Elihu Axel Montoya
Elihu Axel Montoya
As a freelancer, there are times when we need to generate income immediately. In red alert mode, we need to move quickly to get paying gigs. Ideally, we discover what to do in red alert mode before it happens, but for those of you who are in this zone now, here are ten actions to help you move forward and suppress the panic.
I've noticed an intrinsic human pattern of four fundamental desires in each of us.
The first is our desire to survive. It's quite simple, we don't want to die. In America, we're definitely insulated from what it truly means to survive, so survival for us is being healthy enough to work so we can generate enough income to pay our bills.
Growing up, I was taught to take a day of the week to rest, release and worship God. For Christians, we call this the Sabbath day. It's so important, it was given as one of the ten commandments to Moses.
"Remember The Sabbath, and Keep It Holy"
Last night, we visited my great grandmother Maude Plunkett after my wife was compelled to go. All 5 of us loaded into the van, and we spent an hour holding her hand and standing beside her.
A few hours later, she died.
We were blessed with the opportunity to see her one last time, in this natural life. We now anticipate the moment when we too will join her in the presence of the almighty.
In the photo above, Maude is seen with our daughter Madison. There is a one hundred and three year difference in age.
While she had an impact on many, she left a powerful legacy in our lives.
Within a year of us moving to Atlanta, Great Grandma turned 100. This celebration is captured in the photo below.
Moving across the country, Cait and I felt as if we were on our own in the first several years in Atlanta. Judy & Great Grandma's house was a sanctuary for me. It was a safe place I could go to escape the difficulties of life and not feel the need to perform or be anything.
I could just be me.
Great grandma would have been 110 on this upcoming February 16th. Interesting enough, her 110th birthday is the due date of our fourth child, Elihu. While grandma endured much suffering in her final moments of life, it is the words of Elihu, from the Bible, that illuminates her inspiring example of enduring this suffering. Elihu had this to say the following about the matter.
"We are [righteous] with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are." - Paul the Apostle.
Through her relationship with Jesus Christ, my great grandmother Maude Plunkett was found righteous before God and now lives in harmony with Him in heaven.
For this reason, we celebrate her passing and new life!
Here's a simple mindset that helps me help my clients.
As I mentioned in my blog about 2015, our full water tower has empowered us to save money. As a freelancer, I don't have the luxury of a company and HR department taking care of this for us. So, we've got to learn and appreciate the intrinsic wisdom and make a decision to act on our own accord. For us, we've established short term, medium term and long term reservoirs (accounts) to channel our watertower overflow funds into.
While fruitful, maintaining a blog is hard work and can be time consuming. To make it easier, I've begun testing the idea of doing "quickbits" which are short direct and helpful blog posts. This idea helps us quickly create content for our blogs.
LinkedIn is a robust resource and for this reason, it can be overwhelming to know how to use it effectively. Here are three simple actions I take with LinkedIn that have been fruitful for me and others.
5-10 minutes per day doing this three simple tasks helps us connect with people we know, and it keeps us on the top of their mind should they need our services down the road. If you're not doing this, ask yourself why.
The business owner I'm looking for is struggling to communicate with their team and customers. Overwhelmed and frustrated at their team's lack of progress, they're discouraged. Their team is not getting their vision and it shows in their poor execution, upset customers, and/or frustrated team members.
They need a relatable individual who can quickly come into their world, sort through the chaos and get ideas and projects moving forward. They want someone who understands them, meets them where they are and teaches them a better way. By the way, they don’t have the time to properly hand-off and communicate what they need.
Simply put, their drowning in chaos and want help out of their current pain. They desire an ecosystem of thriving and togetherness.
I'm looking for this business owner, because I can help.
When you find them, please connect us.