It’s April 2017 and I honestly can’t believe it! This year is flying by and I still am catching up from the end of 2016…that tells you what kind of year I had! It was on my goal list to start blogging again on a regular basis this year and I thought starting off by recapping 2016 would be a good place. Here are 5 statements to describe 2016:
- EXTRA Challenging
- Personal and Professional Growth
- Learned valuable business + life lessons
- Pushed out of my comfort zone
- Celebrated “Firsts”
I’d say every year contains most of the statements listed above, but this past year for me really stuck out as “extra challenging” overall. As a full time business owner and navigating through this entrepreneurship world, while also trying to balance that with having a personal life too. I never seemed to feel like I achieved a good balance. But then I think, sometimes there are seasons in life where one thing might take precedence over another. I feel for me last year was so important that I focus more on the business development and growth, so that I can achieve the peace of mind financially and the level where I want to be so then I can build upon it from there and achieve more greatness. Without a solid foundation, I may not run miles. I have this “yes yes yes” and “go go go” mentality, but sometimes it’s okay to stop and pause for a moment. Things in our lives shift and we need to take a step back and realize the areas where we should focus and put more effort into versus others or change our approach or perspective. It’s impossible to go after it all. I’m tired of having that never ending overwhelming to do list. Is it normal to have a project sitting in my super awesome Wunderlist that I couldn’t imagine life without it, for an entire year and not getting around to it!? My mental and physical health also have felt the affects of the race and I know I can’t keep up with that pace. Thus, I will figure out what my healthy boundaries are and take care of my overall health or else my sparkle will fade and I won’t be able to allow myself to be a better, DJ, MC, writer, etc.
Benjamin Hardy writes, “We must define success, wealth, and happiness in our own terms because if we don’t, society will for us — and we will always fall short. We’ll always be left wanting. We’ll always be stuck comparing ourselves and competing with other people. Our lives will be an endless race for the next best thing. We’ll never experience contentment.” Do what is right, let the consequence follow. Love that!!!
So 4 months into the new year, I’ve made my goal list for my career and for myself. I plan on making it a year of decluttering old habits, clearing out the dirt, and establishing new healthy habits that will take me to new heights and keep the shine bright inside and out.
Here are some of the positive highlights, professionally and personally from 2016:
- Booked the most events to date; combination of social events, weddings, corporate, fashion/retail, and nightlife – Reached over 100!!!
- MC of TEDX Cincinnati 2016
- Mobile Beat Magazine Host at MBLV20 – got to interview a few celebrities, like Redfoo and V.I.C.
- DJ’d for the NBA on TNT RoadShow at the Cavs Opening Game
- DJ’s for a SalesForce Conference in Toronto, Canada and got to finally meet Garrick the DJ, who I’ve been social media buddies with for over a year!
- Celebrated 3 years of being a full time solo-op DJ business
- Gave my website a BIG makeover (still needs a few tweaks, but happy overall)
- DJ’d soooo many amazing weddings – I seriously love the couples I get to work with! I also had my first out of state wedding in Denver for a friend from college who DJ’d with me! That was truly an honor that they flew me out to rock some toe-tapping beats for their big day!
- DJ’d on my 7th cruise ship aboard the Allure of the Seas – and without a doubt, was in my top 3 cruise contracts!
- Shared my love of EDM and got to be the headliner DJ for CinciFrost, and joined an awesome line up at CinciRave where legend Sandra Collins was the headliner. I also got to DJ at Masque and Therapy Cafe!
- Joined ILEA Columbus Chapter
- Vacation on an Alaskan cruise and trip LA to visit friends
- Completed and graduated from 3 levels of Improv classes (Black Box Improv Theater)
- I kicked off the year joining a fitness challenge for a few months with a trainer. I pushed myself harder than I had before, which resulted in lowering my body fat percentage, built more muscle, and overall became stronger and I noticed I had better overall endurance (I can run a 9 min mile again!) Plus, I won the challenge in the month of March. During the entire year, I was the most consistent week after week, with going to the gym 4-5 days a week.
- Made the big move to Columbus!
- Surpassed my goal of number of books I wanted to read in a year – 8 books total
- Found out I’m going to be an Aunt to another nephew
- Had my Mom and big sis Diane join me as a guest, separate weeks on the cruise ship
- Got to actually ATTEND a wedding