The year of unknowns… and opportunity.
2009 was such an eventful year, I wasn’t sure how 2010 would top it. In fact, 2010 is filled with questions and uncertainty. I’m anxious about a number of things – two of which include my job security in this rapidly changing economy (education is undergoing massive budget cuts) and planning my upcoming wedding (I no longer have the luxury of believing that my wedding is a couple of years away; as of today, it’s officially “next year”).
While I may not have control over outside events, such as how much family drama I’ll experience during the midst of wedding planning, or whether I’ll get laid off in the next month or so, I do have control how I choose to respond. And what actions to take.
This year is a toast to taking what is unpredictable and turning into an exhilarating adventure. That’s what life is anyway, a day to day of unknowns and what we choose to make of it.
Two key opportunities & events arise from 2010. The first is the monumental task of planning my wedding, a year long process to plan a one day event – entirely dedicated to a lifetime with my partner. Whew. Talk about pressure! As predictable as some aspects of a wedding are – such as a dress, bridal party, venue, food, cake, & other event logistics, I’m wary to believe that the process will be as simple as it sounds. Given the dramatic events that unfolded from merely getting engaged, who can possibly predict what craziness will ensue as I dive deeper into the actual wedding? Stay tuned, my friends. It’s going to be a wild ride.
The next opportunity, that’s timely in this economy: starting up a small business. J & I have been in many conversations lately about one day starting up a small business of our own. We tried the t-shirt business once, while in grad school. And life just happened, work, friends, moving back to the Bay Area, etc. We got too busy to sustain it. And even with all of our readings on boosting financial education, Rich Dad, Poor Dad, and such, it was still difficult to figure out where to get started.
Long story short: Upon attending my first jewelry trunk show at a friend’s place, I was introduced to Stella & Dot boutique jewelry. After few restless nights reading through the opportunity brochure, posing a million questions to the Stylist Sandy, conducting exhaustive research on the company, and getting the support from my lovely friends, family, and fiance – I took the leap and signed up to be the Stylist of my own company. I’ve been keeping a journal logging my first 100 days as a Stella & Dot stylists and I hope to share my tidbits of entrepreneurial wisdom in this site.
Here’s to 2010: the year of opportunity, unknowns, the leap of faith. A year dedicated entirely to “Business & the Bride.”