Recently I wrote a post about my experience with Bloggy Boot Camp.
You can read that here.
Tiffany talked a lot about having an “End Game”.
When I started blogging my original thought was
“well, I could blog because:
I enjoy writing!
I enjoy cooking and baking and sharing my recipes with others!
I enjoy crafting because after-all the end result is an “I did that attitude” satisfaction!
I also wanted to encourage other women & share positive thoughts!
So I thought “I’ll blog about the things I enjoy and if I make a little extra money doing it, great!”
So I will have a Lifestyle Blog! Yeah Me! Rah-Rah Go Tamara!
I was cheering myself on!
Well, after attending the Bloggy Boot Camp I decided that I could continue to treat it as a little hobby with a little income. But I also realized I have the potential to do something big with my blog. But I need to get serious and busy!
So I decided to set an immediate “End Game” for myself. Yes, of course I already wanted to make extra money but since there hasn’t been anything specific that I needed, I just dabbled.
Now before I get to my immediate “End Game” I want you to know that my husband provides very well for our family. But we also live like every other average American family; paycheck to paycheck. And as a mother, I have always set my wants aside (and at times my needs) and taken care of my kids first.
So I probably “could have” figured out a way to get there but didn’t want to take away from my family so I have put things off. As a mother, I am sure you’ve done the same thing time and time again. And did you ever see your mom do without so you could have, I know I sure did.
So after the conference I had plenty of time to think as I traveled from Dallas to OKC. It’s about a 4 hour drive, even if I made it home in less time. This must be why my husband enjoys his quiet drives to & from the office every day. Lots of time to think without distractions!
I was still soaking in all of the information. I kept hearing Tiffany talk about having that “End Game”.
And Danielle talked about “Hell Yeah” moments. (Blog post coming soon regarding this and you’re going to love it too!)
I realized that if I was going to get to my “End Game” soon I was going to have to give some things up and learn to say NO!
So it took me about a week to finally open up to my husband about my immediate “End Game” because in my head I wanted to figure out how I was going to get there before I shared it with anyone, even him. And he has been very supportive and encouraging, as I knew he would be.
So, who is ready to read what my immediate “End Game” is?
I plan to earn enough money with my blog (quickly) so that I can get braces. Yes, you read that right! I am a “pinch” over 40 years old and want braces. I have never had braces, even as a teen. But I would like my teeth to be straighter and I would also like to fix my bite.
Several years ago my jaw started locking. It was painful, it still is. I was diagnosed with TMJ. I have had trouble ever since. In fact, I am a grinder so it wears on my teeth even more. If you look at pictures of me, you’ll notice that my smile is always closed mouth, no teeth showing. Now you know why.
I have been to several dentists & orthodontists over the years. The cost hasn’t changed much and I guess it probably isn’t going to. So I should just take the plunge!
What do you think of my immediate “End Game”? Have you ever had braces? Give me feedback, good or bad! Am I crazy for wanting to do this at my age?
What is your “End Game”? Big or small? Immediate or Distant? We all have to start somewhere, right?
Some other information shared during the conference helped me decide that this should be my immediate “End Game”. I will tell you about that in an upcoming post. Stay tuned!
This is a picture that my youngest took of me. It shows my closed crooked smile, but it also looks like I have a double chin.