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Cheers to new beginnings

They say a new year is a perfect time for a new start. On that theme of “newness,” I decided that the start of 2017 would be the perfect time to officially launch my new business and website.

I started by announcing the launch on my social media accounts. I’m pretty sure there was sweat beading on my forehead as I wrote – and then re-wrote and re-wrote a little more – the announcement post. It’s not like I am new to writing, or even new to freelancing for that matter, but until this point I had never widely publicized my work as a writer. (Even though I’ve been working as a writer in some form for more than 10 years). I’m a fiercely private person. An introvert through and through – after all, I’m a writer who works from a home office!

I had spent several weeks getting my website ready. What if people didn’t like it? What if there would be more of the job-quitting judgment that I mentioned in an earlier post? Or what if I had missed some glaring grammatical error (which is pretty much my worst nightmare)? The “what if” scenario game continued like that for a solid two hours.

After re-write #142 of my social media post, I finally worked up the courage to hit “done” and make it go live.

There. It was out.

I waited with bated breath to see what sort of response my announcement would draw.

It turned out that I had little to be nervous about; the responses that I received from former classmates, colleagues, acquaintances, and friends were overwhelming and heartwarming.

Launching my own business has turned into an experience more rewarding than I could ever have imagined. Not only am I getting to pursue my dream of having my own writing business, but the experience continues to force me to push the boundaries on my introvert comfort zone (and I’ve survived each time!).

So, continuing on that theme of “newness,” the amazing and supportive response to my business launch led me to make a (slightly belated) list of new year resolutions.

I will…

-be more open to taking chances that may yield new opportunities, either professionally or personally.

-continue with my commitment to have more fun with writing. AND I will make sure that I write every day.

-embrace the power of positivity!

-celebrate all milestones. Because every new milestone brings a new adventure, new life lesson, or new experience. Rather than look five or 10 years down the road at what might be eventually, I want to focus on what is right here and now.

-And most importantly: I will realize that I have way more courage than I give myself credit for (I did, after all, quit my job and launch my own business!).

I’ve never been big on new year resolutions, but I figure if there was ever a year to give them a whirl this is it. Because, well, why the heck not, right?

Here goes! Three cheers for new beginnings!

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