So I’m sitting here in my office, glass of champs in hand and tearing up a little during a solitary end of year celebration. Last year, I decided that creating yearly goals just wasn’t for me and instead I wrote out some secret hopes and desires, wished upon the universe and let them go.
Now having opened them, I am amazed at how every single one manifested in some way and that my year was even brighter than I ever could have imagined. Aaah, the beauty of letting it all unfold. That’s where the magic is.
After this glorious year of experimentation and flow, can I hand on my heart say that it is possible to build a business based on love and intuition, kindness and generosity and some good old fashioned guts? A business that makes your heart swell till it feels like it’s going to burst? A business that is profitable enough to keep your bills paid and generous enough for you to lead a life that feels blessed? Yes.
Were there tears?
Did I feel scared at times?
Was I ever physically ill from doing too much and not taking care of myself?
Were there moments of complete and utter doubt that I am good enough?
Did that ever outweigh my overwhelming desire to continue on this path?
This journey isn’t for everyone. I don’t advocate working until exhaustion but for me I had to do this fast. It was either make this work or get a job, and even though I’ve always loved so many aspects of being an employee, after years of working with people who have allowed me so much freedom and autonomy, I just couldn’t face being back on the treadmill. With a baby in the mix my time was even more limited and determination was even more fierce.
And so, it is in this reflective mood that I wonder, what advice would I pass on to others who are just starting out? People like me who crave to make a difference in this world. Who believe that business is less about making a transaction and more about creating positive change. People who have an unrelenting desire to gift everything they have of themselves to those who need it.
So here is what I have. My advice from me to you. From one solo business owner who didn’t know what the heck she was really doing when she first started this crazy ride to you, you beautiful soul.