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Hi, reader!

I want you to know that I value you.

I want you to know that I appreciate you.

I also want to be open and honest with some REAL TALK.

I’ve been feeling lost for the past several weeks, specifically in regards to this website and the business that I’m building.

I feel like many of the current business gurus (think “social media influencers”) that you find on Facebook or Instagram are pushing ideas that technically work, but they’re borderline-manipulative. I don’t have time for that sh*t. Okay, maybe I have the time, but manipulation and various tricks are not how I want to grow my audience.

The sudden loss of direction caused me to ponder several questions: What do I want to achieve? Who is my intended audience? How do I define success? Where can I add value? How can I add value? What do I still need to learn?

Last week I didn’t know what to share, and that’s one reason why I didn’t post at all. I was also mentally and emotionally exhausted from substitute teaching all week.

As I was driving yesterday morning, I was thinking about how one of the reasons I started this blog is to be honest and open about my life and experiences, so that if others are having relatable struggles, they know they’re not alone. So here’s the raw truth: I’ve temporarily lost my vision and have allowed myself to get in my own way, which has slowed productivity and put a damper on my joy.

This is not a new phenomenon in my life, and it’s something that I’ve drastically improved upon (I don’t overthink as much as I used to), but it’s still a struggle.

The beautiful thing is that when you keep asking the questions and searching for the answers to whatever problem you’re facing, you can slowly rebuild whatever was broken and find new direction.

On Friday, I was reading a book called Don’t Settle, by my friend Molly King. She was speaking on the importance of finding a company whose culture speaks to you. Reading about this helped me form a four-step plan to find a job that will not drain my energy and will support me while The Wandering Swami grows. I was searching for answers by reading a book.

Yesterday, I had a conversation with a friend of mine about direction, figuring out what’s next, and how to know which steps to take in order to move forward. Our quick chat helped me remember that I have skills to offer, that I have creativity on my side, and that I want to share my skills and creativity with anyone who wants or needs them. Having my friend ask me questions gave me more to think about and brought me closer to having answers for my struggles.

You see, all I want is to see YOU succeed, no matter what your success looks like. I want you to feel like you’re thriving in life. I want you to be where you want to be, and for you to be happy about it. And that conversation reminded me of my purpose and passion. Because I want those things for me, too.

So, even though I’m not completely on top of my game right now, I am grateful that I’ve learned how to recognize opportunities for growth, and that seizing those opportunities will help propel me forward, even when fear or confusion or angst is trying to hold me back. And I will keep trudging forward, working a little bit every day to improve myself, this website, and the value I add to this world.

Thank you for being patient with me and for joining me on this journey! I look forward to bringing you more content soon.

With Love,

Karlin

Click here to learn more about Molly King's book, Don't Settle: Start Living a Life You Love. I recommend reading it, even if you feel like you're already living a life you love and/or know how to not settle for less than you deserve.

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