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.
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.