I know that we’re almost a month into 2020 and I’m still posting 2019 recap posts but…it was a BIG year for me!!! I want to have this kind of stuff thoroughly documented so I can remember how this journey looked and felt along the way.
I can’t feel too bad about wanting to take the time to reflect and celebrate. 2019 was my FIRST YEAR AS A FULL TIME BUSINESS OWNER! At 25!!! Never ever would I have thought this would be my reality.
This post is somewhat of a mix of documentation of what happened in the past year and notes from my Cultivate What Matters PowerSheets prep work. If you’re super goal-oriented and love to see progress, I highly recommend these!!
I wasn’t the best at keeping up with them last year but looking over my prep work from the beginning of the year was so humbling and encouraging. Almost everything that I had written down as being a fear or concern of mine I accomplished or figured out. It’s exactly what I needed when I was reflecting and preparing for this next year.
And the biggest of all…matched my salary from my agency position!!!!
Even going back and writing all of that out makes me want to freaking celebrate!!! It’s so easy to look at a new year and be a little overwhelmed by all that still needs to be and can be done. Taking the time to write it all about and say “YEAH. I DID THAT.” is sooo important.
2019 was hard for a lot of reasons but there were a lot of wins –– some tangible (like the list above) and some that weren’t.
In my 2020 PowerSheets Goal Planner, there is an exercise to write out what worked and what didn’t work from the previous year. This helps to really think about the things that you want to continue and seek more of vs. the things you want to purposefully cut out.
Here’s what some of mine were.
The second list was definitely a lot harder to write than the first. I highly, highly recommend doing this though because so many of my goals came out of both of these lists. I want to be intentional about keeping the good and fixing the challenges.
We are constantly learning lessons. My nana gave me a little coffee table book one time with advice from people ranging in ages 4-100. It is SO cute to read all of the things they have learned in their lifetime –– no matter how long or short.
Part of the PowerSheets prep work is to also list out the lessons learned from those good and bad things. I really like the idea of writing this down every year and then compiling them one day for my future generations!
Here are some of the top lessons learned in 2019:
2019 was a really, really good year. Even with the ups and downs. I am so looking forward to what’s next –– but before we can get there, we have to set some goals!
Tomorrow I will be posting my personal and business goals for the year so I can hold myself accountable and share with all of you! You know what they say, it helps to speak things into existence 🙂
If you are working on your PowerSheets or reflecting on your year, I would love to hear and celebrate your wins with you!
I’m Dakota, a Wilmington, NC-based photographer Helping engaged couples feel comfortable in front of the camera and creative businesses grow with purposeful brand imagery.
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