Lessons learned from my first year of business

 Lessons I’ve learned in my first year in business.

When I decided to run my own business full-time I thought that maintaining a nice work-life balance would be easy. I had these fantasies of waking up early, drinking coffee and answering emails with a smile on my face. I'd make healthy meals, I'd finish work before dinner, maybe I would join a book club, maybe I would start a new hobby. The world is my oyster after all. 


GIRL, PLEASE

Sometimes it’s like that. Most of the time it isn’t. It’s great in different ways, though it’s nothing like I imagined in my business owner fantasy. I have encountered unique and different challenges I never thought about (sales tax permits? accounting software? client management systems?) and when I finally figured them out it was BEST feeling. When I got a tax ID number and sales tax permit I felt like a #BOSSLADY.


STRESS IS SHITTY, BUT DON'T IGNORE IT.

Stress is sneaky. It manifests in bizarre, annoying, and sometimes terrible ways. For me, I get terrible neck/back pain that prevents me from sleeping. Then if I’m really lucky, I get panic attacks. Fun, right? The first time I saw Dina she told me I was an absolute hot mess, one of the worst she’s seen in months. I laughed and thought “PREACH!” while also being relieved. Dina is my massage therapist and all around miracle worker. I can’t tell her things are “fine” because she will start her voodoo magic (not literally, okay?) and be able to tell what a wreck I am. It’s wonderful. She’s my secret weapon and keeps me in check.

When I have to see Dina on a frequent basis, I know I need to take a hard look at what’s going on in my life. What am I ignoring, what does my diet look like, where is the overwhelm? It’s a reminder to take care of myself.

So that’s what I’ve been doing for the past few months. I am being more selective about what I focus my time and energy on, putting a priority on taking care of my body and mind. When I take care of that, it shows in my ability to provide better, intentional, solutions to my clients.

Now, when things fall through the cracks (*cough* blogging *cough*instagram*cough) I don’t beat myself up. I’m learning to be more intentional. I’m discovering what I want my life to look like both professionally and personally.

 

WHAT I’VE LEARNED IS BIG.

  • When something isn’t working, there is a reason, pay attention.
  • When something lacks passion, it lacks a future. This is okay. I repeat, this is okay.  
  • Not posting as frequently on social media does not make me less of a #BOSSLADY.
  • Just because one business owner may do XYZ, I do not also have to do XYZ.
  • There is not glory in overworking.
  • If something gets me so excited that I can’t help but do a little dance when I talk/think/dream about it, that is where my focus should be.
  • Look ahead and keep learning.


BUT...

I've learned the most important thing is to take care of myself.

IT IS OKAY TO SLOW DOWN.

As long as you don't stop.

 
 Business owner advice - what I learned my first year in business.