Well after a great New Years Eve Instagram post about how I have no freaking idea what I’m doing with my life, I thought it would be a good time to talk about making sure you are working towards designing a life you love! When I planned this blog post during my week long BLISS planning, I thought I would fill these “pages” with great tips to encourage you and practical plans to make sure you love your life, but then I lived through this last December and realized I am SO NOT QUALIFIED to tell anyone how to design their lives, because I am still learning how to design my own.
These last few weeks have been full of the most bizarre, confusing, and yet somehow motivating, moments I've had in 2018. I have questioned my priorities as a wife, a mother, a woman, a business owner, and every other hat that I wear; and while I spent the month with my skewed priorities, I also made some hella great goals for 2019 and most importantly, I have decided that the myth of "having it all together" is getting smashed this year.
I, Beth Woodward, do NOT under any circumstance, have ANYTHING "all together".
I am flawed in my priorities, I get tunnel vision during work and sometimes let life things fall to the side. I also am an “Aggressive Bar Raiser”, a term coined by the only men in my life who have the same genetic trait of working too hard. However, if you want some brutal honesty on building a business, someone who will tell you that raising an empire from home with 2 kids, while trying to attend networking events (and still maintain your identity) is HARD, then I am the girl to tell you that! The days are long, the nights are longer, and there will be days that you just don’t think you can send another email or accept another business card. On the other side of that coin though, is FREEDOM. The freedom to reschedule and take your kids to the park, the freedom to hit the gym at 10am in the morning, and send emails between sets. The freedom (and gut wrenching terror) of going it alone and knowing full well that you are dependent on your own drive and ability to run a successful business. THAT FREEDOM IS WORTH EVERYTHING.
So you want that entrepreneurial freedom? GREAT! Now where the hell do you find it?
Start with what you do and where you are going.
Write down your Mission, Vision and Values for your business (maybe even do some personal ones) and decide where you are actually going, what your goals are and work backwards.
Write down the things in life you know you aren’t willing to sacrifice, and be honest about the things you are (which let me tell you, is REALLY hard to admit!). I am willing to sacrifice a crap ton of stuff in order to grow my business, and sometimes that sacrifice is to my detriment in more than a few ways. Take the time to put your priorities on a scale and be f**king ruthless about what you want and what you are willing to do to get there. It’s ok if it scares you, because it’s the kind of fear that precedes really great changes.
Plan the crap out it.
Start with the things you know you can do easily. Then look at the big goals and figure out where they fit. Will you need to disappear for a few hours a week to focus? Will you need to call in some favors, pawn off some housework, find a friend to hold you accountable? Whatever you are planning, know that unless you have it written down, have something holding you accountable and are motivated, it may fall by the wayside. Setting yourself up for success is way easier when you have your plan in place.
Call in a Professional
If you are ready to brand a business, to take that business to a professional level, and upgrade from the side hustle, get some help! Whether you call me to help you brand, or you hire a coach, or join a small business community, surrounding yourself with like minded professionals makes such a world of difference as far as actually achieving your goals.
So with that said, let’s make some goals! Here is a great printable that you can use to write down your priorities when you start designing (or refining) your life. Don’t forget to share! I’d love to see what you are planning!