I have always loved this time of year. Looking back on the year to see how far I’ve come and the anticipation of a fresh start with the arrival of a new year. I love all the good food, family time and friends plus all the movies on tv this time of year too. There always seems to be a special warm feeling pouring from everywhere. While I can honestly say that I wasn’t as into the holidays this year as I have been in years past, I have so much to be thankful for and with the New Year right around the corner, I’m really looking forward to the fresh start. Before I can start fresh though, I need to take a look at where I’ve come from this year.
2017 was my year of change and while I don’t see a lot of movement forward compared to a year ago or past years in general, I think it was a year well spent regrouping, taking a few steps back and charting a new course forward. Looking back over the year, I can see that the biggest takeaway was a shift in priorities. I focused more on quality than volume, took more time for learning and doing thing things I’m passionate about and I moved away from being a physical shop toward more of a boutique, online business. By doing that, the online sales grew exponentially from 2016; something I didn’t see coming.
During the later part of 2017 I finally met a goal I’ve had for a couple years when I launched the printable and template designs. This also allowed me to expand some of our physical printing services because there was more diversity and more time could be spent on quality projects. This was a big milestone for me personally and it’s allowed me to devote more of my time to the creative parts of my job as well as taking more time for client relationships as well as diversifying the business more which I feel is a great thing.
The downside to 2017 is my lack of goal setting a year ago. Even though I needed this time to regroup, there isn’t much that can be measured now to see what actually got done. I feel like much of the year was spent just going through the motions rather than really being invested. I do understand though that part of this is most likely because I did split my time between taking classes, blogging on a sister site and keeping RC going just enough to make it all happen.
All in all, this was a year much needed and while sales have continued to grow, I feel like for the most part, things have stood still. I can’t wait to start 2018 fresh and I’ve got some pretty specific goals I want to accomplish which I’ll be sharing with you next week. Until then, enjoy your weekend! Have a safe and prosperous New Year and I’ll see you in 2018!
P.S. I want to think everyone that has continued to stick around through all the ups and downs. I want to thank all my customers and clients. Without you, I wouldn’t get to do what I love every day.