Changing Direction

A little over a year ago I officially started my web design business, thinking I would grow it from a freelance side business to hopefully a full-time venture.

I got my two biggest projects in the last year, as well as a few small ones. I also got to speak last Summer at the inaugural Lehigh Valley WordCamp, which was both an honor and incredible pleasure. In addition, I have attempted to participate in the local WordPress community by attending some of the local meetups.

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Changing Direction

Get a free ticket to WordCamp Lancaster

When they first announced WordCamp Lancaster 2017, I immediately bought a ticket. Then I applied to speak, got accepted, and got a free ticket. That leaves me in a position of having a ticket I don’t need.

Sure, I could ask for a refund. And sure, they’re only $20…

BUT-

I thought I’d have a little contest and give my extra ticket away!

All you have to do is comment on this blog post between Friday (February 24th) and Sunday (February 26th) by midnight. I will choose a winner and announce it on Monday morning. Make sure to use a valid email address, because that’s the one I will assign the ticket to for the winner.

In your comment, tell me why you want to go to WordCamp Lancaster!

Get a free ticket to WordCamp Lancaster

Speaking at WordCamp Lancaster 2017

I’m very excited that my talk was accepted for the upcoming WordCamp Lancaster!

You can read the announcement here and see the other speakers as well as buy tickets.

Work-life Balance and The Ups and Downs of Freelancing

“It can be difficult to maintain a healthy balance between our work and personal lives. I will share my own experiences of freelancing and starting a business while working a full-time job and having a family, as well as tips for improving your productivity.”

Speaking at WordCamp Lancaster 2017

We Need Inspirational Stories

People love inspirational stories. There’s almost nothing we love more than an underdog overcoming an impossible obstacle to save the day, right?

Even better if it’s true.

Since I began attending my local WordPress meetup last year, I have met some of the most encouraging people, and that has inspired me to find ways to contribue to the community. One of those people is Andy Still, who has been sharing his story over the last few years on his personal blog. I am one of the people he talks about inspiring, although I know I’m only one of many.

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We Need Inspirational Stories

Yes, I Started Reading Another Book

I haven’t finished any of the books I started this month yet, but I just began reading another one, a marketing book called “Get Clients Now!” as it was recommended by Curtis McHale.

I’m about 1/3 of the way through “Creative Confidence” (it’s longer than I initially realized) and am really enjoying it. However, it doesn’t really have any “actionable” advice and I just felt like I needed something to help me become more proactive in my business. I’m already about 15% through the book, so I think I’ll be able to finish them both by the end of February.

Finding time to read is not really a problem, even though it requires a more intentional effort than listening to a podcast. But I find I can concentrate better if I listen to some ambient music at the same time.

I’m also still going through “Tools of Titans” by Tim Ferriss, who was just on The Tonight Show and had a pretty interesting interview.

Yes, I Started Reading Another Book