I'm not normally someone who chooses a word, sets resolutions and plans out huge goals for the new year. Mostly because I tend to do that throughout the year. But 2016 had me feeling lost in more ways than one so I figured that being a bit more intentional wouldn't be a horrible place to start.
This year, I want to focus.
I have ideas all the time. I'm an idea machine, really. And I'm incredibly impulsive. Which means that when these new ideas pop into my head, I want to act on them immediately. I don't often think them through, I don't make a solid plan to get them going, I just act. And while that has sometimes served me well (such as with starting Holl & Lane), it's also lead to me feeling a bit scattered. So this year, I sat down and created a marketing plan for H&L, and I set new boundaries for myself, and I made actual, realistic plans.
Focus is defined as "the state or quality of having or producing clear visual definition".
And the word for me takes on many meanings. For H&L, it means that I want to focus on growing the magazine which is the heart behind it all. I have big dreams and goals for the magazine, but until the magazine is at a place of profit I can't do them, so why not place my focus where it should be?
For my personal life, it means being more intentional about focusing my energy and time. I'll be reducing the number of nights that I work on H&L and instead spend time really focused on my husband and son. I'll only do shipping for the magazine two nights a week so that I am not constantly feeling pressured to be GOING.
And I'll also be focusing on where I'm at in life rather than where I want to be. This is the trickiest of all for me. I'm a forward-looker. I always see that place in the distance I want to be and I get so laser focused on it, it's hard for me to see where I am RIGHT NOW. Plus always looking forward has the problem of me always feeling like where I am isn't good enough and that simply isn't true. This season in my life, when I stop to think about it, is one of the best I've been in. I've created a business that is growing and that I'm passionate about, my son is at a super fun (and super frustrating) age, and my husband and I are learning how to be partners again rather than just parents.
Focus, for me, is about acceptance as much as anything.
And once I put my focus on those things that I really love and believe in (my family and my business), I truly believe they will grow and thrive in the ways that I desire.
So here's to a new focus, a new resolve, and a new acceptance of this stage of life.