There are just a few more days left in 2013 and I can't help but think, “Sayonara!.” I'm over this year. Totally.
At the start of 2013, I was wide-eyed and optimistic. After losing two jobs in 2012, I was finally going to branch out and do something on my own. It would be a fresh start and for the first time in my life, I'd be focusing on writing. Something I've loved to do all my life. So, I launched Deb CB Media in March with ten clients and never looked back. It's been amazing.
I also made the decision to get serious about this blog and take my hobby to the next level. Monetizing a blog is difficult when you don't want to sell out. I'm proud that I've stayed true to who I am first (a mom that just happens to work and write) and been able to earn some income at the same time without compromising who I am or the integrity of my site. And, winning the Babble Top 100 Reader's Choice award in the parenting category proved to me that I'm supposed to be blogging. It's not just an accident.
But, I'm a firm believer that life has no accidents…
At the top of the year, there's no way I could have predicted that Rosie would have major health issues for four months. The choices that I made at the start of 2013 for my business, allowed me the freedom to run to school and pick up when she needed me. To take her to seven doctors to try and get to the bottom of what was wrong. To continue to be an advocate for my child's health and fight.
I also didn't have to worry about punching a time clock. Worrying about what a boss thought when I had to leave work. Or, deal with nosy co-workers lurking in my office door to see if I was okay. The flexibility was priceless.
And, while I never really wrote about it, I was scared. There were some tears. But, I needed to be strong for my daughter who was terrified. That's what being a good mother's all about. I'm happy that I made the leap back into self-employment so I could be present for my child. It was a blessing.
So, Sayonara 2013. I'm ready to put the past few months behind me. Bring on 2014.