Wow, I usually don’t struggle or re-write a blog. But my buh-bye 2019 blog is different. Kind of a writes block, if you will.
In past end of year blogs I go through the highlight of each month. I can’t do that for 2019; my entire year is blurred together!
2019 is a VERY different year from others. It is the first full year I have been a self employed business owner! Mic drop RIGHT there – 365 days with my head ABOVE water – many days it was under water or just above but all in all I MADE it through!
2019 was a tumultuous year. But, also an absolutely mind blowing year! While I truly believe “life happens outside of your comfort zone”, 2019 blew up my comfort zone. It pulled me, stretched me (like gumby), pushed me and tried to break me. I may be a tiny bit fractured but not broken! 2019 has also been one of the most amazing years, ever! See my blog about my entrepreneurial roller coaster!
I learned MANY new and valuable lessons in 2019:
I was reminded the importance of celebrating all of my wins. Those of you who are facebook friends with me KNOW this, you have seem my dozens and dozens of pics of champagne toasting to my wins!
I learned to “just go with it”. While I have been a project manager for 15+ years, I like to have things plans. Well, entrepreneurial life basically says “plans? Hold my beer”! I learned to embrace the unknown and really just roll with it. This is still a major work in progress but I made HUGE strides this year!
I also learned to HAVE FUN as much as possible along the way. Life is short, make time for fun and play in the daily hustle!
I also learned that being social is a HUGE thing for me and I didn’t make it a high enough priority in 2019 and I am working on changing that in 2020!
I also learned NOT to ignore your health – deal with it HEAD on. I am not a 18 year hold anymore and things go wrong. Deal with them so they don’t get worse. This is still very much a work in progress!
I also learned the importance of MOVING my body! Building an empire from home is NO joke! These insane long hours DO take a (major) toll on your body!
I felt my 1st earthquake. It was pretty gnarly. I know have an earthquake kit by my door!
I will be better at keeping a success journal! As much as I celebrated wins this year I did NOT document them. That changes….NOW!
There were also some pretty major successes in 2019! While, you know I am not a bragger (I share my champagne pics to inspire others to celebrate THEIR wins), there were some major milestones:
I was blessed to become friends with an amazing young woman who is a former foster youth and I first hand was blessed to be a part of her journey where I got to watch her grow comfortable in her skin and find her voice.
I officially launched my corporation. Now I will not dwell on the fact that Legal Zoom has ROYALLY F’d up my order and this process has been harder than it should have, I will focus on the win of being official!
I became a partner in a couple of other businesses as well! (BIG things happening here)
I got to spend quality time with my sister, brother-in-law, niece and nephew this year! We had a lot of fun during my NJ Visits and I look forward to more “brewery exploring days”.
I planted many (many) business seeds that will bloom in 2020!
I became closer to Jesus and learned to really push in when times are rough and when times are amazing!
I successfully raised over 100 toys for Gracia del Calavario in Mexico (2nd year in a row <thank you>)
I went to Puerto Rico for a site visit. While it was mostly all work I did manage to carve out a pool day, with a cocktail (or two) overlooking the ocean. This was the longest “vacation” I had all year.
By the grace of God I survived a few months or little to no income!
I secured a killer consulting gig and they hired me back for 2020!
I did the Landmark forum and a seminar! (more to come)!
I was able to fly back to Jersey to watch my nephew graduate high school!
I took on the challenge of public speaking and presenting – and I had some pretty great training and support. Still a work in progress but I am doing it
I learned when I want something that doesn’t exist CREATE IT!
I also learned I CAN ask for help and delegate! I do NOT have to do it all!
All in all 2019 was a pretty bad ass year. It reminded me just how bad ass I am! I am beyond excited for the new decade and new year! Jesus has the wheel and I am just “going with” where He is driving! Bring on 2020! With the Lord, I’ve got this!
Wishing you a fabulous and blessed new year! I would LOVE to hear some of YOUR biggest wins and or lessons of 2019!!!