This blog changed hosts again.

Mostly because I really needed a place that would let me host unlimited sites. I signed up for In Motion Hosting. Unfortunately, I forgot to export my content again! Blah, this is the second time I’ve done this when changing hosts, lol! I’m going to repost the post from last night.

Fear not, only believe! Or how I live fearlessly.

At church yesterday, the Pastor preached a sermon about fear. Fear holds you back, he said. Fear of success can keep people from well… succeeding, because every time they think they’re going to succeed, they sabotage their efforts. Fear of failure, well that can keep people from trying. He went over some phobias we’ve heard of, and some we haven’t. A lot of people just had to be like, what?” at some of them, including me.
Can I tell you a bit of a secret? I don’t have any fears. I suppose if I were about to be swept out to sea in a raging current, I might be a bit afraid, then again, because I’m such a thrill-seeker, it might be fun for a while, and I’d get to go to heaven after the fact! Why am I telling you this? Well, because the sermon was from Luke8: 41-50.

And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus’ feet, and besought him that he would come into his house:

42 For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him.

43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,

44 Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.

45 And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?

46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.

47 And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.

48 And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.

49 While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master.

50 But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.

The predominant message was “fear not, only believe!” Or as Jesus says here, “fear not, believe only.”
I’ll tell you another secret, I used to have a fear of failure. I learned though that failure teaches you things, and you can probably learn more from a failure or 2 than you can a dozen successes. This used to be my biggest fear. It was when I became a part of a church prayer group that I got over that fear, along with many others. Now I only believe. I believe that “with God, all things are possible,”(Matt 19:26.) Before I keep quoting scriptures, (which I could probably do all night,) I’ll just say that my belief that God can take care of things overrides all fear. If you’re afraid you won’t be able to pay bills, just know that God provides for all his children! If you’re afraid of test results, know that God can heal, and he’ll be there to see you through no matter what. this is how I do it, how I live fearlessly.

My process for setting goals.

OK first a bit of a disclaimer, I’m no expert on goal-setting or anything. I do however have some ways I like to do it. So let’s get right to them.

Daily goals/habits.

I want to do these 10 things daily, because when I’m practicing each one, that means the day is going well. As a result, this makes my daily task lists look much the same. That is unless I have a doctor’s appointment, or another errand to run of some kind. Since this tends to happen, I’ve taken to using a habit tracker, instead of a to-do list site. I’m testing different ones right now, and will report back on which one works.

Short-term goals.

I have a list of short-term things I’d like to get done in the next 3-6 months or so. Several of these are on my 43Things list, and most are on this list of 2017 goals. Not all of those are extremely short-term, and some of them are a bit repetitive. Some of those I’ll finish by the end of the year, some of them are daily things, just like some on the 43Things list are daily.

Near-term goals.

I have some goals that I’d like to get done in the next 3-5 years, and those are what I call near-term, they aren’t someday goals, (as in I want to complete this before I turn 50, but I’d like to have them done in the next couple years or so. that’s one list I need to get to updating and posting on the blog! Then I do have some really long-term goals.” I’d like to fly first class one day, for instance. I think everyone has those bucket list type goals.

Time to sum it all up.

Everyone can make a bucket list, this is often called a life list. The question is, do you have habits you want to practice daily? What about goals that you want to accomplish by the end of the year? Is it possible that you even have what I like to call the 5 year list? I got the idea for the 5 year list from the 101 in 1001 days challenge. I realized that that particular thing didn’t work for me, but I do like to keep a big, rolling list of goals I want to achieve in the next few years. I suppose the point is, you can have lists all over the place, like I do. Maybe I’m just a chronic list-maker!

Starting the design process.

Someone on WA sent me a private message the other day, she’s a graphic designer, so she asked what I wanted, and I explained it to her. One of the things I wanted was a logo for this here blog! I’m going to be getting one, and depending on how long it takes, I should have it up in the next week or so! That’s just to start out with though. I’ll also be getting a logo and business cards for my Shopify store! Needless to say, things are progressing along fairly well.
Also in slightly related news, I still haven’t decided which WP theme to get, but it won’t be one from ThemeForest. They make you pay for each domain you want to use the theme for, and if some themes are $50, and I’m paying 4-5 times, it could get expensive. I think I’ve decided to go with StudeoPress, (but this time I’m going to actually buy the theme.) I’m stuck between 2 themes right now. I like the second one just a bit better than the first, but everyone I ask pretty much likes the first one.

A question for the readers, and an update on the designer-hunting process.

I’ve started looking for a designer for my Shopify project! I messaged someone on Etsy, but we got to the point of talking about rates and logistics, and he hasn’t messaged me back yet. I’m waiting until tomorrow to message someone else, just in case he does find his way back to our conversation.
OK, I have some general questions for anyone who might wander by this here blog. Does my theme look OK? Is my text readable? Lol it’s readable to me, but then again I’m using a screen reader. In other words, does the site work OK for you? I’m thinking about getting one of the premium themes through ThemeForest. I’d really enjoy your comments, so that hopefully I can make the site work better. I usually reply within 24 hours.

Waiting for my Amazon card!

Not the store card, but the Amazon rewards Visa signature. I applied for this Friday, and I’m hoping to get it tomorrow! I applied because I need a card with a high limit for Shopify, and I can’t use my debit card. Before you go asking why I’d need a high-limit card to start an online store, I’m going into the swag-selling business. I don’t plan to sell T-shirts, or clothing of any kind. I plan to sell things like mugs, bags, phone cases, laptop skins, and possibly custom journals. The reason I need a high-limit card for this, is because I’m going to have the swag dropshipped from a print-on-demand company. Research tells me that you need a high-limit card for this kind of thing. I didn’t want to get a business card, because those come with lots and lots of fees!
Also semi-related, I’m looking for a good designer! I need a graphic designer, with about 1-2 years, (or more, of course,) experience who will charge me $150 or less, who’s willing to collaborate with a person who’s totally blind, who has no idea about design whatsoever! Also I’ll give you credit for your work inside my shop, but please don’t put a watermark on the design. I’ll have someone look it over before I put it on any product.

4 Questions I asked myself while picking a niche.

While I was picking a niche, I did ask myself a lot of questions! These 4 really do stand out though.

4 Questions to ask when you’re picking a niche.

  1. What are my interests? Or you can also ask yourself, “what would I have the most fun writing about?” In order to decide this, you should make a list of your passions. Not just things you’re somewhat interested in either, things you’d absolutely love to get up each day, (or end each evening,) writing about.
  2. Is that niche really too broad? When Kyle of Wealthy Affiliate told me one of my first niches was too broad, I was shocked yet not surprised. I was shocked because there are already lots of sites in that niche, (I’m not sure how they’re doing though.) I wasn’t surprised though, because you can write a list like this one, or a top 10 list about anything! That was one of my first niches.
  3. How much do I know about this topic? You need to know a lot about the topic you pick to write about! My very first niche was cat training. I owned a cat for 6 months, then I had to give him to my parents because he wanted attention every 5 minutes. He was very distracting for me back then, even though I wasn’t blogging full time yet. I then realized I didn’t know much about training a cat.
  4. Who do I want to help? This is definitely the most important question! As a Christian, I’m all about serving others in any way I can. I ultimately decided that I wanted to help people who’d never set up an online business before, by documenting my experiences and adventures. Even before I joined WA, I wanted to start a blog about my business adventures. I’m planning to set up a Shopify store in the next 2-3 months or so. I primarily wanted to set up this blog and document that. When I joined WA however, I soon realized that I’ve been blogging since 2003, and not only can I talk about Shopify, I can talk about blogging too!

Final thoughts.

It took me some time to pick a niche. When I was initially going through the getting started courses, I went through a couple of them before deciding on just the right one for me. Originally, Kyle said take about 15-30 minutes to pick your niche. He said it might take a day or so, but don’t let it take a week. Well, mine took at least 4 days, including one weekend. Also, it’s OK to sleep on your niche decision. Ultimately, the longer you sleep on it and toil over it, the slower you’ll be able to get a blog and/or shop up and running. However, don’t think sleeping on it for anywhere from 2-5 days is a bad thing, it really isn’t!
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Saturday night links.

Lol because it’s 11 here, and I thought I’d just post some links, just because! Lol because I like posting links, hah, there’s your reason! OK, here’s what I’ve been reading lately.

10 Daily habits you should start right now.

I’ve been making a lot of lists lately, both for private use, and some for public. I decided to post this one, even though I didn’t make it for that purpose originally.

sands in the hour glass.
Sands in the hour glass.

10 daily habits you should probably think about starting.

  1. Pray every morning and evening. if your a Christian, prayer is one of the most important things we can do. maintaining a daily prayer habit will bring you closer to God, and it will also teach you how to have daily quiet times.
  2. Make a list of 10 things daily. OK, so it isn’t specifically writing down 10 ideas, but I find it’s much easier to make a list of 10 things about anything, whatever pops into your mind. If it happens to be a list of ideas, that’s cool too!
  3. Read the bible everyday. Even before prayer, daily bible reading is a requirement for Christians, (in my opinion, of course,) it doesn’t matter which translation you use, or which way you read, (mine happens to be through email,) but bible reading is extremely important!
  4. Learn something new. Anything, whether you read articles on a certain topic online, subscribe to email newsletters, or read a book. Not only will you expand your knowledge, but you’ll have fun doing it, (if you like learning, which I do,) and you’ll be able to pass it on someday.
  5. Blogging daily, or almost daily. You can take the weekends off if you want, but daily blogging is a way to establish a good writing discipline, and it’s going to cause you to be able to create content consistently, which is good for Seo.
  6. Surrender to God each morning. This is the best way to start the day! As part of your prayer time, surrender everything, (whether it’s a situation going on in your life at the moment, or life itself,) you’ll feel a lot lighter once you do this.
  7. Drink coffee daily. This is another great way to start the day. There’s just something about the ritual of coffee that
    gets everything going.
  8. Excersise every weekday. Exercise is what keeps us healthy, and we want to be here blogging for a long time, right? Exercising during the week, and not on the weekends gives your body a chance to rest.
  9. Keep a bible journal, or any kind of journal. Keeping a bible journal will let you apply what you’ve learned, and will help you to focus your thoughts. You can go with keeping a regular journal if you want. For me, these lists are mine.
  10. Read books daily. Other than the bible of course, but it can be a devotional book, a bible study book, etc. It could also be anything from a long novel, to a self-improvement book.

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Short final thoughts.

OK, that’s the list. I’ll be publishing some of the others I make here, and some on the personal blog. Other’s I’ll be keeping private.W

Image of a journal.
Image of a planner/journal.
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would you consider starting one or all of these daily habits? Which ones, and why? I love comments, feel free to leave one and tell me!