I have mixed emotions about leaving 2011 behind. While it was the most challenging year for my family, it was also a year of great personal and business growth.
I’ve been joking around that I don’t want any drama in the new year but then realized that the Mayans predicted the end of the world in 2012! So much for no drama!
I’ve resigned myself to the fact that there will always be drama and challenges in life and I can’t control that. I can, however, control how I respond to each event in my life, the good ones and the not-so-good ones.
My dad forwarded an email to me recently telling the story of two horses, one blind and the other, smaller horse, with a small copper bell attached to its halter. You can read the entire story here. I would encourage you to read the story because if you do not, the rest of my post will make no sense to you.
Go ahead, read it……I’ll wait for you………………
My number one goal for 2012 is to be a bell-ringer. No, not for the Salvation Army, but for my family, friends, customer and for small business owners, particularly women-owned, in my area.
And not just some time, but every time I have contact with any one of you. I hope to offer encouragement to you no matter where you are in your personal or business life. I don’t have all the answers but I’ve been on this planet for nearly half a century and have owned my business for a number of years so that experience should count for something!
Please feel free to visit with me at the Main Street Market when we are there, at our new shop inside Fleur du Jour, or anywhere else we might be in 2012. You can sign up for Handmade at Homestead’s free newsletter, join H@H on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter to learn about the new products we will be introducing, sales we will have, meet-ups with other small business owners, and where we will be throughout the year.
Here’s to a positive, fantastic 2012!