Wowwwie! It’s about time I do a bit of self reflection on my first year in biz! While I have been freelancing since 2016, it wasn’t until this time last year that I officially packed up my belongings, moved to NYC, and transitioned into pursuing my business full-time. I swapped out my days of flipping quesadillas on my sister’s food truck for days (and nights) fully committed to building this very business and designing many amazing brands over the course of one year.
I’m going to be honest with you, there were plenty of times where I wasn’t sure I’d survive (financially, mentally, emotionally) but here we are! Surviving and thriving! Hoorah!
This past year I have taken courses, I’ve joined virtual groups, I’ve had business coaches, I’ve learned new programs and processes, I’ve improved my design skills, and I’ve taken in as much knowledge as physically possible to make sure I was “doing it right.” And here is my main takeaway:
You don’t have to listen to anyone.
People LOVE to give advice and share what works best for them. And I am all here for it! I love to listen and gain different perspectives on how people operate their businesses. But I also know myself, and I know that what I deem to be “successful” may look a lot different than how other people view success. And that is A-OKAY! That is the beauty of the world we live in, we are all so different in what we want, and value things differently according to our goals.
Once I made the realization that I don’t have to follow in the footsteps of anyone, it made me feel so free and inspired to run my business exactly the way that works for me, and not to question it! It’s always great to gain knowledge on business operations, finances, systems, scaling, etc. But do so in ways that make sense for your lifestyle.
We get to choose what success feels like, and it’s not about achieving it on some theoretical timeline, but embodying it now. It’s not easy to just flip a switch, but I’ve been noticing how much can come out of simply feeling success and letting your work, goals, and creativity flow.
For an example— investing in yourself/your business doesn’t feel scary when you’re already successful.
Spending extra time in the morning to read, think, pray, meditate, or just lay doesn’t leave me feeling guilty when I’m already successful.
Saying no to potential clients who don’t align with my business doesn’t seem risky when I’m already successful. It only opens up opportunities for more YESes.
Okay, so that was a bit of a rant. Now on to some more organized tid-bits of insight I’ve gathered over the last year—
So there ya have it, some of my takeaways from this past year of business. I am so grateful for the opportunities I’ve had and the growth of my little design studio. It gives me the biggest smile to think about what this next year will bring!