2020 Vision … Looking Back, Looking Forward

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My vision for the year 2020 and beyond is based mainly on my long-term goals, writing and entrepreneurship. These are what keep me up at night. They are ingrained in my innermost being.

There are three essential platforms that I find beneficial and are clear indications that they will help me to accomplish my goals with total commitment, of course …

  1. AWAI (American Writers & Artists Inc.)
  2. Synduit
  3. Wealthy Affiliate

Introduction to AWAI

I was introduced to AWAI in 2015 while job hunting during one of the most devastating periods of my life. That story is for another time or to be flushed down the toilet once and for all. “All things work together for good …” – Romans 8:28.

The headline, “Can You Write a Simple Letter Like This” or something similar caught my attention. If I could make a living just writing letters, that would be great! Right? My background was business administration. Of course, I can write a letter.

It turned out to be a very long-winded article of how someone got the idea to write copy that would increase the return on investment (ROI) for businesses. Others were brought into the picture, and the rest is history.

This was followed by a very long-winded video, which was definitely too overwhelming for me. Get to the point!!! I tried to stop the video after almost an hour, but couldn’t. I was frustrated, to say the least.

It was not a path I intended going down, so I thought at the time. Anyway, I downloaded a free offer, “It’s True! You Can Make a Very Good Living as a Writer. Here are 9 Ways You Can Do It Now…”

By then there was an email from the organization pulling me in further. After all, I had invested so much time already.

The promotion was for the Accelerated Program for Six-Figure Copywriting. I signed up and started the program. It was interesting, but I realized I wouldn’t be making money anytime soon. While I worked through it, I continued my job search.

Some aspects of the program were tedious and took me longer than anticipated. My favorite assignment was writing the “Restaurant Letter.” I felt good about it.

After submitting it, I was given feedback and guidelines and asked to do a revision. The second attempt was met with favorable feedback.

I thought I was on the right track after doing the final assignment at the end of the course. The review didn’t go well. It seems I had missed the mark.

So, I took a break … a very long one. I didn’t touch it again until, probably, more than a year later, but stopped after revisiting a few chapters.

Since then, I’ve taken quite a few programs with AWAI, joined The Professional Writers’ Alliance (PWA), and became an Infinity member, which gives me even more programs to check out.

As a perpetual student, literally, I could go on learning forever …

… or start working and continue learning, but start working.

The Writer’s Life: 3 Choices

There are three choices I’m faced with …

  1. Write to earn a little extra for specific ventures.
  2. Write to have a supplementary income.
  3. Write full time and replace my current income.

That’s a no-brainer for me. From as early as 6 to 8 years old, I knew I wanted to be a writer. It has been a very long way since then, but I’m still determined that’s what I want to do when I “grow up.”

I’m determined to skip choices 1 and 2 above. They were not exactly on my radar in any concrete way.

The year 2019 is coming to a close, and although I don’t make resolutions, I will continue working towards my goals. It starts with end-of-year stocktaking and projecting for the four quarters in 2020.

Introduction to Synduit

Throughout the years, especially since 2015, I have become associated with success leaders such as Jack Canfield. That was a desperate time for me to climb out of the “pit” I found myself in.

Jack Canfield was a major source of encouragement, which made me realize there was hope of getting to the next level. It’s certainly taking some time, but I have learned a lot and implemented many of the principles he taught.

Through him, I was introduced to Learning Strategies and Paraliminals with Paul Scheele. Then came Synduit with Jared Yellin. This platform is one I can use effectively to manage live events, autoresponders, social media posts, etc.

The preset campaigns, training on the website, and live training from Jared and his guests are very resourceful, even for someone at the very basic level of the program.

My mission as a writer who manages my own enterprises will benefit from this particular platform. It will allow me to easily launch campaigns in less time than it would normally take.

So that’s my second tool to achieving my goal.

Introduction to Wealthy Affiliate

This is getting even better as this platform allows me to be a part of a great organization with intense training, resources, and a very supportive community.

Wealthy Affiliate showed up when I was job hunting, again, just to find a way out of the daily grind of dragging myself to a $10 an hour job. Someone told me she was doing the same thing 30 years ago at $10 an hour. Think about that!

Since July 2019, I have created a niche website, along with a few others on subjects of interest, became familiar with affiliate marketing, written over 25 blog posts, and have the freedom to work at my own pace.

I cannot say enough about this organization. It is a place where I literally feel as though I have come home to stay. So much is offered to members to help us along the way at any level.

One benefit that suits me exceptionally well is being able to have several websites on this platform. I can write content and assign it to any website I want it to be published on. How cool is that?!

End-of-Year Stock Taking

For the past 13 years since migrating to the USA, I have been living paycheck to paycheck or no paycheck. I’ve also invested heavily in training, especially AWAI courses, and other seemingly promising ventures.

During this period of time, I’ve become a Home Health Aide (HHA)/Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), which has been my primary source of income. It’s a fulfilling yet stressful career path for me.

I make a difference in my patients’ lives … that matters!

I am a licensed nail and skincare specialist and electrologist from Florida, which requires me to go back to school for additional hours to be licensed in South Carolina, for an additional investment. I’d rather blog about it …

… and I do now. This is where Wealthy Affiliate has come to the rescue.

Salon services previously provided an additional source of income, but not being licensed in this state, I took on another venture which worked out reasonably well while it lasted. I became a delivery driver.

It provided additional income while allowing me to discover a great portion of South Carolina. This came to an unexpected end when I was faced with giving up the freedom of working if and when I wanted to and go on a schedule instead.

End-of-Year

Liability or Asset:

I’ve created a list to determine what projects I will move forward with and what will be discontinued or minimized. Some of these are business ventures I’ve been carrying for many years. Others are more recent.

At least, I now have tools, training, and more experience that will help me to better leverage these opportunities.

The Vision … How to Get There.

With the three platforms I am now committed to, I need to step up my game.

Stepping up my game was a theme I adopted in 2011 because I was told I needed to. Instead, I chose to do it my way and stepped out without looking back. (Another story better forgotten.)

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Stepping Up My Game

So, I’ll move forward with my assets broken down in four quarters:

  1. First Quarter: January-March
  2. Second Quarter: April-June
  3. Third Quarter: July-September
  4. Fourth Quarter: October-December

You are on this journey with me as I mentioned on my About Me page. So, I’m telling you like it is … this is my reality. It changes, I change, and you can relate to your own changes over time.

What’s Your Vision?

This is a guideline I’ve used to get my affairs in order. You may have your own system. Or, maybe you don’t have a system in place. You may make New Year’s Resolution year after year. How is that working for you?

Whether you set goals, make resolutions, or use some other method, find something that works for you. Put your life in perspective. Measure your results.

One thing I’ve learned throughout the years is that no matter what happens to distract me from my goals or purpose, I need to pick myself up and continue at my own pace.

Beating up on yourself or allowing others to talk negatively into your life is not the way to go. There will be moments of discouragement. So what? Ask yourself, “So what?” Life goes on. Get up and move forward.

I hope this article has been of help to you in some way. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below. I will be more than happy to serve you.

 

15 thoughts on “2020 Vision … Looking Back, Looking Forward”

  1. It sounds like 2019 was a great year for you. Like you I have been impacted greatly by both Jack Canfield and Wealthy Affiliate. I find your article inspiring as I have been on the fence about whether I should focus full time on my websites. Having said that 2020 looks promising for us both and with that I wish you the greatest of success. 

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    • Hi Pamela:

      Thank you for taking the time to read my article.

      These influencers in our lives have played a pivotal role in helping us to keep our dreams alive. This year has allowed me to have renewed hope with the platforms I’ve been introduced to.

      Let’s continue to push forward and reap the benefits in 2020. I wish you much success likewise.

      Veron

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  2. I can’t agree with you more. New Year is truly coming, it is so close and now is the best time to decide and make a plan for the next year. I am a person who likes to plan in advance so I already made a plan when it comes to financial goals, now is time for relaxation.

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  3. I loved your article and enjoyed reading about your journey.  I am so glad that you have found so many niches in the writing arena that you can truly pursue what you love.  So many allow life’s tripping stones to completely overwhelm them and stop them from pursuing their goals.  I loved your concluding paragraphs on building up your own vision of yourself – because who else’s opinion really matters on this, anyways?

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    • Hi Feochadan:

      Thank you for taking the time to step into a segment of my journey. 

      It’s true, there are so many distractions that can stop us in our tracks and prevent us from pursuing our goals. My passion for writing keeps me going and my vision is always before me.

      What is your vision for 2020? I would love to be able to share a part of your journey with you.

      Veron

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  4. You have a lot of experience in various spheres yet it seems like you are a born writer. If writing it’s your passion, it’s a clear choice.
    I learned to go with the flow recently. I don’t beat myself up and don’t set any exact goals. I, same as you, have a vision, a long-term goal I want to accomplish to have a complete financial freedom and do only what I love. Translating, writing, teaching, my preferences of each of the above vary in time. At the moment I prefer writing.
    I like your question “So what?” That’s exactly what I think if I don’t do anything big every day, just a small step towards my future dream or even have a relaxing day. Life is not a race.
    When do you plan to accomplish your dream to be a full-time writer only? 

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    • Hi Lenka:

      Thank you for taking the time to read my article and for sharing. I absolutely love your view about pacing yourself. There’s a time and place for everything and everyone’s experience is different.

      Embracing the question, “So what?” has helped me to shake off giving in to beating myself up and negativity from people who don’t value me. I pick myself up and keep moving forward.

      I really would love to go fulltime before 2020 is over; however, I am giving myself some leeway. I constantly review my goals and set new dates when necessary. If I don’t meet my deadlines, so what? I set new ones and work even harder.

      If you are passionate about writing, keep chipping away at it until you see the benefits. You have a lot to offer to the world. All the best to you as you move forward into 2020!

      Veron

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  5. I have already checked out Wealthy Affiliate and it’s a good platform. I really like it. But I’m looking for other platforms to help me establish my online business. And AWAI has caught my attention. Platforms where we can earn while writing have always interested me. And having your feedback about this one is important. If you have stayed with this platform so long it must be good.

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    • Hi Henry:

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. 

      All the platforms I’m moving forward with in 2020 have been very valuable to me. The resources they provide are vast and allow me the freedom to work at my own pace. 

      My goal is to be a fulltime writer and entrepreneur in the coming year. Others can hold me accountable as I document my journey publicly.

      As you move forward into 2020, I wish you success in every area of your life.

      Veron

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  6. Hi. I have been researching about good platforms that may help me to make money online. I was scammed once so I decided to research each time I wanted to join something on the Internet. I really found interesting what you said concerning AWAI. I also like to write. And earning as a writer would be a thrill. I’ll check it out.

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    • Hi Ann:

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my article.

      Scammers are everywhere, and it is a blessing when we find platforms that make a difference. All platforms are not for everyone, and even the ones we benefit from, others may insist they are scams … to each his own. 

      I’m confident about the ones I’m determined to go forward with. I have seen the value over time and will continue to do so. 

      Do your research and make a decision for yourself. There are authentic resources at our disposal. All the best in your endeavors.

      Veron

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  7. Hello,
    I am delighted to read your testimony. I am a passionate reader and I write essays in my spare time. I always wanted to share my passions with others and the world, but the difficulty was how to do it? in truth I never had the courage to try; but reading your post I found my way, I will subscribe to not miss anything of your next publications.
    thank you.

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    • Hello Moi:

      Thank you for your time and interest in my 2020 Vision article. I am happy that it has motivated you to start sharing your passions with others and the world. We look forward to that.

      Our passion drives us and helps us to overcome the hurdles that we have to get over. It may take time to build courage, but so worth it.

      All the best for 2020 … much success!

      Veron

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