Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Cloudy and muggy
I needed this break. Except for voting for the National Marine Life Center on Saturday, I was offline nearly all weekend. I read a lot — nothing I was supposed to, but many things I wanted to. I wrote a little, playing with some new ideas, not because I had to, but because I wanted to — since I was up on all my deadlines, I’d earned that right. I pushed hard in the weeks leading up to the break, rather than procrastinating. Got to visit with friends and hang out and have a real break.
I worked in the garden a bit. I mowed on Sunday, the terraced back, and for some reason, was ready to pass out by the end of it. Don’t know what that was about. I’ve got to do the front today — we’ve got more company coming in tomorrow. Bought pinwheels for the beds, to scare away the birds.
Saturday was gorgeous. We went to Eastham, to take a tour of the Captain Penniman house. Several years ago, I bought a copy of Augusta’s journals — now I saw her house! She went on several voyages with her husband. They were a lively, interesting family. It got an idea tickling at the back of my head, a way to mix several ideas I’ve played with for several years, but not been able to make work. Needs percolation time, but could be a lot of fun.
Thought about how I’m going to change my business model, where I will and won’t work moving forward. Fewer classes at higher prices is part of it. Offering a class only once a year or once every few years to particular organizations is another. And focus on the places that make a financial commitment to me regardless of student flakiness and who actually earn administration fees by vetting the applicants. If I say, “Intermediate and above”, they should be screening the samples and not even forwarding me the ones that are a mess, especially if they’re keeping 50% of the class fee.
So yes, it’s time I give myself a raise.
It means filling in with different types of work for awhile, but that’s okay. I’m ready for fresh challenges.
The Cape had a hugely successful Memorial Day weekend — sold out hotels and packed shops and restaurants –it’s up to me to tap into that market.
I’m off to meditation now, and then I hit the ground running. I’ve got a very busy week ahead, culminating in the one day online Setting Up Your Submission Systems seminar on Saturday. If you haven’t signed up, you better do so here. Best price you’ll get, and the only time it’s being offered this year!