What I've Been Writing About Lately

What I've Been Writing About Lately

It's April and I've only managed to write four blog posts on my website, and three of them were about Path Of The Freelancer. With the book release a week away, I've been working hard at spreading the word and expanding my digital platform. While my writing here has been light, I've been active writing in other places.

Here's a roundup of what I've been working on.

Book Interview

Freelance Related Content

Non-Freelance Related Content

Book Endorsements: Brilliant, Perceptive, & Comprehensive

Book Endorsements: Brilliant, Perceptive, & Comprehensive

Path Of The Freelancer is just two weeks away from going public. It's been an interesting road writing this book over the past 19 months. As part of promoting the book, I've sent the manuscript out before launching, to request endorsements. The following three book endorsements do a great job of surveying what to expect while reading it. If you are a freelancer or know one, please pre-order a copy :-)
With the right balance of personal experience and solid business advice, Jason has written a comprehensive guide to achieving freelance success. Infused with memorable analogies and infographics, The Path of the Freelancer appeals to a variety of learning types, and remains engaging throughout an impressive amount of content. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is either getting into freelancing, or ready to take their current business to the next level.
-Co-founder, Harpoon (Financial Software For Freelancers)
I've read "Path Of The Freelancer" in its entirety and recommend it to anybody that's looking to start freelancing - in any field - and also to those who already are freelancers. Jason is extremely perceptive and is filled with valuable insight that he regularly pours into others in an effort to help them. This book is his attempt to do that for those that he'd otherwise not be able to help.
-Keith Taylor, Professional Freelance Photographer
As a freelancer, Path of the Freelancer is a must read. It's a brilliant piece of work I glean from and recommend to all my colleagues. It will be my go-to-guide for years to come!
-Allison Miller, Speaker and Author of Desperate for Love
Click here to order Path Of The Freelancer (Print or Kindle) on Amazon.
We've Bought A House & It's Changing Some Things

We've Bought A House & It's Changing Some Things

I mentioned at the end of 2016, we were in the process of preparing to buy our first home, but we hit unexpected roadblocks. Since then, we've resolved those roadblocks and have now purchased our first home! We close March 27th and will be moving in the week to follow.

As part of the process of buying a house, we went through a lot of soul searching to discover what we wanted our life to look like. Where did we want to live? Where did we want do go to church? Where did we want to build a long-term community? How did we want to raise our children? And, what was the type of home we wanted?

Read More About Our Move To Sugar Hill & Changing Churches

Publish Date & Amazon Page Set For Path Of The Freelancer

Publish Date & Amazon Page Set For Path Of The Freelancer

It's been almost eighteen months since I started the journey of writing Path Of The Freelancer. I've recently hit a new milestone. The book now has a publish date, April 26 2017, and is available on Amazon for preorder. The Kindle edition will be loaded up soon, and if you buy the physcial copy of the book, you'll get access to the Kindle edition at no additional cost.

Click here to visit the Amazon preorder page.

Path Of The Freelancer Website

If you have not been following along the Path Of The Freelancer blog, there's been numerous guest blogs by other freelancers as well as blog posts by me published on other websites. You can get a breakdown of all this activity at the January content round-up page.

Path Of The Freelancer Website Launch

Path Of The Freelancer Website Launch Update

This week, my third physical proof of Path Of The Freelancer will arrive. My goal is to identify and fix any remaining issues with the book and make it available for presale on Amazon. While I've started marketing the newly launched website, I'll kick up my external marketing and promotion efforts by focusing on driving people to pre-order the book when it's ready.

Read About Path Of The Freelancer's Website Launch

2016: Another Year In The Books

2016: Another Year In The Books

What began in 2014 and continued in 2015, has now become an annual tradition. This reflection point yearly blog post is my last write-up for 2016.

2016 has been a jam packed and accomplished year for my family and me. In February, we had Elihu Axel Montoya, our fourth child. In the spring, we began the process of buying a house, and I also published IDEMA. This fall, I've launched The Island Story and just recently finished writing Path Of The Freelancer, my first book. All of this was on top of excelling in my best financial year ever, as a freelancer.

It is by God's grace, the support of my love wife and family, and the encouragement of my community that has empowered me to succeed. Looking out on the horizon, there are also new and exciting changes coming ahead. Looking back, I am excited about the progress we've made and looking out on the horizon; there are new and exciting changes ahead. Let's dive in.

About My Year 2016

What Is The Island Story?

What Is The Island Story?

The Island Story played an important role in the Noodlehead Marketing journey, as well as my own personal growth. Unfortunately, the story went into hibernation when Noodlehead shut down. With some help, I've now completed a written version of the story. If you've heard it, it's changed, and it now contains a new ending. If you're curious, you can read it at the link below.

An Update On The Island Story & Path Of The Freelancer

An Update On The Island Story & Path Of The Freelancer

Earlier this year, we launched IDEMA, a framework for capturing and sustaining ideas. At the conclusion of Noodlehead Marketing, we determined IDEMA as one of the two valuable ideas worth preserving and sharing with others.

The Island Story

The second valuable takeaway was The Island Story. It was a story that helped us personally grow as well as help us to elevate our level of excellence and significance with clients. It led us down an unexpected and powerful journey to help others discover intentionality. While we shut down the company in 2014, two important but unfinished tasks were to publish IDEMA and The Island Story for all. Due to the personal breakdown, I experienced during the conclusion of the company, we had to move on with our lives and vocation without sharing these ideas. They went dormant.

After arriving at a consistent level of success with freelancing, I initiated the process to package and share these ideas so others could use, share and teach them. My goal was to launch IDEMA march of this year, which we did, and to publish the Island Story October of this year. Well, it's October and with the help of some friends and family, we've completed the short version of the story. We're currently wrapping up the worksheet and story framework where others can leverage the framework of the story for their own novels, books, movies, tv, and short stories. Slightly delayed, expect the project to be completed and published by mid-November. Click here to like The Island Story on Facebook and stay up to date.

Path Of The Freelancer

Over the past year, I've been working on my first book, Path Of The Freelancer. My goal for this month was also to complete the book manuscript. While the book is mostly complete, I've identified several weak points that need shoring up. As part of the process to finish it, I'll be working on the online course, audiobook and website.

My goal is to have the book, website, course and marketing materials finished by year's end. I'm also in the process of determining whether I'll pursue traditional publishing or self-publishing channels. I'm leaning towards self-publishing this book. What you see above is the current iteration of the book's cover (Feel free to provide any insight on how to make it better). If you'd like to receive resources on freelancing and stay up to date with the project, please like the book on Facebook. 

Feeling Overwhelmed? How Getting Focused Helped Me Get Grounded

Feeling Overwhelmed? How Getting Focused Helped Me Get Grounded

By Mid-October of 2016, I will log the same amount of hours I logged for all of 2015. Simply put, I'm on track for a 20% growth in the number of billable hours this year. With our goal of buying a house in the near future, this has been a welcome increase.

This also means I'm currently cruising at slightly above my maximum capacity. At the end of last month, I hit a wall and was burnt out. In fact, I had to delay working with one new client and say no to another prospect who wanted to work with me.

Since there is more work to be done than I have time to do, I had to setup a simple way for me to finish my week while also leaving behind any feeling of being overwhelmed when I entered the weekend. I also wanted to make sure my clients were taken care of and, while much of the work I'm involved in does not have hard deadlines, I wanted to move tasks forward.

Feeling Overwhelmed? Click To Read More...

Your Path To Effectiveness In Leadership, Life, And Legacy

Your Path To Effectiveness In Leadership, Life, And Legacy

I've completed my first book commentary and am zooming onto the next one. This process has helped me discover a new and better way to read books which includes reading it with someone else and sharing a simple commentary online. This time around, I'll be reading with my dad which will be a new and meaningful experience.

I'm also shifting topical gears with the next book, The Map - Your Path To Effectiveness In Leadership, Life, And Legacy by Keith Eigel & Karl Kuhnert.

Here is the book summary.

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My Commentary On Why The Universe Is The Way It Is

Why The Universe Is The Way It Is: My Commentary

This is my first book commentary on the blog.

Several months back I was gifted a copy of Why The Universe Is The Way It Is (Affiliate Link) by Hugh Ross from his organization Reasons To Believe. I recruited a friend to join me on my journey of reading it, and as I progressed through the book, I shared my commentary for each chapter on Facebook.

Now, I've concluded the book and have embedded all the posts I made here in one blog page for easy reading and sharing. Feel free to jump in and comment on any of the sections below, which are ordered by chapter.

Read My Commentary On Why The Universe Is The Way It Is