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I’ve had my butt kicked this year

I can’t believe we are halfway through October of this crazy year. I don’t know about you, but I can honestly say this year has kicked my butt in so many ways. Let me give you the top 4 butt kickers of 2020….

  1. I learned that I suck as a stay-at-home working-teacher mom. I’m terrible at it. My littlest guy set me straight (again) in August when we were at home with virtual school. He said, “Mom, I love you but you’re a terrible teacher. I want to go back to school and learn from a REAL teacher.” My response, “I agree with you 1,000,000%”
  2. I learned that I perform at my best when I’m with my people…my friends…my clients. I’m an extrovert, and I need that interaction and emotional cup-filling, so to speak. I still enjoy my quiet time, but dang…if I don’t have human interaction with someone other than my husband and kids, I become frustrated. 
  3. I learned that all of the projects I had on my plate earlier this year were temporary (isn’t everything temporary???), and little did I know just a few months ago that I’d have to completely pivot my business model.
  4. I had an awakening that people are only in this world for so long and you’ve got to find joy in every, single day…albeit incredibly hard to do on days when you’re struggling to find a silver lining.

Although I got my butt kicked MANY times, I kicked butt MANY times too.

  1. Instead of waiting for projects that would never come, I developed a different business. I can work with clients online from anywhere in the world…and it’s AWESOME.
  2. I am my own copywriter, tech expert (thank you YouTube, my new bestie), marketing chief, content curator, and sales person. I do it all, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Sure, I’ll hire contract help here and there. But, I KNOW my business inside and out. 
  3. I use my time wisely. I make sure to maximize time with my kids, my husband, myself and friends. Covid helped me re-evaluate my schedule…and let me tell you, I’ve made changes for the better. Instead of furiously working to schedule my family around meetings…I schedule meetings around my family.
  4. I have developed a new sense of self. I used to be concerned about what others might think of me starting my own business. Would they think I’m an imposter and not have the expertise to do what I do? Would they laugh at my material (truth – some of it is really funny, but I’m talking about the mean-girl laugh)? Would they think I’m stupid for trying to do something that frankly, not too many people are doing? When I do a Facebook Live, do they scoff and think it’s ridiculous? All of these thoughts ran through my mind A LOT. But, here’s the deal. I’m still here and kickin. I’m still writing weekly blog posts and emailing you every, single week. I’m doing Facebook lives…and I’m LOVING IT. It doesn’t really matter what anyone else really thinks.

If there’s one thing this past year has taught me – it’s this: in order to achieve something that no one else has really achieved, you’ve got to DO the things no one else really wants to do. 

Was it scary sending my first email blast. HECK YES.

Was it intimidating doing my first Facebook Live? OMG…YES, YES, YES. For the record, it was 26 seconds long. I was petrified, and it took me 6 weeks to do another one. But, I DID it anyway…and the second time – it wasn’t so bad.

Do I think I can do anything I put my mind to do? Abso-freakinglutely. 

I’m no expert at business (although I’m learning so much and have a lot to share!), but I’ll continue to put myself out there…and do the things that are hard…and maybe people laugh at me or make fun of what I do…but, you know what – who cares? This is my life. I’m the one in the ring, and everyone else has a cheap seat.

You can expect a lot from me, and I can’t wait to bring you more!

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