As a new business owner, I need to admit something. I read over and over again before I stepped out on my own that it would be hard. That there would be ups and downs.
And I believed it all. I didn't go into it lightly or thinking I was going to be a huge success in a few short months.
But after the first two months of incredible growth and success, having a down month hit me hard. I felt like a failure. I felt like I wasn't doing enough or like I made a mistake venturing out on my own.
Then I had to smack myself. This is everything I'd read and prepared myself for. I knew it wasn't going to be a walk in the park, and I knew there was going to be ups and downs. I had to give myself a break.
I also realized a lot of things happened in June in my personal life that really took my focus away from my business. And yes, that is going to happen. And yes, I have to be okay with it.
My big take away from all this was how incredibly hard I am on myself. And I know you all can relate. Sometimes we are our own worst enemies.
I also realized one of the things that took me away from being my own authentic self was a training I was in over those first two months. It was amazing and taught me so much, but I also started trying to imitate or mimic what they were doing, and it didn't fit me or who I am.
My dad said it best this morning...one size doesn't fit all! Just because it worked for someone else doesn't mean it will work for me. I have to be true to myself, what I believe, and what my brand is!
I am not a duplicate of anyone else. I am my own crazy, original, beautiful self! And I have to be me...unapologetically me!
And let's be real. Life happens. We can't always be 100%... Shoot, we can't always even be 75% or even 50%! And that's a hard pill to swallow sometimes.
And it's hard to be yourself when everyone is telling you what to do or how you should do things or that X works better than Y. I already took a huge leap of faith by leaving my government job and starting my own business! Now I have to continue on my path of being my own self!!
Now that I'm coming out of my funk and this down month, I'm so looking forward to my vacation from July 2-12 in Florida visiting my mom and other family, as well as going to Disney with my beautiful family. And I can not wait. I need it. Emotionally and physically and mentally. I'm going to use this time to rest, relax, renew, and rejuvenate.
I have an amazing summer planned for my business with so many fun events! I'm coming back with my big girl panties on and going to hit it hard, and be okay with the downs. But I'm also going to celebrate my ups!
Are you interested in your own business? Being financially independent? Contact me today to learn more about how you can make this happen for yourself!! Yes, it's work and it isn't always sunshine and roses, but it is the most fulfilling work I've ever done!! You won't regret it!
With love and wellness,