Word-Of-The-Year 2019

I’ve been trying to make time to contemplate my 2019 word of the year but this has been such a busy end of year for us! After forcing myself to pause and look back on my last words-of-the-year I realized how important it was to choose a word and choose one with intention. It turned out to be very fortuitous to have 2018’s word be “reset.” Sticking to it was sometimes a challenge but having it, especially mid year, as a guide for some decision making was very helpful. I wanted to reset a lot of the foundations in my business and life for that matter, since so many things in my life were changing (a new baby, a shift in my business, and new desires for a work-life balance). Turns out I also needed a ‘reset’ to tidy up my life because I would be preparing for ANOTHER baby! It has been quite the year for setting new ground work on all fronts and I’m glad to feel like I’m starting out strong.
My 2019 will bring a lot of hurdles so I want a word that I can frequently look back on to keep myself on track and answer any looming doubts on ‘is this the right time for such and such.’ I’ve decided my word for 2019 is *Present.* I want to be truly present in all the work and projects I take on while still being present for my family and every milestone we encounter. I don’t want to lose sight of any special moments in my daughter’s (or son’s😳) young life because I am helping someone else prepare for their special moment. Additionally, I don’t want to lose myself and what is important for me to do and build during this time when I know my babies won’t be little forever and I’ll need to have things of my own.
You might be wondering HOW I’m planning to stay present. I admit I haven’t totally figured that out yet for every turn but I think just recognizing the necessity is the first step. I’ll be checking in with myself every month to be sure the decisions I’m making are staying true to my word and philosophy for the year. I still want to make goals but goals on my terms. I hope I won’t be afraid to quit something or pass on an opportunity if it isn’t aligning.
A few personal goals:
  • Read Present over Perfect– I hear its great and this seems like the perfect time to give it a try.
  • Reassess my podcasts- I love podcasts but a few are becoming a distraction. Sometimes I feel I need to listen through to the end even if I’m not interested so I want to get rid of that pressure.
  • Collaborate- I’m not sure how I’m going to do this this year but I’m enjoying brainstorming and hope to seek out some cool opportunities.
  • Continue to engage locally / in person- It takes some additional effort but I think it is so important to keep up with friends/people in the biz and my best way to do that is in person. I just can’t replace or come close any other way.

I’m excited for all the juggling that will be going on this year and to see where it takes me. I definitely plan to let things happen more organically than try to force too much on myself during a year filled with some many adjustments to be made.

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5 Lessons Learned as a Mompreneur

My daughter is turning ONE. It has gone by so fast but also feels like life without her just never existed. I’m getting nostalgic as I reflect on L’s first year of life, my baby is so big!

I’ve learned so much in the last 12 months having the little squirt home with me full-time and juggling work as a creative entrepreneur = mompreneur. She has taught me endless lessons and I’ve changed significantly but there are a few things she’s really drilled into me that also applies to my creative work and practices:
  1. Slow the heck down
    Ok so she’s has MADE me slow down, immensely. Talk about a crash course in patience. I’ve had to let all those multitasking dreams, get up and go attitude and  focus-focus mindset go and just play peekaboo for the millionth time because it makes for one happy baby. Also, resting and being present in the moment can be pretty great too.
  2. Done is better than perfect 
    So, I was already working on this one but the little babe just helped push me over the edge to ‘team good enough.’ Designers can get so knit picky and sometimes you just gotta let it go because no one else will know (or care!) that that single pixel is out of place.
  3. Finish what you start 
    Ok, seems obvious but now I really don’t have time to jump back into something or get back on that same train of thought so I gotta wrap it up and not leave anything half baked or without a plan for the next step. (This is really for personal projects and content creation that has no urgency to dive back in).
  4. The art of distraction
    You can get over almost anything if you’re well distracted. Sometimes it’s an emotional rollercoaster over here but you gotta harness that and put it to good use!
  5. A brighter tomorrow
    If you have a no good, very bad day just hold out until tomorrow to make a 180. In work you may just need to give it a rest until you’re in a better (perhaps more rested) state of mind. Almost always if L had a whiny, irritable day her best day follows.

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Working list of 2018 goals

These are my work and life goals. I plan to revisit them each quarter and add to them, amend them or just make sure I’m accomplishing something! Any must haves send my way!
  • Read more novels (I guess a business book or two too)
  • Visit the beach more– it’s only 15 minutes away!
  • Share more of my work and process
  • Get my studio lookin’ good!
  • Travel! Get something fun going on every month even if its just a day trip
  • Spruce up my brand
  • Get some awesome copy — taking copywriter suggestions!
  • Invite friends over for drinks/dinner more often
  • Keep up with my online friends! Do some skyping/direct connections. “Likes” are great but don’t count!
  • Get more involved in the local art scene
  • Goals

Word of the Year

If you follow me, by now you know my word for the year is “reset.”

I’m very excited for what 2018 will bring to my business and family. I hope to make decisions in my business remembering the word I chose to guide me throughout the year.

I don’t need more or bigger or new —I just want to focus on better. This is not a year of pitching, searching or starting fresh (I hope!!) but one where I use my non-client time in MALWEST to grease the hinges of my business. By that handy metaphor I mean refinement. I want to get back to my core values and apply avenues to uphold them moving forward.
RESET defined:
To set again or differently
  •  to move (something) back to an original place or position
  • : to put (a broken bone) back in the correct position for healing
  • : to put (a gem) into a new piece of jewelry
So often we are pressed for time and have to make a snap decision on programs we use or subscriptions we sign up for. This year I want to re-examine and choose the best options after more research. Things may run efficiently but there may be an even better way—as business owners there is no one over our shoulder telling us what is right or best so I want to take the time and figure it out for me and my biz.
Questions I’ll ask myself:
How am I spending my time and energy?
How can I make little things better— processes?
What is important to me? Not just what is in right now or trending.
Do you or your business have a word of the year? Any helpful ways to keep it top of mind all year long?
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