The Good, The Bad, and the Ugh, not Again! – 2013 in Review

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!


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  1. says

    I remember the website part of Ugh – I had that one too and want to publicly thank you for being supportive. Did not realize we had the PC problem in common! My trusted laptop went for a toss in March so I bought the state of the art Lenovo and barely 5 months later, a Microsoft update crashed it! Thank God for back-ups and the local computer expert who got me up and running again within 3 hours. If I had gone to the service center, and that too on a Friday afternoon, then I would have lost more time.

    We learn, Alba and the Universe will keep throwing monkey wrenches at us until we stop and start being true to ourselves again.

    Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. May 2014 be the year that will be known as Your Year!
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  2. says

    Hi Alba , The year 2013 has been a roller coaster ride for me as well . I can relate to the good the bad and the ugly. Last week I started recording my first C.D .Flying very high without wings Wow ! Any way
    New Years Eve I was just answering a few e-mails and one was to this blog you wrote when I noticed that
    my left eye felt like it wasn’t in focus . Since my husband wasn’t home I called 911. I was in the hospital
    and they ruled a few things out one which a stroke which of course a relief.. Hence forth the ugly I am seeing a specialist Monday to see what’s going on..This is not good timing at ! But as long as it is nothing
    serious it is then becomes just a setback.So please wish me luck if you pray say one for me.


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