Last year was a big one. A huge one. At the end of the year I really reassessed how I worked, what I exposed to the public and what I wanted to do with my future. After running the same type of business for 12 years and then selling, there's a lot of reassessment that came with that.
I took down my public facebook page, took down my website and went into a hold of recuperation and recovery.
I've always been super goals driven. At any point in the last 10 years I could tell you what my goal is for ten years time, my ideal life, my ideal income and my plan to make this achievable. I would break the ten years down in half to five years, then one year goals, then 90 day action plans and weekly tasks. In the end, it was never a question of whether or not I would achieve my goals because I knew I just had to follow the small simple steps each day and I would eventually get there. That served me so well and worked beautifully while I was in it. There was of course a huge amount of obstacles that blind sided me on a weekly basis but I had laser like focus on that goal and absolute tunnel vision to achieve it.
I don't want to do that anymore. I have no doubt that I reached my ultimate goal because of that type of discipline, but I now want to play a bit and get the fun back into business. I don't want to close myself off to opportunity because I'm too focussed on going left when it could be so much more beneficial to go right. I was telling a girlfriend about how I reached my goals and how proud I was that I accomplished my plan and she said "Imagine all of the things you might have been able to achieve if you hadn't limited yourself to those goals". My thoughts to that - WTF? Yeah, I'd never thought I was limiting myself, I've always thought I was a big thinker. So this year I decided to go with the flow and see where life takes me and what opportunities open up.
You know the old adage that when you create space, wonderful things will come in and fill it? It didn't take long for my space to be filled! I still work full time for Begin Bright and am committing to reaching the goal of seeing 100 centres in operation by the end of 2018. I am launching a fashion label, Shexy, in June that's designed specifically for women under 5 foot 5 (short and sexy). I am writing a series of children's books about a surfer named Kobe Kane designed for children 7 - 11 years old. I am currently negotiating on purchasing the film rights to a book series that I want to produce into a movie. In the last 3 months I've taken my family on a 3 week holiday to Hawaii, gone to India with a girlfriend for 10 days and leave in a few days to go to SXSW conference in Texas and then a romantic trip with my husband to Alaska and El Salvador.
Life is big and full and bursting with energy, just as I wanted it to be. Some of my projects will be sensational, some will tank but I truly believe you never succeed if you never try and I am certainly happy for this year to be all about playing. Some people have a hobby of sport or art, this is mine - creating, selling, learning, growing, helping, achieving. If nothing else, it's going to be interesting!