In October, I:
- Published a new resource in my resource library (and made it openly available!)
- Attended a networking event featuring J. Kelly Hoey, author of Build Your Dream Network
- Upgraded my phone to an iPhone 7+ (excited to take more photos!)
- Launched audio versions of my blogposts!
But, I was disappointed that:
- I still haven’t figured out how I want to create my coaching/mentorship program
- I haven’t worked on my plan for continuing my networking events
To listen to an audio version of this post, click below!
Books I read:
- Entrepreneurial You by Dorie Clark
- Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown
- The Power of Moments by Chip Heath and Dan Heath (still reading but I’m really enjoying it so far!)
In November, I’m looking forward to:
- Attending the Girlboss Rally in NYC on November 11th
- Launching my holiday content on the site
- Writing freelance pieces for other outlets
- Celebrating my birthday on November 30th!
October was an interesting month. In October, we’re really in the middle of fall but I think it’s when it also really hits me that we’re fast approaching the end of another year. This year, I found myself getting really reflective (more than usual, I should say) as I began to review the year in my head and evaluate whether I was happy with what I was able to achieve.
For the most part, yes, I was happy but there were a few things that I said I would do that I hadn’t done yet. So, I made a list of the remaining items and instantly made an action plan.
The launch of Do Well Dress Well Audio
This was the first thing on the list because it’s an idea I’ve had for so long and to be honest, it is pretty easy to do. I kept procrastinating mainly because I feel a little self-conscious about my voice (although I’m quickly getting over that because of all your nice compliments!) and also, I felt like I needed to have all of the fancy podcasting tools. But on one evening, I just used what I had (my iPhone headphones), recorded my first audio blogpost and taught myself how to edit on Garage Band. I was really nervous about putting it out there but I’m glad I did and the experience has made me more confident. It’s not yet at the quality I would love it to be but I will continue to get better – I’ve also put a podcast microphone on my holiday wishlist so I can’t wait to go into 2018 (and beyond!) with it! If you haven’t listened to them yet, please head over to my Audio page and give it a listen!
I read more books this month than usual
As I write this, I’m realizing that I had more time to reflect because it was the first month in the while where I had a lot of free weekends. I’m not complaining though because it was so nice to just sleep in and get things done at my leisure. I decided that I wanted to use this newfound free time to catch up on reading so I ordered the three books I mentioned above. I wrote a full book review on Braving the Wilderness but in a nutshell, I loved that book. I read it within 1 day. I then moved on to Entrepreneurial You, a recommendation from Cubicle Chic. I haven’t reviewed that in full yet but it has given me the insight I need to continue building Do Well Dress Well into a sustainable business. There’s no fluff in this book – just actionable tips on how to monetize your expertise. I’m now on The Power of Moments and it’s such a good read. Once I finish it, I’ll add a review to my 2017 Book Recommendations post.
I found out I’m an…ambivert?!?
So when I attended the networking event in mid-October, J.Kelly Hoey talked about the fact that she’s an ambivert. Honestly, before that date, I had never heard of it so I made a note to look it up on my way home. On the Quiet Revolution website (created by the author of the book, Quiet – I haven’t read it yet but it’s on my list!), you can take a quiz to find out if you’re an ambivert. Well, ladies, I am an ambivert and I feel like my life has been changed.
As you know, I’ve always identified myself as an introvert. I’ll never be the most talkative person in the room and I really enjoy time alone. But over the last few years, I’ve been able to confidently do things that are very unlike most introverts. For example, I occasionally do public speaking which I enjoy. I host networking events and I almost always attend other networking events alone. Sure, I get a little nervous beforehand but never to the point where I’m too afraid to do it. Anyways, I feel really good about my new-found personality type because I believe it’s something that I was able to change on my own through starting Do Well Dress Well. I was definitely an introvert before I launched but 2 years later, I’ve made it to the middle of the introvert/extrovert spectrum.
I’m planning for next year and I need your help!
To completely change the subject – I’ve started my content planning for 2018 and although I can get a good sense of what you like and not like from my analytics and comments from social media, I’d love to hear feedback from you directly. I’ve decided to create my first ever Reader Feedback Survey! It will only take you a few minutes and it will ensure that the content I create speaks directly to your needs and interests. It’s anonymous so please be open and honest. I’d really appreciate it!
Want to fill it out now? Click here.
Until next month,
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