In celebration of my birthday, I decided to have a special episode celebrating and talking about the life lessons I learned in the last year. Every year around my birthday, I like to sit and reflect and share what I’ve learned and how I’ve grown throughout the year. So what have I learned since my last birthday?
Your Business Will Have A Tipping Point
One of the best life lessons I’ve learned in the last year is that your business will have a tipping point. This can be an uncomfortable situation to be in, and let me explain why. I’ve been in the blogging world since 2010, I went full-time in 2013, and I’ve been growing my brand since then.
Although I was having success, it was a struggle to work super hard and do everything on my own. I was okay with doing that, because I knew that’s what I had to do to build a business, but I will admit that things were difficult.
In 2016, it finally happened. I hit the tipping point in my business. Wonderful things started happening, and parts in my business started to become easier. I knew that I had to take the next step in my business and allow people to see me in a leadership role. I was feeling weird about people asking me questions, or wanting to meet with me, because I wasn’t expecting to have so much attention. But I realized that I asked for this, and I am so ready to step up to the plate!
Imposter Syndrome Is Very Real
Imposter syndrome is a real thing guys. Last year, I wrote about how I went through imposter syndrome, and I wanted to share it again because I think it’s important to talk about.
To explain things the easy way, imposter syndrome is when you feel like a fraud. You could have all of the money and success in the world, and you will still feel like an imposter. This became an important life lesson for me because I realized that it was completely normal. Do you know that recent studies have shown that 70% of millennials feel like frauds?
If successful people like Oprah or Bill Gates can have imposter syndrome, why can’t I? Imposter syndrome is one of those life lessons that I’ve learned to work with vs. run away from. If you want to read more about working through imposter syndrome and being a creative, check out Elizabeth Gilbert’s book “Big Magic”.
Lifestyle Inflation Can Happen To Anyone
I’m sure this is one of those life lessons that you can relate to. For those that don’t know what lifestyle inflation is, it’s when you start making more money, and as a result, your spending increases as well.
Although I can still be incredibly cheap ( I still live with family- because who wants to pay high rent prices?) I have noticed that I tend to spend more than I used to. I’ve been buying more makeup and coffee, and treating myself to things I used to DIY. I know that lifestyle inflation is something that I, and other people, have to keep a close eye on. You have to be clear in your values and what matters the most to you so you can get your spending under control. Lifestyle inflation is sneaky, but you don’t have to allow it to control your life.
It’s Okay To Enjoy Yourself
So I just shared how lifestyle inflation is one of those life lessons that can be kind of a pain to figure out, but I want to give you the flip side to it as well. It’s okay to enjoy your life. In fact, I encourage you to go out and enjoy life more.
I spent years in my home, working all day and night, and doing whatever I had to do to become successful. Now that I’m reaching success, I don’t see why I can’t enjoy the life and joys that I’ve been given. So I enjoy more now than I used to, and I know that it’s okay. I still hold my values, I still know what’s important to me, but I also want to do what makes me feel good. You should too. Don’t get so wrapped up in working and pushing and hustling that you lose out on the little things that life has to offer, even if it will cost you some money.
Invest In All Things
Some of the greatest life lessons involve investing. I don’t just mean investing in retirement or stocks, but really investing in things that you feel are important and things that matter to you. Now, this doesn’t mean to invest based on emotions, but it does mean invest based on what is going to allow you to grow. Whether that is growing your business, growing your money, or even growing yourself, it’s important to invest.
I’m sure you’ve heard of the term “It takes money to make money”. That term is very true, but only in moderation. Spending money to make money doesn’t mean spending a bunch that you don’t have, or spending all of the money that you make. With all of that being said, I’ve made a conscious effort to invest in what I feel is important to me, like moving my VA into more of a management position, allowing people to support me, and learning to let go of some control. It’s been a big lesson so far, but I hope to continue with this area of growth.
So there you have it, 5 life lessons that I’ve learned in this last year. Hopefully next year I can come back and have even more life lessons to share with you.
A Present For You!
In honor of my 29th birthday, I’m offering $29 off my Make Money Your Honey with Freelance Writing Course. In this course I share the exact strategies I’ve used to make $5,000 or more each month as a writer.
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