Recovery Stage 4: Setting the Course

I am a planner at heart. Setting the course comes naturally to me. I like to think about the future and try to plan my way through the various possibilities in order to achieve the future I desire (and people wonder why I gravitate towards science fiction). This becomes much more difficult when both my body and my mind refuse to keep up with my plans.

Another challenge I face is balancing the plans I want to make with the plans I need to make. Marketer that I am, I’d much rather work on my own non-paying (at least not yet) projects than drum up more business when things are slow. The reason is simple: There’s always more work that I want to do than I can actually get done in a given day, so why not do as much of it as I can?

This would be fine except for my pesky breadwinner status. If I don’t make money, my family doesn’t eat and/or the bills don’t get paid. I hate choosing between the two, because I don’t like the consequences of either choice. The reminder calls are enough to drive me batty all by themselves, but if I turn off my ringer I could miss a call from a client.

In order to set a reasonable course for this stage of my recovery process, I have to set more reasonable goals that take my health and well-being into consideration. It’s relatively easy for me to come out and say, “I have a disability now!” After all, I’ve been advocating for disability rights for at least ten years. It’s much harder to admit that this means I can’t plan to do as much as I’d like to do, because I can’t do as much as I’d like to do.

So, I’m setting a new course. I’m slowing things down. I’m being *gasp* realistic. And, realistically speaking, making money has to come first, because I’d really like to be able to afford food and my bills all at the same time on a consistent basis. This doesn’t mean I’m not a dreamer. This doesn’t mean I’m not working on my own projects. This means that first things must come first: health, family, money, then dreams. Dreams are still on the list and, if I plan accordingly, I can manage to do all four things.

Speaking of money and setting the course, if you need help setting your course, I do offer special services at special prices: check out Marketing for Authors!

About Stephanie Allen Crist

Stephanie created and produces in answer to a call from God to use her experiences and gifts to help others. Stephanie is also the author of and two books that can be found on that site. Stephanie strives to share her love, faith, and talents in an inclusive manner to help others who know spiritual pain and who know the bitter taste of the dregs of despair.
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12 Responses to Recovery Stage 4: Setting the Course

  1. acflory says:

    Speaking of money coming first, I had a look at the Scripted site but couldn’t get their confirmation to work on either IE or Opera. Which browser are you using?

    • I use IE, but when I have problems (which happened during their upgrade process) I ended up trying both Firefox and Chrome. One of them worked. I’m not sure, but I think it was Chrome (Google’s browser).

      • acflory says:

        Yeah I received a reply from their support people suggesting I try Chrome. Now I have 3 browsers on my pc. 🙂 I’m in but can’t work out a ‘specialty’. I’m a generalist who can teach 😦

      • Specialties are how you access assignments. Try applying to as many specialties as you think you can write in and let them decide from there. Life/Entertainment is the most active specialty.

      • acflory says:

        Oh, thanks Stephanie. To be honest it would not have occurred to me to try the Life/Entertainment one.

      • It didn’t work out for me, but then I’m rather disconnected from the things associated with Life/Entertainment. The vast majority of my work comes from the Business specialty and I’ve earned expert status in several sub-categories there.

        Education is another one that would probably work for you and has frequent jobs. You are, after all, a teacher. 🙂

      • acflory says:

        Yes, I’ll have to give Education a try too. I guess I’m just hung up on the whole expert nomenclature. I don’t really see myself as an expert at anything. -shrug-

      • When it comes to Scripted, there’s specialists — i.e. those who have experience in a subject matter — and then there’s experts — i.e. those who are experts in a topic area. For example, I’m a specialist in business, law, and (surprisingly enough) science. I’m an expert in marketing, B2B, and social media. I’m not an expert in finance, family law, or a bunch of other topic areas.

      • acflory says:

        Oh so that’s how it works. I tend to take labels rather literally. :/

      • Yeah, well, I’ve kind of learned not to do that the hard way. On one hand, when Pres. Bush II said he wanted to “free Iraq” I assumed he meant “free Iraq for Iraqis” not “free Iraq for American & allies exploitation.” On the other hand, I had a doctor look me in the eye and tell me that my son’s label of autism meant he belonged in an institution.

        So, to hell with labels.

        In the case of Scripted, I read another writer’s take on their experiences with the organization — and apparently I did not do nearly so good a job explaining it. Then, again, I wasn’t trying to do what they were doing.

        Check out “Freedom with Writing.” They’re the source of my original info on Scripted. You might find opportunities they highlight that don’t interest/fit my needs but do interest/fit yours.

      • acflory says:

        I will, thank you. 🙂

      • You’re welcome. 🙂 Good luck!

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