As we begin the new year I am feeling nostalgic but relieved that 2017 is finally behind me. I feel as if I was waiting so long for 2018 to arrive but now that its here I'm all... Now What?! I'm not one for lofty resolutions that I never uphold but more of a goal getter mindset. I have a few goals in mind for 2018, and one of those is growing my business and presence online. I worked hard last year to clean up my IG account and be more intentional in my postings. Once I stopped posting in real time and started planning what content to share my Instagram account started growing and I was so happy to finally reach my goal of 1,000 AUTHENTIC followers! By authentic I mean not paid for. (The bots that offer followers are offering something that is not genuine people interested in your business and most of the time not even real accounts, I will never pay any company for followers, period.) My goal this year is to reach even more but not solely for the number and let me explain a bit. I want to grow my follower base not just to have the number but because I feel that by reaching a broader audience, I not only can grow my business financially but also because I want to inspire and motivate my followers. I think that this year, 2018, is the year of the woman. Women in entertainment, women in business and women as a population that gets stuff DONE - 2018 is going to be our year and if I can use my little platform of 1000 people to help motivate and inspire then I am succeeding in my eyes. It takes a LOT of work to pursue a dream. Many sleepless nights worrying about our businesses and if we will be able to support our families, how to turn inspiration into financial freedom, etc. We need motivation and uplifting posts that will help inspire and I'm hoping to really do that this year.
I am also trying to simplify my life in many aspects this year. Less clutter, less purchasing just because its pretty but does it also serve a purpose? I reached major burnout level over the course of the past year because I was trying to do it all while my store was still open. I lost track of the "Why" in my life and started just focusing everything on my bottom line. When I opened my store my goal was to bring my art to the world by having a location for my furniture and also my vintage finds. When I opened I found out quickly that the location I was in was profitable but not in the arena that I thrive in. I was selling some furniture but for the most part what was paying the bills was gift and clothing items. While I loved merchandising that was not my original purpose so I quickly lost the passion and got burnt out. My store didn't fail but I needed to close so I could simplify and get back to my original passion of painting antique furniture and selling it along with beautiful gathered finds that make an impact in your home. This year I am excited to concentrate on my passions again and see how far that will take my business.
Now that you have a little background on my goals for 2018, I want to look back on 2017. I had some of my favorite pieces I've ever painted in my last year but a lot of them were completely buried in the feeds because my store was in the forefront of my life. I am so excited to be painting again. My ideas are coming a mile a minute and I'm inspired to make the best out of what I have and grow my business with much less overhead that will allow me the time & finances to pursue life and other things while not reaching that burn out phase so I can stay creative.
To keep the inspiration going scroll on down this post for my favorite pieces of 2017! And at the end will you do me a favor? Will you leave a comment letting me know what you want to see more of from my blog and IG over the next year? Do you love my painted pieces? What about vintage finds and home decor or how about more of my lost, found rooms and interior designing? How about lifestyle and inspiration posts or DIY tutorials? Let me know, I really want to hear what my followers like to see from me so I can do my best to inspire and motivate you! I wish you all the best in the coming year and I hope you chase your dreams!