New Year, Same Me
We’re just a couple days into 2020, and everywhere I look it’s all ‘New year, new you!’ or ‘New decade resolutions!’. As if there’s something wrong with the way we are now? Oh, and don’t even get me started on the dieting ads! They’re everywhere! Just repeat after me: diets never work, diets never work.. I’ve recently started following the hashtag #dietculturedropout on Instagram and it’s been so refreshing, honestly. Anyway!
Set goals for what you want
Having said all that, I do find the turn of a year to be a magical time. Even though these numbers are completely arbitrary, they can really help with setting goals. And by setting goals, I mean setting goals for something you actually want, and not for something that society says you should want, like a thinner body, or a ‘new sustainable wardrobe’ – let me tell you, the most sustainable items are the ones already in your wardrobe! But knowing what you want can be a whole quest by itself. What do you want, really? I’ve found that the easiest way to find out what you want is by a process of elimination. As you might remember, for a while I was seriously considering opening up a yarn shop / café with my mom, until I realised I wouldn’t have any more time for designing crochet and knitting patterns – and then it clicked.
My goals this year
So what are my goals for this year? You might remember my blogpost about goalsetting from early 2018. So much has happened since then! My goal for that year was to grow my business. I had just started working parttime at my day job, so I went from 5 working days to 4, which left me with some extra time to put into my business. And it sure did grow, I doubled my business income compared to the year before! I wasn’t there yet though, I’m still not ‘there’ to be honest. In september of 2019 I finally made the jump to become self employed full time. And after 4 months of being my own boss, I can say for sure it was my best decision ever. I hope I’ll never have to return to a desk job, and that will hopefully motivate me to keep growing my business this year.
Reflect on past years
I find looking back on previous years to be crucial for goal setting. While the road ahead can seem neverending, just look back at how you were doing one year, maybe two years ago, and see how much you have grown! It’s true that we often overestimate what we can do in a year, things don’t often happen as fast as we would like, but don’t let that discourage you! If you are longing to build the self employed life you desire, try to figure out the steps to getting there. What amount of money would you need per month? How many products would you need to sell to get there? Or if you’re a service-based business, how many clients would you need? Don’t be scared of the things you’ll have to face, such as doing taxes or putting yourself out there. Being afraid of something only means that you’re about to do something you’ve never done before. It’s okay to be scared. It’s okay not knowing what comes next. Just trust your gut and keep moving forward. If your first idea doesn’t work, no worries! Maybe you only have to tweak it a little bit to make it work.
One thing that has helped me tremendously over the past year is that I bought a course from a business coach, more specifically a female-focused money coach: Ray Dodd. I’ve learned so much from this lady, and I can’t wait to grow my business even more. If you’re feeling apprehensive about charging your worth, about showing up online, about selling your products, please go check her out. She has lots of free things too on her Instagram and in her Facebook group, so give it a try!
Let’s do this!
Are you excited for what this year is going to bring? Because I am! I am READY for this year to be the year I reach my goal income. I am READY to prove that running a female-owned business in the craft branch is totally sustainable. And if I can, so can YOU!