So I've been sitting on this post for a while and now feels like the right time to get into it. You might remember my post from a couple years ago where I announced that I was starting the online nail tech program through The Academy of Nail Design (which is based in Canada). I did start and it was awesome, but then like with all things (my blog name isn't just a joke) my procrastination kicked in and before I knew it two years had gone by and I hadn't done anything more. TWO YEARS!
Since I first made that post I've been getting steady emails about it. "How did you like the program?" "Did you ever finish?" "Do you think it would be a good fit for me?" And generally my response was the same: I liked what I did of it, I haven't had time recently, let me know how it goes for you! And honestly, I got tired of not being able to say more about it.
There is obviously interest in the program and in my opinions about it, and I still stand behind the original reasons I gave for enrolling online instead of doing an in-person program: it's convenient for me, the price is right, and it will help me build on the skills I already have. So I had to ask myself "Why the hell aren't I still doing it?!" And to be honest I had no real reasons not to! Which means it's time to light a fire under my butt and get back in gear! No more excuses!
The first step was emailing TAOND to check on my profile as they have changed the program they use to administer the class a few times since 2014. All it took was a quick email though and they set me right up! (Literally, I sent the email and 2 minutes later it was done!) So I can say with full faith their customer support is still awesome.
Next up was deciding on an action plan. Goals are more achievable with plans, right? So this is my 5 Point Plan (or 5PP):
1) I will dedicate one full day every month to work on my course work. It's okay if I take more time, but I am committing to doing at least one full 8 hour day per month.
2) If I start to get stressed or if I fall behind on one of my goals I will connect with one of my friends (either irl or in the blogging world) to talk about it and get back in gear.
3) After I have finished the first few technical modules (one of which I have already done but will be re-doing to get back into the mindset) I will consider upgrading from the "Just for Fun" program to the full Certification program.
4) I will complete one blog post minimum after/during each module of the program.
5) I will check in around each of these goals at the end of every blog post to keep myself accountable.
Sounds like it's all doable, right? :) But I know myself and know it won't be easy to stay committed to it, so it would also help me if you guys wanted to check in with me from time to time to see what I'm doing and to remind me that you are here with me. I would really really appreciate it.
So that's where we're at! I'm going to dedicate this coming Sunday as my first full day working on this so I hope to have more to tell you next week. :)
Thanks for sticking with me, and I hope you were able to make it through this text-heavy post! My thoughts are sorted and my plan is made so now let's work on gettin' 'er done! Haha.