It goes without saying – 2020 will forever be the year that blindsided us – both on the personal front as well as professional. I’m going to dive deeper into that subject in just a moment, but be sure to stick with me because I am also going to share more about the must-have planner and playbook for bloggers in 2021 that is coming from yours truly next week! (And I promise, you will want to join the VIP launch list right here… we’re talking freebies and discounts, friend).
I wish I could say I was one of the business owners that didn’t lose stride, but I lost it many times since this past spring. Whether it was projects delayed because of pinches in shipping or third-party businesses dealing with their own hiccups or even trying to keep up the mental stamina to work through every roadblock that reared its ugly head. This year has been hard. It’s OK to say that. Give yourself grace, friend. We all deserve that much.
While I wish there was more ground gained over the past 11 months, there were still many bright sides to the year. A surprising thought, right? One of them was the increased time I had to just be, to not be chasing after the next launch, deadline, or project. As I mentioned, some of it was out of my control and some of it I had to just set aside for sanity’s sake. And do you want to know another bright side to 2020?
Kara, what are you talking about? With all of the unknown, this is not the time! Did I assume right? Are those the thoughts running through your head right now? Friend, days like this are the exact time you should be pushing forward and making things happen for yourself. For your stability. For your independence. For your future. Because it matters.
Did you know that in the 2007-2009 recession, some of the biggest companies we know today were started? Yep. Uber, DropBox, AirBnb, Square… oh. And one called Pinterest. Maybe you have heard of it – wink! The Wall Street Journal recently reported that new business applications for employer identification numbers have surpassed 3.2 million this year alone. Last year at the same time? 2.7 million. That’s got to spark a fire in you, right?
And if there is one thing I know without a doubt that I am walking away from 2020 with it’s this…
If we are not going after everything we want with wild abandon. If we are not loving deeply and taking every moment possible to live, to really live. And to drench ourselves in the joy of this life… then what are we even doing?
This year was supposed to be the year that I finally announced a printed planner created and shipped to everyone who purchased one. A beautiful and tangible tool, complete with gold coil and linen cover, that would replace the printable and digital version I have offered for the past three years. A tool that has grown and improved alongside my own career and that has helped countless other bloggers in theirs. So you can imagine my disappointment when those plans became bleaker and bleaker as inevitable production delays were announced and shipping times and dates could not be promised. 2020 strikes again, am I right?
Luckily, I’m a hard-headed mule of a woman and decided that we simply needed to pivot. Because there are business owners, there are creators, there are dreamers and doers that need this tool so they can have their most successful year in 2021. So YOU can have your most successful year. And I think the best thing we can do is to end 2020 with a bang. Let it be our anthem, our battle cry. That the world needs what we have to offer. And there is no time like the present to get our hands dirty in cultivating the life we envision for ourselves and our families. And that no matter what, dreams and big ideas matter.
Are you in?
However, sales were never my thing and I find neon lights to be a bit tacky. What I do want to share with you is the heart and intention behind this tool and education launching one week from tomorrow. One part planner, one part business coach. The playbook every blogger needs. It is literally filled with all of the things I have learned along the way in building my brand and this space (which also happens to get 4.3 million monthly viewers on Pinterest – shameless, but totally necessary plug).
It is not lost on me the blessing it has been in owning my own business and building other streams of revenue for my family. It has allowed me the flexibility to be home with my children and even to educate them the way we see is best. To have the freedom to step back and slow down when the time calls for it. And if I can help even one fellow mother, woman, professional creative, or dreamer who is just starting out to be able to do the same? Well, that sounds pretty incredible to me.
So, without further ado, I would love to invite you to join the VIP launch list happening now. And for the next week, you can soak in the inspiration and get that fire lit for 2021, enjoy free downloads, and get an exclusive launch day promo to save big. Because 2021 is about investing in you and your dreams. And friend, I would take that bet any day of the week.
Here’s to getting out hands dirty in the most beautiful work…