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Focus and Follow Through

My theme for this year is “Follow through”. Focusing on building my business, then doing The One Thing everyday that will get me closer to my goal.

I heard about the book titled, “The One Thing”, by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. It’s a captivating read about going small. Focusing on doing things with a very narrow focus, which helps get more things accomplished, which in turn brings great rewards.

This is me this year. Focusing on a primary aspect of my business and following through. Getting things set up or done before moving on to the next project.

I am still involved in a couple of niches, however I’m focusing on the biggest goals because I’m building my future income. The goal is to have a steady and sustainable income provided for by my various business ventures. No time to waste and no excuses. Focus and follow through.

So far this year I’ve set up 14 products ready to sell. Took me awhile to get to the point of finally setting them all up; listing them on my sales platform, setting up my autoresponder lists. It’s a process. This time I have help.

I purchased an unbelievable deal from my friend and mentor, Liz Tomey. It included a DFY (done for you) complete resell product, with an option for 2 more. It also includes specific training for the resell rights DFY product, a Facebook group, personal coaching, and more products throughout the entire year. Liz is also going to help promote the product. There are other things too, but those are my major buying points .. and they’re HUGE. Means that I have someone in my corner helping me get passed my sticking points.

I’m still reading “The One Thing”, and I’ll keep focusing and following through.

Hasta La Vista, Baby!

Rough week. Three of my fully operational websites were lost to the void. My two main physical product store sites and one I was preparing to promote. Gone. Long story, but in the interest of leaving lessons for those who follow, here’s the short version …

I was working on site and had backed it up to move it to a new domain. When I tried to unpack the files on the new domain I received an error message which stated that the functions could not be preformed due to lack of disk space. Hmm ..

I got on with Tech Support and the very helpful gal explained what the error meant, and gave me some suggestions on different things I could do to free up disk space. I had numerous cpanel accounts created for sites I had plans for. The Tech gal told me that each cpanel account took up a good amount of disk space, and that if I wasn’t going to use the accounts in the immediate future, I might think about deleting the accounts until I was actually ready to use them.

Sound advice I thought, so I went about deleting accounts I was not currently using.

I continued working on my new site with no problems. Then I went tried to login to one of my main sites to play around a bit and wai .. what!? My site had a fatal database error. Hmm, maybe it’s not my site, maybe is the host, so I tried my second site .. and it too was showing the fatal database error. Oh hell no!

On with Tech Support again. After a good amount of time answering questions, the tech discovered that the databases for my three sites were gone .. non-existent. OMG. I could see my business life passing before my eyes. This can’t be happening. Maybe he can recreate the sites from the server backup. There was a back up on the server, but it was from the day before .. and the sites had been gone, it turns out, for 5 days prior to the backup .. which means there was a backup of blank sites. Doh!

Okay, I’m keeping my cool. Not cussing, not yelling, not panicking. (Who are you, and what have you done with the Real Me?!)

This is what happened: sites were on two different web hosts. Both were shared hosting accounts, and one account could have multiple domains attached through one cpanel account. When I changed web hosts, to a VPS hosting account, the new hosting company migrated my sites for me. Everything went smoothly and worked just fine. Great job!

Then when I deleted the accounts I was not currently using .. turns out I had deleted an account which had been the main account on one of the other hosting companies. So main database was erased .. which also meant that any site which was connected to that main site .. had also been erased.

Now I’ll be up front and say that I had no idea that had happened or how hosting companies work. And I also have no idea why the new hosting company would take “bundled” sites and not “unbundle” them on a dedicated server. Each website should have been it’s own account on it’s own cpanel. But they weren’t. And now they’re gone.

The Tech gal who suggested I remove unused accounts wasn’t aware of how the migration took place .. so I don’t have any hard feelings toward her at all. All of this was discovered after the fact, and after many hours online with Tech Support.

Anyways, I’m still pretty calm about the whole thing. Going to take this as a nudge from The Universe and take this as an opportunity to rebuild my sites better, stronger, and faster. No use crying .. just put on my Big Girl Panties and get to work rebuilding.

One more thing .. my my old hosting companies used Fantastico to install WordPress. This new hosting company uses Softaculous. So I asked Tech Support again .. if I’m going to rebuild, should I just delete the missing sites accounts altogether (get off of Fantastico) and start with fresh accounts via Softaculous? A resounding yes.

The moral of this story?

Back up everything, and keep a local copy as well as the one your hosting company keeps. Periodically export your sites via .xml file and keep that locally as well. Ask plenty of questions of your hosting companies. And again, back up, back up, back up.

Getting Back to Basics

This is the year I take stock of where my business is, create a plan to take me where I want to go, and get to back to my passion projects. It’s also a time to get back to basics.

Early on I had some great success with physical products in my favorite niche, women’s sports. I kind of got away from that for awhile, and looking back .. it was because I somehow separated my sports businesses with my internet marketing ventures. Doh! I realized that somewhere along the way, in my conscious mind, the two became separate entities and I treated them as such. Actually, is was more like I treated my sports memorabilia and equipment bag business more like a rather profitable hobby, and my internet marketing interests as the “real” business.

Silly me.

I also realized that I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants for far too long. Learning to do everything, and then trying to do everything myself. My time and resources could have been much better spent.

Then in November and December of 2015, some incredible opportunities started coming my way. I’ve been getting more clarity, greater focus, and am finally putting my systems together in a more coherent and cohesive manner. And to be completely honest .. I’ve found some seriously brilliant people who have given me exactly the right advice at exactly the right time for me to hear and act on it properly. Different voice for each phase, and I can see and feel the difference. It’s a welcome change. I see this first quarter of 2016 as the set up and catalyst for the rest of the year and beyond. For the first time in a long time, I feel like I’ve finally found my voice.

Who are these seriously brilliant people, who have each provided me with a missing piece of my business puzzle?

  • Advice/Training/Products from Liz Tomey for my IM business, (www.IMWithLiz.com)
  • Erik Stafford suggested I get back to what I love and was great at, which is my passion for women’s sports. (www.facebook.com/groups/opportunityengineering)
  • For the month of January, I’m immersed in Connie Ragen Green’s Internet Marketing Six Pack. Getting back to basics, and getting my virtual properties set up better. (www.ConnieRagenGreen.com and www.TheInternetMarketingSixPack.com)
  • Next up is Tiffany Lambert’s Blogging and Content Creation Challenge over the month of February, (www.TiffanyLambert.com).

Basically, I’m taking everything I’ve been doing poorly, reworking them, and doing them better and with more synergy.

Oh yeah, I also finally realized that the sports thing and IM are not mutually exclusive. I had them as separate entities in my head. I don’t know why. But each piece of the puzzle has been short and sweet and exactly what I’ve needed to move forward.

Getting Closer ..

8 days ’til my mother in law comes to visit. My office is almost cleared out, probably another 4-5 hours of steady work there. Then we’re getting some bedroom furniture for the room on Sunday. Whew.

Good things are happening! Mom’s impending visit jump-started some long overdue changes:
1. We’re actually doing some of the things we’ve talked about around the house
2. Clearing out the office and turning it into a real spare bedroom
3. Cleared out the garage and turned it into a real usable space, not just a storage area
4. We have a clear plan on how and what to do to finish off the other rooms and spaces we have available
5. We’re having discussions about what to do with the patio area (which we both want to enclose and incorporate with the building out back. Now it’s just a matter of deciding on a plan of action, then getting it done
6. We’re actually getting rid of a lot of stuff and junk we’ve just been holding onto
7. The greatest thing of all .. we haven’t killed each other!

On another note, we took two of our fur kids to the vet this morning and they did very well. They both got their shots, tests and heart worm prevention meds. Bella also got her nails clipped .. and I gladly paid the $26.50 to have them do it. Seriously. Bella is a little Chihuahua .. and I do mean little and she does not like to have her paws messed with. She us fights tooth and nail when we try to clip her nails.

Wrote the check and had the vet assistants do it, while we watched. Yep, she fought them as well, but we got to see how they handled her. And while I think we may be able to do it ourselves next time around, I might just write the check again. Hurts my heart to see her fight so hard, but it’s something that needs to be done on a more regular basis.

Dobby was totally quiet and just let the vet go about her business. He did great 🙂

Tough Box

I spent the last few days working my butt off clearing out my office. My Honey’s mom will be here in 10 days, so we’ve had to ramp it up a bit.

Thank goodness I have such a wonderful family! My aunt and two cousins came over to help us. We managed to clear out 95% of the spare room/office and to get most of the stuff packed up in storage bins and boxes. My aunt is a machine! I thought she only had one speed: Go!
I soon found out she actually has two: Go! and Go Like Hell!

Everything was then moved out and into the garage. We moved a huge open cabinet with pull out shelves into a perfectly accessible spot. It’s perfect because it holds everything and it’s very close to where the bins and boxes will find their permanent home.

In any case, I’m hopeful the room will be ready in time.

Tip of the day: The featured image for this post is of the Homz 27 Gal. Tough Box.

It is simply the absolute BEST BUY ever! These containers hold a considerable amount of stuff. The sides are slightly angled, almost straight, so you get to use the whole box. The construction is top of the line and the lid fits snuggly. The lid also has holes for securing the box with cable ties or actual locks. They also stack perfectly. No wobble and no chance of the sides or lids buckling or bending.

It is, without a doubt, the Best Storage solution I’ve found .. and at under $9 each at Costco .. the deal of the century!

USWNT Win The World Cup!

The USWNT are the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Champions! The Team USA beat Japan 5-2 in what was the highest scoring Women’s Final ever. Wow, what a game!

That’s what I did today. Set myself up to watch the entire pregame, final match and the awards ceremonies afterward. Women’s sports are my thing. It’s what I love and it’s the niche which got me started online. The only “work” I did today was play around with my tee shirt designer and made a quick tee and put if up on Facebook.

There are some things I’ll change about the campaign over the next couple of days, but it was good to get something done and launched. And what a hassle that was! All kinds of little mistakes, do overs and oh shit, do it again. I learned all kinds of things like, to pay attention to the settings for my graphics sizes, the font, colors and getting pixel codes for FB retargeting. Yep, learned lots and tuckered myself out.

Anyways, that was my day .. spent it doing what I love 🙂

Happy Independence Day!

One thing I’ve noticed over these past 19 days is that my schedule really doesn’t lend itself to creating any kind of sustainable business habit. To elaborate, I still have a full-time job. I work the midnight shift, on a two week rotating schedule. Hours are usually from 8pm to 6am, sometimes from 6pm – 6am. My typical rotation looks like this:

Sun   Mon   Tue   Wed   Thu   Fri   Sat   Sun   Mon   Tue   Wed   Thu   Fri   Sat
Off      M       M       M      Off    Off    M      M     Off     Off      M       M     M    Off

and so on. I work a maximum of 3-10 hr days in a row, then have 2 days off. I get every other weekend off. If I have to work on a weekend, it’s only Sat and Sun. I’m off the two days before a weekend and two days after a weekend. I get to to have Mon/Tue off on one week and Thu/Fri off the next. I work every Weds. Pretty freakin’ great schedule, if you ask me. And yes, I designed it myself.

When I’m not working, I have my partner of 20 years, 8 cats and 3 dogs to share time and space with. Finding time to work on things when I’m off is the tricky part.

Anyway, the point is, trying to create any kind of a habit on my schedule it not easy. Doing my best to stick to whatever routine I can grasp onto .. and hoping for the best. I got off a 12 hr shift at 6am this morning and slept until 11:30 am. I’m on the computer thinking about things. I have the opportunity to write my Day 19 entry right now, so I’m taking advantage of it.

On another note, here’s something interesting that’s going on in a Facebook group I’m in:

The group owner is a product and website creator. She either creates or promotes products, and will sometimes offer a Done For You set up service as part of the deal.

She’s been making her living online full-time for about 10 years or more. Her business has been great for a long time, and over the past few months, evolving and seriously ramping up.

Last evening she asked her group members if any of them had the skills necessary to provide these set up services and if so, how much they would charge. Almost immediately she had 4 or 5 people raise their hands.

She then challenged them to put up a sales letter for their services, including Buy Buttons, and to tell customers why they should choose to use their services instead of someone else’s.

Within a couple hours she accomplished:
1. Identifying some possible outsourcers for her business
2. Helped a handful of her customers create an additional revenue stream
3. Helped raise the stature of those individuals within the group, as they are now being seen as “resident experts”
4. Increased her capacity to delivery these DFY products on a much grander scale
I’m sure other pluses will come to light as this event plays itself out.

I found it completely fascinating, hope you do too.

Preparing For The Sugar Solution

I didn’t get as much done today as I had hoped. I was just too tired from working last night and having to go in two hours earlier tonight to cover the holiday schedule. At least with 12 hr shifts I can usually get plenty of work done without being interrupted too often.

I’m off this 4th of July weekend and hope to get some work done around my house in preparation for my mother in law’s visit. I’ll sleep long and hard when I get home tomorrow morning and will be able to enjoy the festivities.
There is sooo much work to be done and only three weeks left to get ‘er done. Praying for inspiration and intervention!

Kinda having a rough time concentrating and staying on topic today. I know I’m mentally tired and a great sleep will do wonders. Doesn’t help me right now though, with 6 hrs left of my 12 hr shift. Ugh. Reckon a strong cup of coffee is in order.

I just got a huge spike of inspiration, courtesy of Brad Spencer. We’ve never met, and only know of each other through some Facebook marketing groups we both belong to. This evening he posted a “before” pic of himself as he embarks on his personal journey to a healthier lifestyle. Kudos Brad! My Honey and I are starting the Sugar Solution Impact Challenge to clean up our diets and make that all important lifestyle change. Always nice to know you’re not alone.

Halfway There

I spent the better part of today watching training videos. I’m keeping to my word of going full bore on the tee shirt ecommerce platform and today was a day of intentional learning. One cool thing with this platform is that the developers are making it so we can sell out own products as well as tees, etc.

Along the way, I’ve discovered that I really really dislike webinars which are over an hour long. How much time to do I want to spend listening to and watching a recording? Always so much banter and getting off track. I’ve got things to do! Anyway, just something I’ve noticed.

Since I’m sold on TeeProfitsPro, I also took the opportunity to send out an email to a few friends and post in a Facebook group of marketers about the new system. Had a good number of folks asking me for details of the system, so used my affiliate link to send them to the website. I sure hope some of them jump on it with me because it really is a wonderful product and opportunity.

Pau for now .. more tomorrow.

Celebrating Bumpa!

30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 13

What a day! Huge family get together to celebrate Boniface Hoaliku Lee. Bumpa, (so named by David “D” Lee, when as a baby he couldn’t say Grampa), is nearly 96 years of age and going strong. 60 or so friends and family stopped by to visit, hang out, and kaukau Hawaiian style. (For you haoles out there, “kaukau” is Hawaiian slang for “food” or “let’s eat”. “Kaukau Hawaiian style” means, eat till you’re full, sleep, wake up and eat some more.

Anyway, long story short, it was a wonderfully exhausting day 🙂

I had a couple of ah ha moments as well. I have a number of interests and am building multiple websites and businesses which deal with those interests. One ah ha is that I’m ready to see some financial fruits from my labors. While I’m building out some long term business resources, there are also a few short term business ventures with which I could realize some cash flow more immediately.

I’ve decided to rethink and re-prioritize my intentions and my efforts. Elaboration to follow ..

Happy Birthday To Me

It was a very good day!

Spent the day just hanging out with my Honey .. doing stuff together and looking for a needle in a haystack. Honey misplaced a $100 REI gift card and we were on a quest to find it. Gave the pups a bath (x3) and they were great about it. Still loved us afterward.

Honey went out and brought back some St. Louis style ribs, brisket, mac ‘n cheese, German potato salad and cole slaw for dinner. Onolicious! (That’s pidgin for Hella good!) Then we watched The Kingsman and had Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup ice cream for dessert. Awesome day.

Early up tomorrow for Grampa’s party. Can’t wait! My family is the love of my life and I cherish every moment I get to spend with them.

Woke up to Birthday wishes from friends and family. Very nice when folks take a few moments out of their busy day to connect and send positive thoughts and energy. Wonderful to wake up to that.

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