An Open Letter – Hello, friend, and welcome to 2018. A few tidbits of information that may help to acclimate you to five years in the future –
- Global Warming sucks, the city was 83 degrees in October. DO NOT BUY THAT EXPENSIVE DOWN COAT THAT YOU THINK YOU NEED! YOU’VE WORN IT TWICE IN 4 YEARS! Just saying.
- You’ve officially made it past age 36, which was always your scary, old person age (UM, WHY?!), and truly it’s not so bad. You are still a spitfire, just in a less wild, dancing on tables kind of way, and more in an extra glass of wine on Grey’s night kind of way. Embrace it. Love it. Be it. It suits you, quite honestly.
- Lancome is going to come out with a mascara around 2015 called Hypnose Dramatic (or at least this is when you will discover it). This mascara may or may not change your life. Ok, it MAY, as in it will. Just FYI.
- Oh, and Donald Trump is President… Soooooooo, yeah.
Now that we have covered the very basics, let’s get to what we really came here to talk about. You are deep in the nitty gritty of running a day to day business, and things seem to be going pretty well. You rock, love. You rock in a big way, but I am biased, so take it with a grain of salt.
I am tempted to dig deep here to provide you with the insight and advice that I wish you’d known back in 2012, but honestly, I don’t want to give you too much information, as every experience that you have had has created the you that you will be. There are a going to be A LOT (like A LOT) of ups and downs, some really awesome clients, huge successes, moments of pure happiness, joy, and even disbelief that this is your life and your job; and of course moments of stress, worry, and defeat.
You are going to make A LOT of mistakes, some very small and some that seem extremely monumental (I can think of a couple in particular, but let’s not dwell, shall we?). That IS going to happen, but just remember, one foot in front of the other, one deep breath at a time. You are also going to meet a lot of truly inspiring people and make a lot of really great decisions that will carry you into the next chapter of business ownership.
In 2017, you are still growing, you are still learning, you are definitely still experiencing every single one of these feelings, just in a different way. Just keep walking through the doors that you want to get through, whether they start out open or not. You are going to find a lot of really gorgeous things on the other side.
It is incredibly important to remember that every business owner and every creative has good and bad experiences, and has made any number of bad decisions and choices. They are a part of the game. Sorry to break it to you, but in those moments of despair remember that you are not special here, you are one of millions experiencing this moment, in this way. You don’t get to feel sorry for yourself…. You get to keep moving. Exciting, isn’t it?
“WHEN YOU ARE TIRED, KEEP GOING. WHEN YOU ARE HUNGRY, KEEP GOING. WHEN YOU ARE SCARED, KEEP GOING. IF YOU WANT A TASTE OF FREEDOM, KEEP GOING.” – HARRIET TUBMAN
Since it is five years later, of course I know that you will grow to feel an exorbitant amount of love for your business, for yourself as a business person, and that you will learn to take leaps you never thought were possible. For that, I am incredibly proud of you/me. You are most definitely not an adventurous person right now, but trust me, 5 years from now you will be standing on a swaying platform in the middle of the Caribbean rainforest telling the guide to “just push you, because that is the only way you are going off the edge” and you will in that moment realize that yeah, you take leaps, even if you need a good push every now and then. You jump even when you don’t want to or feel scared to. You made it off that platform and you lived through it. Good for you. Keep Moving, friend. I’ll be seeing you on the flip side.
“PLAY ON PLAYA.” – NO DIGGITY
Sincerely and with Exponential Love + Affection,
Tori – 2018
Wednesday, January 10th, 2018
AN OPEN LETTER TO MY INNER ENTREPRENEUR