I’m currently in the midst of taking an amazing business course from the very talented Amanda Tress, whose scopes, I admit, provide the background to me doing my dishes every single night.
I’m addicted to listening to her smart and savvy business tips and frankly, I love having a female entrepreneur who isn’t afraid to talk about the business side of running an at-home business. So often I feel like other women make it look all perfect and cutesy and flowers and delicious coffee at your desk, but there’s definitely a lot of nitty-gritty work that goes on behind those inspiring scenes.
And while there’s a lot that differs between me and Amanda (um, she has two housecleaners and an au pair!), her mission to empower women to be able to earn wealth for their families is one I stand behind 110 percent.
My first mentorship call with Amanda got me inspired to start thinking big for my business next year and you all know I’m a sucker (and a believer!) in setting goals anyways, so this weekend, I busted out the crayons and paper with my kiddos and while they made some Christmas pictures, I literally wrote down all of my 2016 business goals on a ripped piece of paper with three broken crayons.
It doesn’t have to be pretty, guys, it just has to get done and when you’re a mom with little kids, sometimes that means using some broken crayons. I say redefine the idea of what professional means to you and dream big. For the sake of this blog post, however, I did rewrite my goals so you could actually read them. Be sure to tell me what your goals are for the next, I love hearing them!
- Build a six-figure business (yes, I know, but why not dream big??)
- Create 2-3k/month of passive income (this is the key to earning six figures, according to Amanda’s formula for success!)
- Continue writing for all my current freelance writing clients
- Build up my own personal brand as a business/copywriter
- Offer more writing and book proposal courses
- Explore self-publishing for profit
- Add some monetary gain to this site (currently, I don’t make any money off of this site)
- Finish my novel by the end of the year
- Add some household help to decrease stress and potentially free me up to earn more income — so far for this one, I am getting a quote from a local housecleaner for once-a-month “deep cleaning” and I may hire my sister-in-law for once-a-week childcare too, if I can bring myself to part with the kiddos!
- Save $50,000 towards paying cash for our dream house — this year, we paid off all of our extraneous debt (car and student loans) and accomplishing that got me thinking that maybe, just maybe, it would be possible to save enough to never have a mortgage again.
- Start our dream home –this means listing our current home or buying property or finding a new home, but either way, I feel like next year it’s time to take action to living the life we’ve always dreamed of
- Enjoy my kids and husband more — the past 8 years of my life have mostly been out survival, just getting through, adding a new baby every other year, and making enough money so I could quit my job as a nurse, but for the next year, I really want to focus on intentional living. What’s the point of doing any of it if I’m not intentional about being thankful and enjoying the people in my life? I want this year to be more intentional about choosing activities that enrich our lives, giving back, and supporting my husband’s goals as well, which in turn will bless our marriage.