I was inspired by another Asian healthy foodie founder to reflect back on 2021. The end of the year brings a good reminder to take a moment and pause and think about our goals, wins, failures and learnings. It has certainly been quite the year. I started the year learning that I was high risk for breast cancer, unemployed and finding myself another year older without figuring out my purpose. 12 months later I feel like I have truly grown. Let me share my reflections in hopes that will inspire you to reflect on your year as well.
3 Most Important Lessons in 2021
- It’s not a race, it’s a marathon. When I launched my business in August, I thought it would be an overnight success. Spoiler alert – NO companies achieve success overnight or even in a year. There is no secret recipe for success. It’s all about test and learn. Coincidentally, the same thing applies to parenting. It takes a heaping cup of patience with a generous pinch of courage.
- Positive changes are happening. One of the best parts about my job is meeting small business owners of companies that women or minority founded and focused on sustainability. These companies are truly making a real difference in the world. Gives me hope that goodness exists in our world.
- I don’t need to have all the answers. Again like being a parent, you feel like you need to know everything and you’re on your own trying to figure it out. But the best founders/parents know where and when to look for resources. I have met many entrepreneurs and watched a ton of YouTube videos to educate myself. In the New Year, I have to outline what I can do/ learn and outsource the rest.
3 Things I can Improve in 2022
My mantra is Exceptional Wife. Mom. Boss. This will hold true as my goals for 2022.
- Wife – I’ve been married to my husband for 17 years and together for 26 years. It’s easy to lose focus on your significant other through the years and especially when you have kids and work. Next year, I will focus on carving out more time for my hubby. We need to get back to our date nights and days.
- Mom – My daughter is graduating from elementary school next year. With the transition to middle school, I’m sure she will need me more than ever. I need to be present for her. My son is like me – can’t sit still and wants to do everything. I need to encourage his hunger and be there to champion him on.
- Boss – While I don’t have a team, I’m the boss of my business. In 2022, I need to steadily grow my business by learning from others, including you. I also need to show myself grace and remain positive that people will find joy in a product that is trying to bake the world a better place.
I like to thank you for your support this year! I look forward to what’s in store for 2022 and wish you a Healthy & Happy New Year!