Happy New Year!
Like many people, I’ve spent a good bit of time thinking about how I want to handle the coming year, and reflecting on where my business has been going work-wise.
Financially, it’s going well. I’ve managed to continually increase my business. Although despite the fact that I made 50% more income last year than the previous year, it was almost entirely from audiobooks, so that is something I need to work on.
This has meant going back to the drawing board as far as my marketing plan. This year I hope to try a few new things, which will include more of an online presence (because it’s so much more satisfying when work finds you) as well as more physical networking at meetups, conferences, conventions etc. It’s a necessary skill, but not one I feel entirely comfortable with yet. I’ve been back to work at my interactive demo, which is a work in progress, as I continue to refine my skills under the tutelage of my wonderful coach, DB. Lastly, this also means managing my schedule better so that i can make time for marketing even when I’m working on a tight audiobook deadline.
As it’s the beginning of the year, I also find myself thinking about health. One thing I’ve focused on is the tension I carry in my shoulders. You see, I’m a huncher, I tend to carry all of my stress in my shoulders. This became apparent to me after going to see several masseuses. They all said the same thing. My shoulders and neck are so tight! First thing is first, I needed to stop hunching. I actually began this process a few months. I got a holder for my iPad that I could attach to my mic stand, so my head and eyes could generally remain level when reading copy. In addition, every moment I can, I try stop hunching. But the big change has been the Yamuna ball. I discovered it on a yoga site I subscribe to, and it has been transformative. I admit, I tried to use substitutes, but having seen the effects of Yamuna body rolling, I went ahead and visited the Yamuna USA site and picked up a Yamuna gold ball which is amazing. I use it at least twice a day, sometimes more often than that, if I’m feeling a lot of tension in my shoulders. By rolling the ball into my back, neck and shoulders (I also highly recommend the smaller black ball for shoulder work) it relaxes my whole neck and jaw area. My shoulders look physically less hunched, and my jaw feels less tight. I also love that I’m starting to see it affect my yoga too. One position I could never do was reclining hero pose. My hamstrings are just too tight for it to be comfortable even for a few seconds. But since rolling with the Yamuna ball along the backs of my legs, I’ve begun to be able to hold the position, which is amazing.
As for resolutions, well, I don’t tend to have New Year’s resolutions myself, because I like to challenge myself throughout the year. For instance, I recently completed 45 days of making art every day. It was tough to find the time for it, but I really think it helped get me to think more creatively. But one resolution I definitely have this year, is to try new things and be prepared to fail. A lot. Failure is a part of life, but most of us are ill-equipped to handle it. The thing is, sometimes brilliance comes out of failure. So that’s my goal. To fail astoundingly but elegantly.