As 2015 fades away into the distance, I find myself looking back over the year and feeling a little nostalgic. Like most business owners, I find it good to glance backwards and see what worked, what didn’t, what I could have done better/differently and also see how far I’ve come.
I opened The Last Twinkie in 2013, but as my virtual shelves lay empty for the best part of a year, I don’t count that as the beginning. For me, my business really started towards the end of 2014 and even though The Last Twinkie isn’t anywhere near being a full time business venture (yet), so far, I’m happy with my progress. Having run my own photography business for the last 5 years, I know how difficult it can be starting out and how the first year especially can be very much trial and error. I know that it’s only early days, and that I still have a long way to go, but I’m pretty excited about the year ahead and putting new ideas into action.
I’m not the most organised person in the world; heck, getting this blog up and running has been on my to do list for nearly a year! But as the saying goes, better late than never. Before Christmas, I made the decision that I was going to embrace the start of 2016 with open arms, welcome it in like a long lost friend, sit down with a cup of green tea and get organised for the year ahead. Needing to really see where I’ve been and where I’d like to go, I purchased “Your Best Year 2016″ by Lisa Jacobs. I stumbled upon this workbook towards the end of last year and ordered it after reading all the reviews; immediately afterwards I also devoured Lisa’s website. If you run a small business, I suggest popping over and taking a look at what she does.
I must admit, when the workbook arrived, I was torn. Yes, I wanted to organise and really scrutinise every area of my business and parts of my life, but when I opened it up and saw how in-depth it was; crikey. (Actually, my reaction went more like this). I’ve just completed section one and I’m determined to keep going, because if there’s one thing I need this year – it’s an organised plan.
Even though I didn’t feel particularly organised last year, one thing it taught me, was if you really want something you just have to go for it.
So here’s to another year of being brave, following dreams, getting straight back up when you fall down and doing everything you can to live life to the fullest!
I wish you all your best year yet.