Last year was a tough year for various reasons, but I also want to take a moment to reflect on failures and celebrate the achievements that made my 2017 meaningful and enjoyable.
Let’s start with the mistakes…
 Had to accept that my skincare brand failed due to misguided product development, poor branding and most importantly, bad marketplace fit. Now, I know that when launching a new brand, I need to focus on price, memorable brand identity and most importantly, execution. Less planning and more doing!
 Gained a lot of weight as a result of emotional eating and not working out regularly. I hate buying fat-jeans and not being able to look healthy and fit, so going to focus on getting back in shape.
 Burned through my savings because I was working for myself. The three years of entrepreneurship made me re-think about my relationship with money and am going to save more to build a safety net for our family.
And now for the accomplishments!
 Learned the value of organization and helped hubby install Elfa custom closet, upgrade our pantry and put up shelves in our living room. Excited for a few more organization projects, and Marie Kondo’ing the rest of my apartment.
 Successfully nailed a new job and am currently adjusting to corporate life while working on a new brand launch. It’s definitely a lot of work but I’m trying to be optimistic and of course, upbeat.
 Adjusted to married life, which was tough at first. We loved each other, but our daily habits, routines, quirks, what have you, were so, so different.
He separates his laundry in three different loads (dark, color, and whites). I wash everything in one load. He cleans up after himself immediately after. I to clean whenever I feel like it. He prefers beer. I prefer wine. And the list goes on and on.
After about a year, we now understand each other’s idiosyncrasies and, for now, we figured out a way to live with them while still loving each other.
These were my top three failures and achievements of 2017. What were your some of your failures and achievements that you want to remember?
Cheers to both failures and successes!