by Dannielle Cresp on December 6, 2011
I thought it was time to re-visit them and start thinking about next year.
So here is what I wrote last year:
My Creative dreams and goals for 2011 are:
- To make this blog a hub for those who want to change their world with their actions: focussing on handmade; mindful living and small business
- To focus my energies on what I am brilliant at and drop what is better left to others
- To use that brilliance to help my community (online and off) to get the most out of the resources they have and to not sweat the small stuff
- To have a creative space that is truly my own and to get it by working smart
- To inspire people that tiny changes can change your world and that taking big leaps are never quite as bad as they look from the top
I’m not sure how well I fulfilled them, but some have made a huge impact on my life. I don’t know that this blog became that hub, but I hope that it has inspired some people and has given you an alternative perspective on things. I did a lot of growing up this past year and this blog has documented a lot of my thought process through it.
The second one has had the most obvious and biggest impact on my life. I focussed my energies on things that I’m good at (web design) and dropped what was better left to others (the handmade bag and accessories business). This was one of the toughest decisions I’ve probably ever made, but every single day I am reminded why it was the correct one for me. I am happier and healthier for it and thankful that I was brave enough to know when it was time to let it go.
I’m not sure If I managed to help my community, maybe I did help some people, it’s something that isn’t always easy to quantify. I will always be a big supporter of people who want to follow their dreams and I’ll do what I can to help.
The next one is still a work in progress, but one that will hopefully become a reality within the next year. I just have to keep at it and I’ll get there.
The last one is also up to the people who read this to decide. I still believe in tiny changes and big leaps equally and I know for a fact that it gets less scary after a while.
So, that’s 2011 done. Now I need to think about 2012. Here goes nothing:
My Creative dreams and goals for 2012 are:
- To build upon what I have learnt in 2011, to keep creating a sustainable business that allows me to live a happy and healthy life
- To learn new skills that I can add to the business and access new tools and software that allow me to use those skills
- To share my journey with others and to not hide the harder side of business, so that those who are new to the small business world know that they are not the only one who struggles with things from time to time
- To have that creative space that I’ve been dreaming of and working towards
- To not be so hard on myself when things don’t go according to plan
- To choose somewhere new to plan a trip to and to allow travel more time in my life
So there they are. Whether I can achieve them, only time will tell. It’s been a fun year and an interesting one. I’m really looking forward to 2012 and all the surprises it has in store.
What are your creative dreams for 2012? I’d love to hear! (feel free to write your own post and link it back here in the comments)
by Dannielle Cresp on April 29, 2011
This marks my two hundredth post, and that’s great timing really, because I’ve been thinking about how far I’ve come.
In August last year, I got the feeling that things weren’t right. I didn’t feel that I was on the right path for me, but I was scared what people would say if I gave up my bag business, if I didn’t see my government program to the end. So I kept my mouth shut and hoped things would get better. But slowly but surely I realised that they weren’t going to get better if I didn’t make them better.
I got inspired by people like Megan and Tara who showed me that it was possible to make a good living doing what you love. So I started plotting. How was I going to do what I loved and make a living from it.
That was 8 months ago now. Nothing to some. But I genuinely can’t believe how far I’ve come. I was just thinking about it today and the doubter in me can’t believe I made it this far.
I wouldn’t call myself successful, but I’m getting there. I’m making things happen and just by doing it, I know that I can help others to as well.
Because, you know what? If this girl who has failed more times than anyone can count and came from one of the poorest areas of her state can make her dreams into a reality, then anyone can.
I’m proud if where I have got to and I can see where I’m going. Some days are hard and scary and I still have doubts, but I can see the big picture now and that makes me smile.
Thanks for being on this journey with me. My readers are the best.
by Dannielle Cresp on October 28, 2010
Years are passing by quicker than ever these days!
Twelve months ago today I was sitting in my bed miserable and sore. I was in week two recovery from keyhole surgery for what was then a mystery illness. It took a long time to get over and some days it still makes me sad. But that’s not the point of this, it’s how far I have come since then.
Back then I had a hobby business that I would work on in my pj’s when I could get out of bed. I was studying to complete my last subject of my undergrad degree on campus and my post-grad by correspondence. I finished both by the end of December and set the wheels in motion for turning my hobby into a business.
In January I took that one step further and applied to the government supported NEIS program and took a course in running a small business from home.
In the mean time I finally got some answers to the illness that was making it too difficult to walk to the kitchen and back and was able to make the best of it.
By March I had completed the small business course and my itty biz had officially begun. I was so ready to start something new, I had no idea what I had got myself into. But everyday has been a challenge and some days have been better than others.
I learned that there are people out there who will take what is not theirs, like when I had money stolen. And that their are beautiful people who will go out of their way to remind you that you will be ok.
I have realised that trusting my instincts is a good thing and that there are other people out there that are like me!
Now it’s the end of October again, and me and my business business have grown and changed in ways I’d never imagined – and that’s a good thing. The year is winding up and I’ll be 25 before I know it.
Let’s hope the next twelve months can leave me feeling at contented as today.
What a year it has been! Has your year brought you changes you weren’t expecting? Has it made you stronger? Tell me in the comments!