This year was something else, don’t y’all agree? I have to say that if you had told me on January 1, 2013 what all would happen this year, there’s little chance that I would have believed you. I mean let’s get real – my first year in business for myself, first ( at the time ) big client, made 4 figures ( holy – what! ), made a big life decision with the boyfriend, had the first half of my senior year, and so much more! It’s really crazy to me what all can happen in a year. Through all of that craziness I learned so much:
it can be done When I was first starting to freelance in January, I was skeptical that I could actually do it, especially while still in school. I wanted to do it because I’m determined to freelance after I graduate, but I wasn’t sure I had what it took to do it. Boy, did I prove myself wrong. Through careful time management ( and probably an easy course load in the spring ) I was able to do it. I slowly grew my client base and little business as the months rolled by. Through this I learned that I really can do ( just about ) anything I put my mind to with hard work and determination, which brings me to my next lesson. . .
there are more hours in the day than i thought Okay, I knew there were 24 hours in a day ( um, duh ) but actually learning how to apply that time in the best way is a whole different story. Before this year the boyfriend and I spent a lot of time just hanging out watching Netflix and not getting anything done. Well, that was mostly me. Anyway, when I started freelancing I was finally starting to prioritize things ( aka school, work, and lounge time ). Partially because I had to, but mostly because I wanted to spend enough time working with my clients. It really opened my eyes to how much time I actually spent lounging, and I realized there were more than enough hours in a day to get things done.
now is the time to set good habits In the last six months ( if not less ) I started thinking more about good business practices. I’m lucky enough to be following a ton of really smart ladies who are further along in their lives than I am, and it’s allowing me to see the practices and habits that they’re implementing in their lives that I could benefit from ( sooner rather than later ). For example, it makes no sense to work yourself crazy all day long seven days week. That’s how you get burnt out. Instead, it’s smart to set a quitting time during the day and not to work on weekends. I’ve been working on starting those two things here lately, and it’s really great for the mind! I feel like I have more creativity for work ( and school ) and I’m enjoying life and the people around me more!
i love running + yoga Lastly this year I realized that I have a passion for two other things, running and yoga, that can help me in many ways! This year was the year I experimented with getting healthy and what works best for me. I learned that I loathe dieting, but I love running and doing yoga. I’m planning on incorporating both of these into my weekly routine next year because I know that both my body and my mind will benefit from doing so!
I learned so much about life, business, and myself this year, and I am so thankful for that. I can’t wait to take all of my lessons into the new year and begin to learn even more!
Feel free to share something you’ve learned this year! I would love to hear about it!!
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