I said a few days ago that I’d been tempting fate with regard to my stated determination to make some progress with Gleda everyday. Well boy did fate respond!
There have been two significant events this week that have bought about new demands on my time and necessitated Gleda being put on hold for a couple of weeks at least.
Firstly last Sunday when Gail my girlfriend received a phone call out of the blue to tell her that the house she’d been renting for 8 years was to be sold. I don’t propose to go into the details here but suffice to say that this had the potential to turn into a difficult hunt for a suitable rental property in an area where demand is very high, property is in short supply and with some severe financial limitations hindering the options. As luck would have it though the larger two bedroomed cottage next to mine had been vacated a couple of weeks ago and, with some prompt action by me and an accommodating landlord I’ve been able to secure the rental by the skin of my teeth. It’s a great relief and we’re both really looking forward to moving in together and starting afresh. It’s another example of how something that at first appeared unwanted and negative has in fact pushed us into making changes that will make life a bit easier and I’m sure make us both happier.
So over the next few weeks I’ll be moving all my stuff next door and wading through all the paperwork to change address and utilities etc and then once that’s sorted making a start on Gails place. Which leads into the second time suck!
On Wednesday Gail was rushed into hospital for an emergency operation to remove her appendix. She’s recovering well and hopefully will be out of hospital in a few days but her recuperation will take 4-6 weeks during which time she’ll be unable to drive and certainly won’t be able to lift anything! She’ll be staying with her mother for the first few weeks at least and that means a longer drive for me to go visit. It also means that she’s going to need a lot of help to sort out, pack and move her stuff and there’s a lot of it! Let’s just say that a major de-clutter was well overdue!
Added to these two little tasks is the ever more urgent need to increase my income. My business is beginning to grow but I need to do more, particularly now that my day to day expenses are increasing. I’m working hard on two sides of my business at the moment. Website Voodoo is the ‘public’ face of my Company and provides Internet Marketing Services to small and medium businesses with particular emphasis on Keyword/Market Research, Google Places and SEO. My primary lead generation vehicle is Business Networking which is effective but time consuming, as is the work that results from it, but it is my best income generator at the moment and will continue to be so for the next year at least.
Behind the scenes I am also starting to build up my website and domain trading business Webmark Trading. This will be my long term asset builder and income source and it’s the area of online business I most enjoy. It’s absolutely essential that I dedicate enough time to this to keep it moving forward as my aim is to start winding down Website Voodoo in 12-18 months so that I can replace time consuming income generation with this lower demand higher reward business and start moving closer to the 4 Hour Work Week (The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich)
I’ve dreamed about for so long!
As regular readers will have spotted I’ve made a concerted effort to write something on this blog everyday and I will continue to do so. I’ve found that trying to separate different parts of my life onto different blogs simply didn’t work. The Gleda Project is my life and as I’ve said many times before it’s not about building a boat. It’s about creating a better life and it just so happens that for me building Gleda has been the key to making huge changes that have made me happier, healthier and more excited about the future than I’ve ever been.
Because of that I feel that sharing all of my experiences outside of the build is vital to the understanding of who I am and why I’m doing what I’m doing. I truly hope that those that have followed me thus far will agree and to those that are simply interested in building boats I apologise but I will continue to write from my heart and although a lot of it will be of little interest to others I truly hope that some of it might amuse, educate and inspire. Either way I’ll keep it coming.