If ever there was a year to learn from, it was 2013 for me. This year has literally kicked my ass in more ways than I can count. Some I will learn from and try to never remember and others I will build upon on and move forward with grace.
Today, I will highlight my most life and business changing moments of this year so I can clean the slate and start anew. I hope you learn a little from this so we can both start a new journey and shine bright in 2014.
Now, let’s start with the “Ugh! Not Again!” moment shall we…
Always Have a Backup Plan
Ugh! You cannot believe how many times I said I was going to do something important business wise and got sidetracked by something family oriented. Then, next thing I know a week had passed and all hell broke loose. Literally! This year alone I have successfully failed at protecting myself from online evil doers. The first time my pc got infected I didn’t have protection because I “forgot” to pay my subscription for the software. It took me about 3 days to remove the crap on my pc losing valuable work time. The second time I got infected I “was” protected. So not sure how that happened. The third time was a really hard one because it was my website. I lost everything. Even the backup of my backups got infected and corrupted. I had to restart from scratch. And the kicker was just this past week – right before Christmas Eve my pc went bizzerk. My wifi adapter mysteriously got disconnected and then little by little more problems started to arise. So then I made sure I had a backup of all my important files – especially my kids’ baby pictures (priceless). And then the whole erase-your-entire-computer-scared-out-of-my-mind-I-need-chocolate-so-I-can-get-through-this moment was in full effect. 7 days later, I am finally online and connected again. I think it’s time for a fruity upgrade…
Now the “Bad”…
Always Plan Ahead.
And by plan ahead I mean always be at least 2 weeks ahead of your work. This way if the shiz hits the fan no one else will know but you. But did I follow this advice, NO. I actually almost had a nervous breakdown and also was ready to toss in the towel. Not really, but it did cross my mind once or twice.
But really, I was truly unable to follow my own advice but there is truly more to the story than what I am actually telling you. See, this year was a game changer for me at home with both boys in school and both of them in Occupational/Speech Therapy. Plus the massive amounts of schoolwork – I truly wasn’t ready for it. And every time I was getting good at the whole planning thing, the Universe would throw a monkey wrench at me. I guess The Universe really wanted to know if I am ready for bigger and greater things by seeing if I can overcome these obstacles. And guess what, I can. Though, I realize that it is a continual work in progress.
Now for the “Good”…
Be True To Yourself
This year I realized that my business model had run away from me. What I was doing was totally not where I wanted to be and it didn’t make me feel good. I was working too hard for too little money and felt like I had no time to breathe. So I took some time to reorganize and restructure my business and life. I needed to have a business that made me feel excited about what I did and that actually made me the money I wanted to make. I also needed a business that ran around my family’s schedule. So drastic measures were taken and a new approach was born. I decided to stop offering time sucking services and taking on dead end projects. I stopped working with a few clients that were draining me emotionally and zapped the fun out of my work day. I raised my rates and a few other things that I won’t mention right now.
But most importantly, I decided to run a business that felt more like me and my future me. A business that I could grow into. A more simplified version that shows my witty/smart/vulnerable/funny side. Also, I wanted to show how my busy life integrates and affects my business. Not the other way around.
And once I did this, my heart got light and I was able to breathe again, and a smile came over my soul.
So, I want to know, how was your year? What did you learn and what will you never do again? Let me know in the comments below.
Here’s to a Happy New Years and Welcoming 2014 with open arms!
Until next time, Launch Like You Mean It!