So you want to build a business, turn your hobby into a full-time job, or just grow yourself into a better version? In a snapshot, that's what this last year has been for me. Sure I've had two previous successful businesses, but this year...this was the year it really all came together in a big way. The year when I finally achieved that unachievable word of: BALANCE. Most people will tell you that balance doesn't exist and to a degree, they are right, but I'd argue that finding the balance is being content with the sacrifices made to achieve the desired goal. You could call it the cost to benefit ratio. Over the years, I've come to know where my boundary is, as such, I don't hesitate to send a call to voicemail or miss out on a soccer tournament, depending on the circumstances.
Balance will look different for each of us, but for me it means that more nights than not, I'm not working, I'm making dinner, doing homework & driving to soccer practice. Do these things happen every single day? Absolutely not. But are they the norm? Absolutely yes. There are seasons during the year that we eat out more than in, and days where babysitters are more frequent. If I had to average it all out though? I'd say I work 10 hours a week. Some weeks might be a solid 40, but that means 3 other weeks are a solid 0...so balance if you will.
One of the biggest changes I made this year, which really catapulted my process was to stop. Stop and listen. After I closed down Olive Lane, I didn't jump into anything right away. I was content to marinate on things for quite a bit. But while I was marinating on where & what I wanted to do next, I was to listening & learning, expanding my mind. All those mornings in the gym with my head phones in? It wasn't old school rap going on in there. It was podcasts with the likes of Tim Ferris, Amy Porterfield, Lewis Howes, Jenna Kutcher, Toby Salgado & Marie Forleo. Every. Single. Morning. Talk about a good wake up routine. Each morning I had an hour in the gym, which was so good for my physicality (I miss it terribly right now!), but even better? My mind was being stimulated & ideas were growing.
The biggest takeaway from it all, from every book, from every podcast is this: every story you hear of triumph, of success, of beating incredible odds, they are all just ordinary people. Unbroken, Gifted Hands, Wild, books that all told the stories of real people that overcame incredible odds, they were just like you, except they did something different than those around them. They had an idea, a thought, a goal & then they did it. They did not accept no as an option. They did not walk away when the going got tough. Instead, they worked harder & when you do that, you'll eventually beat the odds...with whatever it is you're chasing.
Hi, I'm Amy. When I'm not scouring the valley for the perfect new house, you can usually find me in the kitchen with a gaggle of kids. Chips, salsa and a Diet Coke are usually in hand.