Saturday, January 5, 2013

Go for your dreams in 2013 - my wish for all of you

Hi friends...as I look ahead to 2013 and I think about the goals I have I want to encourage all of you to...GO FOR IT!


Make a list, write your goals down, nothing is too small or too big.  Don't let fear guide you or get in the way.  2012 was an amazing year!  I started my blog in February and focused only on getting to know other bloggers.  I have had a website since 2007 and through that have received emails from teachers all over the world asking me questions or thanking me for sharing,etc.  Then when I stumbled upon What the Teacher Wants { love ya Rachelle and Natalie } --- I thought WOW - I can share my ideas and get immediate feedback instead of an email or guestbook comment here and there.  It got me thinking...maybe I can do this....will I have enough to say?  Will people even care?

Those are doubts people --- don't let them creep into that pretty or handsome little head of yours.  I had NO idea how to create products - seriously not a clue.  I found a couple key bloggy friends and asked a few questions, played around a bit and viola --- I have myself a little store now.  Who knew?!?!  If I would've let fear, rejection or doubt creep in I wouldn't be where I am now.
I have been so blessed and have been able to do some things I wouldn't have even imagined a year ago.  If I wouldn't have taken this risk I wouldn't have reaped the benefits.  Not to mention the HUGE blessings of bloggy friends I have now. 

Set goals:
*visiting blogs, leaving comments
*maybe you need to set up a facebook page or twitter account
*join Instagram -- it's fun to be friends with other bloggers on a personal level.  I seriously enjoy seeing the outfits some of my bloggy friends post on Instagram - and YES I <3 fashion!!
*commit to spending X amount of hours commenting on blogs/facebook etc. for a week.
*learn something new - how to add a video to your blog or change your blog header
*have BALANCE - don't neglect family to finish that unit you've been working on for a long time. - that unit will still be there tomorrow I promise!  { I need to listen to my own advice sometimes }
*Don't rush it!  Your blog or business will grow in time.
*STOP comparing yourself to others....and don't copy others.  Develop your own style/writing on your blog and your products.
*go to a blogger meet up.  I went to a So. Cal one last year and even though I ended up getting lost and getting there 1.5 hours late - I'm not kidding.  UGH!  I still got to meet wonderful ladies that I admire and love.

I am terrified of heights and just this past week I went on a zip line in Vegas -- I'm so glad I did it.  These are the kinds of things that I'm talking about.  Don't miss out on life because of your fears or insecurities.  You were all meant to do something special and created for a wonderful purpose so get out of the way and let God do his greatness in you!  Welcome to 2013 and keep me posted on how awesome 2013 turns out to be for you!
xoxo - Vicky

** As a gift to  you - for encouraging me through comments etc.  I'm going to give away any 1 item from my store to 2 of my sweet followers.  Leave a comment below - tell me something new you might try in your life in 2013 and I will randomly pick a winner tomorrow. 
 


16 comments :

  1. Really wonderful advice! I also want to try out some of the new technology-there are so many great tools out there! :)
    NotJustChild'sPlay

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  2. Great post! I am surrendering all to God and letting Him take me to follow His plan.

    Tammy
    The Resourceful Apple

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  3. Love that Tammy - that's the best to be...right in the middle of God's plan. :o)
    Vicky

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  4. Good post. Not sure I could have ziplined. I want to be less of a homebody this yr. I want to pay off our debt by may!

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  5. Hi Vicky! Thanks for visiting my blog. I really enjoyed reading this post! I do comment on other people's blogs, but maybe I need to spend a little more time doing that. It is important to keep everything in balance! I am now a follower!

    Lori
    The Reinspired Teacher

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  6. I am going to learn how to scuba dive! Whoooo!

    Nichole
    Craft of Teaching

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  7. Well look at you on that zip line!!! You are VERY brave :)
    Awesome advice, too.
    Happy New Year, Vicky!!

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  8. Such a beautiful post Vicky. I think we all get caught up in life and forget to take time and enjoy it all! Thanks for the reminder :)

    You rock the zipline girl! Good for you!!!
    ~Christy (& Tammy)
    Fluttering Through First Grade

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  9. What a great post! I am trying to overcome fear and nerves and insecurities to start a blog! Maybe this year!
    Thanks for the encouraging words!
    Jana
    Jprowell11@gmail.com

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  10. Hey Vicky! Thank you for finding our little blog and for following us! We are now following you! Very cute blog!!! (I hope you'll click on our link and see our new blog design!! It JUST got uploaded and we are so excited!!) Yours is precious! (Aqua is my favorite color!!)

    I really appreciate what you said in this post. We are so new to blogging and it's kinda intimidating. You gave great advice!! It's not about the numbers!! I've had to realize that (it's hard, though, when you feel like you are just talking to yourself). We started our blog because we love to share, but most importantly, we love to LEARN and get new ideas. We don't necessarily work with others that collaborate so we decided to branch out and find a different way to have a network of people to learn from. We've already made some great bloggy friends that are so supportive!

    (And I definitely have to find a balance with all of this- it's one of my resolutions. I get consumed with blogging, lesson plans, and creating units sometimes when I need to focus on my family. But I'm working on it!)

    We are excited to get to know you!!
    Amanda
    Collaboration Cuties

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  11. I would like to start a blog.
    lraines78@gmail.com

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  12. Yay for zipline! I'm not as brave and adventurous as you! I start homeschooling my kids for the first time next month so I hope I would be successful (and not be stressed) over it!

    cheriemae@gmail.com

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  13. I want to find a way to be more balanced. School definitely takes time away from family time. I spend way too much time at school then at home working on things for school. dbednarsk@yahoo.com

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  14. In 2013, I'm going to try to get healthy so I can get back to my 2nd graders. I had emergency spinal cord surgery in August and am having foot/ankle surgery in March.
    Susan in NC
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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  15. CONGRATS to Cherie and Jana! I will email you in the next couple of days so if you see this visit my shop and let me know what you want. :o)
    ~ Vicky

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