Well, that went quickly!
I thought I’d do a bit of a ‘year in review’, from both a business and personal perspective, and a look forward to what the next year might hold.
When I look back, this year was all about increasing my strength.
I got stronger physically with the help of weights and exercise, and my business grew stronger both financially and in experience. I think this is the year my little business grew up.
This year I stopped caring so much about the weight on the scales, and realised that it was the weight on the bar that really mattered to me. I stopped worrying as much about how my body looks when I realised how freaking strong it is. Thanks, body!
I’ve grown to love my thunder thighs. Did you hear that, bullies? My thighs are STRONG. They help me squat the highest weights in class. They help me take huge steps on hikes that I would’ve panicked about previously. Yeah, we’re on good terms now, my thighs and I.
I’m turning 30 in January and I’m feeling better about my body than I ever have before. That’s a pretty decent achievement, I reckon.
I’ll start this by admitting that I didn’t make any huge or drastic business changes this year. My laurels were well and truly rested. In its second year as a limited company, Finest Imaginary Ltd (including the Kim Lawler Creative branch) chugged along at a nice speed.
I started the year by taking an expensive (a-hem) business development class that was basically a bunch of pleasantly packaged shite, rehashed from various free resources. I formed a few friendships with fellow bitter classmates, and made a few connections & new clients, so not all was lost.
I invested in new equipment (hello my beautiful new laser cutter!), I increased my overall profits by around 30% (!), and I brought in lots of new business practices that I’m excited to develop in 2015.
I worked with around 25 clients on their websites this year, and some of them were the best people ever & I really hope to work with them again. I’m not going to lie to you, I also had my share of not-so-great projects. Swings and roundabouts!
I started working more with Shopify, too, and ditched that hefty beast Magento. And I still love WordPress, that’s a given.
I feel like my business secured its roots this year, that I have a really solid base for growth, and I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings.
And for 2015?
I’m not really one for resolutions, I know they work for some people, but I like my goals to be on-going and flexible.
In 2015 I want to continue on my fitness journey, where ever that might take me.
I want to travel more, that’s for sure. And I want to take more time away from the computer. Life’s too short, you know?
I want to see more personal projects come to light, and mix them up in my business a little more.
I want to continue to push myself with my work, learn new skills, and offer new services.
And I definitely don’t want to rest on my laurels as much as I think I did in 2014! Yeesh!
This blog’s going to be changing a bit, too. I miss blogging about my life so I’ll be mixing some more of that back in. I don’t want to say I’ll be blogging more, but here’s hoping, eh?
Happy 2015 everyone!