As this year ends, I find myself both looking forward to 2017 and another year in business, and looking backward over the last twelve months. While I do feel a bit overwhelmed and tired, I also feel satisfied about all I have achieved. As I stack up the months and years that I’ve been in business, I like to reflect back to when I started this new adventure and how excited I was to begin. While I knew that running my own business would take a lot of my time, it seemed like the right thing to do and I was filled with ideas that fueled more ideas that inspired me to move forward.
My business has been like a child to me. I have birthed it, nurtured it, fed it and protected it. As it continues to grow and take shape, I am filled with pride and happiness that I am accomplishing what I have set out to do. But I will not lie – it has been hard, there have been times of self-doubt, and times when I have second guessed myself and my abilities. But in the end, I have learned that what drives my business is my enthusiasm for learning new things, my boundless energy that keeps me focused and engaged, and the courage to take action on those concepts that I have found useful to myself as well as to my clients. And this is what has kept me going.
The new year for me, is always about replenishing and revitalizing my efforts. I consider it to be a blank slate, an opportunity for me to review my personal and professional goals and ideas, after which I will create a plan to implement any changes that I need to over the next twelve months. I enjoy this process of seeing what has been working well for me personally and professionally, and what may be missing or can be enhanced.
I will continue to nurture my growing business, make necessary changes depending on the ideas that resonate with me and that I am inspired to share with my clients.
Beginning is easy, continuing is hard.
I am enjoying the adventure!
Best wishes for a Happy New Year!