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Why this blog? Why now?

Writing was always a passion of mine. I wanted to write for years, even started few unsuccessful blogs, but never hit publish button. Even this one, I never told anybody about it. Fear was holding me back. If I opened myself and my life online, I had to be prepared for the good, the bad and ugly. If I am not willing to be open with my readers, it is not good. I am not authentic.
Fear consumed me, I was not ready to share it all online, even though I was not sure what “it all” means. I was worried of being judged the way I run my life, the things I did do and things I didn’t do. Fun fact: It doesn’t matter. I realized it after a lot of work on myself.
My mission is to share knowledge and there will be people who are helped, feel less alone or at least they will be entertained, so to be honest, it doesn’t matter if somebody judges me.
Best stories, changes and breakthroughs come from good conversation and hearing other peoples’ stories. I am willing to hear yours.

In the last two years. I have been through a lot of changes. Writing was always my thing, my jam. Here I can share my own journey with creating online content. Good, bad and ugly. If it happens blog becomes good online business, you will be the first to know. For now I want to share what I have learned and tried to make life easier and to have more balance life.

Now, for the selfish part!

One of the selfish reasons why I have this blog is the fact that I love to create content. Brainstorming, writing, editing, I can spend hours on those activities. The blog makes me happy. Selfish, I know! Even if no one reads my blog, I would still be writing, creating content. When I stopped for a while, I always wonder “what about blog?” and I was always writing ideas. Some ideas were good and some not so much. But, they were always about the blog so deleting it is off the table. I can commit writing blog posts every other Tuesday.

The second selfish reason is that writing is like a therapy to me, it helps me to think. I knew where I should be in life, but I have no idea WHAT I want from life and WHAT I need to do. Which way to go? After University, I was lost. Back to square one, like a total beginner. So writing (brainstorming) was helpful. I came to the best possible answer. Sometimes, there is one person who needs to hear or, in my case, read, that answer.
If you are here, feeling alone after high school or University, you are not alone. We all have been there. You will figure it out and I am here to support you in your journey.
If you want to come along, I am honored and happy to have you. Also, I am always happy to hear your story so feel free to connect with me on social.


Till next time take care,

Lucija

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How to start after long pause?

 

Hello!

I took a huge pause from blogging and creating content in general. I felt fed up with writing and I felt I need a break. However, I didn’t have an end date of this pause. This is my mistake. The general feeling of being fed up with almost every aspect of life and blog hiatus was just first sacrificed. How can I write blog posts if I am feeling stagnant? Who will read it? So I took a big break and I am not sorry for it. When I look back, I enjoyed my time off from the blog.

Life happens between breaks and I get to enjoy it, spend time with my friends and family, made new friends and learn new things. I tried to grow as a person. Even if I wasn’t writing, I tried to learn new craft or skill.

After I decided to start again, I had almost 2 months long conversations with myself. Should I continue or no? What will I say to people? Do I still have time, energy and will to start again? I want to, but I am not so sure. If I start this and fail, people will remember this forever. It took me so long to start to write again because I was scared. I gave a big name to a new beginning.

 A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Chinese proverb.

Writing the first blog post, it doesn’t make me a blogger. Having a camera and clicking away, it doesn’t make me a photographer. Writing a blog post can give me an idea if I am like writing it or I am not that interested in blogging as a form. I already know that I like writing and blog, but I need the courage to publish posts for the whole world to see. I would like for this blog to keep running.

Like Marie Foleo said it:

Clarity comes from engagement, not thought. 

So I found courage, find a person who will help me with technical stuff and started to type this post. I know, in general, what kind of content I want to create. With engagement and as I and blog grow, it will be adjusted to suit new needs. Hope you will stick around.

Let’s prepare & plan for 2021

Hello everybody! Hope you have a wonderful December and if you are anything like me, you think about new goals for 2021.

Honestly, this year has been stressful on all of us and I flaked with my 2020 goals. Even though I am a silver liner, from March 2020 it was very hard for me to find a silver lining. My productivity was low, and my excuse was a global pandemic.

According to some authors, the holy trifecta for productivity is TIME, ENERGY, and ATTENTION.

I had time, but little to none energy or attention. I was always reading about productivity, focus, and how to do more. However, I was just reading it instead of doing it. From 5- the second rule to various blogs, I was reading it. Heaven forbid if I actually do it. We are in the pandemic, I don’t have to be productive.

After many trials and errors, I think I found my perfect system.

PLAN THE YEAR

First, I have a big list of all my goals. I write every single thing I want to achieve next year. After writing list, I double-check and cross everything that is not breathtaking (for example, I think about starting podcast, however its not that exciting for now and I will cross it off my list).
Then I take my yearly planner and plan when will it happen. I will write a book in November, plan a new job search in March, hold a giveaway in December, and so on. Everything from the list goes here. Now my goal has a specific time when will it happen.

I did create yearly planner, you can download it here.

Also, you can check out YearCompass for planning 2021.

PLAN THE MONTHS

Now it’s time for a monthly planner. I will write key dates and it’s easier to see how many days I have ahead before the key date. I. E. 29th of December sounds so far away and I have a feeling of plenty of time. If I glance at the calendar, I’ll see that it is in two weeks and I’ll be working on the project.
This is just my yearly planning and it is always in front of my eyes.

Here you can download monthly planner.

PLAN THE DAY

Every Sunday, I tried to plan a week ahead. I will write a long to-do list (everything goes here, from e-mails to specific tasks like photoshoots or writing blog posts) and give specific task time and date when it has to be done and how much time I’ll be doing it. You heard for calendar blocking. Usually, I will smaller tasks do right away, just to have something done.
Then at night time, will review my day and see if I had done everything on my list and plan the next day. I will colour-code everything. (If you are very crafty and creative, you can try Bullet Journal or BuJo. I am not that creative, and my handwriting is not that neat and pretty, and for now, I’m writing in a small notebook. I will show it one day to you.)
The least but not last, I have one to three daily goals on my daily list and when I am working on them, I have aeroplane mode on my phone and doing the Pomodoro technique. The bare minimum is two pomodoros or one hour of interrupted work.

Just remember

Every minute you spend in planning saves 10 minutes in execution;

Brian Tracy

5 lessons I learned in 2020

In this crazy 2020, we have seen a lot. Year has started great, but from March the whole world stopped. A new virus has locked the world. Here, we had spring lock-down. Only essential workers were working. Which was okay, people understood the importance of lock-down. In the summer, we had a relaxed lock-down. Meaning, you had to have a mask on your face and use sanitizer. I was working in a clothing store in Istra and it was a great experience. From December 1st new set of rules are here. Everything is in lock-down: bars (we are known for having a cup of coffee), cinemas, theaters, restaurants, gyms, and other businesses. The unemployment rate will be huge.
How can a small business survive in 2020? Very hard, odds are against small businesses. This year will make them or break them. I am inclined to believe that majority of small businesses will not survive in 2020.
However, what can one person do in 2020? What if s/he lost his/her job? What if s/he is having crippling depression? I am not a medical expert and if you have dark thoughts and problems with depression, please go and seek professional help. For us few, who are hanging there, what we can do?
We can use this year as a learning experience. Lessons are very tough.
Here are five lessons I learned:

1.) Have an emergency fund is a must
All financial experts are saying to have an emergency fund. From 3-6 months to cover your living expenses. According to Dave Ramsey,

build a fully-funded emergency fund that covers 3–6 months of your expenses. This will protect you against life’s bigger surprises, like the loss of a job or your car breaking down, without slipping back into debt.


2.) Learn new skills & learn something that interests you
Maybe you always wanted to know about Egyptology. Now is a perfect time to take a free online class. Maybe you want to brush up your coding skills- take the class. You never know what you may need after all this calms down. If you want to know, I started to learn SQL.


3.) Start something new
You can always start your podcast/blog/ YouTube channel and see where you’ll end up. Create something that excites you and you can forget about the world for an hour or two. This year made me focus more on my blog and to grow the audience.

4.) Prepare for new type of life (previously known as new years goals)
We don’t know what will be in 2021. You can set new goals and make sure that the goals are dependent only on you (i.e. writing a book- you are the only one who can do it, you don’t depend on anyone. While goal “holding lecture in LA” depends on various factors).


5.)Relax
You can’t do anything about it. You may as well relax and go day by day. Just roll with the punches.

I know this year has been hard on all of us, please remember to be kind to yourself and if you are an essential worker, thank you for your service.
Take care,
Lucija