It’s that time of the year where we’re all being bombarded with the amazing achievements of others and it’s those same others who are already neck deep in even bigger plans for 2018. I don’t know about you but I’m still recovering from my year of living the writing dream that seems to have gotten a tad out hand.
First, the good:
- We made lots of courses for our young scholars, established our brand, Writing Excellence Programs For Young Scholars, and learned lots along the way
- Working with our students during our workshops, and seeing their successes, gave us huge pleasure every time
- Our pilot program, English for Homeschools, has led to a fully fledged program moving forward
- Sam is now my partner (she had no clue at the start of the year that helping me with my podcast would lead to her co-founding our business)
- We’re one off a hundred podcast episodes
- I’ve coached several authors through the book writing process and I’m launching my first writing course for adults
- Our professional support network has grown to the point where, not only can we reach out for the help we need, but we’re now helping others establish their businesses
- We made enough money that we can both work full-time in the business leading into 2018 (we just may not eat a lot:))
- Doing all of the above was lots of work, too much at times, and as a family we didn’t get much down time together
- One of us may have given away, rather than sold, more than she should have
- NBN drove us nuts – trying to establish an online business with variable internet is a challenge at best
- Some of our ideas were too crazy even for us
- Lack of prior planning led to a couple of massive fails
- Our lack of technical expertise held us back in designing our workbooks
- Our website isn’t ready to launch as planned and it’s cost us in the lead up to Christmas and into the new year
- Realising that large workshops don’t fit with our values of personal attention and individual nurturing
- Working long hours without exercise and a good diet is detrimental over the long term
Moving forward, we’ll be working more closely with schools in 2018, our English for Homeschoolers is taking on a life of its own and we’ll be offering all our courses as both self-paced and tutor-led. Sam will be taking on a bigger role with our young scholars and I’ll be running Creative Leadership courses, as well as continuing with my coaching. Our business focus will be on writing excellence across our various platforms and, if I’m lucky, I might even get some of my own writing done.
The podcast is tracking nicely and has become as much a learning platform for me as it has for our listeners. Expect more guests from the entrepreneurial world, online learning and the freedom to work from anywhere (our first experiment with this will be in May when we head to Vietnam).
But what really excites me is writing good fiction and I’m organising a great line-up of talented authors to share their secrets with us. Sponsorshipwise, I’ll be working closely with Kate Vanderhoot of Take 10 Social, Paul Brodie of BrodieEDU and Jennifer Gale of Fit n’ Fifty Plus (Jennifer and I are taking on the business world and it will never be the same again).
Was the year worth it? You bet! We wouldn’t be looking forward to an exciting year without laying the groundwork in 2017. However, we’ll bring more balance and stability to what we do.
Felicity, meanwhile, is a making plans for our trip to Vietnam in May and is getting ready for her World Travel adventure at the end of the year. Sam starts her university studies. And me? I’ve booked in a weekly date with a golf course, with my iPhone left firmly at home.
Happy New Year, everyone!