what’s your monster next year?

Each year I find that though I accomplish a million mini goals, I tend to also face ONE large and formidable intention, problem, or opportunity as well.

I call this – regardless whether the change is good or bad – my “monster.”

It is something that seems larger than myself and something that can span several months or the majority of the year for me to understand and thrive with.

Some of my past personal life monsters have been:

Learning to fire my ego from controlling my weight.

Living with an ex-boyfriend while going through a five month break up.

Learning to focus on my “be’s” more than my “have’s” and “do’s.” 

And the business monsters were:

The 2007 monster was “Grow From Part-Time in College to Full-Time in Chicago.”

The 2008 monster was “Selling Jewelry Wholesale to Over 100 Boutiques Nationwide.”

The 2009 monster was “Transitioning from Wholesale to Become an Online Shop.”

The 2010 monster was “Re-Branding Jess LC.”

And the 2011 monster was “Create a Lifestyle Brand with Contractors.”

Each of these monsters were tough, scary, and unfamiliar. Yet each were also simultaneously integral in the evolution of my life and business. Without these struggles, I would not have the strengths I gained from slaying the beasts. And it is precisely those strengths which make me more capable of taking on bigger challenges in my life.

So I’m learning not only to accept these impending beasts as inevitable, but also as essential to my growth as a person and business owner.

And you know what? I’m starting to get pretty good at predicting which monsters are coming up around the corner.

Though I will undoubtedly be sideswiped by a monster here or there, I think I have a pretty good hunch as to which monsters are lurking behind the calender in 2012.

In my personal life, I think the monster will have to do with growth in my relationships. And in Jess LC, the monster is the much higher production volume.

Both of these beasts are a bit scary and I am not going to lie; part of me is afraid.

But that doesn’t mean that I can’t face them and realize that by working through them, I will ultimately be happier and more prepared for anything hiding behind door 2013.

 

This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Jill

    Love this post and the insight… I’m currently facing some growing pains in that I’ve built my blog and small business to the point where I wanted to be… but now I feel a little bored in it. My “monster” for 2012 is to thoughtfully make some new changes and challenges for myself to keep my business and my life feeling fresh.

    I love how you point out that not only are these “monsters” inevitable, but that they make us better in the long run. Lately I’ve been feeling down on myself for not being completely satisfied with my place right now. Instead, I need to turn the dissatisfaction around in a positive way as simply facing the next step in my journey.

  2. Jill

    Love this post and the insight… I’m currently facing some growing pains in that I’ve built my blog and small business to the point where I wanted to be… but now I feel a little bored in it. My “monster” for 2012 is to thoughtfully make some new changes and challenges for myself to keep my business and my life feeling fresh.

    I love how you point out that not only are these “monsters” inevitable, but that they make us better in the long run. Lately I’ve been feeling down on myself for not being completely satisfied with my place right now. Instead, I need to turn the dissatisfaction around in a positive way as simply facing the next step in my journey.

  3. As a new business owner, I am still trying to figure out my way and stabilize my plan. It is important to be reminded that it is okay to have just one big monster to tackle while walking over smaller ones. I tend to want to do everything all at once. I end up getting overwhelmed and get nothing done or done well.

    Thank you for the insight.

  4. As a new business owner, I am still trying to figure out my way and stabilize my plan. It is important to be reminded that it is okay to have just one big monster to tackle while walking over smaller ones. I tend to want to do everything all at once. I end up getting overwhelmed and get nothing done or done well.

    Thank you for the insight.

  5. Jess

    Jill, I love when you share your insights like this. I really look up to you as far as where you are in your life and how you are growing forward! I also appreciate your honesty and openness about what you are working on as well. It helps me know that if I feel that one day when I am married and have kids… that’s okay!

    JostWrite, that’s great to hear! I think it’s a mixed process with large and small monsters when getting a business started. Over time you’ll be able to make more progress than you can imagine.

  6. Jess

    Jill, I love when you share your insights like this. I really look up to you as far as where you are in your life and how you are growing forward! I also appreciate your honesty and openness about what you are working on as well. It helps me know that if I feel that one day when I am married and have kids… that’s okay!

    JostWrite, that’s great to hear! I think it’s a mixed process with large and small monsters when getting a business started. Over time you’ll be able to make more progress than you can imagine.

  7. My little “monster” is to graduate from graduate school in May and my larger “monster” is to find a full-time job again after not having one for two years. I’m terrified to go through that whole process again!!

  8. Hopped over from vmac+cheese. I am totally intrigued by your blog and your mission. Looking forward to reading more.

    I am at a wonky point in my life where I’ve accomplished some great things (fallen in love, bought a home) but still believe I could feel much more fulfilled, especially in my work life. In January I will be going back to school (while still working full-time, eek!) to study Interior Design, which has become a passion of mine in my free time. The hope is that I may find a career in the field, but I am straight up terrified of the inevitable challenges this entails. Right off the top of my head there are probably at least three “monsters” that I may deal with in 2012, haha. But I’m thinking this foray into the possibilities of a new and rewarding career should be my main focus.

  9. Hopped over from vmac+cheese. I am totally intrigued by your blog and your mission. Looking forward to reading more.

    I am at a wonky point in my life where I’ve accomplished some great things (fallen in love, bought a home) but still believe I could feel much more fulfilled, especially in my work life. In January I will be going back to school (while still working full-time, eek!) to study Interior Design, which has become a passion of mine in my free time. The hope is that I may find a career in the field, but I am straight up terrified of the inevitable challenges this entails. Right off the top of my head there are probably at least three “monsters” that I may deal with in 2012, haha. But I’m thinking this foray into the possibilities of a new and rewarding career should be my main focus.

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