Well guys, it’s my birthday! And it seems incredibly fitting that my next Biz Notes post falls on this day, as it was really right around the time of my birthday last year that I began seriously toying with the idea of starting my own business. I really can’t believe it’s almost been a year. It hardly feels that way, mostly because I still have so much more to learn, and my world feels like it’s constantly evolving. But truthfully, that’s a really awesome thing. One of the biggest joys of being out on my own has been that I’m constantly challenged and constantly learning. Of course some days that’s the toughest part, too, but when I step back and really take in how far I’ve come because of those challenges- it.feels.awesome.
That said, I’ve got big goals on my mind, and lots of ground I want to cover in my 27th year. But the mantra that keeps rattling around in my head in order to accomplish those goals is to really be brave. Even more brave and bold and gutsy than I’ve been in this last year. As brave as I can be (or it seems I’m being) on the blog, there are areas of my work (and life for that matter) where I hold back and am pretty timid. I have a few shy bones in my body. I’m also not the best at truly owning my strengths and skills, and a lot of those tendencies have really been put into perspective recently. So my challenge to myself this year is to work through those barriers and feelings of apprehension, and work to make sure the structure and services within my business leverages all my true skills. That is going to involve introducing some new service areas (more to come on that!)- a very exciting but also intimidating shift. But my plan is to lead with bravery and keep reminding myself that if something makes me apprehensive, that feeling should make me run towards that next step, rather than away from it.
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