Happy 2015! Regardless of how you feel about this time of year and the inevitable slew of optimistic resolutions that come with it, you can’t deny that flipping over to a new calendar leaves us feeling like there’s nothing but a clean slate in front of us — and I don’t think that’s a bad thing.
Starting a new year can be a much-needed mental “reset” button for some. For myself, I know I like the feeling that there’s a fresh set of months ahead of me, just waiting for me to get out there and make them all great.
Reflecting on 2014
Before jumping ahead into 2015, however, I must acknowledge the fabulous year that was 2014.
I want to give what is now last year a big fat hug for being excellent. And you know what? I want to give myself a big fat hug for taking action and making it that way.
Whether it was busting my tail during those 90 hour work weeks I experienced before launching my business full-time, or working to maintain a positive, upbeat mindset (almost) every day which left me open and ready for possibilities, opportunities, and new ideas — I’m pretty darn proud that 2014 turned out so freakin’ fantastic.
I know I played my part in that and it’s a role I want to continue this year.
Sure, I’ve had plenty of bad days from January 1st to December 31st, 2014. I’ve made mistakes, thought negatively, said stupid things (the memories of which will undoubtedly swim back to me in 10 years as I’m trying to drift off to sleep, and keep me awake as I try and reconstruct the scene in my head with me saying something not-so-stupid instead).
But the good stuff exponentially outweighs the bad. And I’m looking forward to making 2015 an even more exciting, positive, accomplished, happy, and fulfilled year.
Welcoming 2015 and What’s Ahead in the Months to Come
So what’s this awesome year going to look like? Let me fill you in on a few changes:
This site looks a little different. I rolled CommonSenseMillennial.com into my professional site here at KaliHawlk.com. I tried a number of different things first, but in the end, I think this was the best way to manage my web presence and better serve my community and audience.
At the very least, I’m in love with the new look of the site and I’m pleased with the face it presents to the world. I think this is much more fitting for me and my brand, and it’s going to serve as a better platform for me to serve you and provide what you’re looking for when you stop by.
My career looks a little different, too! One of the most exciting changes in my personal life for 2015 actually came in November of 2014. I was offered a full-time (dream) job — and I accepted.
I feel a little crazy officially announcing this, as I worked so hard in the last year to launch a successful business on my own. But I won’t be leaving that behind: part of the deal with my new position was that I get to keep my own brand and business.
So yes, I’m still running my own content marketing management business. But as of January 1, 2015, I’m also the Marketing Manager for XY Planning Network.
XYPN is a really neat company and I’m thrilled to join their team. They’re a network of fee-only financial advisors who specialize in Gen Y and Gen X clients.
This is huge in the financial planning world, because traditional business models — and traditional financial planners — don’t do a good job in serving Millennials and young professionals. XYPN and their advisors are so wildly different, and that’s a good thing.
Does this change anything with this blog? Yes and no. Growing my own business and working as XYPN’s marketing manager has made me realized that I’m really passionate about helping other people achieve big things.
So in that way, that’s how we’re changing it up here. I’ll still be blogging, but with less talk about fundamental personal finance stuff like budgeting and emergency funds, and more talk about how to get sh!t done with your finances and your career.
You may have noticed there’s a subtle focus here on the site on helping side hustlers, solopreneurs, and small business owners — and I do hope to hone that focus over the coming months.
I’ll still chat about money and Millennials, but my primary role is no longer “blogger.” That’s not a term I ever identified with, and it’s something that I’m making a move away from in 2015.
But that’s not a bad thing. I hope this shift in focus means more educational and valuable content — in blog posts and beyond — for those who want to do more with their personal brands, businesses, and finances.
If you were only here for the personal finance blogging, be sure to stop by the press page where I’ve listed out the places I’m a contributing writer — on all these sites, I’m working as a personal finance writer so you may prefer to incorporate that into your regular reading instead.
If you’re here because you want to start soaring with your brand and business, then yay! To show you how excited I am that you’re on board to make big things happen this year, I have a little somethin’ somethin’ for you.
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What are you focusing on achieving this year?