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Monday, October 19, 2015

Is It Time to Reinvent Myself?

Every decade or so I feel it's necessary to take a step back and evaluate where I've been and where I'm heading.

I feel like that time is drawing near again. I've been questioning myself, asking myself what I want out of life.

I know I still want to do covers, perhaps expanding into advertising and branding. Frugal living/saving money is also important to me, along with the ability to share that knowledge.

Right now I'm trying to figure out how to best bridge those two interests so I'm not spreading myself thin between two web sites.

I might lose some followers with this change, but I might also gain some too. Only time will tell.

Do you ever step back and reevaluate your career/life? Have you ever tried to reinvent yourself to change the course of your life?

How would you feel if I switched the format of this blog to more instructional articles?


28 comments:

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I tend to step back and re-evaluate myself, my life, my goals around my birthday and/or sometimes at the end of the year/beginning of the next. The change of seasons or a big life event can have me re-thinking things, too. But I'm trying to do it from a place of acceptance, of growing and improving not "fixing."

Maria Zannini said...

Madeline: Almost every time I've decided to change something, it's almost always because I was bored with the old way. LOL.

Sometimes I just like to shake things up and see what falls out.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I always enjoy instructional blogs. I have rethought many things over the last few months and constantly wonder if I'm making the best use of my time.

betty said...

Good idea to take time to reevaluate things and see how to improve on some things. I would enjoy reading instructional articles; always good to learn different things I think!

betty

marlenedotterer said...

I last about five years before I start getting antsy. There's nothing to do for it except change, so I understand where you're coming from. I'll cheer you on!

Maria Zannini said...

Susan: Absolutely! As I get older, deciding what's the best use of my time becomes more and more important.

Maria Zannini said...

Betty: Ah, good! I need this feedback.

Maria Zannini said...

Marlene: Thanks, Marlene! I'm still trying to sort it out especially because I'll probably have to partner with distributors. I want to make sure I know what I'm getting into before I start.

Karen Jones Gowen said...

I do this regularly, especially with social media profiles as I need to adjust them according to changing priorities. It would be difficult to lose me as a reader since I always relate so well to whatever you post.

Angela Brown said...

Re-evaluating oneself is a plus. It helps to review and see what's working and what's not, including what does or does not work for you.

If you bring some changes, I'm staying. You're like my version of Stephen King. I'm going to read and comment here because you are Maria :-)

Jenny Schwartz said...

You have to follow your heart (sounds like something from a TV talent show). But I think genuine interest sparks the most interesting and engaging posts. I'd enjoy instructional posts from you.

Maria Zannini said...

Karen: I should do this more often with Facebook.

Re: It would be difficult to lose me as a reader since I always relate so well to whatever you post.

You are too kind.

Maria Zannini said...

Angela:
Re: You're like my version of Stephen King. I'm going to read and comment here because you are Maria.

ROTFL! You slay me!

Maria Zannini said...

Jenny: They wouldn't all be instructional, but more like, "Hey, look what I learned today!"

Barbara Ann Wright said...

I would miss the updates on your life if you went instructional only.

Rebekah Loper said...

I, personally, tend to not be as interested in instructional blogs, unless it's on a topic that I'm extraordinarily curious about. That said, if there were still some of your personal/homesteading posts in addition to those (though I completely understand if there's less of them) I would definitely still be around. :)

Diane Carlisle said...

I think shopping at the mall on a binge will help you get that gear turning. I've started purchasing new clothes a couple months ago. I go every two or three weeks and hit the clearance sales, and I'm like what the heck...lace? Why not?! I'll just wing it and where my personality on my sleeve. :D

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

thinking too much is overrated

tiny, incremental change is nice

Maria Zannini said...

Barbara: Not to worry, most of the articles will still contain at ;east 62 1/2% of how I got into this mess and why I had to write the article. :)

Maria Zannini said...

Rebekah: Homesteading posts won't go away. They're part of the article format. Plus I need them to join a homesteading blog community.

Maria Zannini said...

Diane: Shopping has never been my favorite thing to do--unless I'm shopping clearance!

Maria Zannini said...

Mac: I'm still in the research phase.

Crystal Collier said...

I think that a change is always good. It livens us up and keeps things interesting. That said, maybe a hybrid solution is the answer? When I started into the Truth or Lie game, I gave my blog entirely to guest authors. In a matter of months I found that comments diminished and my relationships with bloggers was withering. The answer for me was a quasipost. Half them, half me. It works well and both parties are satisfied.

Maria Zannini said...

Crystal: Hybrid is how I'll probably start. I'm venturing into an unfamiliar area.

Mike Keyton said...

You've never been afraid to ring in the changes, Maria. You leave a trail of chrysalise in your wake. The key to everything is doing what interests you - in terms of interesting others, which, I suppose is why my blog posts are fairly random. No great life changes on my horizon unless God knows something I don't. I am thinking of exploring script writing though

Lynn Viehl said...

After seventeen years of working in traditional publishing I made the big switch to ghost-writing full time. Tough at first, especially financially, but it eliminated 99% of the stress that has been involved with doing the other-than-writing stuff and working with people who had lost interest in me. It took a year to build a decent client list, too, but now I'm happier than I've been in . . . probably seventeen years. :)

It may take me some time to make changes (lol) but once I do I prefer to jump in versus transitioning. I just think it's cleaner and less complicated. But I'm also 100% sure before I take that big step, which is probably why it takes me so long.

You could write your grocery list and I'd visit.





Maria Zannini said...

Mike: This will be a bigger departure for me than in the past. I'm still doing research though. I want to make sure I have the right balance.

Re: script writing
That's good training. I think it made me see my story in more immediate terms. Less lolly-gagging.

Maria Zannini said...

Lynn: Right now I'm 99% sure this is the way to go. My biggest question is whether to transition to WordPress. It employs a lot of the plugins I'll need for future endeavors. I just hate the idea of giving up this blog, though I suppose I could migrate some of the more appropriate posts to the new blog.

It's hard to walk out of one's comfort zone.

Re: You could write your grocery list and I'd visit.
Then I'll have to be sure to write interesting grocery lists. :)