Archive for the ‘Faith’ Category

Decisions to be made…

April 30, 2017

Apparently I’ve come to a fork in the road after reading ‘The Best Yes’ by Lysa TerKeurst. There’s quite a few things that I’ve learnt (sometimes the hard way) lately. But I know that this will lead to better things.

One thing I’ve learnt and can look back on, is that decisions are powerful – whatever decision you decide to make. All I know at this point in time is that my focus has changed. And my values have grown – up to a point where I need to detach myself in some areas to carry on growing and functioning.

And here’s where I pause; because the direction I want to go in – would require me to leave the safety of the corporate world – though for me to carry on functioning (and growing), I would NEED to leave the corporate world. There are some values that I’ve taken on that wouldn’t be supported by the corporate world.

But I’d have to do research to see how viable this direction is – and if there’s anything additional that I’m going to have to do to support myself. And if I do – that’s going to involve getting creative – which I most certainly don’t mind doing, but we all know that ideas and creativity take time to implement and bring to fruition. So the question remains – am I going to dive into this book blogging business?

Until next time,

Carmen.

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Pleasantly speechless…

November 21, 2016

I’m doing this post in between the planning of a book blog post, that is going to be part of a book blog tour. I looked at my stats for my book blog, and for the second time I have been rendered pleasantly speechless.

I have been getting more views on my blog lately, and I am absolutely ecstatic about it! When I see things like this, then I know that the path I’m on to wanting to become a self employed book blogger is worth it; that all the planning that I’m doing is worth it.

As I’ve said previously, ideas have been flowing; and I’m hoping to put one of them out into the world of the internet and social media soon. I’ve just got to see to the finer details of it first and make sure that everything is in place. I’ll also keep you in suspense until closer to the time. All I’ll say at this stage, is that it is a read-a-thon that I’m planning (those that are in the book world will know what I’m talking about).

If things carry on going uphill (like I’m hoping), then I might be able to do a transition into a place next year where I will be a little bit closer to being self-employed. But I’ll also leave explaining what I mean by ‘transition’ in a later post.

Until next time,

Carmen.

PS. I would just like to say THANK YOU to EVERYONE who has supported me in anyway with my book blog and my blogging journey so far; you are ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!!!

Faith: Hope of better things to come?

October 15, 2016

I had an awesome start to the day. When I went on Twitter this morning, I was greeted by some great stats:

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I haven’t ever had stats like this before. And this made me think: What if I was on Twitter consistently every day? Social media is a world of opportunities, and this was pointed out to me this morning.

It makes me really excited to start this book blogging journey that I’m on, though with my day job, I know I won’t be able to hold stats like this. One thing about me is that I don’t just like tweeting about anything, or retweeting for that matter. So planning tweets in advance is a little bit pointless at this stage.

Thankfully I am off this weekend from work, so it has given me the opportunity to really throw myself into blogging and social media in general. I just wish everyday could be like this, but while I have my day job, and even when I become self-employed, I know that I’m not going to feel this great about my blogging journey everyday.

But it’s still an encouraging start; and I hope that I steadily keep on going up like this, or at least keeping things as consistent as possible.

For those who would like to follow me on Twitter, the link is here

Until next time,

Carmen.

Faith: Leaving things behind

September 28, 2016

Who of you have gotten to a point where you need to leave things behind to move forward or to make a new start? Who of you have needed to make a change for yourself?

I’ve come to a point where the corporate job industry doesn’t work for me anymore. And I came to this point when I decided I wanted to try and pursue book blogging full time. Now everyone knows how safe the corporate job industry is; simply because you get a stable income.

The point that I’ve come to has probably been coming for quite a while. I’ve been in the corporate industry for about nine years now. Now most of you would probably think that that isn’t a long time. But it’s long enough for me; actually, more than long enough. It’s been coming since about a year after a started working.

Now, since most (if not all) of you don’t know me, I’m going to tell you this:

I thrive in a creative space. I’ve got my own structure, but that structure that I like working with definitely won’t be tolerated in the corporate job market. For me to thrive (I’ll go into more depth about ‘thriving’ in a later post), I’m going to need to leave the corporate job industry. But also, the change I need to make is for myself (this will also be explained along with ‘thriving’).

I once read that the corporate job industry is toxic; and this definitely rings true for me. I know that most people won’t ever come to the point that I have, and that they either like the corporate world (and thrive in it), or they have no choice but to be there. I most certainly take off my hat to people that can cope in the corporate job market.

Until next time,

Carmen.

Faith: Planning…with a lot of patience

September 26, 2016

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. To be able to get all my thoughts down in one post is not going to happen, so I’m going to have to do this little by little.

I’ve recently had a go at doing book blogging, and as the months have gone along, I’ve considered leaping in the world of blogging full time…but those that have been into book blogging for awhile know that  going into a blogging career doesn’t happen overnight, as well as the fact that it doesn’t give a person financial stability unlike a normal 9 – 5 job.

The research that I’ve done so far, I’ve come up with the following options to consider that will bring me a little bit closer to becoming a blogger full time:

  • Affiliate Marketing (books related)
  • Sponsored or paid adverts

Now I know that just these two options only bring a very small amount of income, so I would have to consider adding other ideas that could bring a more stabilized income (something that I’d be able to do from home). Since I currently have a full time job, the only time that I get to work on trying to get closer to going into blogging full time is when I get home, and those that have a full time job know that when you get home, you’re tired. Which results in only getting things going in bits and pieces, and doing this can drag things out for months on end if not years.

I also know that the options above require a person to have quite a good blog going along with a very good social media presence, and doing these two things also take time as well, which at the end of the day requires a lot of patience, persistence and perseverance.

This is only one part of the blogging journey that I’m on, there’s still quite a bit more that has led me to making this decision to start the self-employment (blogging) process and wanting to go this particular route. I’ll be going into more detail as I put more posts up.

 Until next time,

Carmen.