As I enter into 2017 and begin setting new goals, refresh my mind and focus on making 2017 "the best year yet," I can't help but take a few moments to reflect on 2016 and all the good that came from it.
In 2016 Buddy's Nut Butters grew considerably from both a distribution status (now in 1000 stores) and team size. As I celebrate the wins, and remain humble from the losses and lessons learned, I can't help but take a few moments to look back on how far Buddy's has come, from those early days in the commercial kitchen cleaning dishes to making deliveries to the first handful of stores that carried Buddy's. I want to step forward into 2017 thanking the followers, consumers and lovers of Buddy's and encourage you to step forward in your lives this year too.
In 2016 Buddy's may have made some serious strides forward, but being young and ambitious can only take a person so far while running a business. Last year running Buddy's became extremely difficult to the point of contemplating selling the business and moving on to a simpler (and easier) lifestyle. I knew I had the support, sales and team to continue making strides but I felt that wasn't enough at times.
So what changed?
No dramatic changes have, or will, be made to Buddy's, but I decided 2017 would bring changes to my personal life. I've started getting at least 8 hours of sleep a night, being without technology (ok ok my phone and computer) for the first hour of the morning, reading (here's what I'm currently reading) more and working out again. The last 3 years my life has been anything but balanced, mostly because I didn't believe it could be while running a start-up, but that is all changing in 2017. I'm working on instilling happiness in my life and others and being more intentional in my relationships, conversations and work.
So this year instead of making 10 goals to maybe achieve one why not start making positive changes that will instill happiness in your life and others lives? Why not take moments to enjoy a cup of coffee without frantically scrolling on Instagram, to reflect on your life and be grateful for the blessings instead of worry about the future, and find ways to seek Joy and Happiness?
These are the changes I am making in 2017! What are yours?