Leaping into the New Year

Oh, holiday season… don’t these festive weeks always seem to fly by? Somehow, between the gatherings, the shopping, the decorating, and everything else that comes along with whatever you might be celebrating, the days and weeks pass more swiftly than normal.

1 Partridge in a Pear Tree

In the middle of the unavoidable overwhelm, I love taking a moment to pause. I know what you’re thinking — we barely have enough time as is… how can we pause? Let me clarify: moments of pause don’t mean you have to stand still. Your “pause” might be exercise, reading, grabbing coffee with a dear friend, or getting clever in the kitchen. Whatever it is, it’s important to remind yourself to take that pause — away from the stressors — whenever you feel the overwhelm setting in during this hectic season.

My moments of pause bring me back to the passion that grounds me — my painting. Each year now for the past decade, I’ve brought to life the “12 Days of Christmas” with a brush and paints. It all started with the infamous Partridge in a Pear Tree, continuing on through the Five Golden Rings, landing at this year’s 10 Lords a Leaping. Creating these paintings at

this time of year is the perfect pause for me to bring myself back to balance so I can truly enjoy the holidays.

I’m also particularly excited for this year’s because of two things:

1. Illustrating 10 Lords a Leaping is just plain fun.

2. The Lords aren’t the only ones taking a leap!

Leaping into the new year as a business owner

This time of year isn’t just hectic because of the holidays… these weeks are also stressful because they mean one very significant thing: another year is coming to a close.

It’s December 18th. We now have just 13 days until 2014 gracefully exits and 2015 bursts open.

5 Golden Rings

Don’t let these days burn you out; use them as inspiration. A final chance to make the most of 2014 before we begin with the renewal of a new year. I encourage you to ask yourself the following questions:

1. Have I reached the goals I set out for myself in 2014?

Revisit those goals you set back in January, and throughout the year. What milestones did you celebrate? What did you release? What have you created? Celebrate the wins of all sizes. The goals that you didn’t reach — are they still priorities? Don’t deflate. If they’re still important to you, carry them over. If not, it’s okay to let them go.

2. If there was one thing, and one thing only, that I could accomplish with these last 13 days, what would it be?

Creating a mile-long to-do list for 13 of the busiest days of the year isn’t the best idea — and won’t leave you time for those much-needed pauses. But focusing on one task, project, or idea that you can reasonably implement during this time will help you end your year on the right note.

3. How has my business — and brand — grown over the year?

Your brand naturally evolves as your business ages and grows. What has changed? What has expanded? Is your branding showing up in more places, and is it everywhere it needs to be? Perhaps most importantly — has your business outgrown your brand? Is it still working for you?

4. What am I most looking forward to in 2015?

We must prepare accordingly if we’re going to leap. Where is your business going in 2015? What are you looking forward to creating for your followers? What does it look like? What does it feel like?

The key to supporting your leap

10 Lords a Leaping

Here’s my secret that’s not-so-secret: your brand is the key to supporting your leap. With a solid, true-to-your-business brand in place, the foundation is set for you to focus on creating for and delighting your customers over the next year. Your brand will support you in communicating, promoting, and selling your products and services. And the right brand will expand as you do.

As a holiday treat to you, I’d love to help you figure out if your brand is on track to support you throughout 2015. Book a complimentary Brand Clarity Call now, and we’ll get laser-focused on making sure your brand is working for you!

And please, remember to take time to pause throughout the upcoming weeks. Breathe during the overwhelm. Enjoy your time with family and friends.

Then, when the clock strikes midnight and we enter into 2015, enter in leaping!

Happy holidays! What are you most looking forward to in 2015?

12 Days of Christmas