I cannot believe February has come and gone already - I guess those few extra days in the other months make a huge different. If you weren't aware, I am starting monthly reviews where I talk about my life and use photos of my phone to give you better insight into my "real life". I also like looking at old photos become sometimes memories are too quickly lost I continually follow and care about people when I get to know them so I want you to get to know me! My January review can be found here.
After 2 months of "unemployment" (I have been working my tail off with other things) I am ready to get back to work. I absolutely love my job and my career and I miss it, which is a wonderful thing. Unfortunately all the boards of pharmacies are switching from paper to electronic applications. I submitted an application to obtain authorization to take the law exam (you have to take the pharmacy law exam in every state you have a license) and I haven't heard back yet. Since I haven't taken my law exam, I cannot submit a complete application. And as they are switching to a new system in April, any application not 100% proceeded by I think March 31st will be "throw out" and I will have to submit another application and pay another ~$400. I contacted the Montana board and they are currently 2 weeks behind on applications. So in order to not be out ~$400 it's best I just wait until April to apply when the new system is up and running. I am hoping to at least pass the law exam here soon and be able to apply for jobs - I hope they will understand that I can't get licensed quite yet and work with me. As much as I love blogging, my "real" job pays the bills so I am excited to get back to it!
This has been a huge struggle for me this month. I wrote a post about it here but I have decided that I need to surround myself with better people if I want to continue to grow and become better. Two things have been happening. First I have been distancing myself from people who "bring me down" or people who don't try to be in my life. I have a lot of friends spread out throughout the US. I spent a lot of my vacations last year visiting them only to realize I valued our friendship more. So I've stopped spending my time reaching out if they aren't going to put in the work also. Long distance friendships are hard and taking care of myself is most important. I've also decided a few of my good friends weren't again adding to my success. Some were negative people, some continue to make bad choices. Whatever the reason, I looked at myself and what I wanted, and realized they don't fit into it. It's a hard thing to do when you love someone but they aren't making you a better person. Secondly whenever I am feeling lost or trying to rebuild myself I tend to distance myself. This month I was approached for quite a few blog collaborations and it almost became a burden. So I withdrew and spent some time doing things that I wanted. I need to be better about making a list/plan and following through with it. When we get in big groups, I sometimes suggest something we end up not doing and I usually wish after I would have just done where ever on my own. Anyways I've been evaluating the people I surround myself with this month and struggling to find a more inspiring, positive tribe.
I have been all of the place this month. First, I've become a little sick of the winter weather, being home when everyone else is at work - I think I might have some cabin fever. I try to work on myself, eating better and exercising, but some days it slips past me. It's easier to get in a routine so I need to start one. I've felt kind of "blah" but a lot of people I talk to feel the same way. One of the best things to come out of this; however, was me finding out what makes me happy. I love being outdoors, love photography, hiking, I am obsessed with fly-fishing and I haven't even gone yet... But deep down in my bones, more than anything, I think I really am ready to set down some roots. I would like to buy a house and remodel it, make it my own, and blog friendly - haha! I would like to get chickens and grow a garden, be part of a community. I love traveling, don't get me wrong, and I want to make sure I take full advantage of my time off because let's be honest, when do you ever has months of "vacation"? but I also miss having my own space and something to work towards. It's great knowing what I want and what makes me happy, because I honestly didn't know before, so now I need to spend time working towards that.
Unfortunately my blog has been a hardship lately, well not a hardship, but it's felt like such an obligation. This month I have completed 5 blog collaborations and still have 5 in the works. I love doing it but it's a lot of work and it's not entirely profitable. I really need to sit down and look at things I can do to increase profits based on the time I spend. I also need to make sure my collaborations match my brand/life because as I said I want my blog to be an extension of my life, not me going out of my way to take photos and post. I really would love to do more collaborations with outdoor companies and brands. As I think about it, I think one of the things I miss about blogging, and maybe I just need to reach out, was the opportunities and events. I did a lot of product sponsorship in Reno but I also went to a lot of events, got a free spa day at The Atlantis and The Peppermill - I was involved in a lot local business activity and I miss that. That being said I posted 11 times this month, one more post the January, and I had some amazing collaborations! People have been finding me more, my blog traffic and profits increasing, my photography improving - oh and I forgot to mention, one of my photos is going to be on the cover of Bozeman Magazine!