Silence is golden. A phrase that I appreciate more and more with each passing year. Sometimes pure silence and shutting everything off is exactly what I need to reflect, on the past year, and regain focus and direction for the new year…and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing the last two weeks. Honestly, it kind of seems longer than that! It’s been so enjoyable to break the mundane of being so strict with posting, quite honestly and focusing more on the back end of my business as well as the direction of my business.
I just felt the need to step away from social media and take a super long break at the beginning of 2018. I know for me I felt like I really didn’t get the opportunity to mourn the loss of my granny at the end of the year, I was so over-stimulated, being pulled in a thousand different directions by the end of 2017, that stepping away from social media was exactly what I needed to do to get re-focused for 2018.
Getting focused is viable in my business life, but more so in my home and spiritual life. I truly feel in order to be and give 100% of myself to every single client I help, it’s important that all aspects of my life are in perfect order and balance…and with each passing year, the longer I’m in business for myself, stepping away and having quite time to reflect and pray, helps with my focus and balance. Any other business owners and designers feel exactly the same way? Not to mention, it’s truly important that I stay on the path God wants me to be on, if that means staying where I’m at, or if that means opening up another door for me to walk-through. After all, I have to remind myself He knows best, and do so constantly with this reminder “For I know the plans I have for you sayeth the Lord, plans to proper you and not harm you.” Jeremiah 29:11
Every year in business, I just get so excited to see where God’s going to take me the next year, I seriously can barely stand it (in a good way)…I’ve been truly blessed and I give Him the credit. And yes, there are times I have to admit, that I’m not even sure I’m capable of where he is taking me, but then I have to remind myself, He is certainly not going to give me anything I can’t handle or help me with along the way. With that being said, I am so grateful to all of you that our paths crossed, this passed year, it was truly a wonderful year full of opportunities that were definitely a dream come true.
A Year End Review: 2017
Two -thousand seventeen was such an Amazing year! Often times, I’ve exerted myself so much so, and clearly have run purely off of adrenaline, that I had not even realized how much I had accomplished or that I had done in one year until my sweet husband reminded me…when we were doing taxes that yes, All of this happened this year. LOL! And, Although it was an amazing year, it was one of the most heartbreaking years of my life. I lost one of the most precious people in my life, my granny in November, the day after my 36 birthday. Quite frankly, I just wanted to stop and hang my year up, so I could mourn loosing her. But, owning a business doesn’t allow me the opportunity to just “hang up my year” not with wonderful clients and the work that needed to be done.
Thanks to all of you for your continued support! Thanks for believing in me and more importantly trusting me with your special day, week, or whatever creative design project you’ve allowed me to design for you! I am looking forward to adding new things to Emily Burton Designs this year, and quite honestly still praying about clarity on others. I’m just gonna be real, I don’t think a business owner ever has it all figured out, or at least I don’t, it’s a journey…A wonderful journey that takes alot of love, alot of patience and a whole lot of faith and praying!
I’m so excited about 2018, with already some new projects underway. I pray that your year is health and so much happiness…and if you are up my way or know I’m visiting your area, I’m always up for a good cup of coffee and meeting a new friend!