What I've learned from 1 year of self-employment

Today marks exactly one year since I left my corporate accounting job to pursue this career in health and wellness. It's been a WILD RIDE - not easy by any means, but I have ZERO regrets. I've learned so much about starting and running your own business, and so much about myself. 

The tips below are applicable across the board - whether you are a fellow entrepreneur, or an investment banker, or a stay-at-home-mom. Bottom line: no matter who you are, it’s important to take care of yourself, slow down, and appreciate the good stuff in life. 

Self-care is a top priority - How you show up for yourself is how you show up for the world. Personally, I’ve learned that I can’t show up 100% if I don’t do my morning routine of meditation, exercise, and a healthy breakfast. Sometimes that means I start work a little later, and that’s okay, because I know that time in the morning means I will be 10x more effective for the rest of the day.

- Work hard, but don’t hustle. This is something I learned from working with my friend and mentor, Robyn Youkilis. I clearly remember one of the first weeks I was working with Robyn, I showed her a cute image from Instagram that said “Hustle and heart will set you apart.” Her response? "I don’t like to hustle Emily!" I was in shock - how can you build a super successful business and not hustle? But through working with Robyn, I’ve learned that you don’t have to. Don’t get me wrong - you can still work hard (and I do!)! But you don’t need to stress over to-do lists and deadlines. Do your best, but also take plenty of time for self-care and rest (see point above!). Trust that everything that needs to get done will get done in exactly the way and time that it should.

- Appreciate what you have. I've talked about the benefits of practicing gratitude before and I've found this practice to be crucial for me this past year. Especially as an entrepreneur or anyone going through a big transition, it's easy to jump to the next accomplishment or milestone, but the truth is that there will ALWAYS be something else to achieve. Always looking to the next thing will leave you feeling unfulfilled and unhappy (even if that thing is something you love - trust me, I've been there). The key is to find happiness in the present moment by appreciating all that you already have. I do this by writing down three things I am grateful for each night before going to sleep. 

And while we're on the topic of gratitude, I want to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for supporting me on this journey. Your emails, text messages, and comments on social media are my daily reminders of why I do what I do. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!

If the last year was any indication, this year is sure to be another one of immense growth. I've got some awesome projects in the works, and can't wait to share new recipes, tips, and resources with you all. And while I've got a plan, I'm ALWAYS open to suggestions. I'd love to hear what YOU are interested in seeing more of from me - whether that's specific recipes you'd like "upgraded," healthy living questions you'd like answered, whatever - I'm all ears :)  Leave a comment here, email me, or mention me on social media (@emilynachazel). I can't wait to hear from you.