Should Auld Acquaintance be Forgot, And Never Brought to Mind?

Happy New Year everyone!

I know we are already well into January, but I honestly haven't had the time to sit down and write something I felt like would be good enough. 

Because with a New Year comes so many new possibilities. It is as if the air is a little fresher and the sun a little brighter. All the old year's missed opportunities or misplaced thoughts are now ready to be purged. We are starting fresh and we are ready to take on the challenges that the new year will bring. But it is also important to remember the year that went by. If we just start over again we will never learn from our mistakes. The New Year is a time for contemplating what we did wrong and how we can change that for the better. Maybe it is time to remember the people that we haven't spend a lot of time with or maybe it is time to put fresh eyes on old situations. None the less, the New Year is a fantastic time to learn, to grow, to inspire and above all, to aspire. 

2017 was an incredible year for me. It was hard and at times grueling.
I was still battling my own personal feelings of not belonging anywhere after immigrating almost 2 years ago. I didn't know where my business was going and I had a tough time visualizing what I wanted to do with it. So the largest part of 2017 was spend rediscovering myself. There was a lot of being in nature with my husband. Weekends away from every day life. Dreams being created and a garden being designed. I was learning what emotions I wanted inside of me and I learned how to communicate with myself. To some extent anyway, because there is always more room to learn and to grow. I felt lonely for a long time, having issues finding like-minded people to connect with. Somehow, I couldn't see how I could ever meet people.

By the end of 2017, when the leafs where turning, I was struck by inspiration. After being hit in the head (figuratively speaking) multiple times, I finally learned that in order for my business and my life to progress I needed to get out. I needed to reach out. I needed to step out. Not only for me but also for my business. You cannot expect people to come to you when they don't even know you exist. 

Meeting people is amazing but for someone like me who are so much in my head, it can be very hard and very anxiety provoking. What if I do something weird? (let's face it, I do something weird all the time) What if I say something wrong? What if I seem dumb and stupid? What if......what if....what if..... I am so tired of what if's.

And so I started to meet people. I went to networking events for other business women, and after the first event the ball was rolling. Very quickly, I met other like-minded women. I met people who was hit by a mad entrepreneur like myself. People who lived and breathed their passions.
Just my kind of crowd. 
At the same time, my business also got itself an overhaul. After not really feeling what I was doing, I decided that I wanted to see my art up on the walls of my clients. I wanted to touch and feel what I was doing. I was so incredibly tired of just giving away digital files, finishing a job and never have to think about it again.
But that is not me. I wanted to be there every step of the way with my clients. I wanted to guide them and help them in their endeavors of self-discovery. I wanted to provide them with amazing customer service and incredible quality of work and I wanted them to feel safe in every step of a journey that at times can seem a little scary and new. 
So I changed my business. From doing only digital packages I now only do printed packages. And the benefits are visible and extraordinary.
I watch women fall in love with themselves. I get warm hugs from my clients when they see their finished portraits. I see tears of joy from people who never saw themselves in that way before. 
I am now so much happier in my business, and above all, I have a purpose in what I do. I was so lost before, but now my direction seems so clear. 

2017 was crazy for me. It was scary and weird, it was beautiful and incredible. It was the mark of a new life for me. A life where I finally embraced where I am. A life that now is so much richer in beautiful new relationships. Friends and clients. 

In 2018 I will be continuing this streak of change and growth. I'm incredibly excited to see what the year has in store for me, but no matter what will happen, I know that it will help me grow as a woman and as a businessperson. 

So dear reader, I wish you a very Happy New Year! I hope 2018 will be prosperous and I hope that you too will grow and find even more happiness in your life.
Even when life is ugly and hard, it has it's bright sides. No matter what you are going through right now, you will reemerge on the other side, stronger than before!

 

What did you learn from 2017?
Tell me in the comments below!