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  1. Nice. Inspiring! No blog post from me, but my goals for 2015 are: gather together a suitable public portfolio, formally launch a development business, attend more Wordcamps, and look into starting a local WP meetup. And see where it leads!

      • Well, here’s what I have so far:

        3 projects in the hopper, all very close to launch for various reasons.My future biz site makes 4, which is a pretty good start, plus 2 more probable projects to add.

        A business name and logo idea in development.

        A “decent” (to me) base of wordpress code in the last few months to draw on (I laugh at my code from 6-10 months ago ).

        A strange SASS mixin library slash abbreviation engine I developed that enables me to lay down a lot of CSS quickly and succinctly.

        Pretty good creative impulses (although untrained) mixed with always having liked to code mixed with an ability to sell.

        Far beyond a never-give-up attitude: I will never give up. I love the internet and have fought through years of energy-debilitating health problems to get to the cusp of getting to the cusp. I can figuratively take punches and keep moving forward.

        My health and energy (most of the time and fairly recently (3 months or so this consistently)).

        And an awareness that what I don’t know is an Everest next to what I do know.

        And of course (ahem) a lack of a written plan for my global conquest. Tiny thing, I know.

        Thanks for listening to me blather!

  2. One of my highlights of 2014 was getting to know more WordPress people and especially a funny cool Texan like you!

    Thank you for being a positive person on the internet, helpful when I’ve had questions, an inspiration with what you do, and quick with the wit!

  3. I find it reassuring that you – a WordPress and Genesis idol of mine! – just tackled git. One of my goals in 2015 is to start using git, and maybe sublime text or something like it (I use Dreamweaver now) and to stop cowboy coding! Thanks for all you do for the community.

    • We’re all on a journey. πŸ™‚

      I’m biased, but I’d go with Sublime Text. There’s so much stuff it can do, BUT the interface is so uncluttered that none of those “extras” will get in your way until you’re ready to go looking for them.

      Are you on Lynda.com? There are both ST and git courses on there you might find helpful. (If interested, here’s a free trial link -> http://www.lynda.com/trial/carriedils)

      • Good to know. I have a Lynda.com membership that is a lot like my gym membership (keep paying but never use it πŸ™ I fully intend to do your course … maybe that will be my 2015 goal!

        Just in the past week or two, I’ve finally decided to use Sublime Text, but so far it’s baby steps. Hopefully the Lynda.com course will help! I normally use Notepad++ but really miss some of the features of Dreamweaver (although, I still use it for some crusty old static sites!).

  4. Well, Carrie…I think we can consider it a HUGE success if I actually get my blog up and running and I can actually put content there and not be driving others crazy with question….there will be a whole lot of celebrating when that happens…you’re invited to the party πŸ˜‰

  5. I think you had a very successful year. I found you and have been researching my own opportunities since. I truly enjoy your podcast and blogs and look forward to meeting you in person some day.

  6. Hi Carrie, Thank you so much for sharing your goals with us very uplifting indeed.
    It’s very inspiring to have people like your self that dedicates their time to teach and inform others.

    My goals this year is to stay focus on what I love to do and that’s developing and working with WordPress. The problem I’m having right now it putting in the time to make it be a full time job. I have a full time job that requires at least 40 hr a week so that won’t allow me to work on projects that have been inquired.

    How do you stay so focus and follow it threw?

    Thanks so much

    • Hey Rob,
      Thanks for your kind words.

      When I transitioned into full-time self-employment, I had the benefit of being single (no kids) and debt-free, which made the jump tremendously less scary. When you’re in a position of more financial responsibility (which I’m guessing you are since you’ve been married awhile πŸ™‚ ), that transition takes a lot more careful planning.

      In its simplest terms, put pen to paper and figure out the income you need (and at what rate) to replace your full-time work. Whatever that goal number is…. divide that income by months in a year… then divide by weeks… and work until you’re overlapping that goal income with your regular job income. When you’ve proven to yourself that you can bring in X with your business, then you can let go of fulltime.

      If full-time self-employment isn’t the goal, but rather additional income/flexibility, you can follow the same monthly/weekly pattern to determine what you need to make (set a target and figure out how many projects/things you need to sell within that timeframe to meet your target).

      At the end of the day, our hours are finite. I’m okay with hustle (and putting in a lot of hours) in the short term to know I can reach longer-term goals, but I’m not okay with endless hustle to the grave. For me, that defeats the point.

      I’m rambling a bit now, but when you ask the question of how do I stay focused and follow through, it’s because 1) I have a target in mind, and 2) it’s work I’m excited about it (yes, it’s still work and not always fun, blah, blah, but you know what I mean).

      Check out Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey. As a business owner without employees, not *every* bit applied to me, but the book had a lot of great wisdom that you might appreciate, too.

      Cheers,
      Carrie

      • Hi Carrie, This is great advice thank you so much for taking the time to advise me

        I’ve been doing a few projects on a regular bases which is GREAT as an extra income, but I really love what I do with WordPress & Genesis and would love to make it a full time job.

        I need to work on my work flow and project calendar to have everything nice and neat in order to follow everything threw, which is my biggest problem πŸ™‚ a work in progress.

        I’ve been working with WordPress for a few years now and feel I’ve come to the point were I would like to make it my full time job..

        Grant you it’s not easy to keep those projects coming in but if I have the time and dedication to promote my services and work it should work out don’t you think?

        There’re a few WordPress developers I follow and admire, I have been watching your work and teaching methods for quite sometime for learning purposes and you are one of those that I look up to for guidance’s.

        I want to thank you so much for the great work you do by providing such information to the community.

        Have a wonderful day πŸ™‚ RobG

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