Brief Bio: An artist and a mother of two young girls, Kelly Thiel lives in South Carolina, USA creating award-winning clay and bronze sculptures, as well as doing art journaling and mixed media paintings. She just finished building a new studio at her home, and is dying to log some real hours in there! Kelly is doing her best to live life to the fullest and enjoy each day, with her art and her family.
The hardest part at year 2 of your business is….
Momentum. Keeping the momentum. Life happens. People get sick, and pregnancies occur. It is so hard to stay focused on your business when life keeps throwing distractions at you. And since you are your own boss, it’s easy to let things slide a bit. Not always a problem (since sometimes you really do need a break every now and then), but once that period is over, sometimes I find it hard to get going again. I am in amazement at people who never seem to lose momentum. I admire them for their continuous efforts!
At this time in my life when I have two young children at home, I realize that I am going to have to be flexible in my work schedule. There are days when I know I won’t be able to put much toward my business. On those days, I try to do ONE THING that will put me one step closer to my goals. It may be something as small as tweeting and Facebooking about an exhibit I’m in, or writing a quick blog post. It may be one business phone call, or even packing a box to ship to a gallery. Just one thing. And then for the rest of the chaotic day, I will know that I haven’t lost ALL momentum!
I’ve also taken to getting up an hour earlier several times a week. It’s not much, but it can make a difference to my mental state. I know I’ve gotten at least a little done for my business before the rest of the household gets up!
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