“What the hell am I even doing?”
The first time this thought popped into my head was after quitting my job in NYC and deciding I wanted to be an entrepreneur. In business articles, they tell you that before quitting your job you should have market validation, six months of savings, or at the very least some kind of rudimentary plan.
I had none of these things.
This past year has been a whirlwind of ups and downs and going into 2017 all I have to say now is “Wow, I’ve learned a lot.”
What I’ve Been Working On:
This year, I took the plunge into startup land building Airlink Marketing, a marketing, design, and PR agency. 2016 brought us some fun projects and I feel so fortunate to have been able to work with so many great clients and a fun team.
Over the past few years, I’ve had dozens of ideas for products. This year, I started creating mugs, totes and tees on Etsy after inspiration from my friend Sharon.
Etsy has become a creative outlet for me to explore new ideas and I’ve had a lot of fun creating. Right now, I’m working on a number of new products for 2017. Can’t wait to show you!
Writing & Blogging
Yesterday I realized that this personal blog has been desolate for over half the year. I’ve been writing, just not here. Here are a few of my favorite articles I’ve enjoyed writing for other publications and here on my blog earlier in the year.
- Five Productivity Tips For People Who Work For Themselves
- What I’ve Learned About Coping With Grief At Work
- Your Complete Guide To Moving Abroad To Work For Yourself
- 10 Affordable Cities To Live Abroad And Work For Yourself
- Seven Jobs That Let You Live And Work Abroad (As Your Own Boss)
- How I’ve Built My Own Business While Traveling The World
- Empathy Is The Secrete To Hospitality Customer Service – And Sales
- Getting To Yes – How To Overcome A Guest Problem
- How Hoteliers Can Boost Meeting Room Bookings
- How To Get Free Wifi In Any City
- How To Live In A Hotel For Less Than Your Rent
- How To Work From Anywhere
- Why I Eat, Drink, And Travel Alone
And even more on the Airlink Marketing blog. *Phew*
Where I’ve Been Living
I feel very fortunate to have been able to travel this year as I built my business from anywhere I could find a stable wifi connection. This year, I bounced around working and living in New York, Seattle, Spain, Italy, Hungary, Israel, Hong Kong and Korea.
Here are a few of the many highlights captured in photos. (And so many more I don’t have photos of!)
Ending the year in Seoul with Christina!
Livin’ it up in Hong Kong for a month
Colleen teaching me to use SnapChat in NYC.
Parasailing in the Canary Islands – look how adventurous I am. Just kidding – I was a scared pansy the whole time
Hanging with Sharon, Mike and Sizzo in Bucharest (Shoot Sizzo, we still need a pic!)
Hanging out with Jason in Bucharest, Tel Aviv and NYC
Spending 3 months in Spain with Nicole eating way too much tortilla
Playing “Pie Face” with Mom and eating her delicious home cooking
Celebrating my birthday before leaving the country with friends like Fizi and Michelle
Seeing Chelsea in Seattle and gossiping about the good ‘ole days
Eating Japanese and pondering life with Annie and Monica
Reliving the college days with Steven, Fergal, Bryndis, and Derek
Though there have been a number of moments in 2016 I’ve felt as if I was falling without a parachute, I wouldn’t change this past year for anything. I laughed. I cried. I succeeded. I failed. 2016 was a rollercoaster that I’m happy to have ridden.
There is no way I could have gotten to this point with my business and travels without the support of a great team, amazing friends, and family. I feel truly lucky to have a support system in my life who says “you can do it.” instead of “you’re crazy.”
See you next year!