Hit the ground running this year!

I’m really very excited about 2014, as a lot of things are in the works. I call them new beginnings, as I am finally putting into action the plans that I used to simply dream about.

Plus, a special occasion will be happening in March, and my brother, whom I haven’t seen for a long time, will be coming home for a vacation with his family, also in March.  I’m most excited about seeing my nephews, and seeing my kids connect with them.  My kids have been practicing their conversational English, while my older nephew has been learning Tagalog.

My dream of having an extension of the house that I can use as a home office will come to fruition this year, hopefully to be completely finished before the end of the first quarter, but if not, I will still have nine months to work on it.  I mean work, like earn, so I can fund the works.  Ha ha!

I also want to see to fruition the planned revamp of my sites, which has been long overdue.  I built my sites on free templates, and have been dreaming of having them designed professionally.  This has been put on the backburner for the longest time.  I have not had the opportunity to sit down and internalize on what I really want in terms of design, color palettes and such.  I just know what I want the content to be.  I guess I really have not felt the need to further promote my services because I have been pretty much fully booked, so to speak, and I can no longer afford any more clients.  But then again, I just need to have my brand out there, and share best practices that worked for me and somehow be of help to those who are just starting out.  So yeah, this year will be about new beginnings, starting with re-organizing my home office, both physically and virtually.

Another big thing is that my podcast interview from last year has just been released.  Really thrilled to be to be asked for an interview in a podcast, as this is the first of its kind [that I know of] in the Philippines.  The interview happened late at night, after a long workday, so I may be talking nonsense at times.  Ha ha!  Please be kind when you hear me say “meat on the table” when I really meant to say “food”.  I can’t recall much, but I have dwelt on that error right from the moment I said it, until now that I’m writing this post.  I have not fully listened to the podcast yet, but my understanding is that it was recorded as live, so no hopes for editing out the faux pas and others like it.

Just click on the play button below, or click this link to see the shownotes.  And while you’re at the page, please give me some love and click on the Facebook Like button.  Thank you!  🙂

But the one thing that I’m really preparing for this January is the WordPress Re-Run.  I really can’t be emphatic enough in saying that having WordPress knowledge is a big plus in going out there and presenting yourself as a virtual worker.  Let’s face it.  We now live in a world where everyone goes to a website for something.  So people are building businesses online, and one out of six websites actually run on WordPress.  So virtual workers and online entrepreneur wannabes really need to learn the power of WordPress.  You need an online portfolio?  Build it on WordPress.  You want an online store?  Build it on WordPress.  You want to have a retainer job online?  Your would-be employer will want you to be adept in WordPress.  And that’s why we created this workshop, so we can help you with what you need.

And what’s good about attending this workshop is that the learning will not end there.  We take all our attendees to a closed Facebook group where they can continue to ask us questions and we’ll continue to assist them with their respective sites.  If you feel that you, or someone you know, will benefit from this workshop, please help us spread the word.  Just click here to go to the registration page.

And one last thing that I want to share in this post:  I have started a journal.  Since my mantra for this year is journal, plan and share, I have started writing down my daily activities.  And when I say write, I really mean write, with the old fashioned pen.  And thankfully, someone took pity on me and gave me a really cool planner, but I’m not in liberty to divulge who the generous donor is.  Suffice it to say that the donor is an awesome person, and the planner, equally so.  But in case you don’t have a generous donor like I do, this one is cool, too.  I have this on my laptop and it’s called the Red Notebook.

I really hope I will have more time to post here this year, but if not, you can still catch my updates via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  I guess it’s always easier to just write short updates.  🙂