Hello everyone, I'm certain I've been missed since I haven't written a blog all year! But don't you fret, I am back for more! It's actually almost been a whole week since last year. Where has the time gone? Have you all been using it productively so far in 2016? I'm glad so many of you shared your resolutions with me. Verbalizing and having them in writing is a great way to help bring them into fruition; and sticking to my word, I will do my best to help you all achieve your new year goals! It's actually all a bit overwhelming if you ask me. Using myself as an example (as usual), I set MANY resolutions. I suppose I'm no stranger to setting far fetched goals, but I do believe that my current list takes the cake. This year for me is mostly about one thing... becoming self sufficient! Last year, quitting all of my jobs was great. It was spontaneous, exciting, whimsical, and eternally freeing. However, now that the initial first year high is beginning to plateau, how do I keep the momentum successfully going? How long can I actually keep this whole thing up? Now is the time to get serious out about my hippie life. This is the year of the Bretony, the business b*tch!
In my previous post, I spoke about wanting to do more reading, so Saturday I went to The Strand near Union Square. My WORD it was SO overcrowded with a bunch of "new year, new me" chumps who were ALSO probably trying to "read more". Ugh. Sometimes I forget that I live in one of the most populated cities in the entire world. To my disappointment, I had to hold off my book search until I went to Barnes and Noble. It was a bit less crowded in there, so I searched for the perfect book to start me off right. I wanted something that could help me harness my wild child ways into a more bankable operation. I know the old saying goes, 'don't judge a book by it's cover', but let me tell you something... all those darn books in the bookstore, and I'm supposed to get to know them all intimately before I pick one? Eff that! I went to the business section and judged all the books by a more reasonable measure... title! One title particularly called out to me more than all of the others (which you would have seen if you follow my Instagram)...
The title is so me! I began reading this book yesterday, and I'm honestly almost half way finished. It literally encapsulates my feelings toward the typical "work force". And I love the air quotes obviously! This book is also pretty straight forward in it's language. Not too much sugar coating going on (the first chapter is called 'Everyone poops, yours isn't special'). I recommend reading this book if you are thinking of up and quitting your job like me this year, or ever, and creating something of your own. It really makes you think about a lot of aspects you probably haven't thought all the way through. A lot of the books that I did happen to skim through, including this one, involve a LOT of guidelines (top 10 ways to do this, 7 steps towards that, the 5 habits of yadda yadda). The important thing to remember is that they are just that...guidelines. Nothing is set in stone for ANYthing really. I have to take these words of advice and still put my own spin on it. I still want to remain me above all else. But, I definitely need to get more business minded.
The difficult thing for me though, is that what I do currently isn't really a business at all per-say. I mean, I'm not really selling anything. I'm not really providing a specific service. Do I think I'm gonna just get something for nothing though? The time comes now for me to really sit down and think about how I can use everything that I already have going for me to my advantage. I need to slowly unravel the tangled web in my mind. It's very hard for the right brained folks out there to actually sit down and think about logistics, but I suppose incorporating some practical reasoning(ugh, who am I right now?) doesn't have to be so bad. Do any of you have any business ideas? I won't steal them, I promise, but I am very curious about what peoples ambitions are. If you could get paid to do anything at all in the whole wide world, what would it be?
Hopefully by the end of this year, I will have a pretty good success story to tell all of you, but until then, stay tuned to my weekly journey right here every Monday. Even though most of the time I try to be a real G and move in silence like lasagna, I try to share most of my experiences with this blog if nowhere else. Anywho, I hope the year has been going good so far for everyone. Stick to those goals, and be sure to help others with theirs if you can!
p.s. I also bought one more book that I will talk about when I finish this one. I was thinking maybe I should start a Bretony book club for all of these books that I'm gonna read this year, but a.) Most likely nobody would go out and buy a whole book just so they could read it with me, b.) Sometimes I read super fast, and sometimes I read super slow, so I'm not sure if I'd wanna do it weekly or monthly, and c.) Aren't book club books mostly fiction? But d.) Guess what, I'm starting a book club anyway, even if I'm the only member... so go get this one and we will discuss next week!
p.p.s. My New Years Eve was actually pretty hilarious... I spent it at my old job! Who would've thought! I actually had to sneak in because I barely recognized all of the new hostess faces. Luckily, security was pretty loose, and I'm very good at sneaking into places (confidence is key).
p.p.p.s. Even though I really despise everything about jobs and working, surprisingly 'The Office' is my favorite show ever! After Michael left it got a little blah, but I still watched the entire series about 4 or 5 times. Thanks Netflix.