And just like that…
2015 is nearly over!
Thankfully, most businesses don’t plan big media announcements around the holidays so the last few weeks of December are usually my chance to catch up, slow down and to do some thoughtful planning for the year ahead.
On the business side: It was a great year!
Richett Media turned 3.
We had some big opportunities to work with larger national brands while forming new partnerships with impressive local businesses.
I wouldn’t mind just clicking the repeat button and doing it all again next year.
And after what felt like forever, I finally launched this new digi-home here at emilyrichett.com and laid the foundation for some exciting plans early next year including the launch of my PR and media course for personal brands, Amplify, + continuing my interview series with more inspiring entrepreneurs.
On the home front: It’s a really fun time for us since Jane is old enough to appreciate all the holiday decorations, fuss and excitement.
We’re starting our own family traditions and enjoying an excuse to be extra festive.
We even put up a cheesy light display outside that makes her go “wow!” and love strolling the neighborhood after dark to spot all the glowing Santas and reindeer.
It’s so fun to experience the wonder of the season through her.
Aaaand we’re also soaking up these last few months as a family of three!
I’m nearly halfway through this pregnancy and it’s just starting to sink in that I’m going to have a brand new little babe here in no time.
It’s definitely different this time around with a busy toddler to keep me distracted.
Well, that plus I’ve been in full-fledged elastic waistband mode since about week 8. OK by me… I actually love maternity clothes and overall just enjoy being pregnant (minus the exhaustion!).
On one hand, I can’t wait to meet our little guy or girl– we find out soon!– and for those sleepy, cozy newborn cuddles. (update: we’re having another girl!!)
On the other hand… uh, I have some serious planning to do!
This week and the week after Christmas will be focused on 2016 business planning, including preparing for a maternity leave in the Spring– leaving the actual week of Christmas to focus on family, rest and honoring the season.
I’ll share a bit more about my experiences and challenges of planning for a baby while owning a business in a future post, but long story short… it’s not as easy as setting the out of office to say “Busy snuggling, feeding and fussing over a tiny human… see ya in 12 weeks!”
Especially when the baby arrives 3 weeks early like Jane did!
I’d really like to avoid sending emails from the hospital bed this time around.
I imagine life is going to be a little crazy juggling a business and 2 babes under 2 for a while… but nothing like a big due date to motivate me into action, right?
Stay tuned, later this week I’ll be sharing some of my favorite resources for 2016 business planning.
In the meantime, I’d love to hear about the tools and strategies you use for planning a maternity leave or just for annual business planning in general. Post below and I’ll share some of my personal favorites soon.