…And an introduction to my golden kitty, Honey. She is a gentle, delicate cat, and a very loud purring one.
A Golden Day, New Year, New Start, New Site Theme, New Section, New Me
Okay, well maybe not new me, but hoping for the improved me. Lots of changes to make this year, and I hope to make most of them, if not all. For me, the best way to start will be setting long term goals, then short term ones within each long term goal.
I want to make this a truly golden year. To start, I am throwing up a new theme. I hope it is done even better than the last. As I keep creating new things, and designing new layouts, I hope my skills have been improving. I hope you all like it.
Earlier, I came upon my Honey-kitty, sleeping peacefully, and found myself likewise feeling more at peace today. I know despite whatever hardships come my way, I can get through them and believe this will be a good year. Golden seems fitting here. It is the color of my sweet Red Point Birman (the mal-nourished, sickly stray that came to me about 2 years ago) pictured above. It is the color of beautiful sunsets. It is the color of softly swaying wheat. It is the color of success, power, strength, achievement and triumph. These are the things that I intend to strive toward. It is the color of this year for me. I know for some, golden symbolizes gold and/or money. And I do believe that success can lead to money, but for me, money is just a bi-product. I have learned through long and hard ways, while severe lack of money can hinder…an abundance or over-abundance of money can also be a burden. So, I do not truly consider money and/or gold to be the highest representation of the color gold. I have even heard that the commodity of gold is not a wise investment. Gold for me, is prosperity in other ways. It is wisdom and experience and strength in it’s seasoned form. Hence the term, “Golden Years,” or “Golden Anniversary.” I feel this will be a golden time for me.
I wish to come up with a posting schedule. It is my hope still to get feedback as well. It would help to know which article-types and content appeals to people the most, and what is my strongest suit. But for now, until I do get any feedback, I will do what comes to me, what I enjoy doing, and what I feel compelled to do.
I am thinking perhaps doing 3-4 articles a week, give or take, might be a good start. Perhaps a mewsing on one day of the week, a printable item for people to download on another day, a bargain find another day, a gratitude post (until I possibly work up toward daily), and a DIY once or twice a month, working up to weekly. Again, I would love to hear what people think of that, but for now, I will do what I am able or up to doing, and also what comes to me.
And now, here comes the exciting news….
New Section Introduction : The Great Experiment – A Mew Direction
If some of you might recall, I indicated I had a new and exciting concept/site section in mind. I have been pondering on this for quite some time. This section will be called, “The Great Experiment.” You knew I would have to add a cat pun here too, right? 😉
What is the great experiment, you might ask? It is me. It is a challenge for me, and for you. How will this experiment be performed, what will be the tools and variables? The how is, career related, the tools will be me and you. The variables will be the various skills or talents I have, and which ones will best lead me in the right career direction.
So here is the idea…I have been relocated, and had a couple disabilities weighing me down. I have been out of work awhile now. Some of the time has been just down time and recovery from too many tragedies and spills to name. Some has been this big move across country and getting through the stuff I have had burdening me. I still have more to get through, but I figure I can do that as I find my way down the career path that will lead me toward being a more productive and successful person.
It is time now to move forward, and find my wings. And I am hoping, you, the reader, will help me find my way. It is going to take input from others, so I truly hope I can get my blog more interactive.
So, I am sure you’re wondering, what is this all going to look like, what does it mean in terms of the blog and this section? It means I am going to present the abilities I have, some which you have already seen, whether very novice, or more experienced in them, to you the reader, and to others, and get feedback on which I should be pursuing in terms of career/job possibility. I want to and need to work again.
The challenge here, is to allow the signs along the way…the road posts, the input from you, from others in my life, and whatever other things “speak to me,” to help gently direct and guide me down the twists and turns and paths that will eventually lead to my career choice.
I have, for some time, felt at a loss for ideas on how to get back on my feet and be working again. I have also felt mostly lost on which direction I want to go. Sometimes it can be hard to see your own self objectively. So this idea hit me, why not be interactive on my blog in finding out where others see me going, which direction they think I would be most suited for. If it is internet or computer related especially, or perhaps even not, it is then when I will launch the business end of my website. Right now, the business end, katfancies.com is empty and sitting idle. At one time, it was going to be either a web design site, a graphic design site, or a multimedia design site…or perhaps all of the above. Now, I am not so sure if I do want to do web design, my abilities are very outdated in that area, and I am liking doing the graphic design even more. I also love writing and crafting, and many other things. But it could end up being anything! It could be selling something I invent for all I know! =) What it WILL be can be partially determined by you! This personal blog is all about my growth as a person, and the journey it takes me on. But I hope some day to be able to open up the business end, and what it ends up being, could have a lot to do with you, the reader!
How would YOU the reader, like to know you helped shape the life and career path of someone you just read about on the net…on a blog? Wouldn’t it be great if we could all do that for each other? I really would love to know what others see as my greater aptitudes. I would love to know what you think I should be doing. Of course what I enjoy doing, and what gets greater positive response will contribute, and the feedback of my friends, family, and loved ones will make an impact too. But I am giving you the chance to make a difference in a life that has been down and out, and sincerely reaching for something better and more meaningful in their life…me!
In my journey of recovering from so many life hurdles, I am at a point now where I feel it is time to firmly plant my feet on the ground, stand up, make a difference, and gain more of the independence that every life needs to feel whole. As I learn to manage my time better, and get stronger, I also wish to find an outlet for my desire to volunteer my time for those in need. A big part of me has had a desire to go and volunteer some time to talk with, play with, and spend time with children with cancer, and I am not sure why. Just the thought of making them laugh and smile and adding to their lives has long appealed to me. But I will save that for later. For the time being, I need to “put my own mask on,” before I am better able to help others “put theirs on.” But I am hoping to get feedback on that aspect at a later time as well.
For now, I am going to figure out ways that I can preset my abilities and aptitudes to you, the reader, in fun and interesting ways, and hope we can open up that interaction that guides me to the destination I am meant to be in. I am on a fixed income right now, which has something to do with those disabilities I mentioned. But, I want more for my life. I want to stand on my own, be productive, contribute my fair share to this society, and be able to get to a better place. Will you help me as I find my way?
Perhaps I can figure out how to add polls to my blog, use samples of my work with polls, do a task diary, make sub-sections with each possible career path, perhaps make a special image map that acts as an actual map of the directions I take, or special widgets to make this experiment more fun. What do you think would make this more fun for you, for us? What would you like to see me add? What do you think of these ideas, what ideas can you add, or what do you think of the idea as a whole? How would you envision this cooperative to work? I really do welcome input and want to make this a team effort. The possibility even strikes me, that one day, if this experiment works for me, that I can use it to help someone else do the same! Wouldn’t that be awesome?!
So, please join me, on my “Great Experiment!” The experiment that challenges me to find the work I am best fit and meant to do, and that has others help me shape that future. My heart and gut tell me that this is the way to go, that this will help to guide my direction. I look forward to the roads that it all takes me on, and truly hope you will join me on this fun and long journey!
It really is a golden day, and a golden year, and I anticipate lots of fun and interesting things, as well as challenging, to come my way. So, I will wrap this up before 1/1/15 is over, just thirty minutes away. But I am looking forward to where this road will take me, and hope to see/hear you along the way too!
Much gratitude to all of you, and Happy New Year Wishes too,