new year

New Resolutions

Happy New Year! Another year has come and gone already, where does the time go?! I always like to take the new year to reflect on where I've been, how my business has grown, and what I plan to do going forward.

Last year was a productive year for me. I feel I really learned a lot and stretched beyond my comfort level while learning to handle the "business" side of my business. Being that I went to school for design I always like to joke that I have a scrappy MBA, meaning that I learn the "business" as I go along! Good thing for lots of helpful people and educational resources!

This year I plan to continue last year's momentum with 3 overarching goals and 1 specific business goal. Here we go!

 

BECOME NKBA CERTIFIED

The NKBA is a kitchen & bath association and I'm going to work towards my certification! I've really enjoyed helping clients select their finishes such as matching their countertop/ backsplash/ cabinets/ fixtures, and paint colors. I've worked on a few simple layouts and I've enjoyed using the 20/20 CAD software. So now I'm going to take this to the next level so I can take on even bigger projects! I am so excited! I think this will really be a good fit for my skill set of mixing creative design with technical specs.

 

 

STAY ON TOP OF THINGS

When things get busy priorities change and it becomes hard to stay on top of the little things like emails, mail, magazines, trade publications etc. It's easy to get swept up in the whirlwind but this year I'd really like to make it a point to go through this information as I get it. I hate piles of paperwork and sometimes you can miss out on some good opportunities or announcements! This goal certainly applies to both my personal and business life. Staying on top will help reduce clutter and keep me organized!

(source via Apartment Therapy)

 

ALWAYS BE ON TIME

First I am so happy to say I've rarely been late to a client appointment! But in my personal life... that's another story, I feel I'm late to everything! As I get busier I try to jam more into a day than is actually possible and so I run late. Lately I find that the stress of being late is really negatively affecting me. The good news is that it's all self inflicted! I can control my expectations for the day and manage my time by planning more realistically. It's always a work in progress but in essence this boils down to setting more realistic goals every day!

 

 

 

DON'T NEGLECT HOME

All the little details make a difference and again, one of the first things to get dropped off the priority list is my own home! When I'm busy helping clients, networking, and running my business I put our home goals on the back burner. Well this year is going to change! It got to the point where putting these things off really bummed us out and became frustrating. So I've been working on plans for our home and will make sure to fit them into the agenda as well! Again this comes down to managing time and expectations. Putting limits on work and life so they each get a fair share!

 

 

 

 

AND HERE'S A LOOKBACK AT 2014

some of my biggest accomplishments and continuing goals

Yearly Resolve

Well - another year has passed already! Where does the time go?! I hope everyone enjoyed a happy holiday season with their friends and family and that your new year is off to a good start. Just like many people I like to set intentions for the new year, and I make a few specific business goals to work towards as well. 


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Here is 2013 In Review:

I am happy to say that I checked off most from my list last year (I kept it pretty simple). You can read more about them here:

  1. Watch Star Wars: And I liked it!
  2. Read: Not as much as I would have liked, but that Business of Design was great!
  3. Socialize: social media is challenging, but I'm off to a good start!
  4. Get smart phone: CHECK! Thank you Santa :) 
  5. Content Create: Still always a goal
  6. Blog once a week: I only missed one or two weeks!

Now onto resolutions for 2014.

I have high hopes for this year, and there are lots of fun plans in the works. I'm on my first business trip of the year for a product brainstorm session, and if you're in the NJ area you might have heard some of the buzz about the Mansions In May designer showhouse which will be fun to see! Below are some specific goals to help grow my business this year.

Start a Monthly Newsletter! 

I'm excited to start this and if you haven't signed up already you can from the link below! On the 15th of each month I will send out a newsletter that will recap the past month's events and talk about upcoming ones. It will also include links to each week's blog posts, pins of the month, and other news from facebook, twitter, and in the design world in general. In addition it will mention any promotions that will run throughout the year. If you haven't signed up yet you can do so here! 
{Click here for the Newsletter link}


Resale Ready
I am interested in growing my business to include more Resale Ready this year. This service takes the same principles as a redesign and uses what you have to stage your home. It's cheaper than rentals and faster since it's completed in one day. To read more about those services read from my menu by clicking here: http://www.innovatemyplace.com/resale-ready/