This time last year I was working with my mentor as a business coach in his firm. I really enjoyed it but kept seeing the ceiling of what I could make income wise and how much impact I could have if I only coached locally.
I’m really glad I took the leap to venture out on my own. As much as I wanted to stay with him because he is awesome and fun to work with, I knew in the long run it would be better.
What made it sweeter was that my clients didn’t want to give me up. They wanted to stay with me and not go with another coach. So my mentor graciously agreed to let me take my clients with me.
I had freedom to do anything I wanted. It was both a good and bad thing. I went all over the place at first. I got a provisional patent, I started this blog, I created an iPhone app, and I wrote a 50,000 word book. I did things just because I wanted to try them.
I helped my friends EepyBird launch the Coke and Mentos Rocket Car video in 3D which had an amazing 2 million views within weeks. I even went to the David Letterman and Early Show with them.
Family wise this year has been great too. I did almost all of the things on my list that I wanted to do with them, like go to the drive in, camped in our backyard, went to amusement parks, played outside for hours and sat out under the stars. The only thing I didn’t do was start Brazilian Ju Jitsu and start my son in karate.
I traveled to Blogworld and met amazing people. Shortly afterwards this blog received a lot of media coverage, with CNN Newsroom, MSN Money, Yahoo Finance, CNN Money and local news stations here.
After Thanksgiving it has been a bit of a blur. With my son’s birthday and holiday parties I’m not sure exactly what has happened to this month. I have great memories of parties and delighted faces but it went by so fast. It’s already gone and we are all gearing up for 2011, and our cruise in a few weeks.
I’ve worked with amazing business owners this year and I am excited by how much growth I see. I see the people I am working with becoming better people. They are handling difficult situations better, they are enjoying their business more just by changing their outlook, and they are gearing up for big changes. My clients are amazing people and I am so thankful for them.
A few words of advice for 2011:
Everything in this world is temporary. 2010 was temporary and we are on to 2011. Since it’s only temporary we might as well kick butt while we can. Make 2011 the most FAN-Freakin-TASTIC year yet. You can always go back to the way things were in 2012.
My Personal Goals Update
Here are some of the personal goals I had that I listed in this blog and how I did.
1. I meditate five times per week, and let go of situations I have no control over.
I have been able to meditate a lot more than the previous year. It still seems to come in waves, where I will hit the goal for a few weeks, slack off and then pick it back up. Overall though I have been much better at this. (Having a second child helped me become a lot less of a control freak overall!)
2. Â I earn $2,000 per month passively.
Currently I earn $12 per month passively myself. Woo! My iPhone App was more of an experiment to see what the process was like (and good thing because it only makes like $12 per month!) This stopped being as much of a priority during the middle of the year and it didn’t get much traction.
My husband earns a bit in passive income from the licensing of his music around the world, plus thousands in CD sales.
3. I maintain 140-145 pounds and no longer eat any sugar or fake sugar products.
I was at 100% for the first 6 months. Then I was doing so well, so I added in a little bit of a splurge while I was in NYC. Bad idea! Especially since that I didn’t stop. And now it is the holidays! (Lame excuses I know!!) But I am resetting this goal for the New Year.
4. I have a clean and organized home with an office that is a sanctuary.
Yes! We have a beautiful office and library on the third floor now. It’s nice and quiet and I’d call it a sanctuary. Most of our house is organized too. Though it could always be better!
5. We took two family trips that were amazing and fun.
We only took one this year with the children, and we are going on a cruise to Honduras, Belize and Mexico in January with the family! I also went to Las Vegas, and NYC on my own.
6. We contributed $1,000 to great causes.
I don’t have the exact numbers on this until I do my taxes but we are pretty close. I know we just donated a check to a local family who’s daughter has a rare kidney disease. It astounds me what strength parents have when their children are sick. Earlier this year we donated a lot to Charity Water too.
7. Matt and I go on a date night once per week.
Not once per week, but probably once every other week. That is a huge improvement from last year! We just saw TRON in 3D last weekend, and another movie the weekend before that. We realize we really use up the entertainment budget when we go out so much!
At the end of the year I ask myself, â€œIf this was my last year on earth would I be happy with it?â€ My answer is yes. And really, that is all that I can ask for.
Have a very happy end of the year!