Starting Fresh in 2023
Hello! Here I am, it's December 27th and I'm revamping my websites. I just enjoyed a wonderful holiday with my family and my husband's family. I'm filled with incredible food, warmth and an extreme excitement for starting a new year, 2023.
A quick intro for those that are new here.
Hi, I'm Kristin! I'm a daughter, a wife, a dog mom (we have a standard poodle Lucy) and an entrepreneur with a never ending thirst for learning in order to achieve my goals in life. What are those goals you ask? I'm so glad you did! My goals in life are freedom. I want financial freedom, time freedom and location freedom.
Location freedom meaning I can travel and be anywhere in the world at any time. I can work from wherever I am simply through my computer or phone. Time freedom meaning I work on my time. I'm not going to be a slave to a "job" anymore. Most entrepreneurs feel this way and I know it sounds funny at first - we quit stable/regular jobs in order to work 24/7 building our business! Haha but that's temporary. Entrepreneurs are working 24/7 for hopefully just a few years, and then it's freedom. Financial freedom meaning I have the monetary abilities to have, do and give everything I want to.
I tell you more about my personal story one day, but for now I want to focus on the professional.
In March 2019 I got my license in real estate. I have learned so much! I've worked with a few different brokerages, sold quite a few homes and met some amazing people: clients, colleagues and more! Real estate has been fun, but the plan was always that it would be temporary. After working the last couple years of the pandemic market - I am absolutely exhausted and God reminded me that real estate wasn't my end game. It's been a wonderful experience and a great stepping stone in my journey. I'm keeping my license as long as it makes sense and will take clients when it makes sense. For now I have shifted my focus to the next project, a business called This Little Brand.
The Business: This Little Brand
I started the business around this time last year. I've been working with a business coach and I launched at the end of October after a few unexpected challenges.
I'm calling it a t-shirt company for now because that's all it is at the moment. In the future, I'll be adding in more products and more designs. I've launched the brand with one unique design (Selling Oklahoma, one for every state) that launched an entire collection.
Check out the business HERE.
The Blog suffered the most in 2022. The first thing my business coach did when I told her about all of my dreams, plans and projects was make me read Darren Hardy's book: The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster. From there I sat down and prioritized. The blog and the podcast suffered the most. Which was difficult for me because I enjoy both of them and I'm happy to get back to it as soon as I can. When would that be exactly? When I have one of my projects - which I'm currently prioritizing This Little Brand, when that is rolling successfully, I'll get back to the fun hobbies.
The Podcast: How it Started, How it's Going
The Podcast is my passion project. It is pure bliss for me. I LOVE hearing everyone's stories, how they've built their business and what they've learned along the way. Unfortunately, with the demands of my real estate business, prioritizing my health and new business, the podcast was cast aside. That was so hard for me because I worked so hard on being consistent - I know how important that is. However, I've learned to give myself grace, I have big plans and the podcast will return as soon as I'm able to do it in a way that serves it and its listeners.
2022 has been a big year for me professionally, it has also been a HUGE year for my personal growth. Entrepreneurs know that when you're trying to build an empire, you quickly learn that you have to start from within. You have to assess yourself mentally, emotionally, and physically. Entrepreneurship is not for the weak and I'll be honest, it's the personal stuff that is the most difficult. In November 2022, I attended my first Tony Robbin's event: Tony Robbin's Unleash the Power Within in Florida. I will definitely be sharing my experience with that and what I have since learned from it as well. Oh, and yes I walked on hot, fiery coals. I am officially a firewalker and that was powerful.
For 2023, I've got big plans as always! I hope to knock out so many of my goals. My priority is growing This Little Brand and ensuring that grows into everything that God has planned for it and for me.
I want to keep this first, introductory blog on the short and sweet side so I'll leave you with this: 2022 was incredible and taught me so much. I pray that God will use these experiences and lessons that I'm learning and that He will help me to share them in a way that helps you too. After all, what is the point of this life if we aren't sharing with one another?
"I'm building my empire and sharing everything I learn along the way with you."
I am so glad you're here, thank you for coming to my little corner of the internet. Find me on IG and let's connect. I love meeting people - especially fellow dreamers, doers and entrepreneurs.