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Day 36/100: Welcome to my Playground

Hello! Welcome to the ~official~ launch of The Bald Winner, my new blog. I’m really excited and have some big ideas planned and can’t WAIT to get this thing on its feet.

First off, I want to start with the explanation of why I’m starting this blog. In short, I want to yell into the void that is the World Wide Web. I have a lot of ideas, some of them good but most of them questionable, but I do have a story that I hope others can identify with.

Additionally, as someone who is trying to pursue a digital marketing career I need to know the ins and the outs of the business; blogging allows me to apply what I’m learning in a fun and creative way that ultimately benefits me.

If you don’t already know, I have another personal website that I use for more professional purposes, and for a long time I was going back and forth about whether to create a new site or simply merge all of my interests into one. However, after a lot of soul searching, Googling, and trial and error, I ultimately decided that my professional image needed to be separate from my more fun side. I wanted to have my own corner of the digital world that wasn’t so formal which would serve as a home to my daily writing habit (which often doesn’t fall in line with what I’m trying to do professionally).

So here it is, my playground of sorts. This is my place for creative freedom, somewhere to mess around in, get dirty, and learn from the experience. Welcome, welcome, welcome.

So where is this all heading?

If I’m being totally honest with myself, I want to build a platform that takes on the world. When I look at my life and my visions for the future, I have really big plans, including but not limited to:

– My own digital communications agency in the next 7-10 years

– Multiple books across many different genres

– A non-profit yoga studio that focuses on the needs of LGBTQ individuals

These things don’t come easy, I know, but I’ve always been a long term thinker and I am fully aware that an online presence and personality is going to be extraordinarily helpful in achieving all of these. If I can begin building an online community around my passions now while doing something that I’m already doing every day, my work will only get easier and easier. As one blogger I follow said on a recent Instagram post of mine, “work hard, play harder later.”

My dreams are big, but my goals break them down into smaller chunks that can actually turn them into a reality.

It all comes down to planning.

If you know me at all, you know that I really truly have a problem and cannot be trusted to enter bookstores, Staples, Office Max, Target, or Paper Source by myself. I’m not kidding when I say I can literally spend hours looking at notebooks and planners because I’m obsessed with learning how other people manage all of their adulting responsibilities. I get a rush out of buying packages of colored pens or cute little paper clips, stickers, and washi tape. I know it’s a fucking white girl problem but I cannot stop it.  

There are a couple of things that I can’t live without: My Leuchtturm 1917 Green Dotted Notebook, my trusty Ohh Deer Daily Journal, and Google Calendar. If I didn’t have these items, I wouldn’t know how to function, let alone what day it was or what I had to do. You’d find me wandering around the streets of Boulder, dazed and confused, looking for my purpose in life.

Out of all of these though, my Leuchtturm is undoubtedly the one that I hold most dear. It serves many purposes: a journal, a mind map, a place to practice hand lettering, an attempt at bullet journaling, and a vault of wisdom that I receive from other people. I think of this notebook as my brain’s babysitter, taking my thoughts away to the park to play while their mother enjoys some god damn respite from their constant neediness. Maybe my brain takes a bath while I’m writing, enjoying a glass of red wine. Or maybe she’s taking a nap. Who knows or cares what she’s doing just let her live her best life. 

This dumping ground has a lot in it, but what’s most important is my goals for the next week.

I have a lot to do despite the fact that I’m currently unemployed. Luckily though it’s mostly exciting work that’s teaching me a ton about digital marketing, writing, and life in general. But my internships were getting in the way of my personal projects, so last night before going to bed, I pulled out my trusty thought-babysitter and got to work laying out my goals for this new blog.

Here are my results:

– I will be writing at www.thebaldwinner.com (almost) every single day. It’s going to be about a lot of different shit because writing each day is really hard, but eventually a sort of coherence will come out. I’ll mostly be writing about my experiences as an emerging professional, an American moving to Amsterdam, and a burgeoning yoga practitioner.

– Pinterest is also going to be a huge new effort on my part, particularly in relation to this new website.

– My Instagram will become more cohesive over time.

– If you’re interested in marketing, I’ll be writing more about that on my other website at least once per week.

Overall, I think I’m off to a start. I’m not sure if it’s good or bad yet, but I think I know where I need to go and how to get there to start moving in the right direction. It’s not much, but it’s definitely better than where I was yesterday morning.

So come along for the journey into my mind and let’s see what we can discover together. There’s a lot going on up there, but I promise to keep things pretty interesting around here.

Until tomorrow,

Grace

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