Earlier this year I wrote about my Guiding Word for 2015, a word that I will use to help keep me following my dreams and standing my ground in life and business. My word for this year is Commit. I have been known to let self doubt stop me from chasing opportunities or taking on work that I didn't feel ready for in the past, and I have decided that this is the year to end all of that nonsense.
I've been reading this book along with THIS book and both have really resonated with me. It's a jungle out there these days! Individuals have the freedom to create their own path and carve their own niche to magic jobs out of thin air. It's exhilarating! I've always been one to take comfort in SOME rules and guidelines, and it seems that in this brave new world, those are thrown out the window.
In short, it can be difficult to find our own way at times. With the growth of social media and the appearance of perfect lives everywhere at our fingertips, sometimes we falter and forget to OWN the skills and individuality we already possess. But we all matter! We all have something to GIVE. I've taken great inspiration from companies like Apple, IDEO, and Fast Company about what it means to work in the "modern" world. I love their ideologies, especially their thoughts on mindset and "failure."
So where am I now?
This is my year for saying YES. If an opportunity sounds good, I'm going to take it. Last month I picked up a new long-term graphic design client for a small publisher, and my heart sang at the opportunity to help real people tell their stories. For the first time in my career, I've entered one of my projects into a design competition. Later this year, I'm headed to NYC for a styling workshop. I'm also beginning work with a branding coach on how best to serve YOU and what I can offer to best assist others. I'm seeking out new projects and ways to grow and develop re:find Joy!
What goals are you tackling this year? Have any exciting projects on the horizon?