As the end of the year approaches, it signifies something coming to a close. All too often confused with there being a need for a grand ending, a happily ever after, an epilogue with no loose ends, The New Year means something much different to me. I prefer to look at The New Year as just that—new beginnings, reweaving loose ends, driving towards a better ending or epilogue.
Saying goodbye to 2013 is definitely bittersweet for me. This was the year that I licensed my product. Further proof that when one year ends and another begins, there is no telling where it will take one…I finished 2012 believing I was going to manufacture my product on my own. Well, not on my own, but go into the product business. At the start of this year, I learned I was much more suited to the creative side of ventures rather than production/shipping/receiving logistics so I threw my hat in the ring looking for a license.
The day I received an offer was one of my top 10 days so far…Someone thought my idea was great, my product name and brand was solid, and they were willing to bet on it all! As I kiss 2013 goodbye, I also say farewell to my product. It will be going to market and its fate is in yours’ and others’ hands.
I often have equated my product to being my baby, and it a lot of ways, it is and continues to be…I will worry about it even though it had flew the nest much like my oldest son who just celebrated his Bar Mitzvah. He is a “man,” yet I still worry myself silly over every move he makes. Another chapter closed in 2013, the Bar Mitzvah and all the planning and hoopla surrounding it.
The good news is 2014 ushers in new adventures on the heels of this year’s milestones. For my oldest son, it is greater independence. For my younger son, 2014 holds lessons in his newest instrument—the electric guitar—and middle school for percussion. For me, not just watching my product, but my latest venture, a fiction book.
With a spring book launch staring me in the face, I have been pounding the keyboard, working on my story and rewrites. Trying to stay focused on two sets of characters because I could not simply write one book at a time—What fun would that be?
Decisions continue to have to be made like yesterday. Pen name? Or not? What to call my book? Website design?
No matter what the decisions are—parenting, work related, relationship based—they just have to get made. Maintaining ownership of choices is so key. Whether they turn out to be wildly successful in the coming year or turn into a big mess (I like to call that a learning experience), there is something about feeling a sense of accomplishment.
In the words of my 2-year-old cousin, “I do it.” That’s right, her favorite phrase, “I do it” is so simple yet profound because if WE get it done, that is half the battle.
So, I don’t have a big bucket list this year, just the hope of building on current and past accomplishments and moving forward in life. It is not my time for an epilogue, there is no telling where I will land and what I will do.
I wish the same for you – RB
See you back in the New Year….