No way, José!
Now that I am a few months in, I thought I'd give everyone an update on the business (and my sanity) and dish out some credit where credit is due. I am happy to report that things are chugging along. I am certainly not where I need to be yet, but I am getting there. There have been a few weeks with not much to do, and then there are some where I am busy. I fall into bouts of self-doubt occasionally and have to fight off obsessive thoughts of nightmare what-if scenarios. It is scary having to be your own safety net!!! However, I try my hardest to keep a positive internal dialogue and pump myself up when I need it. My amazing clients have been so great about providing positive feedback that makes me believe in myself. I am actually good at this! I am actually doing it! I will get where I need to be!
So what have I been up to?
I have been doing quite a bit of design projects (logos, branding, website layout), which I absolutely love. I have performed some website audits and provided feedback and suggestions for improvement. Additionally, I am getting some clients who need advertising and social media planning and management, which is typically ongoing, consistent work that helps put my worries at ease. And through it all, I always keep in mind branding and help to educate and steer clients toward their goals.
The majority of my client referrals have come from my amazing network of friends in the Baton Rouge community. From old drinking buddies to past professional contacts, I have certainly felt the love and support! A very special thanks to the family of players at Mango's Beach Volleyball and the support from many of the Baton Rouge Ancient Athlete Society members and their wives/girlfriends. Without some of you, I would not have had the courage to take this leap of faith!
And thanks to one of my oldest friends, Lacey, for the bomb Boston Terrier shirt in the pic!!!