December 18, 2014

Secret Confessions and Happy New Year Wishes

happy new year 2014Here’s to wishing all of our subscribers and readers a very Merry Christmas (or a belated Happy Hanukkah) and a Happy New Year in 2014. This year has brought countless blessings to All Media Freelance, LLC (AMF). We’ve assembled a fantastic team of experts, achieved and exceeded our goals, made new friends, and enjoyed the exhilaration of a thousand tiny victories. On a personal level, my family has grown even more close-knit than ever before. I wouldn’t have thought it possible, but it happened.

Confessions of a Homeschooling CEO

Wham! It hit me right in the chest – like a .9 mm hollow-point slamming into a bulletproof vest – the burning compulsion to homeschool my daughter in 2013. Unlike in most movie depictions of bulletproof vests stopping deadly projectiles, the impact almost always knocks the wearer over, often leaving some considerable bruising and other injuries. That’s the best way I can describe my sudden notion about taking on this challenge. It certainly wasn’t a subtle, gradual onset.

I didn’t just want. I didn’t just desire. I needed to homeschool my girl. I’m not sure where it came from, but it was something I could not, would not turn away from.

It took me a while to convince the Dragonslayer that I could handle properly teaching my daughter while also running a demanding and growing content marketing business, but somehow I did it. I told him Penelope Trunk does it and, while she admits that her career took a small hit at first, she’s now going stronger than ever. He quickly reminded me that Penelope and her farmer could likely handle any financial ass kicking the adjustment period visited on their lifestyle, but that we could not. I continued to bring up Penelope and read her relevant blog posts aloud to him. He was not moved.

Finally, I stopped all of that and just appealed to him from the bottom of my heart to let me try it. I assured him that I could handle it and agreed to make other arrangements for her education if AMF suffered, even a little bit. I presented the picture of confidence and certainty in my ability to not only give my daughter a stellar education, but also my ability to do so while effectively running and growing my agency. And, with reservations, he agreed to support me in my dream.

Just between you and me: While I certainly did know, without a doubt, that I could do either one of those brilliantly at separate times, I had a quiet worry that I might not be able to pull them off simultaneously with the requisite level of excellence.

I took her out of private school, registered her with Seton Homeschool and purchased all the materials. No turning back now. Now I had to figure out how I was going to handle performing two largely unrelated, but very important jobs at once. As I brainstormed and came up with a schedule and a plan, my confidence grew.

Rather than cause any setbacks for AMF and our team, the arrangement helped me create new and innovative ways to manage my time. One of the primary tools I used to put these new time management concepts in action is mind mapping software. Unbelievably, AMF grew rapidly in both scope and breadth because of the unique way I began thinking about time and handling our regular and new projects. I’ll share more details about what I’m doing to get all of this done in a post after we ring in the New Year.

We gained more new clients during these initial months when I began my dual endeavors than in the entire two and a half years before. The growth caused me to actively build a team I can trust and depend upon, when needed. I’ve learned much about delegating and not taking everything on myself. The new system I developed helps me avoid entrepreneur-overwhelm, so I can see what projects and tasks need priority and why. And while I’d like to take all the credit, I owe any successes and victories to the One for whom the church bells will soon ring.

And what of my daughter’s education? We did a great job together with her learning and intellectual growth. She made straight As her first semester and is doing just as well as we begin the new session. The experience enriches us both and continues to bring joy and new knowledge to us every day. This dual arrangement has given me peace of mind in every area of my life. I know that 2014 holds even more growth and adventure for AMF and our team. And every day with my daughter, learning by my side, gives our family a priceless gift that words cannot adequately describe.

If I can pull this off, you can pull off any of your bigger-than-life ideas and goals, for sure! I wanted to share my favorite Christmas song with you…

Again, I wish everyone a Happy New Year. Make 2014 the best ever!

About Samantha Gluck

Not only am I the chief editor of this multi-author online magazine, I'm a content creator and social media marketing strategist with a background in journalism, finance, & healthcare. I began my content marketing agency, All Media Freelance, LLC, in 2010 and lead a well-rounded, talented team of multi-channel content strategists and niche writers. I've developed and managed print and digital content projects for health care, fitness, financial services, mental health, non-profit, and automotive publishers, as well as for biotechnology brands.

Comments

  1. Hello Samantha!
    I’ve been meaning to circle back and meaningfully comment here for several weeks.

    I LOVE this heartfelt and richly worded message! Your acting upon your ‘sudden notion’ and need to take on this enormous but IMPORTANT challenge is uplifting!

    Your successional approach to influencing your husband to buy into your desire was insightful – I love how you began with a logical approach of sharing Penelope’s initiatives and followed with an appeal from the bottom of your heart. I think many of us in your reading audience can relate to that moment when we realize that convincing our significant others regarding big decisions ultimately must come from the deep well of our heart.

    Moreover, how you described the process that you underwent to execute on your idea, and how AMF not only grew, but rapidly grew, and how this life transformation spurred you to act in new and innovative ways was enlightening!

    Finally, your daughter’s straight As punctuate the entire endeavor. Wonderful!

    Samantha, you are an inspiration! Your enthusiasm and hard working initiative are contagious!

    Keep on keeping on, my friend! I value your friendship and collegialism and look forward to further content sharings and live exchanges in 2014 (and beyond!).

    Jacqui
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    • Hi Jacqui! Wow, what a wonderful commentary on my “secret confessions” post. You pinpointed precisely the message I tried to convey regarding taking on enormous, but important challenges that we feel pulled toward. I think it’s also critical to have the full and genuine support of one’s spouse when embarking on a challenge of this magnitude. Without it, it would be much more difficult to pull off. Since I know he supports my efforts, I can bounce ideas off of him and ask for advice when I get to a roadblock without fear of hearing some sort of negative grumbling.

      I’m going to write a post in the future outlining how I organized it all. It was really very simple…so simply you won’t believe it.

      Thank you for your kind and treasured words, Jacqui. I value your friendship and conversations more than I can say. And yes, from 2014 and beyond!

      Samantha

  2. I eagerly await your future post outlining how you organized it all. Thank you for your openness and for providing so much value, Samantha!
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  3. Hi Sam, I just found this post after you tweeted it and I’m so glad I did. I loved reading how you appealed to your husband with logic and practicality and then, finally, with heartfelt emotion! It’s very inspiring to read this and use it as inspiration for tackling big goals we might think we don’t have time for. I’ve got several I want to do this year. I can’t wait for your post on how you managed it all. Thanks, doll!
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    • Hi Charlotte, darling!

      Thank you so much for stopping by and for your wonderful commentary on my “secret confessions”. I’ll be posting the tools and tactics I use to manage the ongoing flow of these endeavors in a post sometime next week. I rarely talk about my personal life when writing for my content and freelance writer audience. I’m typically obsessively private about the details of such. So, this is a challenge for me because the stories around my home office/school room are intricately interwoven with the deeply personal. I’ll get it out, though, thanks to encouragement from friends like you, dollface! XO

  4. Hi Samantha,
    You took a brave decision you couldn’t step away from and that’s what moms often have to do. Small things or big decisions. If there’s love, it can be done. I am also a firm believer in trying to go beyond what at first seems to be impossible. I thought I’d never be able to take urgent and difficult translations while my daughter would be home with me but I did my best. I’m so glad she was home until she was 3. Kids are a PERFECT source of motivation. Ain’t a secret no more… :)

    • Hi Magda,

      Great to see you and thank you for your kind words. You’re right. It’s just something moms have to do….we have to take giant, scary steps sometimes. After going through the fear and moving into just doing it, I am better equipped to help others through my business as well as help my family.

      BOOM! Kids ARE a perfect and wonderful source of motivation.

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