Are you thinking about starting a side-hustle too?

I am always thinking about starting my own business and it seems somehow more do-able as a side-hustle.

Photo by Paul Wesson Photography

Photo by Paul Wesson Photography

The challenge to move forward, my side-hustle

I sit here contemplating the adjustments our bodies go through from to pre-op to post-op/recovery from major surgery. I am struck by my challenge with moving forward these days. Every time my health seems to be on the upswing, something else comes along…

I feel like much of my life has had the same kind of momentum. Two days ago I was ready to start spending my recovery days working on a project. I pulled out my laptop and launched my current digital scrapbooking project and worked on a few pages, knowing that tomorrow I’d have more time to complete more. “Tomorrow” came and I felt like crap. Hot & cold. Achy all over. I woke up late and then had no energy or ability to focus. So I read a little, watched a movie related to another personal project and tackled about 2 more pages. One thing I have learned but seem to need to keep re-learning is that we never know what tomorrow will bring. Today we must live as if it’s the only day/moment that we have.

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Now I could consider this as a bit of a fail in the world of follow-through, or I could cut myself a little slack, and see what the next tomorrow brings. It’s not that I can’t do that. But, I feel like life throws an awful lot of wrenches my way, and I wonder when dodging those wrenches becomes making excuses. Today, I slept. More than half the day away. It took some time to get my butt in gear. I still feel a bit wonky, but better. I will work on that project next, but I first thought my mind has cleared enough to tackle a bigger project. The side-hustle project. The project that requires a bit more focus and clarity.


My blog. This project has been in the works a long time and has certainly been far more active and likely more influential by times. It’s still my side-hustle of choice. I just haven’t figured out exactly what the plan with it is. One thing I know is that I need to keep moving forward to build the momentum back up. Hopefully in the process the plan will become clearer.


Just as we have to be prepared to have a little flexibility with our plans in life, clearly we also need to with plans in business. It’s hard not to feel like that is some sort of indication of my ability or passion. So, I try not to pay much heed to where I have been, and keep my eye on where this may be headed. Here’s hoping I can pin that down soon.


I’ve found a few great resources that I turn to while trying to do just that:

I have followed Chris Guillebeau for quite a while now, from before his first book launched. Most recently, I got a lot out of his Book “Born for This”, and I’ve started following his new project “You Need a Side Hustle”. Chris gives a new perspective to all of the traditional business model advice that is out there. It is very refreshing.

Another great leader I recently started following is Marie Forleo. She is another who speaks passionately with her own voice. Following her videos feels a lot like you would imagine sitting across a diner table and chatting would feel like. I’ve been considering taking one of her courses and have noticed a new project “Start the Right Business” just launched today that seems to be calling out to me. Here’s hoping I can get the extra funds together soon!

Both Chris and Marie focus on taking Action more than anything. I’d love to get moving!

What actions are you taking to make that side-hustle/business happen? Do you have any great resources to share?


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family legacy curator, social justice advocate, blogger, amateur photographer, reader, cyclist, runner & swimmer, mom of two