We have new digs! I unrolled a brand new look on RachelDrummond.com last Friday, so welcome to the house-warming party!
This brand-spankin’ new version of the site has so many shiny features for you dear readers, including a free PDF on How To Navigate Overwhelm and how my coaching can benefit ambitious ladies who are stuck in self-doubt. Bonus: when you sign up for the PDF Freebie, you’ll get my weekly Monday blog posts delivered right to your inbox because I love you and I know you have lots of things to do with your time, so I want it to make it as easy as possible for us to stay connected.
As technical proficiency goes I’d say I’m a solid medium which is to say that I’ve used the WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) WordPress for years and I follow instructions well. I needed help with some big and essential parts, so I invested in the services of a fellow female entrepreneur who gave me an empty website shell and access to a zillion video tutorials for how to do all these new-fangled shiny internet things like Bloom, GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), and APIs (still no idea what that means) and a whole host of other things that were new for me.
I liken the process of building and moving into a new website to building and moving into a newly-constructed home. The woman I hired gave me a framed and partially-permitted house as promised and I was responsible for doing everything else. I ran the electrical, put up the drywall, mudded the joints, painted the walls, picked out and installed the flooring and windows, painted the walls. Last week, I did lots of tiny refinement and finishing projects, installed doorknobs, locks, and drawer pulls and coordinated the final permitting. On Friday I moved in my stuff and furniture and submitted my change of address form to my domain company instead of USPS. All is said and done and now I live here, yay! And just like moving in real life: I have little to no desire to ever move again. Ever.
The internet has changed a lot in the last 15 years since I started using WordPress, so in order to teach myself how to set this all up, I watched video tutorials, asked my new Facebook community of lady entrepreneurs who were also building their own sites, and followed extensive instructions given to me by the woman I hired. I did this during my free time on evenings and weekends; 15 minutes here, 30 minutes, there, and so forth. The fury that built up because of that productivity throttle inspired me to stay up for hours in the last week to just get it finished. I was growing weary of “almost having it done.”
Growth and learning is one of my top 5 Clifton Strengths, so I’m inclined to take on projects that push me beyond my comfort zone in order to learn new skills and create opportunities to watch my own mental and behavioral patterns.
Here’s what I learned from this experiment: I can be very impatient. Like, yelling-at-the-screen-while-cursing-inanimate-cloud-based-services-and-their-inability-to-“DO-MY-BIDDING-WHY-WON’T-YOU-DO-WHAT-I’M-TELLING-YOU-DO?” impatient. The laboratory for this experiential learning was my home office, also known as my front porch. I was out there so much that my neighbors actually started leaving their house unlocked when they went on short errands because (and I quote): “You’ll be out here, right? We’ll be right back”. I’m happy to help them out because my poor neighbors have all been privy to my external verbal processing – a process which I’ve learned, in tandem with paper lists, really helps me stay on task. Good for me; not so good for them. I bet my neighbors would be thrilled to know that project is finished (for now; like all houses, there will always be something to do) because their evenings and weekends will be more quiet and peaceful. I ought to bake them some cookies with a note saying: “Here are some cookies! Sorry if my exclamations of: “What do you MEAN YOU WON’T AUTHENTICATE? I DID EXACTLY AS YOU SAID, YOU [INSERT COLORFUL LANGUAGE HERE]!” disturbed your right to peace and quiet in the last month.”
I know a lot of the internet is well-documented and I choose to DIY and self-sufficiency before I ask for help. I’m an obedient instructions follower. But when I follow instructions and the thing still doesn’t work, I lose it in a very righteous and satisfying way. I take it as a personal affront that things aren’t working they way they are supposed to. My rage then often spirals to shame because I feel like a non-technical drama queen who can’t do anything herself or who can’t take a challenge without having a toddler-like emotional meltdown.
Each time this happened in this process (which was possibly 200+ or so times), the Wise part of me always says: “Hey, let’s take a break and come back to this with a fresh perspective and I bet we’ll be better at troubleshooting” and the other Egotistic part of me inevitably answers back with: “HELL NO, I’M GOING TO WATCH THIS TUTORIAL AND TRY AGAIN AND IF IT DOESN’T WORK, I’M GOING TO GET MORE FURIOUS AT THIS DUMB AND OUTDATED VIDEO AND SCREAM WHY CAN’T I FIGURE THIS OUT AND WHYYYY IS NO ONE HELPING MEEEEE?!”
Needless to say, I’d say my areas to work on in growth in learning are to be more patient: with myself, with the process, and with making more realistic timelines. I thought this website would take “about a week” to set up”. A month later, here it is to stay!
If you see any typos or you have any feedback about the website, I’m all ears!
I’d love to know if you’ve had the experience of going from cool-headed to hot-headed in your own growth and learning journey. Leave a comment!
And if you’d need some help with your own website, contact me and I’ll be happy to connect you to the woman who helped me with my site. She, her team, and the Facebook community of other entrepreneurs are a dream to work with.
Breathe and believe, beauties!