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My Brain’s Abuzz With 2019

Blame it on the ambivalent & un-inspiring goals I set for myself in 2018 (though I can’t be too hard on myself, I had recently given birth you know 😊), but my brain’s been abuzz with goals for 2019.

My episode of painful gastritis really did help me clarify things, one of them was realizing that I can’t really do “loose weight” as a goal again. I mean, yes, I could do with some weight loss, but I want this to be a side-effect of something bigger (and healthier!). Like fasting, because weight-loss is just one of the many effects of it and it isn’t even the best or most noteworthy.

Anyhow, I realized that I am galvanized into action by level-up goals that are fun and exciting but are also a bit scary and outside my comfort zone. I mean, I guess all of us are like this, no? In my case the more thought I gave to it the more it started to look like this:

goal: make life in Batam fun & engaging <- learn Indonesian <- make local friends (I only have fellow expat wives as friends so far) <- use my craft as a springboard <- sell my creations for fun <- learn all about social & online selling

Now this is really starting to look like a decent party 🀩

Already, because these goals are that exciting to me, I’ve taken some relevant action. I got friendly with my next-door neighbor. Now at least I’m friendly with someone local and hopefully she knows of a church that has English service (next action item).

I also made good on something I’ve wanted for some time, a dedicated craft site (fifiandriri.com). I also opened an IG account to serve as a portfolio of my creations. I’m finishing up all my crochet/knitting WIP’s at the moment so that I can start clean asap, with an eye on social selling this time.

I’m reading up about the handmade business, and my brain is lit with ideas and more to-do’s like learning product photography and opening up an FB for biz account.

So exciting! πŸ€ͺ

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How is all this going to help me with learning Indonesian? Simple, language is best learned though interaction & immersion. I’ve tried cooping myself up indoors facing my computer, the results are minimal and I’m not having any fun at all while at it. So I need to be out there and talk!

And how is this gonna force me into loosing weight? Well, lemme tell ya: I love to crochet lacy pieces of clothing. Clothing need to be modeled by a real person. You do the rest of the math 😁 😁

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7 thoughts on “My Brain’s Abuzz With 2019”

    1. It certainly beats just staying inside memorizing words & phrases. LOL! Gotta make it fun and a bit scary too.

      Thanks so much for the support, Ginny ❀ ❀

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    1. B! So awesome to see you here again! πŸ™‚

      I have thought of Etsy many, many times (drooling as I do so) but I am way over here in Indonesia and the shipping costs are prohibitive! 😦

      But, I haven’t actually looked into it, and perhaps I should. You’re the 2nd person to mention it so there might be something in it. Hmmm, wouldn’t hurt. Okay … it’s on my to-do list πŸ™‚

      Thanks, B πŸ™‚ ❀

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      1. If you make it plain that the buyer would pay for shipping, or at least negotiate to pay half, that should help. Anyway, there is probably some kind of trick to marketing yourself on Etsy.com. I have heard of successes as well as failures. Again, best of luck!

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