I have always been an avid reader. I love books and what they can give you through words on paper. But lately it’s been hard to find time to read as much as I would like. It seems like there is always something that is more important or needs to be done first or someone else to take care of over myself. You know the feeling? But this year, I am putting more focus on rest, Sabbath, and doing things that I enjoy. One of those things is reading, and I've got a long list of books I'd like to read.
I'm a firm believer that we never stop learning. I also think that one of the best ways to learn is by looking at what isn't working for you. Continuing with the business 101 series I've got going, I'm sharing 5 things I've done in my business that failed and how I learned from them so that you don't make the same mistakes too.
If you’re anything like me, you probably have big goals. There are so many things you want to do and you like to dream big, but you have a hard time finding time to do all those things. When you’re short on time, it can be hard to reach your goals and may be discouraging to even set goals in the first place. I’ve been there. These days I don’t have much time to myself and when I do, I am usually too exhausted to do anything of importance. That has left me feeling like I don’t have time for my own goals. But I also know how important it is to make time for ourselves and our goals. If you’re struggling to reach your goals because you can’t find time to work on them, you can power through with this simple approach.
When I wrote a post about how I schedule my work week and how I get it all done as a stay at home mom of a toddler and business owner of a growing, thriving business, the response was overwhelming. I quickly realized how many of you needed guidance for creating your own schedule and finding balance between work and life. I realized that we all want a glimpse of how others are making it work so we can better structure our own lives.
I started like all creatives, trying to do all the things for all the people. When you love doing a variety of things, it's hard to narrow down and find a focus. But over the last 5 years, I’ve narrowed my focus more and honed in on my specialty and my passion. My business looks completely different today than it did when I started, and I honestly never imagined that it would look like it does today when I first started either. I have learned so much about owning a business since I became an entrepreneur and I wanted to share my story with you as encouragement for your own journey.
You know that question that is always floating around, the one that asks, "How does she do it all?". I'm sure you've thought it before and will probably wonder it again about someone who seems to have it all together. But to be honest, none of us really have it together all the time. We are all just trying to figure it out as we go and do the best we can. Myself included. If by some miracle it seems like I do it all and have it figured out, I don't.
When January 1st rolls around we all get in a frenzy to set goals, organize #allthethings, and start the year off on the right note. It's easy to feel like a failure when February 1st hits and you haven't made any progress and don't have it all figured out. But the truth is that you can start on your goals at any time. Even if you get halfway through the year without setting a single goal, it's never too late to start. And if this is you, trust me when I say that you're not alone. So many of us, myself included, fail to set or reach goals several months out of the year and we feel like the whole year is a waste if we haven't been active in our goal setting since January 1st.
Last year, I wrote a post about how I schedule my work week and how I get it all done as a stay at home mom of a toddler and business owner of a growing, thriving business. The response was overwhelming, and I quickly realized how many of you needed guidance for creating your own schedule and finding balance between work and life. I realized that we all want a glimpse of how others are making it work so we can better structure our own lives.