So 2017 has been extremely different to my last 31 years and my life is very different at the end of the year than it was at the beginning. It’s certainly had highs and lows and I wanted to reflect on my year and share the things I’ve learned.
Sometimes you NEED to slow down
I made a HUGE decision for my business this year. It was a decision which took a while for me to come to terms with because I felt at first like a I had failed, but the truth is, it was the best decision I could’ve made. They do say ‘work smarter not harder’ and that mentality is what spurred on the change. Work was getting harder and harder to manage by myself which the impending arrival of our baby girl. I also knew that life with a baby was going to be much more difficult.
If you are unsure of what I am talking about let me fill you in quickly! I have an online store called Bella Coco Store where I sell crochet supplies which corresponds with my video tutorials. Until October, I was going it alone, but now I’ve teamed up with the amazing LoveCrochet.com. As a small business funded purely by myself, I was finding it hard to offer competitive prices and shipping costs. They do say, if you can’t beat them, join them! So I did!!
Of course that’s not the only reason though. All of the behind the scenes admin was really draining my creativity. So now I can focus on creating my tutorials and still have a place to offer my audience the products (cheaper) I recommend! I know I’ve been lacking in content just recently, but I hope you’ll let me off for that!
It’s OKAY to change
I feel that this year with my blog and my social channels, I’ve taken a change in direction. Some people like it and some people don’t. Both of which is completely OK! After reverting my platforms back to more lifestyle orientated and starting up dedicated craft and crochet pages, I lost a lot of followers. At first it was hard (because I’m a real sucker for stats and growth) but I soon realised that it was for the better. While my follower count slowed right down, the engagement got better as I’m now reaching the people who really love to see that type of content.
I had felt restricted by what I felt I could share and it was no good for me at all. I explained it more in this blog post if you want to have a read.
Becoming a Mother is a whole new world
After having Ella, I’ve felt a new sense of life. It sounds cheesy I know, but bringing a new life into the world gives you a completely different perspective on life. I’m sure if you’ve experienced it yourself you know exactly what I mean.
Friday 13th is NOT unlucky for us!
Bit of a random one now! You may be aware that Ella was born on Friday 13th October, but I’m not sure if I’ve shared that fact that she was actually conceived on Friday 13th January too? Spooky ay? Definitely not unlucky for us!
I’m very much looking forward to seeing what 2018 will bring. What was your favourite moment of 2017?