365 Days of Self Discovery: Your Dreams/Wishes/Hopes/Future

4.19.19

Day 9

What are your goals this month?

  • purchasing the rest of the equipment needed for my powerlifting meet
  • do more research on Pl meets
  • lose 5-8 lbs, gain strength and PR in the big lifts
  • be on a better time management schedule with blogging, emails, work, etc
  • create a new goals sheet for quarterly, yearly, weekly, daily, etc. 
Do you have any goals you want to accomplish for the month of April? List them out.
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365 Days of Self Discovery: Your Wishes/Dreams/Hopes/Future

4.16.19

Day 6

Where would you like to travel?

  • All over the U.S – All 50 states, For starters, I would like to visit California, Florida and New York City because these three places I always hear people speaking highly about or have visited multiple times & I have never been on the ocean so Florida and California would be a nice experience for that. I would also like to visit the Bahamas and other islands, as well as visit outside the country possibly but with so much to see in the U.S; I would be just as happy to see everything each state has to offer. 
I have a lot of travelers who read my blogs and I follow many of you who travel for a living or as a side hobby,  it’s always fun to read and view the pictures. Assuming most people enjoy travel — where is someplace you would like to visit? 

365 Days of Self Discovery: Your Wishes/Hopes/Dreams/Future

4.14.19

Day 4

What would you like to achieve in the next year?

  • There are so many things I would like to achieve, but here is a sneak peek of goals I have
  1. Moving to a bigger city
  2. Having my own podcast
  3. my blog reaching 10,000 followers/subscribers
  4. success with being a personal trainer at my place of work and as an independent contractor w/ my own business
  5. Starting a book
  6. creation of my very own product line
  7. having all my credit cards paid off
  8. having my own place/space (no roomies)
  9. physically stronger and leaner
  10. Traveling to more places on my own
  11. Having done more than 2 powerlifting meets
  12. Starting a club/group within my community or joining some 
  13. Working for a bigger gym
  14. Meeting the owner of the company who sponsors me
  15. Making meditation a daily routine
  16. writing for more magazine publications
  17. Having my personal website take off and do well 
  18. Making a passive income; where I work less and do more things I enjoy
  19. Motivational speaking around the world on the topic of fitness/health/mental health and LGBTQ
  20. attend more fitness conventions/seminars and events
  21. working one job again instead of two
  22. the possibility of going back to college to further my education
  23. Having a portfolio built of pictures so that I can do modeling gigs in the fitness industry and build myself and reputation

Business Keeps Me Busy

Neglecting to write in my blog is like neglecting to eat for me, I get so caught up with my business & I am at the gym all day; training myself & training clients/giving consultations & then having to stack that on top of my second job (third shift) — while also juggling my website & trying to make that soar. I haven’t yet touched podcasting (I will) because I want to do it — it excites me. I haven’t been blogging on the website as often as I had hoped either / another draw back since having more clients at the gym ( I love being a personal trainer) I do, but Google wasn’t lying when it said this profession is around the clock once you gain clientale and make a name for yourself — your schedule is never the same & while I do make my own schedule each week (sometimes the club director assigns clients to me without my knowledge of having an appointment until I look at my calendar) being at the gym is like my home away from home; basically I sleep, eat and work there & I love it — but I don’t want to get burnt out loving what I do. This weekend, I took time away to focus on catching up on sleep and meal prepping and spending time with loved ones & friends (What’s a social life?) LOL. 

So, in the mist of all this rambling, I am basically trying to apologize for the later than late responses & not following some of you newer readers of my blog(s) because honestly, you deserve my attention just as much as I would like yours,  but realistically, we all have a life to live and while I would love to be full time blogger with a higher paying income from it, it’s not happening and so sometimes it doesn’t become top priority over my other obligations. Doesn’t mean I don’t love doing it, I do it because I do love it & because it will one day make a good income & be something people enjoy reading and commenting on again. It probably doesn’t help I don’t share it on my social media platforms (besides #Twitter) anymore due to me being lazy & because since starting this self discovery phase of this blog — I don’t feel as though it touches on fitness/health the way it used to for the time being & that’s okay but I don’ t want people to be let down. When this self discovery phase is over, I will hop back into a fitness/health, body positive , knowledgeable, and worthy topics so that people get excited again and have something to talk about once more. I plan on catching up with blogging this weekend and making it once again a priority (small steps forward) so I will begin with this post — but be ready for more from me. Also, if you don’t catch me on here, I am always on Instagram usually & Twitter and Facebook, so make sure to follow those social platforms to keep up with my life & fun times, hard times & goofy times. 

For all those who have left comments on my older post, have liked, followed or share my post, thank you for supporting my passion to write & my semi-lame post with a splash of “just interesting enough” — I promise my topics will glow once again, we just have to overcome the stagnant self discovery post for a while ( just maybe I will make a fitness/health post while doing this self discovery challenge) but anytime I blog on the personal website, I will share the link with all of you, so you don’t miss out on my personal training fun. Make sure to follow me on social media! I am much more fun on IG LOL.

P.S Do you enjoy my self discovery post? Be honest, I won’t cry – might judge you LOL jk. 

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If any of you are creative bees and can answer my question: is it cheaper to have t-shirt designs made on your own or to have them done professionally, let me know. I want my brand to shine & I need to make some products (Tshirts/hats/hoodies etc ) and even wanting to create journals for those to track sleep, diet and eating habits. I want to keep things interactive with & I even want to eventually make a Facebook group where people come together & share their progress, goals, etc with the rest of the community. I want to make shit happen, so it will happen, just will be in small steps (hopefully before I hit 30 years old) because Idk if I will have the same motivation later in life. 

Second question of the day, would it be how can I make my blog more interactive for my readers and fellow bloggers.. I know many of you have tons of traffic with comments and likes, etc *& once a upon a time I thought I was killing it, but now, eh. So share your secretes, tell me what has worked for you as a blogger to bring in more traffic — I will use these for my website as well. Gimme all your secrets so I can conquer the world 😀

BTW, guest posting for me is a thing, so if that’s something that interest you, ,let me know & if you know anything about podcast/creating products/website design, making income from blogging, etc.. share your secrets 😀

Why I didn’t make New Years Resolution

I make short term and long term changes

I did’t make a list of goals for 2019 that would end up being a “New Year, New Me” philosophy & haven’t done it for the last couple of years now because well, no point. After many years of making New Year resolutions, I have realized they are only exciting for the first month & then after that, I no longer care enough to carry them out or keep myself accountable. I decided instead I would make a list of short term and long term goals for my 2019 & goals that are both realistic and something that I am either very passionate about, already working towards, affordable, something that won’t effect me if it doesn’t happen — meaning if I don’t buy a new pair of tennis shoes within the next couple of weeks, it won’t make me feel as though I lost because I will just set aside a different date to buy them until I can either afford to buy them or need to buy them. 

I am not down talking anyone who believes in New Year resolutions because maybe a new year gets you excited enough to stick with your plans — if so, by all means make those resolutions happen! but if not, don’t waste your time following the majority of Americans, instead create goals that are both long and short & don’t make the list too long that it becomes too overwhelming to complete. I personally try to make 5-6 goals each for the short and long term goals . Somewhere in my room, I have a HUGE list of goals but that’s just overall what I want to happen in my life as far as growth and success; something to keep me focused and inspired & it changes always because “life happens”, we don’t always have control over things that happen to us.  I think New Year resolutions get people pumped to start on a goal but having a list of short term and long term goals make it easier to stick with a goal (especially if you have it posted someplace where you check on your goals often) and goals can be changed as many times as you would like but New Year Resolutions don’t normally change — they just die off when people don’t like them or don’t want to do them anymore. 

Depending on the type of person you are, you may or may not prefer my method & that’s okay but at least I am able to share my own opinion and perhaps it might trigger many of you to give it some thought as well 😀

Happy Sunday!

 

365 Days of Self Discovery: Day 99

12.10.18

Are there parts of your life that you find distracting?

  • For awhile, having had gone through a break up with my ex, and losing out on a friendship was distracting me from progressing in terms of my goals and focusing on priorities. Now, between potentially losing out on another friendship and having dealt with work drama over and over again at this job (not the gym) this doesn’t necessarily distract me unless I am in the environment, but it does annoy me quite a bit. Outside of those things, I don’t really have many parts of my life that serve as distractions currently.

Do you find any part(s) of your life distracting, now or in the past?

6,000 WordPress Subscribers and close to 4,000 on the second blog

Something about success smells sweat — Shay-lon Moss

 

Most people could probably start this sentence out by saying they have worked really hard to get to this point BUT, I used to say this when I was writing more & talking to my following more, but now I hardly can say it because I have skipped days writing, and haven’t been consistent and my topics haven’t been the most interesting (besides my self discovery challenge) which I am enjoying might I add, and while I want to make the topics interesting & I will soon, I need to consider the fact I am creating a website for my business and it will have a blog & I want some of the topics to be for that website (but I will share the site and links to the blog post on this blog as well) so that everyone can read them — but this is why my topics on exercise have diminished a tad bit.. UGH! but on the bright side, today I plan on writing down topics I want to share on this blog & topics for the website so that it isn’t repetitive on both sites (even though some will be the same as past post with maybe more or new opinions, facts, etc) but it has been something I need to sit down and go over before writing. Thank you for baring with me and for being patient throughout my writing career, I appreciate all of you! I do, truly.

Having reached my milestone of 6,000 subscribers and over 2,000 followers on this blog has made me realize that I have come a long way — even with the baby steps and small increments of change and lack of interesting post, people still seem to enjoy something about my blog & I want to say it has a lot to do with my voice in my writing — because I don’t think my topics are all that amazing as of now (I will change this soon) because I have big plans for this blog site, I do. It will be tons of work, but I love writing and I am going to work my ass off to make it better and bigger and more responsive to my followers and readers alike. My second blog has been doing well & surprising the topics have been of great interest to many people and I enjoy that as well, and I plan on continuing down the path I am on with it as of now, and when it grows, it will have more changes as well. 

My plans for 2019 for this blog: 

  1. more post engagement
  2. topics
  3. removing or adding categories
  4. engaging more with new and old followers as much as I can
  5. sharing of guest post
  6. more engaging images/videos
  7. affiliates/monetizing 
  8. possible theme change
  9. Meditation post — possibility for those who are interested 😀

small steps, so not to overwhelm myself.  My plans for the new website (that I will also share on this blog through links)

  1. my podcast
  2. videos
  3. new topics
  4. informational post
  5. interviews
  6. selling of my product line
  7. affiliates/monetizing 
  8. writing for editors/other sites & sharing my work
  9. personal training packages & nutritional plans 
  10. Q&A

Much much more 😀 which will be noted in the first blog page of the new website. 

I am hoping in 2019, I can also work on writing my first book if my schedule allows time for it and after doing research, etc. I have big things I would like to see happen with my business, my career, my writing profession & life in general. It might not all happen at once and it might be slow to happen, but I am going to try nonetheless because I have a passion for success and wanting to thrive in this world. My hope is all of you will be around in 2019 to see these wonderful things unfold and that I shall see your blog develop as well —because your growth is just as important to me as mine is to me. Again, I appreciate all of you and those who have been a follower and reader of mine for long and short period of time, & I raise a glass to all those who continue to write going forward in 2019 😀 Many blessings and more success to you my friends. ❤

Shay-lon