A new year is the opportunity for a new you! Ugh, does anyone else hate that saying as much as I do? Why do we have to wait until January to start a new routine or set new goals? Jake and I are believers of making a change when you are ready and always striving to be a better you. Although that is often easier said than done.
Jake and I met back in 2012 and just 16 months later we had started our first business together. Both coming from families who were self employed we knew that the next few years would consist of long hours and a limited social life. But for us, we knew the payoff was going to be worth it.
Since then we have worked our little butts off. Someone once told me that being an entrepreneur allows you to have flexible hours. Sure, thats true. But what they should have said was that an entrepreneur gets to choose which 80 hours a week they want to work.
Over the past three and a half years of being self employed we have focused on everyone else but ourselves. We work long hours to keep costs down. We work weekends and holidays so our staff can spend time with their families. We put our energy into our business and volunteer in our community. We drive ourselves to exhaustion, get sick and burn ourselves out, but with a smile on our face. After all, work doesn't always seem like work when you love what you do.
2016 was a year we will never forget. Actually, I already forget a lot of the details due to coasting through, but it was a year for the books thats for sure. We took our first extended vacation away from the business (early in the year), we bought our first house, we planned a wedding, got a dog, got married, became an aunt and uncle, opened a second shop and worked at least 80 hours a week. It was the best year ever!
We knew 2016 was going to be a big year going into it, so the ultimate goal was to just get through it with a smile on our face. We're happy with how things finished up and are excited for 2017 to get started. I realize it's a little cliche, but its a new year and time to refocus.
2017 is going to be another great year! We have promised ourselves that we would work less and play more. We will be better to ourselves and do what makes us happy. We will endulge in great food, travel, and invest in ourselves. We will eat the pizza, drink the wine, and have a salad, too. We will spend more time outside, take time to be creative, and slow down.
We started 2017 off by treating ourselves to a long weekend. We enjoyed celebrating with friends, a day of sleeping & eating frozen pizzas, and a long awaited flight over Wolfville. We'll share that story another day.
Starting this blog is something we've talked about for a while. Hopefully it will help us slow down and reflect on life a little more. Do you have any tips on improving your work-life balance?
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