2015 was a great year, don’t you agree?
It’s funny how it’s 2 weeks into January, and since I haven’t posted anything about the end of 2015 or the beginning of 2016, I already feel behind. That’s so silly. We do put a lot of pressure on ourselves with January 1 looming, don’t we?
2015 was a great year for me. My business turned 5 years old, and I turned 40. I remember when I was oh so young and naïve, you know 5 years ago, having a heart to heart with my dear husband about wanting to start my own business.
The word Consulting scared him because he thought it would mean I’d never be home. (I didn’t know what a coach was at that time!) Not having a regular old fashioned paycheck scared both of us. I was afraid that if I didn’t do something well before I turned 40, it would be too late.
Now, I realize that I could have waited and I would have been totally fine. But hindsight is 20-20 right? Starting a business has not been an easy ride by any stretch. I’ve failed and learned, failed and learned, and then some. But, now if you ask either myself or my husband, we can’t imagine our lives without my business.
Over the years, I’ve learned how to build in flexibility and get smarter about planning for all the angles to be covered. (How do kids know how to get sick on the one day you have a major event?) I have gone it alone and had amazing support along the way. Sometimes I blaze my own trail, other times I follow exact guidelines.
In the end, I have a thriving business with tons of potential. The past two years in the December/January months have been busy! (When I started I was told to get used to, and plan for, $0 to come in those months each year.)
And while that is exciting in and of itself, I have not only gotten older, but have really grown. I’ve pushed myself to learn and do things that I didn’t even know existed, or were remotely possible 5 years ago. It feels great to get to learn something new all the time.
So yes, 2015 was a great year. We hosted the 3rd Annual Shoop Shift Leadership Awards Ceremony. I worked with many amazing companies privately, and found my groove with those who could use a little boost in customer service. (Hint, great leadership is key!) A couple of my clients worked with me one on one to step up in their leadership and become the leaders they wanted to be. Throw in some fun team building events, great conferences I got to keynote or speak at, YouTube channel launch, and stronger business friendships and I feel like my year was overflowing with greatness.
I can’t wait to see what 2016 will bring!