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2017 by the numbers & ladies, watch this…

Posted by Deidre Rienzo on

So, I didn’t meet my financial goal this year. I made $2779 less than last year, but you know what? I’m freaking proud of myself. Because I made 3 times as much as I did my first year as a self-employed person. Because I supported myself. And because I love what I do.

I have gratitude this year—more than ever. The year didn’t go perfectly. Life changed unexpectedly. And heck, I only sent 5 un-newsletters (that’s definitely not “monthly”)! Yet while some things wobbled, a “competitor” sent me my biggest project ever. I have more recurring clients than last year. And 2018 is bright.

As I’ve done in 20132014, 2015 and 2016, here is my 2017 by the numbers:

  • Years in business – 10
  • Total clients – 33
  • Clients who are designers – 16
  • Pounds lost – 25
  • Number of pushups I can do right now—10
  • Client websites written – 12
  • Client blogs + newsletters written – 100+
  • Clients for whom I write monthly or bi-monthly blog posts, newsletters or case studies – 12
  • Beds I built without help (that are holding up perfectly!) —2
  • New houses purchased – 1
  • Times I’ve walked my dog – at least 700? (Cannoli, thank you for making me go outside!)
  • Un-newsletter subscribers (sign up here) – 541
  • Un-newsletters sent (read them here) – 5

What’s the plan for 2018? To majorly kick a$$.

I started the year off by watching this video, and (especially if you’re a woman), you should too.

I have been taking care of myself since I was 18—I just didn’t know it (until this past year).”

Ilise said this in this video, and I was so grateful she did. It’s exactly what I needed to hear. This video made me feel empowered and awesome and I can’t think of a smarter way to start a new year than by taking these lessons on board. Watch this:

 Here’s to an amazing 2018! 


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