Many bloggers have published a wrap up of the previous year. I got inspired and thought it would be interesting to reflect on what I accomplished over the past year, especially since I do not make resolutions.
When I think of resolutions, I think " I resolve to do some monotonous thing that is good for me that I really have no burning desire to keep up long term but that I will at least devote the first 3 days of the New Year to." Add to that the embarrassment of announcing it to everyone on Facebook, at least 5% of whom will ask you how that resolution of yours is going and you have set yourself up for failure for sure. I prefer to think of New Year challenges or learning opportunities. I think of what I want to tackle or learn this year and, most importantly, I keep it to myself. That way I don't have to compare lists of what I aspired to accomplish vs. what I actually accomplished. Any accomplishment is worthy.
With that in mind, here goes:
In 2012 I_________________
-started a viable business, one I can actually make a living from, thus completing a dream I've had for several years. I spent years at various "real jobs" reading Entrepreneur.com on my lunch breaks and dreaming, during stare at the four walls moments, about what I would do one day if I ever got the courage to step out of the rat race. Now I am the owner/operator of Brewster's Buddies Pet Sitting and my business continues to grow monthly.
-learned alot about marketing my business. Marketing is an art and sometimes a mystery. It is also dynamic and you need to keep it fresh and ever changing. You cannot exist without it. Without it, the phone does not ring.
-learned to play the ukulele through a fellow named Chili Monster on YouTube.
-dusted off and fired up my old banjo for some bluegrass masses at my church. I haven't played it this well since before my daughter was born 8 years ago. This has been a wayside resolution of mine for many years.
- wrote less on my blog in the last quarter of the year, definitely not a resolution, but it revealed something surprising. My stats did not drop off and I still received offers for sponsored blogging. This has encouraged me to come back.
-surprised myself at the level of organization I have created and maintained to track the growth of my business.
- worked my way through all seasons of My Name is Earl, Frasier and The Dick van Dyke Show on Netflix. Hey, it's the little victories!
What did you do in 2012?