Goal 3: Grow.
- Work for myself and/or out of my home by the end of the year.
- Create a business plan and official documentation of a venture.
- Attend six networking events.
- Make time to read for fun.
- Try something new once a month.
Well, obviously and ad nauseam, you know that I succeeded in sub-point one. I’m a month into it and just starting to find a rhythm AND the fear that I should have had on day one. What if this doesn’t work? Am I pricing things right? How do I get folks to believe in me if I’m working from home? Why won’t anyone return my emails!?! Ack. Lots of worries, but also lots of excitement. This is still the third best decision I’ve ever made. (1. Going to South Carolina for college. 2. Marrying Randy.) What you may not know is that I do have a business plan and all the appropriate tax paperwork completed. I now have a mileage book in my car and a percentage of my house designated as office. If you have any interest in reviewing the business plan, I’d love for you to review and give me your thoughts.
I did attend my prerequisite number of networking sessions in 2011 and should probably up the number in 2012. I ended up making some great friends (and thusly business connections) through the #MKEfoodies tweet-ups and enjoyed AMA-Milwaukee Chapter luncheons. I didn’t get that much out of other activities, but I always learned something.
With school behind me, I rediscovered my love for the library where I come home with no less than eight books to read in a three-week time frame. Like everyone else in the world, I read the Girl with a Dragon Tattoo and The Hunger Games series, but after picking up an interesting read on the Medici family in Florence, I’ve been on a European royalty/history kick. If you have any recommendations, I’d love to hear them! Reading is my version of meditation. I love that time for myself.
Now the exciting part – what new things did I try in 2011:
- Entered a food challenge.
- Tried sweet potato soup. (Concept sounds awful…soup itself was quite tasty.)
- Get married! (And share finances for the first time in my adult life. This was a personal challenge. Randy is better with money than I am, but..but… it’s my money.)
- Run 20 minutes straight.
- Take the bus to work.
- Go to Europe and all the new experiences that entailed.
- Do a 10k.
- List a company as a LLC.
- Tried Mediterranean food. (Loved it. New favorite lunch spot!)
- Teach in a bathing suit.
- Quit a job without a sure thing lined up.
As you can see, I need to do one more new thing in 2011. With only 10 days left, what do you think I should do???