I started this blog because I wanted to work on the next stage of my life.
I was ready to change. I was prepared to share with others where I was at in life, and I wasn’t too fussed about generating an audience or getting anything that was also that refined.
I just wanted to share my story. I thought, ‘other people out there must be feeling like me’, so I asked myself how do I connect with them?
My personal disposition to perfection would typically hold me back. Not this time. I was starting this project, and that was the end of it. Or the start of it, to be exact.
I needed to change and not hold myself back. For my sanity, I needed something new.
I wanted to embark on a life-changing journey. I was not clear what that meant, and to be honest, I am still not, but I am moving forward.
I wanted to make some difference in my life and then share some of the trial and tribulations that I would face on the journey.
I wanted to start something. I wanted to feel fulfilled and wanted to start exploring what I could do if I could get to the final stage of being financially independent, to choose what I could with my own time.
I am determined to be financially free, but my real goal is to be time rich, and my question to myself was about what I would do with my new found time and energy?
I have to clarify here. I am working to be financially free, but I will still need to generate an income. My challenge is that I don’t know how to do that outside of the field that I have worked in my whole life.
I was, and I am determined to find a way.
I was ready to be more open and explore, so I pressed the ‘GO FOR IT’ button.
I am going for it.
When starting this project, I was missing the family back home in Scotland, and I was looking back at some life choices that I could have made that might have changed things for the better.
I was low. Very low. Pandemic low.
This blog sounds like a lot of grand self-serving crap. But I want to be clear on my motivations. I want to be open.
It is not when you get knocked down that counts. It is how you pick yourself back up, how you fight back. How you take control of your mind and your energy, and your drive.
To make that change and then stay the course.
So I embarked on a self-discovery journey, learning new knowledge and skills that I could use to work remotely from anywhere in the world.
This new outline was my framework.
I started to look at how I can change myself to match that framework.
I am currently evolving and changing to fit that new Vision, that new narrative that I have set for myself. I will not stop.
I am determined to keep going because when people start things, they often stop.
I am not stopping.
I would usually stop. A previous me, an old me, would stop.
I repeat, I am not stopping. I will keep going, and I will keep looking at how I can continuously improve and enhance my skills.
The most significant change in me is the idea of not giving a f*ck what the nay-sayers would comment on or think.
I realised that everyone has an opinion, and most of it comes from the people sitting on their ar*es doing nothing.
So why should I listen to them?
Why should I let them rent space in my head?
If anyone is reading this, then I urge you to do the same. This simple change has been my number one revelation.
I am not giving a flying f*ck what others say anymore.
I am getting comfortable with change, and I am getting comfortable with sharing and helping others.
I want to continue to share my experiences so others can benefit if there is a benefit. If not, I am doing it for the journey, and at some stop-off point in the future, I can look back and say I may have help at least one other person make a difference in their life.
That is all I am looking to achieve.
Let the nay-sayers comment. I don’t care.
However, what I do care about is when people try to help me, guide me and support me.
I care when people give me valuable feedback, and I can learn from it. I care when people give over their time to read and visit some of the content I am creating. I am grateful for that.
I am changing me. It is a progressing project.
But I am getting the help that I need from others.
In the beginning, I needed the push, and the motivation came in many mysterious ways.
Sometimes it is just when you say to yourself, ‘I have had enough of this sh*t, and I am going to change it.’
You say it out loud.
And then that one person aligns and comments that you should.
‘You should change it.’
I needed that impact from others.
I need that now.
I now need the support of anyone that is reading these post and is working with WordPress.
I want to change and evolve further. I want to make the site more accessible and to be easier to find things. I want to build it for the future, and I aspire to have it mean something.
I want to set it in a way that I can give back to others through the site and my other content.
I am not sure where I am going with it all and what I am doing as it is always evolving, but I am moving it forward.
‘A moving feast.’ as my father would say.
I started from scratch. I didn’t know much back then, and I am learning more now. I will continue to learn and to listen to the guidance of others.
This is the part where I am asking for help.
I need your help with some questions around changing the site from what it is into something new.
I am off work (I have a day job) in a few weeks, and my goal is to change the site’s format, but it scares the bejeezus out of me because I don’t want to make a mess.
But I will do it because I have embraced the idea of continuous change, and I want to improve it.
I don’t know what I am going to change it to and how.
So a few quick question from my fellow bloggers.
- How difficult is it to change the theme in WordPress?
- Will I lose any of the content?
- Do you have any recommendations or anything to be watchful for?
- Do you have any feedback on my current blog site?
- What tips would you give me on making the change?
- In your opinion, what makes a great blog/web site?
- Could you point me to any reference material or great examples so that I can learn?
I would appreciate any help or feedback that you could give.