Days 3-6: The Game Plan

You know what the hardest part of trying to start a side hustle is? Just finding time to actually focus on it! Between the corporate gig, gym time, social time, chores, and my love of sleep, it’s tough to set aside an hour or two a day to focus on a hobby (and I don’t even have kids yet!). They say the most successful people in the world rely heavily on routine; it keeps you focused, and keeps you moving toward your goals. As Aristotle once said, “we are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” If you are committed to excellence, you have to keep your eye on the prize every single day… so here I am, blogging away at 10 pm, making time for the side hustle.

Now it’s all well and good to write about being successful, and having grandiose dreams, but without any real plan or measurable goals it’d be awfully tough to actually get there. My biggest set back lately has been having trouble pinning down what I actually want to do. I constantly have fleeting ideas and passions, but sticking to just one is tough. Thankfully, I stumbled upon unsettle.org and blogger, Sarah Peterson. To be honest, I haven’t tried any of her courses, but she does have a TON of helpful tips for just getting started. It seems so simple, but sometimes just putting your ideas on paper is a great place to start.

So I took twenty minutes to sit down, really concentrate on the things I love, and put some ideas down. Here’s what my table looks like (and sorry for the terrible, possibly illegible handwriting):

Inspiration Table
Inspiration Table

Per Sarah’s advice, you should go with the clear winner – the best idea you’ve written down. After all, starting something, ANYTHING, is better than nothing. For me, cooking is #1 simply because it’s something I love to do and basically have to do it in order to survive. I think cooking is a fun, creative outlet, and I love trying new flavors to find what works (and what absolutely doesn’t). In cooking, as in life, you have to be flexible and put a little work in to get delicious results.

A few recipes I've cooked up
A few recipes I’ve cooked up – yum!

As much as I love cooking, I’m not sure this little venture could be 100% food focused. I thought I may venture into DIY or painting, but when doing the table I realized I wouldn’t be willing to devote time to that each day. My 2nd and 3rd ideas I came up with were fitness and helping out animals and the environment. This is obviously a hobby that will grow and evolve the longer I do it, but for now I’d like to make this about living a healthy, balanced lifestyle, and supporting a good cause while I’m at it.

Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo, a day that celebrates Mexico’s unlikely victory over the French as the underdog at the Battle of Puebla. Right now, I feel like a bit of an underdog, but I’m excited to see how this goes! Stay tuned, an awesome guac recipe will be here soon!

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