So many people that I know have a hard time coming up with their 1 word of the year and some people have a couple of them (which I don’t think is the point since its supposed to be 1 word!). But there is always one word that totally stands out in the crowd for me, depending on what we have going on.
ENERGY! was my word for 2015
Why did I pick energy? Because I was at the end of my pregnancy with Sloane and it had been a rough road. I had absolutely zero energy and I desperately needed some (still do!). For me, choosing my word or feeling is about how I will approach decisions and opportunities.
In 2015 it was important to me to say yes to things that would give me more energy and to say not no, but HELL NO to things that unnecessarily zapped my energy. Getting in and out of the car took a lot of energy toward the end of that pregnancy and that 18 hour intense home birth labor REALLY took some energy but those aren’t things you can say no to. But people or activities that drained me were easy to say no to. I didn’t have to think twice!
2016 is the year of REFRESH
As I write this, baby Sloane is growing up so fast, too fast. She is 10 months old and started her first day of daycare yesterday. She is really killing it. Girlfriend can hold her own in a crowd, she’s a tough cookie and I love that about her. I had the opportunity to stay home with her a bit more than I did with Silas and now that she is a bit older she just doesn’t need me as much. Its bittersweet.
I am ready to get back to work. I have been working, taking jobs here and there since she was 6 weeks old, doing what I have been doing for awhile now, some weddings and mostly commercial production. All the while, for the last 3 years, I have been keeping a notebook (or 10!) with ideas about how I want my business and this blog to change and grow. Now I have the time to dedicate to that.
Im still not sure exactly how all of this is going to play out. I am working on getting it all organized in my head and on paper. I am so ready to take action, major action, but I want it to be just right! Here are some things you can expect.
- I will be Emily Hudspeth Greenwald! Which is hilarious because that has legally been my name for almost 5 years now but I am embracing calling myself that now. You will see my email signature and a few other things change. Every year I say I am doing it but this year its real!
- Just before I got pregnant with Silas, 3+ years ago, I had this genius idea to launch a blog/website/resource for aspiring hair/makeup/creative entrepreneurs who wanted to go pro. To take their passion and turn it into a business. In that time, I have had 2 babies! Which turns out is a even more work that I thought it would be. I kept Money Making Makeup Artist going but didn’t have the time or energy that I expected to be able to create and grow what I wanted. At times it was super overwhelming so finally, I just let it rest for a bit. The rest was perfect! It gave me the space to see what was important and what my heart wanted to create to serve this community that really lacks a resource like this. And just like that…it hit me, I need to put more of myself into that brand. So keep a look out for that blog and this blog to merge and get a new living space to share together.
- This blog has been around since 2008, when my life long girlfriend, Nell, told me that I needed a blog. Since I tend to try anything 3 times, and say sure why not to whatever she suggests (good call, I did look good in those bangs I cut in our dorm room back in the days of Blake Hall!), I started this blog and had NO idea why I was doing it or how it would serve me. In the last 8 years I have learned so much about blogging (and have so much more to learn) and am so grateful for the opportunities that it has given me. I mean, lets me honest, someone like me needs a space to communicate because I just have SO SO SO much to say. But in this season of my life, being 35 year old married lady with two fabulous kids, it is time once again for my business and these blogs to pivot and evolve with me.
Your invited! To come along for the ride as I, Emily Jo Hudspeth Greenwald, breathe new life into my business and give her a little makeover. As usual, I have no idea what I am doing but I am all about figuring it out align the way. Maybe it will be inspiring and give you the push to reinvent one of your own project. Or maybe it will be full on train wreck. Either way I am sure there are going to be a whole bunch of learning lessons for us all.
Warning: I will be keeping it real REAL along the way. You may love it (I hope so!) or maybe not (and that’s ok too).
I want to know what is your one word from this year AND last year and how do they differ, if they do at all? My words are different but they come down to the same core principals. Choosing my actions (personal and work projects) that give more life and love to my family and business and myself. Share your thoughts in the comments!