Since it’s January 30th I figure, there’s really no better time then now to post a blog about New Years resolutions, right? Well regardless, I’m doing it and it feels damn good. Better late then never!
I’ve never been someone who believed in the idea of setting a New Year’s resolutions. It always seemed like an aggrandized task that would, in little time, diminish. But, after the year I had, well, I decided it was time to set a damn resolution and commit to it. I tend to jot down ideas for my business all over the place. From the notepad in my phone to the notepad in my office, there were ideas coming out my earholes. But there was only one idea that seemed overwhelmingly obvious because it was popping up everywhere- blog. I desperately wanted to share my travel tips and painting advice, my business lessons and life experiences. I knew I wanted to share all of this, the problem was actually doing it. So, here I am, doing it. I’m blogging!
2016 was a rough year, business wise, to say the least. When I returned home from Europe in August 2015 I lost all motivation to keep pursuing my business. That’s not to say that I wasn’t thrilled about my upcoming wedding season, I just wasn’t putting forth any effort until then. For roughly 6 months I spent most weekends chasing waterfalls, hiking mountains and spending time with my people. It was incredible and I don’t regret it for a second, but my business suffered because of it.
Six months off combined with the, I hate to say it, Instagram algorithm, took a serious toll on me. I had basically lost 80% of the following that I gained over the year since I’d started Clink & Kiss. Side note: for anyone that thinks the number of followers you have directly correlates to how successful you are, you’re wrong, seriously wrong. So, please don’t ever let a number define your worth! I felt like I was yelling out into oblivion every time I posted a new photo. I was lost, I had no clue who it was that I was speaking to any more, and quite frankly I had no idea what my audience wanted from me. The connection I had worked so hard to build was destroyed. I spent months wondering if I should just throw in the towel. I was certain no one would notice I was gone anyways. It wasn’t until recently that it dawned on me I needed to reevaluate who I was as an artist and what I wanted for my business in order for anything to change. So, here I am back at square one and, can I just say, it’s refreshing!
I realized that this is my chance to make my mark in a new way, to pursue different opportunities and to show everyone another side of Clink & Kiss. I’m not just a girl who likes to paint pretty signs for weddings. In fact, 50% of the time I’m probably wearing muddy hiking boots and a baseball hat. I love hiking, traveling, kayaking, camping, and basically anything that has to do with exploring this beautiful world that we live in. Which is why I decided to incorporate this part of my life into my business. Beats me why didn’t I think of it sooner, it’s not like I’d never heard the saying “follow your dreams”- but anyways. If you haven’t heard already I’m launching a product line based on my love for adventure and it’s due out next month, which is like in a day, more on that later though.
If there’s one thing I truly believe in, with every ounce of my being, it’s that everything happens for a reason. Even if I’m unable to make sense of the circumstance in the moment, the reasoning always becomes transparent eventually. Case and point, the shitty slump that was 2016 lead me to the rebirth that will be 2017. So, to sum it up, following my dreams is my New Years resolution, plain and simple (but not). This will be the year I leap without hesitation, the year I chase my dreams with reckless abandon, the year I intentionally and courageously pursue my passion. After all, there’s no better time then now!
“You’ve got to follow your passion. You’ve got to figure out what it is you love – who you are. And have the courage to do that. I believe that the only courage anybody ever needs is the courage to follow your own dreams.” -Oprah