A look back at 2018
End of Year Reflection Questions
2018 was a big year, both professionally and personally. There is so much to say about it that I could never sum it up in one post. I wanted to share a few highlights here, though, and also encourage you to reflect on the year, perhaps writing down some of the major things so you can remember.
The greatest change this year was the addition of Emily to my family. If you remember we did not know if she was a girl or a boy so we didn’t find out until the moment she was born. It was the greatest surprise in the world and I’m so glad we waited to find out until she was born.
I have had scheduled c-sections with all 3 of my kids so there isn’t any surprise there, so waiting to find out if it’s a boy or girl adds so much to the event of having a baby!
You can read more about her birth here.
David (now 5) and Luke (nearly 4) have been so much fun this year. There are certainly challenges that come with these little years but I’m so enjoying watching them grow up. They are both in preschool and doing really well. They play together all the time but I’m beginning to see more of their individual personalities as they grow and it’s fun to see how different they are. I’m curious about how their relationship with change and develop as they age.
David learned how to ride a bike, and Luke is currently learning how to as well. They probably rode over 25 miles on their scooters this year, those were certainly well-loved toys for them. We traveled back and forth to visit my parents a few times, visited my sister and her husband in Virigina, and flew to Wisconsin in the summer for my brother’s wedding. We saw Justin’s parents throughout the year and enjoyed having my sister-in-law, her husband, and my nephew down to swim at the end of summer!
They say the days are long but the years are short and that has never been more true. We packed so much into this year and while it was perhaps the most exhausting year of my life, it was the happiest most joyful year as well.
Professionally, I hit a few goals I had set for myself which is deeply rewarding. I’ve worked with brands that I love and am so proud to have partnerships with. I’ve spent more time thinking through the future of my business and what other verticals make sense for what I do. It’s been truly a gratifying year but has certainly come with some challenges as well.
The year started out with unexpected personnel changes but that led to a wonderful development of Justin coming into my business on a deeper level. He is still running his business but simply took on some of the tasks that I’m not very good at to take some work of my plate and “own” that side of the business. It’s been great to have him more involved. You can read a bit more about how working with him has been in this post.
I had to learn a lot about what I can outsource, and what I want to still do myself. I learned a lot about the balance of partnerships and taking on too much at one time. I learned that despite thinking I had set myself up for a decent maternity leave, I didn’t take as long of a break as I should have. I could write a novel about the pressures, obligations, and perhaps self-imposed requirements of owning a business –specifically a business that is centrally focused around oneself! Don’t get me wrong, it’s the dream job. The DREAM, I tell you. But it does come with some challenges, and I’m always trying to sort through those.
Motherhood and work are always at odds, it seems. I sometimes feel that I have a split personality! There is work-Kate and mom-Kate. She trades off stressors daily! mom-Kate is nicer to everyone (Justin will tell you that is true!), and work-Kate has spent most of the second half of the year (NOT ironically coinciding with the birth of my third child) feeling like I wasn’t giving my work my best. A lot of times I felt like I was running on fumes.
I hired two new team members in August which were wonderful additions. Taylor does the vast majority of the graphics for the site and for Instagram Stories, and I brought Allison in as my Creative Associate. She’s become my right-hand woman for big projects and small mundane details from the day.
I worked with Joe Shelley of Shelley Video, and Carly of Carly Rae Film for different video projects. I continued to work with Jordan Maunder and also worked with Rachel Hennessy at the end of the year as well.
There is no shortage of creative talent around me and I’m aware of what a gift that is. If I had 100 more hours in the week, 99 of those hours would be spent on work and I’d use 1 to take a cooking class 😉 !
This past year, like I said, was incredibly full but it was a great year that I’ll look back on fondly.
I can’t wrap this post without saying thanks to you! It would be extremely lonely and unfulfilling if I didn’t have the pleasure of interacting with you as a reader through the site and social media. It’s been challenging to be as present as I want to be in comments and direct messages on Instagram, so I just want to say a quick thanks for commenting, messaging, and contributing with your thoughts and feedback. I’m grateful to have such wonderful readers and I hope you know that I’m always thinking about content that would be helpful, interesting, entertaining, or thought-provoking to read. There are so many blogs, so many instagram accounts, and so many other things demanding our attention each day. I’m so glad you take the time to read and follow along, it means the world to me.