Catching Up

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There have been so many times I’ve thought about writing on here and so many things I’ve wanted to say in the last 5 months. But, going to this website, typing it out, and publishing all felt too exhausting and really low on my list of priorities. But, I like this space. I like talking to no one or maybe a few of you and having these posts to reflect on in the future. I like having a space just for me–while I spend most of my day doing work for others, this feels like a safe space that is truly about and for…me.

So, what’s been going on lately? Let’s start with the basics…

Work. My business (Local Anywhere) has been great. I’ve been fortunate to have amazing clients over the past two years and I’ve come to a point in my business where I know I need to start adding to my team in order to grow even more. Really looking at my finances to see how I can grow effectively and efficiently is enough to make me break out into hives. Change is scary, and sharing my money is scary. But, I know it’s the right thing to do and I just need to work a little harder to get a few more clients in order to support this growth.

I learn something new with every client. I am always humbled when I make a mistake (which has happened more than I’d like to admit lately), but I grow from it every time. In my old work life in the corporate world, I never felt growth. I was running on a wheel doing the same thing over and over. Yea, I messed up then too, but when I did, someone else was there to clean up my mess and I wouldn’t learn anything from it. Now, I have to take full responsibility for every failure–and, thankfully–every success. I’m so grateful I made the jump into this crazy self-employed world. If entrepreneurship is something you’ve been thinking about, stop thinking. Just do it. You’ll figure it out. And if you don’t, you’ll grow from it.

Sweat Local. Most people would put this in the work category, but I look at my clients as my work and Sweat Local as my “I hope someday this makes me money but for right now I just love doing it” project. We had a great Sweat Local Columbus Fitness Expo, and even though attendance was a little lower than I had originally hoped, I am still chalking it up to a success.

I tried to plan Sweat Local Cleveland for the fall, but then life happened, client work became more important, and I had to cancel. It was a huge kick in the gut to have to pump the brakes up on a project I really believe it, BUT, I plan to reschedule again for the spring.

Baby. Oh yea, I’m pregnant. Maybe I should have started with that? Right now, we (I try to include my husband) are just about 21 weeks pregnant. Pregnancy so far has been, well, honestly, not great. I always thought I’d love being pregnant because that seemed to be the feelings of the majority of women I knew. But, I don’t love it. And I’ve finally come around to being okay with admitting that. Of course I feel so lucky to be pregnant and I’m now feeling the baby move and that’s awesome and as far as we can tell, the baby is really healthy. All of that I’m grateful for. But trust me, throwing up multiple times a day, feeling constantly exhausted, not being able to work out, seeing your body enlarge every day, and dealing with unruly skin has not been blissful. Not to mention constantly being hungry yet unable to eat most foods because you remember that one time you threw it up a few weeks ago…

Being pregnant is hard. I know women have been doing it for a very long time and some women have way more complications than me–but that doesn’t mean I have to love it. I am very excited to become a mom, and it’s forced me to really move along my business (see above paragraph regarding growth in Local Anywhere) and also given me a reason to make some updates I’ve been wanting to make to the house because EVERYTHING HAS TO BE PERFECT BEFORE THE BABY COMES! My poor husband.

Let’s not wait another 5 months to catch up again. I’ll be back soon–probably talking more about pregnancy than wine and healthy eating. Because there hasn’t been much (none) of either of those. I should consider renaming this blog Carbs and Couches until I have this child.

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