see ya 2014 + welcome to 2015

Happy new year!

We’ve spent almost one full week in 2015 already, isn’t that crazy? During the holiday season I was spending some amazing time with my family (and of course my dogs), and loving every second of it. There’s nothing quite like hanging out with the people you love.

But of course, I am happy to be getting back into a routine :)

This is the first post in a 4 part welcome to 2015 series I’ll be writing. Over these next 4 days, I will be posting once every day as an official kick off to the new year.

welcome to 2015 part 1: 2014 in review

Warning: This post is mostly for my own benefit. But who knows, you might relate to my experience, or find it useful.

It’s been a wild year, compared to the previous years of my life.

Case in point:
Years 1998 – 2014 = school
2014 = end of school

It doesn’t seem like that crazy of a thing, but it really is. All those years in school were comparably easier. What was I doing? School. What was I going to be doing next year? More school. Underlying everything I did was the fact that my main focus was to do school (and university), and to do it well.

In 2014 that all changed. Nearing the beginning of the year I was watching 12 Years a Slave and got a text message that basically said “Hey, let’s start a business together like we’ve always dreamed.”

Business

And that was the beginning of PHOENIX|D. I won’t tell you all about it, because that’s not the point of this post. If you want to know more, head over to our website. All I will say is it’s awesome.

The idea couldn’t have come at a better time. I was in a situation where I was graduating university and no longer new what I wanted (here’s my story).

Starting my own business is one of the hardest things I’ve done so far. I’ve been pushed way far out of my (fairly small) comfort zone. I’ve experienced a new kind of conflict, I’ve had to learn so much in such a short time, and I’ve put myself out there like never before.

Guys, it’s been intense. But what about the other areas of my life?

Goals

A ways into the year I started making monthly goals; 3-5 things I would focus on doing each month. For the most part, these were great. They really got me making habits. One month my a goal was to write 2 blog posts every week. I did this! Another month a goal was to floss my teeth every single day (because let’s face it, how many people actually do that?). And I did that too – that one has even stuck with me to this day.

But I did realize that 3-4 things is a lot in one month. That’s a lot of new habits to form. Just imagine, if these are things I want to continue doing after the month is up, that’s 36-48 new habits to sustain during December. That’s crazy.

But I do love the idea. You’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see how I plan on incorporating the idea this year!

Other Big Important Stuff

Relationships: As usual, I didn’t do great with keeping in contact with people. I’m not very good at that.

Money: Starting a new business is hard on the bank account, I won’t deny that. But I’ve got some good goals for next year, and I’m excited to work hard to reach them.

Fitness: Not bad! I exercised consistently for a solid 3 months in a row (until Christmas, actually). I also played on a rec volleyball team with some friends! Two in one, really.

Reading: I didn’t read any non-fiction books (aside from University stuff in the beginning of the year). This is going to change. I did, however, read quite a bit of fiction, and remembered how much I love it.

Work+Life Balance: Is anyone good at this? Starting a new business = working strange hours. I’ve had spurts of doing well, but overall I’m all over the place. Because I work from home, it’s almost as if I am always at work. I hope to improve this year.

Overall it’s been a crazy year, but one I am glad happened the way it did. I’ve learned so much and I’m excited for 2015.

Tomorrow I will be writing about some of my goals for 2015 :)