Well…isn’t this terribly embarrassing?! I knew I hadn’t posted in awhile but I didn’t expect it to be over 3 years ago!
So much has happened since my last post so here’s the mini recap – the good and ugly of it all. I found my next career path in 2017 – a major switch from my 15 year career in the nonprofit sector to the world of health insurance. It’s been a steep learning curve, but it was the intellectual push I needed. I’ve learned so much and secured a professional certification last year to help me continue growing in the Corporate Compliance sector. Compliance has helped me marry my love for planning and organizing standardized work flows and procedures. Yes…I thrive on rule following and training. Ha!
I am most embarrassed to write that I let me fitness journey stop and basically eliminated all my hard work. Losing my job unexpectedly and panicking about how long it would take me to find my next role, made me deep dive in sending out resumes and eating the cheapest possible which often translated in to the worst possible options. Top that with then making a major career shift at a time when you had to catch up quickly and go through a major audit and ALL WORKOUTS were cancelled. I’m not proud of myself but am allowing myself some grace to learn about how I reacted unconsciously so that I don’t make that mistake again when faced with challenging situations.
I launched an Etsy shop in 2018 dedicated to my decorative planner interests. I didn’t really make any income in 2018 from it, but I’m happy to say that 2019 saw enough sales to finally make a small profit. I’ve been participating in some larger marketing opportunities (like conference sponsorship), and I’m really excited about the confirmed plans for 2020. I’m nervous about how big some of my plans are for 2020, but it’s time to keep pushing the creative side of me.
Lastly, I launched a YouTube channel. I had this crazy notion that I could get monetized quickly and post frequently. The goal was to use any funds received to pay down my student loans quicker (my only current debt). Boy was I wrong! Not only are YouTube monetization parameters very hard to achieve, editing and filming is also much more work than I expected. I tried to do everything at once and YouTube eventually fell off the priority list. I’m hoping to use that platform more consistently this year to increase awareness of the shop and to do something else that I love – teach others how to craft from the comfort of their own home. So stay tuned for videos!
So let’s just say that 2017-2019 can be better known as my rebranding years and 2020 is my relaunch.
Because you know what? This year, I’m READY for it all! It’s time to commit to my health, to my financial wellness and to my creative happiness. Rather than waiting for things to be perfectly planned out or to be fully cushioned financially, I’m going to take the leap and have faith that I have prepared enough and just have fun with it all. READY is my 2020 Word of the Year – my motto. Whenever in doubt, I will remind myself that I’m READY.
So what am I READY to do this year? Sooooooooooooooo much!
- At minimum, double my shop’s 2019 profits in 2020
- Pay off $15K of my student loans
- Read 20 books (one of my smaller 20 for 2020 goals)
- Lose 50 pounds
There are so many other little things I want to do, but these are the four biggies I will track and report about. These four will help me stay creatively happy, create more room for fun (like travel) and get me physically stronger to achieve more and more!
What’s your plan or motto for 2020?