scoop will become a greater priority once I have the book, podcast and blog operating on a business as usual footing.

Achieving each of these aspirations is very possible. They relate to each other and, in theory, should support and strengthen each other. More importantly, I want to make each of them happen with every fibre of my being.

I want to help others. That is where my passion lies and why all my aspirations for the year are centred on providing support, help, assistance and expertise to others.

Now I have publicly committed myself to those aspirations, wish me luck in achieving them!

Do you have aspirations for 2015?

Sharing and committing mine with Jess for #IBOT.

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17 Responses

  1. Woohoo – go girl! It sounds like you have a busy and exciting year ahead Kirsty! I don’t think many people know that I have raised a special needs child. One of my twins has Asperger’s Syndrome. He is 22 years of age now. I don’t blog about it out of respect for him and his privacy. He is sensitive about it. In fact we never make reference to the fact he has Aspergers Syndrome any more at all. It’s not such a big thing now he is older as he slots into an adult world much better than the ‘school world’. The biggest stress I have now that he has graduated from Uni – is getting him a job!! It has been hard not blogging about it at times because I have so much knowledge and experience I could share with those that are in the early days of diagnosis or even those with older kids but I know with absolute surety that it is a no go blogging zone for me. I hope your Dad is recovering well from surgery. What a scary procedure to face and go through! Good luck with all your goals this year and well done for having some clarity on what you want to do!!
    Min@WriteoftheMiddle recently posted..Taking Stock – February 2015

  2. I gave resolutions a huge miss again this year as well. Like you, I haven’t written the year off but I just needed time to put thing in perspective. My youngest started high school this year and my eldest now in year 11. I would like to think, now that we no longer need to relocate, that this is my year to finally work out what I want to be when I grow up. Like you I like to help people, although I’m not sure if my Virtual Assistant business is the way forward here, even if I do now offer blogging and social media service to the lineup.
    Raych aka Mystery Case recently posted..Blog Spotlight | Julie in the Making

  3. Kathy says:

    Congratulations on these big aspirations and you are very right about not setting an arbitrary date or format for moving forward. Even though you have had a rough start to the year it sounds like you are really firing now and far better than resolutions are your concrete goals. Good luck.
    Kathy recently posted..Let the sun shine – the third chakra

  4. Jess says:

    Looking forward to seeing those aspirations come to life Kirsty, they are certainly achievable. Good luck!
    Jess recently posted..5 quick ways to turn a house into a home

  5. Wow, it all sounds amazing. Good luck with everything! My aspirations are a lot smaller. LIke you, I don’t really set new year resolutions but I have intentions to spend more time with my family, more time on ‘me’, and slowly work to grow my blog. I’m mindful that baby #3 is arriving next month so I just want to take the time to enjoy what I have right now.
    Erika @ Ever-changing Life of a Mum recently posted..Getting ready for baby

  6. Maxabella says:

    What an amazing year this is going to be for you, Kirsty. Last year wasn’t the best one, but this year you can finally shine! x
    Maxabella recently posted..Connect | I can never put myself back in the picture

  7. What an amazing and solid direction you have for yourself, I am truly inspired. Considering my post today is all about how I am struggling to find myself and a direction I am envious. And also proud of you because I know how hard it can be.
    Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages recently posted..Finding Myself

  8. I didn’t make any resolutions this year either, my aim is just to make the best of what comes my way. I hope your Dad is doing a lot better sweetie, and good luck with the book writing, I’m sure you will rock it x

  9. Deborah says:

    LOVE your aspirations! You also seem to have done some thinking / planning around each so I’m sure you’ll achieve all of them.

    I also love the altruistic focus. Just beautiful.

    Deb
    Deborah recently posted..Miss not-so Independent

  10. Exciting things ahead for you Kirsty! I can’t wait to see it all happen.
    EssentiallyJess recently posted..Of Artistry, Definitions and Pregnant Aardvarks #IBOT

  11. Ahh Kirsty! Good luck to you. What a massive year ahead you have with such great dreams and aspirations. I can’t wait to see you achieve them all. The book and podcast sound amazing and I can see how popular they would be. Double Scoop sounds amazing too. While you’re busy working away on this, please don’t forget to take time to take care of you. Oh yeah, the trip to US. Very good 🙂 #teamIBOT

  12. Vanessa says:

    Your goals sound pretty similar to mine. I’m hoping to try a podcast this year – I wonder if I will ever not hate the sound of my voice?
    Vanessa recently posted..#2015TheYearOfMe Weekly Challenge 3

  13. Good on you KIrsty! What great aspirations. Wishing you all the best! Smash it!
    Jodi Gibson (JF Gibson Writer) recently posted..Favourite things part IV: What’s your favourite movie?

  14. I am so sorry about al, your family has been through. It sounds like you are getting on track for a big year and will help a lot of people who need to hear from and connect with you xx. Good luck

  15. Tegan says:

    I love the conviction and passion in this post. I wish you all the best in making them happen this year.
    Tegan recently posted..The cost of being real

  16. Kirsty I’m so sorry to hear about your dad. It’s so hard keeping the balls juggling in between visits to hospital. As for your aspirations for this year they sound exciting and totally achievable. I love that they are based on helping others. I hope you are blessed with an amazing year and I look forward to watching from online sidelines as you work towards your dreams. 🙂
    Bec @ The Plumbette recently posted..Guest Post The Builders Wife: Tips on finding balance

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