2020 has just begun and it has me reflecting. As I’m sure it does a few of you as well.
What have I learned? How far have I come? Am I on the right tack? Not to mention the wee bit of regret I have for the copious amounts of overindulging these last few weeks. Ahem, months*
I’ve done some thinking and have some ideas for the next decade of my life. I’m not really into the whole “New Year, New Me” concept, but I do believe in bettering myself and trying to improve with every year. Lol, also known as, growing up!!
Have I Learned Anything?
Planning my year in advance has always come with the territory being a nail tech. Some of my clients actually book a year in advance. I need to be thinking into the future. Always.
Yes this can be painful when something comes up spontaneously, but for the most part I have found the silver lining. I get to project. Project what the future looks like for me. When will I be taking holidays and when will I “wish” for some extra time? I have learned to be a lot kinder to myself over the years.
When you are first starting out in the industry, you are almost always expected to work overtime, cram all those clients in, cause frankly you are lucky to have them. There is a mad panic at Christmas. Nails need to be perfect for parties and plans!
After ten years of doing this, something dawned on me!
Why do we always exhaust ourselves before a holiday? Any holiday, whether it is Christmas or a vacation. How many of you have planned a fabulous get away with your family, only to find yourself working 14 days straight just to “afford” the time off? Then you get to your destination and spend the first three days in bed or binge drinking just to try to unwind. Raise a hand. I know I have done it!
This year I didn’t do it! This year I put up a little thing called a boundary and it worked! It flippin’ worked!
I planned my year with grace. I gave myself a few extra days off over the holidays. I worked shorter hours and saw fewer clients. I was actually looking forward to my days of work. Woke up smiling because I knew I was going to have some free time later. Did I lose a little money? Yeah, I guess I didn’t quite make as much as last year. But I think my quality of work was better. Charged a little more for the more intricate stuff and spent more time with my clients.
In the end I was happier and more present for my family when the time came.
Boundaries, who would have thought?
The Difference a Year Makes:
This time last year I was 8 months into working from home, in my little studio that I built downstairs. I was happy. Relieved that people wanted to follow me from the spa atmosphere into whatever it was I had created. But I was starting to yearn for a little more. I guess that is the nature of the beast. You dream. It becomes reality. Now what?
So I was starting the “now what” phase. How can I grow this? How can I reach more people and make this about more than just doing nails? Because, really it is way more than just nails.
Social media is the mecca of all things new and noteworthy. I know this. So I decided to look into online marketing. How can I take my little self and get more people to notice me or to even listen to me for that matter?
I took an online marketing course for about three months. I am still an active member actually, because there is just so much knowledge there. The course is outlined in a way that you can finish it at whatever speed you choose. It really didn’t take that long for me to become filled with inspiration.
See, I feel as though I have been doing this for over ten years now. Then what? I can’t do it forever. So is it all for nothing? I just do nails, build relationships, grow and evolve and then poof! Done. It just doesn’t sit right with me.
So I followed my heart, my gut and my new-found inspiration. I started a website. I wanted to for so long but was always worried about what other people might think. Or how they would judge me!
I have come a long way in a year. I have put many limiting beliefs behind me . I am working every day to create content that serves my followers. Even teaching classes in the upcoming months to help people in my community make an honest living for themselves and boost their confidence.
I cannot wait to see what 2020 brings. I am enjoying this part of my career even more than I could have imagined and it is just the beginning!! Whoo Hoo!
Let’s Do This!
Am I on the right track? It feels right. I feel motivated to keep trying that is. I don’t feel the need for more. Because I am in pursuit of more.
I do have some plans to improve my health, break out the yoga mat and just overall be a better human. I don’t consider that a “New Me” mantra, but I believe we should all try to make some improvements every year. Treat ourselves a little more. Treat ourselves better! Create space and time to enjoy your family and the things we love in life. The things that inspire us and make us excited. That’s where life is worth living for me. Not in the stressed out, over worked rat race. I can’t. It just does’t make my heart happy.
I’m going to read more books, take more walks and exercise my right to say no. It gets easier, trust me.
Wanna do it with me? It feels great to be in the pursuit of more. More health, more happiness, more free time. This is not greedy, this is necessary.
Let’s be better business owners, better friends, better mothers. Heck, lets just be better humans.
Here’s to 2020!
Cheyanne – The Nail Lamp Tramp