I’ve been reading a lot of posts where people pick a single word to define the coming year. This word symbolizes how they want to feel in 2015.
I can’t say I’ve ever done this, but when looking back on 2014, it was easy to come up with a word for the year just past.
Through all the little annoyances and worries and late payments that go hand-in-hand with working for yourself, I have remembered to be grateful.
I was self-employed before for about nine years, and even though it was an awesome experience, I spent far too much time worrying about where the next client was going to come from, or when that invoice would finally be paid (some things never change, apparently).
When I started working in a corporate environment, I thought longingly back to the days when I was my own boss. Why hadn’t I appreciated all the creative freedom I had? Not to mention the freedom to choose my own hours and projects? Oh, to no longer be at the whim of managers and fellow employees.
I view this as a second chance, and so I’m incredibly grateful. I’m grateful that if a project doesn’t suit me, or I don’t have the time, I can say no. I’m grateful that if someone treats me poorly, I don’t have to work with him or her again. I’m grateful that I can build my own team, with people like photographer Joel Ross, designer Kyla Roma, researcher Paula Boon, editor Chris Brogden, and writers Drew Kozub and Elle Rush. I’m grateful that I get to spend so much more time with my animals. I’m grateful that I live with a man who supports my dreams one-hundred percent. Not everyone would have supported my decision to walk away from a director position in order to create my own path, but he encouraged it.
I’m grateful for the little things too. (Or maybe they’re not so little…you decide.)
I’m grateful that I can work as little or as much as I want. That if I meet a friend for lunch and I’m having an amazing time, I (usually) don’t have to cut it short in order to get back to work. I can get my errands done in the middle of the day if I like. I don’t have to ask anyone’s permission to take a vacation. If I need to see the dentist or doctor or have work done on the house, I can simply tweak my schedule. I learn something new almost everyday, and I’ve met some incredible people. The only one who can limit me is me…no one is going to tell me an idea is “too creative” or suggest that I should keep on doing the same old thing anymore.
And, perhaps best of all, NO MEETINGS!
There are several things that aren’t great about working for yourself, but one thing I’ve finally realized is that no one’s life or situation is perfect. We can always dwell on the negative, but life is short, and we’ll find a way to get through the difficult stuff.
I want my word for 2015 to be Pride. I want to make myself proud by keeping the promises I make. I want to remember to be proud of my accomplishments instead of beating myself up over my mistakes.
What’s your word for 2014? What would you choose for 2015?
Happy New Year! See you on the other side. xoxo