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Weekly Reflections: April 17, 2015

Between reviewing my goals for Q1 and posting my new goals for Q2, I haven’t shared a weekly reflections post in a while. Things have certainly picked up both in my business and personal life this month. I’ve been booking social media consultations left, right and centre as biz owners look to ramp up their Web strategy for spring and summer. I love sitting down with clients to talk about what they can do to give their social media the extra punch of attitude it so desperately needs. As consumers, we’re inundated with Facebook shares, tweets and blog posts every single day. How is your business going to get its voice heard amongst all the noise? If you don’t have an answer to that question, we should talk.

My husband and I have also started house hunting over the last few weeks. It’s exciting, because I keep dreaming of my future home office space, but also stressful because the housing market in our area is so intense right now — you really have to be prepared to pounce when you find “the one.” And although our house is pretty much ready to be put on the market whenever the time comes, I really don’t want to think about how the showings will disrupt my productivity grind. But I’ll climb that hill when I get there.

For now, here’s a look at my highs and lows this week.

Highlights This Week

What I’m Writing:

My feature on “Building a Career in a Digital World” is one of my favourite profiles I’ve written for The Reply yet. It was so interesting to interview Reema and hear about all the ways she has shaped her career path so far. She has definitely built the kind of career many millennials are striving for, so getting an inside look into the way she approaches her work was really exciting to me.

Earlier this month, we launched a new project at The Reply called #YoungerMe, giving contributors the chance to write a letter to their younger selves. I introduced the project with my own personal essay, which inspired me to “travel back in time” 10 years. You can read the full post here. And if you’re interested in submitting your own, be sure to check out our submission guidelines.

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What I’m Reading:

I had the best surprise from my biz mentor, Carrie, to kick off the month. Two days after my birthday, I received a package from her in the mail. It was the book #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso, Founder of Nasty Gal. The delivery excited me for so many reasons. First, I love the idea of paying it forward with a book — especially when it’s about kicking ass as a female entrepreneur. Second, it was just the extra boost of motivation I needed to really dive into my goals for Q2. I’m so looking forward to what’s to come in the next few months.

As for my favourite blog post this week, I loved “The Painful Unspoken Truth About Building Something You Love” by Sarah at Unsettle. I can relate to this post on so many levels. Sarah gives a raw and honest behind-the-scenes look at launching your own business. When you take this leap, you’re not only influencing your life but also the lives of the people you love. I feel like my social life has been somewhat non-existent over the last three months, but I think most of my family and friends understand it’s for good reason. And then there’s my husband, who is always supporting my dreams and pushing me forward every single day. I’m so grateful to have people in my life who believe in what I am doing and really want to see me be successful.

What I’ve Learned:

Remember when I wrote about how much I struggled with the decision to invest in a $300 (U.S) course for my business? (You can read my ramblings on the importance of investing in yourself here and here if you need a refresh). Well we’re on week two of classes now and I’m beyond thrilled to say I’ve already gotten my money’s worth. My mind is exploding with new plans for my business, and I also have so many ideas for ways I can better assist my clients in reaching their business goals. Really, the only problem here is that I’m so impatient and I cannot wait to put these plans in action.

It’s almost overwhelming to think of all the changes I want to make. But I think a big part of starting a new business, and any new endeavour, is to be prepared to be flexible and take risks early on. You need to evolve quickly in order to find your niche and adapt to the needs of your clients and customers. I can’t wait to share some new projects with you over the next few months.

What I’ve experimented with:

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Since I haven’t shared a weekly reflections post in a while, I haven’t had the opportunity to announce my latest experiment. This month we launched a new podcast called The Reply Show, where we interview millennials who are doing amazing things. It meant taking a step way beyond my comfort zone, but the response has already made it worthwhile and I really believe this is only the beginning of something great. I’m relatively new to the podcasting world, and I know I have so much to learn, but I’m looking forward to pushing myself to grow and experiment in this space. If you haven’t had a chance to check out our first episode yet, you can listen here.

Anyway, enough about me. How has your week been? What are some of the challenges you faced this week? Any big plans for the weekend ahead?

Author:

Charlotte Ottaway

Charlotte is the founder of Web of Words. She helps solopreneurs and small business owners create real human connections online through blogging and social media. She has written for Zoomer Magazine, The Globe and Mail, The Huffington Post Canada and other Canadian publications. Better known by family and friends as Carly, she currently resides in Newmarket with her husband and dog-child. To learn more, check out her portfolio at charlotteottaway.com and follow her on Twitter @charlottaway.

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