Last year my good friend and fellow entrepreneur, Judy Davis, The Direction Diva, wrote her annual blog about choosing a word for the upcoming year. I was so inspired by the idea and her word, Focus, I asked if I could steal it. Judy said of course, and we kept each other accountable.
2015 was all about Focus.
I don’t know what the psychology is behind picking just one word and sticking to it, but it works. I wish my annual weight loss resolutions had the same results.
Oh well–I think I’ll just stick to one word.
I saw Judy recently and she asked me, “What’s your word for 2016?”
Judy asked me why I would feel guilty for wanting to have fun.
That is a great question. Why do I feel guilty about wanting to have fun?
This has been a crazy year full of change and transition. MilitaryOneClick survived and thrived through two different acquisitions and I was honored to be hired back as The President of MilitaryOneClick both times. A dream come true for an entrepreneur. I was at the tipping point of going big or going home. I choose to go #Allin2015. See my blog here.
Through incredible support, resources, new team members combined with our original team, we are now turning MilitaryOneClick into what we always knew it could be– the #1 trusted resource site for the military community in the world. I am extremely grateful.
Almost 5 years ago, I was armed with an idea and $10 to buy the domain Military1Click. I dug in my high heels. I built a company from the ground up with an incredible team of military spouses. A few years later, we’re reaching millions with the resources and information they were seeking.
It was the hardest thing I have ever done. Truly. It would be easier to count the number of hours I didn’t work on building MilitaryOneClick over the past five years.
But, where was the fun?
Isn’t entrepreneurship supposed to be about having fun with a great work-life balance? At least that’s what I thought when I started.
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This is going to be fun!
I also thought within the first 6 months of starting my company, millions of people would magically find MilitaryOneClick.com and companies would be calling me all the time begging me to advertise on my site. Imagine my surprise when this didn’t happen.
It was not fun!
Now, I’ve had some incredible experiences on this roller coaster ride called a “start-up,” but it hasn’t always been fun. In fact, it’s been hard work with little bits of fun sprinkled in here and there. I am not complaining; I have had experiences of a lifetime because of starting MilitaryOneClick. But as an entrepreneur and Commander-in-Chief of your company, you are always working, you are always worried, and you do not have the luxury of just letting go or having any fun. At least I couldn’t.
Entrepreneurs are some of the hardest working people I know, and usually, fun ranks low on our priority list.
Things like “simply surviving to next month” tend to take the fun out of it. I wish I was the type of person to turn my brain off from work mode and on with fun mode– but I couldn’t then and I am still struggling with that.
However, I am trying– thanks to Judy. When she spoke at the USAA DigitalMilEx ™ conference this year she shared a trick that I have been using. Picture a part of your brain where you can lock the work away in a suitcase for a bit…and have some fun. It’s working.
(And by the way, here’s a picture from that conference this year– with some of the funniest military spouse entrepreneurs I know. From left to write: JD from Semi-Delicate Balance, Karina from Tutors By Base, Jacey of JaceyEckhart.com, Judy the Direction Diva, Hope of HopeNGriffin.com, me!, and Jo from Jo, My Gosh!.)
We are now moving forward with the next chapter of MilitaryOneClick and we are going to have a lot of fun this year while also working hard for our community!
Thank you to my family, friends and the entire MilitaryOneClick community for supporting us. We hope you join us on our new journey– Love, Jen and the MOC team
I would love to hear what you word is! Please share your word below!