This morning I was looking at an email I got from Reitman's (a women's clothing store in Canada), advertising their latest sale. The email included images of thin women wearing different outfits. I caught myself saying (mentally) "I wish I could wear clothes like that". Whenever I catch myself saying "I wish ...", I think of my dearly departed grandfather, who always used to say "Wish in one hand and sh*t in the other and see which one fills up faster." My grandfather was a great storyteller and he made me laugh. Of course, he's right, wishing is a fairly useless, self indulgent pass time.
Even knowing that, I wish for a lot of things. Sometimes it's hard to know how to take something from a wish to a reality.
Yesterday I talked about my vision for myself, work wise. NUTKINNB asked whether there was anything I could do to take steps towards my goal, such as freelancing on the side. Given the type of work I want to do (consulting and training on agile product development and project management), it would be very difficult for me to freelance on the side since I need my full time job and most of the consulting work I could get in this area needs to be done during normal working hours. However, there are some things I can do to move towards this goal.
1. I can further my credentials. For about a year now, I've been pursuing an industry certification as a Certified Scrum Trainer. I'm really at the point where I have enough experience and recommendations to submit my application to get the process started. I've been procrastinating on submitting my application because I'm afraid it's not good enough. I probably have about a day's worth of work left to polish it. I'm going to do that and submit my application within a week.
2. I can talk to friends who are consulting for a living and find out how they get contracts. I've made a date with a friend of mine to chat about this.
3. I can apply for other jobs outside my current company to broaden my experience. I tend to be hesitant to do this because I'm worried that other companies won't match my salary/benefits. However, I've decided there's no harm in applying. I've applied to two jobs that I think are a good match for me.
So that's a start.
I also have an idea for a side business that I can do in my spare time. I don't know if the business would go anywhere or make any money, but I do have a product idea in mind. I can get started on producing some of these products and trying to sell them. You never know. And if the stuff doesn't sell, I'll have a bunch of gifts to give away to people.
I need to make June a better month than May was. This should be a start.