3 Lessons I’ve Learned from My Business
Things have been pretty quiet over in my corner of the internet lately. I have taken some time to refocus my vision, recenter myself, and organize and plan for the coming months/year. This is time that I probably should have taken before launching into my business. But I have always been the type who has a hard time waiting for something to start. When I get an idea in my heart, I just want to fly with it!
In the past nine months since I set out on this endeavor as a small business owner, I have learned a lot. Not just about running a business, but about myself. I have learned that sometimes the best way to learn is just to dive right in and do, learning by the doing, and from others, along the way. Here is what I have learned over the last three quarters of this year:
1) All those organization buzzwords people are talking about? They really work!
Working from home with two young kiddos running around was harder than I anticipated. I learned quickly that I needed to better schedule and use my time. Automation, scheduling, workflows, and batching tasks have become my new best friends. You should see me on Monday, my family food prep day, when I bust out our entire family's breakfasts and lunches in one go! The batching, scheduling, automation, and workflows (called routines when teaching them to my kids) work great for keeping things as smooth as possible for my family and my business, which means I get more quality time with my husband and kids, and I feel more productive when I sit down to prepare documents for one of my couples.
2) Aligning business priorities to life priorities matters. (Oh, and working hours are important!)
At one point this summer, I realized that I wasn't approaching my business in a way that was fulfilling to me. I hadn't completely aligned my business priorities with my personal and family priorities. I knew that in order to find this fulfillment that I was seeking, I needed to reevaluate my goals and priorities. For me, those priorities are my faith, my person, my family, and then my business. So I have been looking at and rewriting my business goals so that they are truly in line with the rest of my life. I have learned how to better schedule my days (again, going back to lesson number one) so that I can feel fulfilled spiritually first thing in the morning, making sure that I am taking care of myself well so that I can take care of my family. Then, when I am with my husband and my kids, I am truly with them. Not worrying about my next post to social media or email inbox. When it is time to get to work, I have a dedicated time and space, and I am way more productive than when I try to overlap other responsibilities with my work!
3) I really do love this work! (Because weddings and their people are awesome!)
The wedding industry is full of wonderful professionals who come from all walks of life. Each one brings unique gifts, talents, and personalities to their brides and grooms, with a true commitment to helping them make their wedding dreams a reality. I have loved meeting and working with a handful of these wonderful individuals this summer, and I look forward to meeting more throughout the coming year. I've also loved meeting new clients, and staying in touch with past ones. I feel so blessed that they have entrusted me with the details of their weddings!
Overall, I've loved the journey of discovering who I am as a business owner. Of finding my footing, my voice, my style, and my confidence. Of learning how this new role compliments my life.
I am excited for the projects that are ahead, the journey that will continue, and the beauty that I get to pursue along the way!
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