So long, and thanks for all the fish*

It’s been a wonderful journey. I’ve met so many creative, generous souls through this blog – but it’s time to close up shop.

A blog evolves with us. This blog has seen many changes, as have I. Now, I move into a new phase: I’m a published author, and with that comes new and exciting opportunities, and a shift of priorities.

Sharing my writing journey and my ideas around indie publishing and marketing are still important to me. I will continue to do this on social media (you can find me on Twitter and Facebook for the most part) and in my writing groups. I’m keen to do more guest posts in lieu of this blog, so if you like what I blog about and you’re willing to share your space with me, I’d be more than happy to write something for you. You can see some of my guest posts here.

I am also considering writing a short book about my experiences so far.

However, my blogging will now be primarily on my author blog, zrsouthcombe.com. It will be less about marketing, and more about writing, my books, and my personal journey. Take a look at my website and see if it’sΒ your cup of tea πŸ™‚

Thank you to everyone who has supported me in my journey, I truly appreciate your support.

*In this case, fish means support and awesomeness.

Making space for the new

I missed my Monday post due to life getting in the way (it has a nasty habit of doing that, right?) but hopefully you’ve been entertained by my interviews & guest posts all over the web! If you missed them, go to my author siteΒ where I’ve listed the appearances to date.

But back to the topic. I’m reading The Success Principles which I read about on Joanna Penn’s blog. It’s fantastic. Basically, the driving message of the book (at least the way I see it) is:

  1. Figure out what drives you.
  2. Find a way to get paid to do it.

Easy right? Lol. Anyway. One of the chapters is about making space for new ideas, new directions, and new ways of being. He uses an excellent analogy: if you have a bulging full wardrobe, even if you have or want new clothes, there’s no space for them.

Seriously, that line is genius. And it describes where I’m at perfectly. It’s my book launch on Saturday, but this book is so much more than a children’s fantasy. From where I was at the start of planning this book to where I am now encompasses a huge personal journey. I’m not just embracing this more ‘me’ version of me, but putting this version out in the public view.

It’s kind of scary. It’s also a bit of grieving process – you know, emotionally letting go of a phase in my life that has come and gone – but mostly it’s really exciting.

So here’s to positive change, to growth & learning, and to celebrating success! *clinks tea cup*

Moving forward

So after a minor meltdown last weekend, I realised it was because there was more than one stress factor. I spent some time early last week figuring out what the stress factors were.

After that, I began setting up systems & changes for the things in my control, and trying to recognise that some things are out of my control and that’s okay (still getting there on that front).

I thought I’d share some of the things I’m changing with you today, partly to help me process them and partly because they might help you as well. I’m sure my problems are not unique to myself πŸ™‚

Deadlines

I’d set a launch date with plenty of time for things to go wrong – or so I thought! – but after a few delays early on in the process, I’m cutting it fine to get the stock for my books by the 21st. Part of this is outside my control, but what I can do is set up Plan B, C & D.

If Plan A doesn’t work (the plan where the books arrive before the 21st), Plan B is to pay for expedited shipping from Blurb, which is only 1 day earlier but might make a difference. Plan C is to pay for expedited shipping from Createspace (4 business days) and Plan D is to order them in NZ, hiking the price up but meaning I could get them pretty fast.

Also, I’ve learned for next time the things I need to do to make sure I give other people plenty of time to get jobs done.

Energy Levels

Some just goes back to basics. I wasn’t eating enough fruit, and I’d begun exercising but found it hard after doing nothing for most of summer. This morning, I bought nuts, fruit, veges and a women’s multi-vitamin.

I’m aiming to get in at least 3 walks a week – 5 isn’t necessary at this point – and will be using wrist weights to get a bit more toning in. From next week, I’m aiming to do yoga just once a week.Β Baby steps are all good!

Legal Stuff

While my records are pretty good, they could be better. I had way too many spreadsheets and knew there had to be a simpler way of doing things! I ended up buying a printer / scanner / copier and signing up for Xero, and NZ-based accounting software.

By having a printer, it means I canΒ have physical records of everything (my job this week) mostly just for peace of mind, and by investing in Xero I have a system that works and accountants are familiar with. This means that when I’m earning enough to have an accountant, it’ll be easy to transfer stuff over to them, if that’s what I choose to do.

Lack of Creative Work

I was spending so much time stressing about the books coming in on time, that I just couldn’t get into the mindset of being imaginative. Painting and writing felt hard because my mind just wasn’t in it.

By putting plans in place, it meant I could give myself the headspace I needed to be creative, without stressing about what else I ‘should’ be doing.

But enough about me. What strategies do you have to manage the (sometimes overwhelming) tasksΒ in your life?