I’m part of a year long mastermind program and this month’s topic was, You, First” and the question asked of us was…

“Why did you start your business and what does it give you that you otherwise wouldn’t have?”

When I really start to think about it, I realize that much of my initial why is no longer that relevant.

I’m a rebel at heart and I will easily go left when you tell me to go right just because I GET TO CHOOSE how I want things to turn out. 

I know now that I’m no longer employable. 

Yesterday, I was enjoying the day with my step-son as he went to get his first car.  It’s been a big few months since he moved back in with us, he got his driver’s license and now he’s purchased his first car.

While I was enjoying the day and being so very thankful to have a business that allows me this flexibility, I had no clue that Facebook was down and unavailable for the majority of the planet.

This morning, as I did a quick scroll through Facebook to see all the messages and memes of “How did you survive?” or “Marked Safe”, it got me thinking….

Last week, I had so many intentions to get things done, but you want to know what happened?

Not much.

I’ve been feeling stuck and full of resistance to my business and well everything.  

This doesn’t mean that I’m not doing the work or helping my clients, but anything that could kind of be considered optional hasn’t been done (including emailing you).

But here’s what I’ve observed…

I am SUPER thankful I had a solution since I would have been thrown into a pretty huge panic.

The back story….

I was procrastinating on some other things I needed to do and had made the decision I wanted to test out a new child theme from my favorite theme designer.

This is a pretty run of the mill task for me to do.

Happy New Year!

Welcome new subscribers to my community and I look forward to sharing and getting to know you in 2019. Those of you who have been here for a while, I’m so very thankful that you’re here and I look eager to help you maintain a website that fits your goals!

This is the prime time of year that many of us are planning and thinking about how we want to see 2019 become. For many years, I just dived into planning for the year and then found myself getting distracted or even bored with what I was doing and I never met my goals I had initially set for myself.

This year feels different for me.

Today I want to share a story, I’m calling it a cautionary tale of going viral.

Imagine if you will...

You have created some amazing content on your site, the title of the blog post is intriguing and really entices folks to click through and the graphics you created to share on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are some of the best you’ve created.

During your regular check in with Google Analytics you see a spike in your traffic, you dig a little deeper and discover that it’s gone viral – well at least for you!  You are excited and then the worst thing happens

You got to check the PIN that’s bring the traffic and you click through to your site to see something similar to…

I have this book called, Good Morning: 365 Positive Ways to Start Your Day by Brooke Noel and I only recently started opening it again. Yesterday, it was a prime day to do just that because it started with the quote above.

It became a fresh light bulb moment for me and had me ask….

If you’ve been following what’s been happening here in my world you know that I had a bit of a melt down last month, where I considered quitting my business, then I had my own light bulb moment about a potential new service that I’m considering launching later this year.

In September, it will be my 10th anniversary of working online and last month I seriously considered quitting my business. I’ll get into the why in a moment, but the reality is as a business owner these thoughts happen all the time.

ALL THE TIME

and if you don’t experience self-doubt, frustration and even some anger when you’re building your business then I believe you’re doing something wrong.

My reason for thinking of quitting…

I’m writing this on the Monday before Christmas, it’s my last week in my office.  At the end of the week, I’ll be taking a moment or two to enjoy some much deserved relaxation and adventures with the family during the holidays.  How do you spend your time over the holidays? Some years I’ve done some work, others I’ve totally taken a break.  It’s can be a great time to focus on your own business as so many clients are also taking time off.

No matter what you decide to do for you and your business, enjoy the balance of 2016 and take a moment to say thank you to the year that has been and welcome 2017 with renewed awe and inspiration.

2016 has been a interesting year, I spent a good portion of my time in contemplation on how I wanted to see my business evolve and I changed my mind multiple times but I’ve settled into a place that feels great and I can wait to share the new things that will be coming to this site in 2017.

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