As we enter a new year, it is a time to reflect on the year just gone, and think ahead to what goals we have for 2018. 2017 was a bittersweet year. My sister was married at the end of May and with it came the excitement (and stress!) for her and other family members in planning her wedding. I was maid of honour and it was an incredibly joyous day that I’ll never forget. She was married at St John’s Church, Friern Barnet and the wedding breakfast was at Mill Hill School. The school is Grade II Listed, set in beautiful grounds and of historic interest.
It was also the year I ceased working as an employee as a Virtual Assistant and launched my business. Having been a business owner previously and having loved being my own boss, I knew it was something I could do, but I knew it wouldn’t be without challenges. After several months gaining a couple of clients, networking and trying to increase my brand awareness, my Dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and after only a month passed away at the end of October. Having never lost a close family member, it was a huge shock and had a significant impact on any business development.
We are a very close family and I will miss him dearly. We are thankful that having reached 86 he was still leading an active life with many interests.
So what does the year ahead look like? I have started 2018 with renewed motivation, energy and excitement. This week I’ve been registering for several networking events and on Monday attended my local FSB meeting in Finchley, where I made several new contacts and left feeling focused, ready to grasp the nettle and move my business forward. I became a Virtual Assistant in order to have more flexibility. I therefore wish to obtain a better work/life balance, which means spending more time with my 5 year old son, meeting new people and working from a café instead of being stuck at my desk. Planning my day is key and I am currently working through a marketing course, which will hopefully help me focus and allow me to have more structure. Whatever your personal and business goals are, I would like to wish you every success and look forward to working with you in 2018.