Holy crap. The year is already halfway over. It was just January the other day!
Who let this happen?
Why is this happening?!
Don’t panic. I don’t know how to help you in that department.
And it’s okay. Times flies when you’re busy having a life or being an adult or binge watching television.
Speaking of television, one of my guiltiest pleasures, I am very saddened and deeply depressed that it’s going to be almost a year before the next Game of Thrones season starts.
Yeah. I’m one of those people.
Fortunately I have plenty of other tv shows I can marathon through.
While I curl into a ball and cry in a corner because 2014 is already halfway over.
Just kidding. Well, not really.
Thankfully I’ve managed to accomplish a lot more this year than I have in awhile. I guess you could say I’m being an adult now. Or just a consistent business person.
It is going to be a beautiful sunny day out that will hit the 90’s by midday. I’m sitting at a comfortable 70 degrees as I write this. I really don’t need 90 degree weather. (That’s such a Washingtonian thing to say.)
So before I melt into a puddle of sweat and crankiness, I would like to recap my top 5 biggest highlights from this year to date! This year I took very different and new avenues to approaching business and marketing. It’s been a BIG year for growth and learning and figuring out what the eff I’m actually doing with my life. (I also turned 25 this year, a quarter of a century, my "quarter life crisis" so to speak.) Maybe this will help you jumpstart your business strategies. So here we go...
My Top 5 half year highlights:
The crown jewel of my year so far. An online internet marketing training created by super marketing-savvy master business lady, Marie Forleo. This lady is my entrepreneurial guru. I always look forward to her weekly video series, MarieTV. And B-school is absolutely worth every penny. It’s going to be the #1 thing I recommend when people ask me how to effectively run a business online. It only comes around once a year so keep an eye out for it next year when registration opens up in February.
My website, logo and branding went through a complete overhaul this year as well. Not that this is anything new. I typically try to rebrand every other year or so but this time, it was serious. Like super serious. The biggest change was that I went back to blogging again (but this time under the premise that it be CONSISTENT and quality content). I got nice photo’s taken of myself (which you should be seeing soon) and am trying to build a consistent brand across all social media and my website.
I moved. Again. But this time I live all by myself. (Cue that Eric Carmen song “All By Myself” minus the sadness.) Previously I had always lived with a boyfriend and roommates so it’s been a very different experience and honestly, it’s been awesome. Not that living with your significant other or friends is a bad thing. Or going through a really bad break up that culminated in your moving out. Those were also huge learning experiences. But it’s been great having your own place that you can do whatever you want with space-wise and know exactly what you’re coming back to. And if you’re an introvert like me, it’s overall just really nice to have your own place with or without the DIY decal stickers or artsy fartsy posters to hang.
This is my first official year working completely as a freelancer/self-employed/small business owner without a steady job in the mix. It’s been very freeing and kind of terrifying at the same time. At first it really was nerve wracking knowing that I didn’t have a steady job to fall back onto and having mostly just uncertainty for the year ahead. But as time went on I learned to really embrace what I have now, be more present in my life and to keep working towards my biggest goals that I want to achieve.
Yeah that’s right. This made my highlight list. And it’s not just about Game of Thrones either. (Although here’s an interesting article on learning about content marketing through GoT.) I also discovered the most glorious tv series ever, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. I mean I was hooked from the get go. I raved about it with anyone that would listen and immediately bought the dvd’s the second they were available. If you’re looking for something that’s educational but presented to you in a mindblowingly vivid and attention grabbing way, this is for you. This is a follow-up to Carl Sagan’s Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which aired in 1980 on PBS and is still the most widely viewed PBS series in the world. And don’t get me wrong, I was never that into anything science-related. So this becoming a full blown obsession (because who are we kidding here) is a BIG deal.
So there you have it. My top 5 highlights from the year thus far.
Does anyone else agree that living on your own or freelancing or Cosmos is just the greatest thing ever?
Anyone else feel like they’re in the same place in their life and are unsure where to start in terms of building a business or supporting yourself? Maybe this article can help them. SHARE! It’s good for you.
Until next time,
-Anne “the self-employed, independent, business-ey, television addict” Cho