And just like that, another year come and gone. I’m not sure where 2018 went, but I do know that I’ve learned a hell of a lot this year. So without further ado, here are the 6 things 2018 taught me about life and business.
1. IT’S OKAY TO SAY NO — AND SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO
As someone who is very much affected by FOMO, saying no to things is really, REALLY hard. I’m a “yes” gal to a fault, and when it involves fun and friends, having to decline an event or a trip is such a bummer.
Even in business, opportunities arise that sound good in theory but ultimately don’t serve you or your goals. And that’s okay; the anxiety that comes with wondering “what if” will pass and you’ll be better off in the end.
2. ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT
2018 was the year for making shit happen — NOT letting shit happen to me. See, I used to be afraid to ask for what I wanted because I didn’t want to stir the pot or inconvenience anyone else. But I learned that this world doesn’t give handouts. You gotta just ask for it. Does that mean you’ll always get it? No. But it doesn’t hurt to try.
3. DON’T UNDERVALUE OR UNDERESTIMATE YOURSELF
This is a big one for anyone in the business of custom work and services. Your time is valuable. YOU are valuable. Remember that. As someone who’s struggled with imposter syndrome, it took a long time for me to understand this.
Time and time again I thought, there’s no way someone would pay this much for my stuff. And I’m definitely not good enough to be charging this amount. Push those negative thoughts to the side, friend! You’re worthy of making magic, and the right client WILL pay you what you’re worth.
4. SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO MANUFACTURE MOTIVATION (AND THAT’S OKAY)
I was so afraid that my occasional lack of motivation meant this isn’t what I should be doing with my life. Isn’t this my passion? I’d ask myself. Shouldn’t I want to be super enthusiastic about every aspect of my business?
Well, no. Because I’m human.
Thanks to my girl Stephanie Sheldon and her biz coaching expertise, I learned that sometimes you just have to spring into action and manufacture that motivation. Once the creative gears get turning and work starts getting done, the motivation to do more and aim higher always comes.
5. WE’RE ALL FIGURING IT OUT AS WE GO
I met and worked with a lot of really amazing people this year, especially some local Cleveland entrepreneurs I’ve been following on social media. I put a lot of faces to Instagram accounts and after talking with these inspiring business-owners, I realized that we’re all just floating on and figuring shit out as we go. It’s an important reminder that I’m not the only one who sometimes feels like she has no idea what she’s doing.
6. ABOVE ALL ELSE, TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
I started seeing a therapist in January and have been going regularly ever since. It’s changed my life and the way I think; I’m more mindful and present, and I’ve made so much progress in just one year.
Taking care of yourself is so much more than physical wellness. Mental health matters, and checking in with yourself is nothing to be ashamed of.
Thank you to everyone who’s made this such a memorable year. I can’t wait to journey into 2019 with you.