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Achievement #469 - Expanding the business

I teach chair lessons at a long-term healthcare centre, and it's going so well I recently decided to expand my operations. I've been compiling a list of different places to contact, combined with other ideas a friend of mine who is involved in the health industry. It makes me nervous thinking about cold-calling or emailing these people, but I feel more confident than I've been in ages. 

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Achievement #468 - Spreading out the work

One of the challenges I face is having to divide my time amoung multiple kinds of work, when I tend to prefer some kinds over others. Yesterday was a good one for this: I completed a large amount of marketing for the studio, got in some research for my business, and acquired a new reference contact for teaching dance at retirement homes and healthcare centres. Looking forward to repeating that today.

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Achievement #467 - New recording space!

It took some negotiating, but I've managed to secure recording time at an event hall at a fraction of it's original asking price. It's better lit than where I was previously, and looks nicer in many ways. And it's practically right next to home!

Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on July 10, 2017 at 7:01am — No Comments

Achievement #466 - Monitoring Success

Yesterday, I taught two different lessons. One went better than the other. BUT I've much better idea of how I can improve because I've started to include more detail about this in my notes. It sucks feeling I could have done better, but it's gratifying to know I WILL be better, because I'm finally paying more attention to it.

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Achievement #465 - Best lesson ever!

I've been reviewing how to make a lesson more enjoyable, while allowing myself to get to know the student better and present opportunities for them to get what they're looking for through dance. Yesterday I applied what I'd learned so far, and had possibly the best lesson I'd ever taught! The couple had a fantastic time, and I felt I maintained the flow throughout the lesson, far better than I had before. They didn't purchase a program, but they were very enthusiastic at the end and said…

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Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on July 6, 2017 at 8:59am — No Comments

Achievement #464 - Youtube page set up

The Youtube page for my business is now (mostly) set up, so I can draw more users back to my website, or connect to the next video in my vlog series. Plus, I've confirmed two more people to be interviewed in future monthly themes! Step by step...

Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on July 5, 2017 at 10:05am — No Comments

REDO SEASON 10 ~ Days 1 - 4

♥♥I LOVE MY LIFE♥♥  

Season 10 begins on a sluggish note.  

I am excited because I KNOW when focused things happen.  The key is to make sure I STAY IN FOCUS.  Sometimes it feels like there are so many things to do, I get stuck in the process.  So here is to clarity...every moment.  To stopping and re-evaluating that I am EXACTLY on the path that will lead to the…

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Achievement #463 - Turning a day around

I had a really rough night's sleep the night before last, and felt pretty grumpy the next morning. Instead of getting to work like I originally wanted to, I frittered the morning away watching Youtube videos. It took spending a bit of time playing outside with the bunny to help me reset and focus, but once it happened, I was back on track! Got a lot of inbound marketing research done for the studio, and made some important progress on my own site as well. Having a difficult start is hard,…

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A bountiful, happy life for Michael

I know usually cocreating is for oneself, but for the next 100 days I will try to do this for my brother. He's a total sweetheart who has gotten many raw deals over the years. Right now, he's in a job where the employers are simply not doing right by him, he has seen a lawyer about it, but due to circumstances, he can't quit just yet (the job includes an apartment, and the boss simply deducts half his wages for rent). He is pretty desperate. Of course, I've offered him all the practical help… Continue

Added by Mariah on July 2, 2017 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Achievement #462 - Surviving

Yesterday was wall-to-wall busy, and I needed to pick up my energy more than once. I managed to get a short nap in the middle of the day, but otherwise it was about 12 hours of moving, working, and dancing. I'm glad I managed as best as I did, and a bit proud that I didn't lose my centre like I might have in the past. Daily mantras are paying off.

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Achievement #461 - Milestone on my journey

There is friend I know from university who intimidated me somewhat, because he was pretty suave, gave off an aura of confidence, and generally seemed to have his sh*t together. It's remarkable how much our relationship has changed over the years, as I've gradually come into my own and developed my own confidence in myself. He's been away for a while, but yesterday my wife and I paid him and his fiance a visit as they travel across Canada towards their new home. It felt, maybe for the first…

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Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on June 29, 2017 at 8:58am — No Comments

Achievement #460 - Correct bad habits

One student of mine has a bad habit that he's been struggling with for years: He moves his partner by pushing forward from his shoulders and arms, rather than moving his body. Yesterday however, we had a breakthrough. I had him dance facing his partner without contact, then instructed him to think about moving her 'with his belly'. To my amazement, he made a full pass around the floor without hunching forward! His partner was very grateful, and I'm excited to have finally found something…

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Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on June 22, 2017 at 9:34am — No Comments

Something Amazing is Going to Happen to Me this Week.

I am declaring this for real and for fun. Been singing it as I get ready for the gym and when I cool off. Whole hearted good times. 

The summer so far is quite sweaty and hot. Bought popsicles to fight the heat. Life is good. Really thriving to achieve a big dream. This week a job posting for a place I really would love to work at appeared on a job site. I applied lightning quick. Now I am chilling and imagining having a nice window seat at the job. Wouldn't it be nice?…

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Added by Stacey P. on June 21, 2017 at 9:16am — No Comments

Achievement #459 - A friend I haven't met yet

Got an important piece of advice from my life coach yesterday: Treat every new student like a friend I haven't met yet. People tend to enjoy learning from from they genuinely like more, and they're more likely to continue with that person. I applied this (with some difficulty) to some newer students I had later - good thing I did too, because the woman was very stressed out from a long day at work and having a little fun and humour helped improve her energy. Looking forward to practicing…

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Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on June 21, 2017 at 8:11am — No Comments

Achievement #458 - Catching up with my partner

The hard part about rushing to meet business deadlines is that I don't always feel as present as I want to be when I wrap up for the evening. Much as I would like to have gone dancing, or just go to bed early, I'm glad I took some time to catch up and reconnect with my wife. She has been incredibly supportive throughout this journey, and so much has been easier because of it. I made sure she knew it too :)

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Achievement #457 - It's done

As of yesterday, the membership area of the site went fully live. It's been a crazy ride, learning about forums, payment schedules, site security and so much more... But I met my deadline. There's a few odds and ends of course, and there will be ongoing maintenance. Still, I've earned myself a bit of rest I intend to take advantage of VERY soon.

Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on June 16, 2017 at 9:07am — 2 Comments

Achievement #456 - Payments accepted!

I had to extensively test two plugins over several days, but finally got my site to accept it's first payment yesterday (just as a test, not from an actual customer). It's funny... I'm working harder than perhaps I ever have in my life, and yet I'm kind of enjoying myself. It gets more exciting as I see things take shape. We're nearly ready now...

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Achievement #455 - Site Secured!

I don't have much time before my website goes live, but I'm steadily working towards my goal. Yesterday my single biggest accomplishment was securing the site so it can accept online payments. Thank goodness I know a bit about coding, or some of the instructions would have been very confusing...

Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on June 14, 2017 at 8:14am — No Comments

Achievement #454 - Lots to learn

Yesterday I may have worked harder than at any time in my life. It didn't start that way, was just supposed to be setting up a paypal button on an email people could use to access certain parts of my site. Before I knew it, I was messing around with membership plugins, site security, payment integrations... I'm still trying to wade through it all, but I understand a lot more than I did yesterday. Can't wait to work the rest of it out, so I can go sleep for a million years.

Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on June 13, 2017 at 9:29am — No Comments

Networking

The absolute need to network in my field is vital. As an artist, I prefer to work with film crews and teams but when you have to start with a blank slate and no connections, networking gets truly annoying. I am trying so hard to be positive but GOOD GRIEF I can't help but laugh at the half-bum emails I get from people weeks later or no response at all. Its really a task to positively connect with people when you are face to face. 

BUT… I am really…

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Added by Stacey P. on June 12, 2017 at 6:59pm — No Comments

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