First Year A Success!!!

One year ago yesterday, I took a step of faith into an unknown territory with no idea of what was to come, no specific structure, no specific guidelines, or manual… Through the favor of God, creativity, a LOT of determination, and willingness to learn, I joined thousands of other entrepreneurs and self-employed professionals. It wasn’t necessarily planned, but more of a one-foot-in-front-of-the-other, day-by-day progression.

Doors that I thought should open didn’t and my degrees did not win me any special treatment. But what I did have was a clean slate and three choices: Do, Settle, or Don’t….

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Well, “don’t” was an automatic cross-out. So “Do” or “Settle”— I could settle, BUT wait a minute now, what are my “DO” options? My spirit is saying “work for self”. That’s a possibility….. But WHAT ON EARTH will I do? My answer came January 31, 2013 and for the next five months I researched, I read, I created, I designed, I weighed options, I brainstormed. I sat, I waited, I put in the work. On June 30th, I got my first freelance gig doing data entry for a client through Shopify (adding images, product descriptions, making price changes).

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But I noticed the opportunities for transcription and even though I had never done this before, had no idea what all it really entailed other than “type what you hear”, I applied and I remember my first project taking me literally 24 hours to complete one audio (30-60 minutes, don’t remember which). Yeah, I had no idea what I was doing…..

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One year later, most of my VA work is transcription with over 200 audio hours completed, averaging 5 audio hours a week, sometimes way more.

So what is my title?
ALS (academic, life, spiritual) Coach, VAS (Virtual Administrative Specialist)

What EXACTLY does that mean?
As a Coach, I listen, I empower, I encourage, I inspire, I CHALLENGE!

As a VAS, I provide virtual (online) services to other entrepreneurs, businessmen/women, authors, other coaches, pastors as an organizer, transcriber, personal assistant, typist, event coordinator, and the list goes on.

How do I work? 
From home!

How did I do my first year?
Over 100 jobs via 3 freelance platforms, 50+ clients, overall rating of 4.91 and 5 figure earnings (*not 9-5 earnings just yet, let me make that clear).

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No, the process has not been easy, but every late night, early morning, 2 hour cat naps here and there and everything else has been well worth it.

So by the grace of God, praying Year 2 will be even better.

Words of Encouragement: 
1. A lot of doors will close, rejections will come, but if you still have breath, you still have a purpose, and there’s an opportunity with your name on it. Doors close because it’s not what God has for your,  it’s purpose has been fulfilled, or maybe you’re not in the right position just yet to enjoy the full blessings of the opportunity.
2. Some days things will go as planned, but most often not. Don’t worry, don’t fret, it’s just a test to teach you how to be flexible and adaptable and roll with the punches. (Have a little faith)
3. Sometimes those you thought would support you won’t and that’s okay, because there will be new supporters. Trust me, the right people will come along at the right time.
4. We all have a role in life and in some way our role in life is needed for someone else to fulfill theirs. So you are no less or no more than the next because we are ALL needed.
5. What this 1st year has reminded me is that “God does not call the qualified, he qualifies the called” Many of the jobs I’ve taken on, specifically VA-related, I would not be qualified to do by “9-5” standards, as many were learned and self-taught per client needs. My degrees are in CJ and Psychology, not business management, but yet, here I am. I didn’t study to be a Coach, it’s already who I am.

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ANYTHING is possible with God. He will protect you wherever He leads you! Everybody will not understand your path, sometimes not even you, so be careful where you put your expectations!

Hopefully this will bless someone who has been considering a change. You can’t see the road ahead, and there is no light to be seen at the end of the tunnel, (but it’s there). If you’re concerned about what others will think, that is your first mistake. There are no real obstacles, but a fear of the unknown, and that’s all about YOU! Since “don’t” is not an option, you now have two choices: “Do” or “Settle”! (and if you settle, you surrendered to the wrong person/thing. Even more so, you’ve doubted your Creator and who you Can Be)………

I’m hoping to bless someone else who has been strongly considering working from home on a full-time or part-time basis by helping you get set up on different platforms and guiding/coaching you through the process. And no, this is not something you’d have to pay for. Just willing to help a couple of people who are serious about freelance opportunities, but not sure of the ins and outs or how to get started.  So if that’s you, contact me here or below to further discuss.

Be Blessed!!!

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Five Minute Friday: “Grateful”

Looking for a reason to write but not sure where to start? Join me and hundreds of others in Five Minute Fridays started by Lisa Jo-Baker. The key is to write for five minutes based on Lisa-Jo’s prompt “No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.”

So here we go: “Grateful”

As usual, I will be a bit transparent here as are others through their writings. I wish I could say that I “Always” have a grateful spirit, but of course I’d be lying. Some days things happy [happen] and I’m like “Really?” I often have to scold myself when the thought “Why me?” begins to surface by simply saying, “Why not?”

I try to lead a very discreet life with hopes to avoid any drama, etc., etc., but “ding-ding”, laughing at myself… as if that really stops things from happening in life. Uh, yeah – good try.

No, actually, as much as I’d like my life to be quiet and drama free (and I mean that in the sense that I didn’t have to worry about how I was going to pay something this month, how many clients will I gain this month, will I have enough time for this or that), I realize that it is often in the chaos of life or the difficult times that I realize how blessed I am, but even more so…

The After Five: I realize that it is the not so good times that opens my eyes to what really matters in life. Sometimes losing things is not so bad, not only because it makes room for something else, but it brings into perspective that maybe it was something that wasn’t needed in the first place. That’s when I become grateful for those revelations, that certain things in life I thought I needed or felt I could not do without, I really didn’t. I’m thankful that it reminds me that my focus should be on God and not the things of this world as he will surely supply all my needs. I’m grateful that God loves me enough to teach me even simple lessons. I’m grateful that as much as he gives, he takes away, not to punish me or make me feel like a failure, but to make room for me to grow in another area. I’m most grateful that with each new day, it’s an opportunity to do better than the day before or try it all over again with hopes of getting closer to where God needs me to be.

Blessings to All!!!

GRATEFUL

Five Minute Friday: “Mess”

Looking for a reason to write but not sure where to start? Join me and hundreds of others in Five Minute Fridays started by Lisa Jo-Baker. The key is to write for five minutes based on Lisa-Jo’s prompt “No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.”

So here we go: “Mess”

So I had to chuckle to myself when I saw this word. MESS!!! Well, here’s a bit of transparency. I’m intimidated by mess. I don’t function well in mess. I shut down in Mess.

I spend hours on Meticulous and Perfectionism. And funny how even after double checking not once but twice (and sometimes more), I still manage to find something wrong.

Over the years I’ve read and taken on the perspective that mess often signifies chaos or confusion. So I think it’s fair to say that with that perspective, I’ve become a bit too concerned about what others would think if I was no [not] so put together, or on point with certain things.

Well…

 

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The After Five: I will be the FIRST and I’m certain not the only one or the last to tell you that BLAH!!!! Meticulous and Perfectionism will literally drive you crazy!!! I’m sure there’s someone out there who will agree. 🙂 This hit me the most when I was an instructor for the first time and felt the need to read and do as much as possible to make sure students were getting what I considered a valued education. So if that meant staying up till 3 or 4 in the morning with 2 hours of sleep before starting the day, then hey, “It’s not about me, it’s all about them.” Um, while that may be true in certain circumstances, any obsession with something often overwhelms the true passion, joy, and purpose of it. And while I tried to “fake it” on the front line, behind closed doors, yes, I was a Mess!!! It was not until I lost my job, with way too much time on my hand, (but GREATLY needed), that I started to accept the fact that I don’t have to be perfect, I don’t have to know everything and I don’t have to be “All that” to people in order to satisfy unrealistic expectations.

To go back a bit, before I lost my job, I was working almost 14 hour days, 4 days a week, on minimal hours of sleep and not to mention the job issues itself, and it became so overwhelming (with noticeable health issues), that I literally said to God I just couldn’t do it anymore. (another topic for another day, I was hoping that that door closing meant another one would readily open, but that was not the case….).

So long story short, it often times takes a messy situation to open our eyes to new revelations that we would not have seen otherwise. Mess happens. It’s not meant to be permanent, but I do believe it often serves as the foundation upon which many of  our blessings are formed. If mess didn’t happen we’d never feel the need to assess situations, consider changes and therefore make room for more growth.  So, slowly but surely, I’m still learning. 🙂 And OAN: That, my friends, was the Mess that led to me starting my own professional services. So mess is not a lost cause (and I’m now reminded of the “Paint” post- it’s all about how we choose to view things).

Have a Good Night Y’all!!! 🙂

 

Five Minute Friday: “Willing”

I’ve been reading WisdomfromaFather’s Friday posts for a while now and thought the idea of Five minute writings was neat. So here I am joining hundreds of others in Five Minute Fridays started by Lisa Jo-Baker. The key is to write for five minutes based on Lisa-Jo’s prompt “No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.”

So here we go: “Willing”

Ah, great prompt word. Put yourself – dare to think with me for a few minutes:

I want a new car, so therefore I must be willing to sacrifice some things to save money.

I want to succeed in school, therefore I must be willing to make time to study and read my lessons.

I want to be successful in my business, therefore I must be willing to do my research on the do’s and don’ts and what’s best for my niche.

I want to be a better listener, therefore, I must [be willing to] put others before myself.

I want to be a better friend, therefore, I must [be willing to] think less of self.

I want to be more compassionate, therefore I must be willing to be less critical.

I want to be a lot of things, but what am I willing to do, what am I willing to take on (responsibilities), and what am I willing to let go to become that which I wish to be?

I want to be a lot of things, but what am I willing to sacrifice?

I want a better marriage, so what am I willing to do to make it work?

I want to be a good wife, what am I willing to learn in preparation?

I want to be a better supervisor, but what am I willing to let go to better serve those who serve me?

The After Five: So basically this word prompts a lot of questions… we want things, but what are we willing to do to gain them? A lot of times we may ask ourselves these questions and we bounce ideas around, we think of pros and cons, we ponder on the what if’s, and analyze and analyze until we think we’ve come up with the best solution. Not to say that I don’t fall in this category, but can I share that the answers to all these question come with clarity if we would just WILL ourselves to be still before God and wait on his instructions. A lot of the answers to these questions come with clarity if we would just WILL ourselves to be patient. If we would WILL ourselves to just STOP, be still, and be patient, the answers to our questions, the paths we are to take, the manner in which we are to handle people and situations shall be revealed to us.

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…and BLESSINGS!!! Have a Great Weekend!

28 Days of Self-Reflection, Day 28: Endurance

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I truly hope something shared throughout this month brought about a revelation(s) that helped to bring a personal TRUTH to the forefront. It would “almost” be nice to be perfect, but even that comes with a price. We all deal with situations that we never thought we’d endure or wish we didn’t have to go through. Some days are good and some not so good.

But somehow we muster enough faith and trust when we open our eyes to a new day to say,

“Lord, I still thank you. Lord, I still praise you.”

However weighed down, we find enough strength to rise up from whatever we laid on for the night, we stand, and to God we say,

“Okay. Let’s Go!”

My only consolation to anyone going through something that leaves you uncertain about your future is that each day you awake brings hope. If your breakthrough didn’t come today, God willing, there’s tomorrow. Just know that each day you awake is a sign that God is not through with you yet.

Love and Blessings,

Koko