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I can’t believe we are in the last month of 2018! After disappearing from my blog for a whole two months, I thought the best place to start would be to tell you where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to.
It’s been a year of transitions.
If you don’t know by now, I’m not just a product launch specialist. I also consult with women who want to increase their productivity and balance entrepreneurship and motherhood. So I have two businesses that focus on helping other people, and then I also have this blog. Plus I also create online products, market and advertise on social media, and more. There are a lot of things that go on behind the scenes here at The Entrepremomer.
And this year was no exception. While I plan on getting into the nitty-gritty during my 2018 successes and lessons posts that are coming up this month, let’s just say that this year was definitely a year of transitions. I transitioned into the role of CEO vs. a behind the scenes virtual assistant. Then, I transitioned from being the main provider to the sole provider when it comes to my family and our finances. And I also transitioned from a shy and introverted person into an introverted person that learned a lot about marketing. Needless to say, it’s been a busy and crazy year for me. But it’s also been one filled with a ton of lessons that I can take going forward.
And funny story, the word I choose for 2018 was abundance. I think I nailed that.
Here’s what happened in October.
In October, I took a break from social media so I could focus on my consulting clients, my newly onboarded clients for product launches, and also my family. Both my husband and my daughter are October babies, and fall and Halloween are our favorite times of the year. So October was filled with work and a lot of celebrations.
& in November.
In November, my family and I (my husband, my daughter, and myself) decided that we may move to Texas a lot sooner than planned. My family had offered us a house that was in need of repairs, and we wanted to check it out before making the decision. Also, I hadn’t seen my extended family in almost four years, and for some, it was more like 10 years. For us, the trip would kill two birds with one stone. First, we were able to visit my family and celebrate Thanksgiving. Second, we got to see our potential new house.
The trip was exhausting. We drove to Texas and got lost a ton while trying to get to the house in question. Between Thanksgiving, Black Friday (which my extended family went out to celebrate), and catching up with client work, I was super tired. But then, we had to make our drive back home (to Kansas) during a snowstorm that had hit. The drive back home was only supposed to take 10 hours, but it took 13. And what’s worse is that I jumped right back into work the next day, even though we didn’t get home until three in the morning.
For about two weeks, I was working like a zombie, not really understanding what I was doing, but trying to get it done anyways. I finally crashed and slept like a baby for 12 hours this past Saturday, and it felt amazing.
Did we get the house?
On the not so bright side of the trip, the house didn’t work out as planned. It just needed a lot more work than we were willing to do, and that we were capable of doing in a decent time frame. With a toddler, extensive renovations just aren’t feasible unless you want to hire a bunch of contractors, which we didn’t. On the bright side, I got to visit family, and my daughter got to meet a couple of them for the very first time. We all enjoyed ourselves, and I’ll have those memories for years to come.
With that, here’s what’s next for December.
If you haven’t noticed, I made a few changes on my website and blog. I’m no longer focusing on just the business side of being a mompreneur. I also took down the calls to action for my consulting calls (don’t worry, you can still book a session if you want, I’m just not advertising it on my website.)
I made this decision for two reasons. For one, I’m tired of being all business all of the time. My life doesn’t, and shouldn’t, revolve around my business. Just like I don’t expect your life to revolve around your business. Sure, it takes some short-term sacrifice for long-term gain, especially when it comes to building a profitable business, online or off. However, there comes a point where you have to choose family or business. That point came for me in October. I didn’t want to sacrifice time with my family just for money. So I didn’t.
And in doing that, I realized that I wanted to talk about more than building a business. I want to talk about the ups and downs of entrepreneurship AND motherhood. I’m going to write about finances, life, and the little things like moving into a new place while trying to deal with your rambunctious toddler (that post is actually coming soon, we move in January). I just want to be more personal, relatable, and real with my readers. Because I want to show that if I, a 24-year old mom with no college degree, could start a business at 22 and make it profitable while balancing a full-time job and a toddler, you can too. That’s why this blog was started, and I’m going back to my roots.
I hope you’ll stick with me throughout that transition and journey because I have a lot more in store.
Until then, The Entrepremomer is out.