How is February over? I realize it’s the shortest month of the year, but still. Seems rude.
For once, I’m not feeling terribly blabby (but that might change by the time we hit the end of the post) so we’ll just get started with my monthly check in on my Phrase of the Year.
1) TAKE FAMILY AND SELF-CARE SERIOUSLY AND ADULT.
So, this means:
Taking daily vitamins so I am caring for my health.
- Getting at least 6-8 hours of sleep so I’m not grumpy.
Eating on a regular schedule so I don’t get hangry. Taking care of my skin because I’m vain and when I look good, I feel good.
- Keeping my kitchen table 85% clear every day because when it’s cluttered, I get cranky.
- Not buying more stuff (including toys) because clutter in my house makes me apoplectic. Also, I want to save more money.
- Doing the household/life maintenance work because when it builds up, I get stressed out and procrastinate and that makes me feel bad.
I have not been sleeping and it is catching up with me. I either go to sleep with the baby at around 8pm or I go to sleep at 3am. I’ve been totally stressed and most of the staying up late has been work or website related. (But the new website design looks pretty, right?? RIGHT???)
I’ve decided this foolishness has to stop so for March, I’m prioritizing sleep and going to bed before midnight.
As you can see from the pictures, my kitchen table is out of hand. I don’t even know how we can eat. Also, how can I scream at the kids for not keeping the house clean when the kitchen table is this disaster??
However, I realize that I can’t even think clearly to do basic household tasks. I don’t know how working parents deal with this shit. I just cannot. I think we’re going to have to live in filth or I have to throw everything away. There is no middle ground.
As for not buying stuff, I have bought stuff. Not sure what, though. But I’m pretty sure they were not toys – so I guess that’s good.
And again. The house is a disaster. I want to get it declared as a national disaster so they can send FEMA. Hmmm… that might make it worse. Sigh. Send help.
2) DO THE WORK.
Here are my work goals for 2018:
Make enough money to cover business expenses associated with my blog and related events (eg: conferences, CPA, etc.).
- Stretch goal: to also make enough to cover all my monthly mortgage expenses for the year.
- Pitch 3-5 times a week.
- Submit to other publications at least once a month.
- Write weekly LinkedIn posts.
- Write a book.
- Weekly FB Lives.
Revamp/rehaul site. Daily interaction/activity on LI/IG/P/Tw.
I think I burned all my working hours on revamping/rehauling my site. I don’t know WHY I chose THIS month to do it, but I did. Possibly because after my friend, Lizz Porter, designed my new logo, I couldn’t stomach my old site anymore.
So, if you love my logo (and you better!!), and you need any sort of graphic designing done, I highly recommend Lizz. She’s still setting up her graphic designing site, but you can contact her at her blog here.
I let my FB Lives slide because I was so tired. But I am hopeful that if I get regular sleep, I can be back! Same thing with pitching. In fact, I think I may have to change my pitch goal to once a week. (Is that copping out? Maybe… I will have to think about this.)
I also sent out my first newsletter ever!! If you want to sign up for my newsletter and get a FREE PDF on 5 Ways to Jumpstart Your Kid’s Chinese.
Guess who’s in an @XFINITY video? I was at a Lunar New Year celebration in one of their newly renovated retail stores in the Bay Area. My kids are STILL asking to go back – they had such a fun time. #xfinity #ad #LunarNewYear pic.twitter.com/2qVFM4lvIc
— Virginia Duan (@TheMandarinMama) February 28, 2018
I don’t really think anything else tops that so I hope your February goals and word of the year went as planned. If not, the year is still young. We can continue in March.
Until then, onwards and upwards!