What can I say about 2015? It was definitely…interesting, to say the least. The year was filled with a lot of very HIGH high’s and a few low’s (hey, because life isn’t perfect right?!)
For the last week or so, I have been doing a lot of reflecting. As we head into a new year, I wanted to take inventory of the good, the bad, and everything in between so that I would be better equipped to navigate my way through 2016, and it make it the best year possible.
If you’re an over-achiever like myself, you have a lot of big goals and dreams that you want to accomplish. One thing I’ve noticed about myself is that I’m always so focused on reaching my next big milestone, that I sometimes forget to stop, appreciate, and even celebrate the things that I’ve already been able to accomplish.
Although there were a few bumps in the road, I can definitely say that there were some pretty amazing things that happened in my life and business this past year.
Let’s take a stroll through my 2015 Highlight Reel, shall we:
Mogul in the Making Entrepreneur Spotlight
2015 was definitely the Year of the Female Entrepreneur, and it was an honor for me to showcase on my blog some of the most talented, inspiring, amazing business women that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, whether it was in person or solely online interaction. You ladies rock!
Build Your Biz Through Blogging Workshop
In 2014, I hosted my first PAID workshop (Social Media Marketing for Small Businesses) outside of my own company events. In the presentation, there was a small segment where I discussed the benefits of blogging for your business. Unfortunately, because it was only a one hour workshop, I couldn’t cover everything, but the students wanted MORE, and requested that I return to cover the topic. The company agreed and brought me back in January to host the Build Your Biz Through Blogging Workshop, and it was the start of a great business relationship that led to several more workshops in 2015. It all started when I decided to put my fear to the side, walked in and simply asked if the company would be interested in hosting my workshop. Ask and you shall receive!
Be Your Own Boss Conference
The Be Your Own Boss Conference allowed me to accomplish my goal of becoming a motivational speaker! After the devastating car accident that I experienced in November 2013, I made a promise to myself to share my story of overcoming tough obstacles in the hopes that it would inspire others to never stop fighting to reach their dreams. The highlight of the event was when a young lady attending from Fresno State University walked up after my speech and said “I loved your presentation…your story really inspired me to go after my dream of starting my business.” Mission accomplished! Big THANK YOU to Rashunda Rene of the Inner City Youth Empowerment organization for having me.
Became a PUBLISHED Author
I wrote this book during one of the lowest points of my life. Over the last few years, I became a single parent to two young children, experienced a devastating lay-off from my corporate job (only a few months after I purchased my home), and was involved in a near-fatal car accident that left me unable to walk for almost 6 months. I had two options: I could continue feeling sorry for my seemingly unending stroke of bad luck, or I could use these obstacles as the motivation to pursue the life I knew I was destined to lead. I chose the latter! This book is filled with stories of determination, perseverance, and triumph despite countless setbacks and obstacles. I discuss how I literally started my business from my living room sofa, with nothing but my cell phone and laptop, to go on to living life on my own terms as a motivational speaker, author, and marketing strategist/business coach.
Writing and releasing my first book was truly a labor of love. If I had to choose ONE accomplishment that I am most proud of, this would be it! Not only was it a long time goal of mine, but finishing this book gave me the opportunity to help others realize that they too can accomplish those BIG, scary, audacious goals.
I am so grateful for each and every person that has purchased/read my book, shared it with a friend, etc. Stay tuned, because the Unleash Your Inner Mogul Tour, as well as book #2, is on the top of my goals list for 2016!
Beauty, Brains, & Bling Workshop
Beauty, Brains, & Bling is one of my FAVE workshops for young girls. I’ve attended almost every session with my 7 year old twin daughters for almost two years now, so it was an absolute honor when my friend Michelle Harris Collins asked me to lead a session on Exploring Entrepreneurship. We did a really fun exercise where the girls created a “business plan” and had the opportunity to present their idea to the group. Fun times! I am looking forward to the next session on January 30th 2016. If you have a daughter (or know a young girl age 7-11, I highly recommend you sign her up!)
Nik Gets Fit (Weight Loss Journey)
Back in April 2013, I made a decision to completely change to a healthier lifestyle by adjusting my diet, getting serious about working out, etc. As a result I lost 30 pounds. After the car accident, I pretty much gained all of the weight back and it was really hard to get back on track. In May, I decided enough was enough, and even though I didn’t feel physically strong enough, I started taking the steps to regain control of my health and fitness.
I made a serious change to my diet by incorporating more fruits/veggies and also meal prepping. I also started working out again, hitting the gym, doing Zumba 3 days/week and embracing my love for the outdoors by walking every morning at the park or hiking at the Culver City Stairs. The pounds slowly but surely started dropping off again! I am not exactly where I want to be, but watch out because in 2016 I WILL get there!
Featured in The Huffington Post
Receiving an email from THE Arianna Huffington that my article, “Act Like an Employee, Think Like a Boss: 5 Tips for Working Productively From Home” would be featured on The Huffington Post was such a surreal moment! One of my major 2016 goals is to increase my brand’s awareness/visibility by being featured in more magazines, blogs, tv/news shows, etc., so hopefully this was just a pre-cursor of what’s to come.
Digital Media Marketing Workshop
Cheers to another successful marketing workshop! I sold my book and was asked to teach another workshop (woot!), but the best part was hearing how much I’ve helped someone and how excited they were to begin implementing what they learned! If you would have told me a year ago that I would be standing in a room full of people, TEACHING, I would have never believed it (I had the worst fear of public speaking and could barely even walk, for goodness sakes). But when God has a greater plan than your own, you move on it. I’m so happy to have finally found my true purpose and passion.
Career Day at My Daughters’ School
One of the highlights of my ENTIRE year was speaking at Career Day at the twins’ school. The theme of the day was “That Can Be Me”, and I loved speaking with the 2nd and 3rd grade classes and encouraging them to start pursuing their dreams NOW.
Started My Natural Hair Journey
I’m going to be honest here: transitioning back to natural is NOT easy. As a faithful perm and wig wearer, it has definitely been an adjustment that I am still getting used to. There are good days where I am happy to snap a selfie to document the moment, and there are bad days when I have to grab a hat and keep it moving. But overall, I am enjoying experimenting with my hair, learning how to keep it healthy, and watching it grow. By this time next year I hope to have a better handle on it, and I’m able to mimic the styles I love from some of my fave natural hair divas.
Six Weeks to Self-Publishing Webinar
I planned to host this webinar much earlier this year, but due to an internet outtage in my area on the day it was scheduled, I had to postpone it. Well, I THOUGHT that would happen within a few days, but it actually took MONTHS (long story about fear and mental blocks that kept me from doing this). Anyhoo, I was so proud of myself for getting over it and getting it DONE, because after all, done will always be better than perfect. I will be launching the 6 Weeks to Self-Publishing online course in early 2016. If you’ve been saying that this year will be the year you finally write your book, and are interested in the course, jump on my mailing list here to be the first to receive details when it is released!
I had a really great 2015, and cannot wait to see what 2016 has in store for me. My word for the year is GROWTH…in all areas, spiritually, mentally, physically, business, etc.
What is your word for 2016 and what do you hope to accomplish?
To Your Prosperity and Success,
Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker
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