HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018!

January 1st.

The time where many rest and recuperate from the holiday season, but for me, it’s the time of the year where I’m putting inΒ work. Between my ambitious year-end wrap-ups (2700 words and counting…); the lists I prepare for the year ahead, and the work I put together for my Tales from the 2.9 Black History Month series, it’s not where you see me at my most relaxed,Β even with Christmas out of the way. Add a trip to Dad 2.018 and a couple of parenting keynotes in a month’s time, and I think there’ll beΒ plenty to keep me occupied in the “slow season”.

The Life and Times of Casey Palmer β€” HAPPY NEW YEAR β€” Why 2018 Will Be My Most CHALLENGING Year YET. β€” Typeset Lettering
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In some ways, I did it to myself. Whenever I explain how busy my life is to others, they’re often quick to point out it’s a problem of my creation, putting so much of myself and my time into a blog whose reins I’ve held ever firmly for the past seven years.

But that doesn’t mean I ever intended to do itΒ alone. Even from day one, I sought collaborators out among my family and friends, thinking that things would be simpler if we pooled our resources instead ofΒ everyone trying to be top dog and stepping on each other’s toes as our brands grew. I kept trying to make partnerships happen forΒ years, but it never came together.

Some of it was me and the ever-increasing demands in my life keeping me from developing yetΒ another project. Or those who didn’t share my vision or stood convinced they were better off alone when the market was rife withΒ opportunities.Β Whatever the reasons, the fact is that I have a mountain of work before meΒ today, and as far as I can see right now, I’m the only one who can get it allΒ done.

But I’m far fromΒ hopeless. Far from believing I’m the best suited to manage everything on my plate right now, but right now I’m all I’veΒ got. I’ve got blogs to write, contracts to sign, reports to compile and a brand to developβ€”what was once just a hobby is now enough to keep aΒ team busy… and you know, maybe itΒ should.

Papier β€” An Old School Blogger’s Battle with Perfectionism

It’s the same thing every timeβ€”sit down, pull out my stack of paper and rifle through it ’til I find something good to write about. Sometimes I come up short. Sometimes I find a gem. I never quite know what I’ll find, but the one thing I know’s that I’ll always wander back to my palace of paper with hundreds of half-formed thoughts waiting to spring to life!

A Slave to My Machinations β€” What it Takes to Put Out a Post

I’ll probably never escape my process.

Papier β€” An Old School Blogger's Battle with Perfectionism β€” Desk Setup Busy Working
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The most significant problem of this empire of paperΒ  I’ve built for myself is that it takesΒ so long to transform ideas into posts that at times it feels like I’m not making progress atΒ all.

The Life and Times of Casey Palmer β€” Remember, Remember, The Fifth of November!

November 5th, Guy Fawkes Night. While I’m no political activist trying to fight a system that’s holding me down, there’s still plenty I’m fighting againstΒ daily. A blogosphere filled with people who just don’tΒ try, satisfied doing the bare minimum for their content, not aspiring to grow any greater than their current stations. A world that still sees most Dads as bumbling idiots, whenΒ really, they’re likely theΒ most involved they’ve been at any point in history! It’s a constant hustle to change the narrative around me, and this reality inspired the post you’re reading now β€” the one where I stare the world down and let it down that we gon’ be alright, even when they want to see us fail.

But let me start from the top.

The Life and Times of Casey Palmer β€” Remember, Remember, The Fifth of November β€” Casey Palmer Expressing How He Feels About Those Faking the Funk
This is the face I make when I think about the people who are trying to make it and utterly unwilling to do the work required to meet their goals.