It’s been a couple of years since I’ve committed to any kind of Year in Review post. (What does that tell you about the last couple of years? Dull and depressing, that’s what.) Truly, the last few years have been some of the most difficult and trying years of my life. This year couldn’t be farther from that, for me; this year, everything changed.

Moving from 2015 into 2016, my mentor (one of the few people who truly have my back, always) told me flat out: “This year is going to be your year. You watch.”

Doubtful, knowing the trajectory of years past, I had welcomed January with a singular goal: Return to the entrepreneurial career path I had been pursuing; this time with my focus on turning my independent freelance work into development of full-service creative agency. Having absolutely no agency experience behind me, I have to admit I was a little daunted by what I had tasked myself with. But, I knew – when it came to the scalability of everything else in my life – this was the only way I would ever be able to “do it.” By February, there was a digital property and a client list was organically growing and it [the client list] continued to grow month-to-month, scaling in size, and surprising me every single time. I’ve been truly blessed with the success of it all.

The only way that growth was possible was because I did the complete opposite of what all the books told me to do: I focused entirely on “the now.” I kept my head down for as long as possible, focused on a singular outcome and I worked my ass off every day to see it through. Having been where I’ve been in the past and having seen darker days it really made me appreciate the brighter ones and more importantly motivated me to keep working harder. There were definitely moments where I questioned my own sanity and wondered if it was even worth it; usually when tempted by other opportunities or seemingly bountiful ulterior options. But, I knew about mid-Summer that I was on to something great and that even greater things were to come.

For the later part of this year, I’ve been working closely with an assistant to implement process and procedure to streamline the day-to-day operations; we’re making some really great headway. This might be the most unequivocally exciting and yet daunting experiences thus far. (A life-long freelancer, I tend to sway when it comes to structure. But, I’m trying to remain committed.)

I have learned a lot; I shared some of it in my earlier Birthday post. I have learned to [slowly] trust in the combination of Universal Fate and individual ability to deliver a positive and life-affirming outcome. I’ve learned to trust other people [a little] more; that it’s important to do so if you’re ever going to get anywhere. (We’re all on the same journey to happiness.) Finally, I’ve learned to carve out a little time for the betterment of me. Self-care is a big part of success. (If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t make it very far.) To prove it, I have happily taken this entire week off from any and all professional obligations. And, loved every minute of it.

Now, as I prepare to join the rest of the world in counting down the moments to a new and beautiful year ahead, I’m sharing with you some of the most memorable moments of 2016. I’m not captioning them. Because, a thousand words is enough — don’tcha think?

What’s to come? Let’s see…

Cheers.

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