Music Mondays – Hello

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Hello…It’s Me

I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe we are almost through the first month of 2016; and I find myself wondering where time has gone. I feel like it’s been a while since I wrote a Music Monday post, and Hello by Adele just seemed appropriate to acknowledge my clear absence from these posts. I thought I would take this time to let you know where I’ve been and what’s been keeping me busy.

As you may have heard on my year-end podcast, the biggest goal I set for myself for 2016 is to sell my company, The Financial Gym. After building this for the past two years, I realized that the best way to serve the most people is to merge with a larger company that has the resources and presence to make my dream a reality. Like most things with my entrepreneurial experience, most of this exercise has fallen on my shoulders and the process of selling a company is not easy by any stretch of the imagination.

I have spent a great deal of time over the last few weeks working through financial forecasts, strategic analysis of potential partners and strategic analysis of my own strengths and weaknesses. The research and analysis phase has been an enlightening and fascinating one for me, but more than that it’s been a time consuming one.

Busy January Schedule

I normally wouldn’t mind spending so much time on this business project, but January was a particularly busy client meeting month since end of December clients moved to January because of the holidays. The work I do everyday with my clients is what my life purpose is, and I enjoy my time with them more than anything; however, there is a great deal of pre and post meeting work that surrounds our quarterly reviews.

In addition to my big goal for the company, I have also set goals for my podcast; and instead of launching one show a week for the first few months of the year, I am releasing two and the additional show, although not as long as my main shows, has added more work than I anticipated. The good news is that I have already seen huge increases in my downloads and listener engagement, the bad news is that my podcast time has cut into my blog writing time.

No Time to Get Sick

The other hiccup I experienced at the beginning of this year was a nasty stomach virus that nearly wiped me out for an entire week. Most days I love running my own company and handling the responsibilities that come with it; however, an illness is not something I ever budget for and it’s tough for me to manage. Every day that I rested my body felt like weeks of missed work time, but I knew I had to take the time to recover or it’s effects would have continued beyond that first week.

Now as I approach the end of January, I feel accomplished as far as my client work and I am getting back on track as far as selling my business so I hope to find some more time to write. I started this blog almost three years ago when my business was in its infancy and didn’t keep me that busy. As the business has grown, my blog time has decreased and I miss it. I hope to reengage more in the blogging space over the next few months because I’ve missed writing and spending quality time with my blog friends.

How is your beginning of 2016? Have you had any bumps along the way that make you feel behind your goals?

 

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Shannon is a financial planner who left a “traditional” financial services firm to start her own company, The Financial Gym, because she felt traditional financial services firms did not have the tools or resources to help people in their 20s and 30s who are starting out and trying to build assets while also managing debt. She realized that the key to long-term personal financial success is a commitment to financial fitness and making smart financial choices. Through her blog, Financially Blonde, her book, Train Your Way To Financial Fitness, her podcast, Martinis and Your Money and The Financial Gym, Shannon is committed to making financial fitness fun, easy and accessible for everyone.

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    • Thanks Natalie! Yes, my blog mentor, Joe from Stacking Benjamins complained to me about this very issue last year and I fear that I am following in his footsteps. For me, I love to write when I’m inspired and it’s hard to find inspiration when your mind is in a million places but I am working on freeing it up 🙂

  1. Sorry to hear about the stomach virus Shannon. Why is it that things like that always seem to pop up at the worst times? That being said, I can definitely relate to the whirlwind feeling of January. I can’t believe it’s nearly over, but thinking most of this year will be this way – I just hope to be able to hold on during most of it. 🙂

  2. Stomach bugs are literally my worst nightmare as I have a bit of a puke phobia. I digress. I’m reading a book called “Busy” and he talks about how when we choose something, we have to essentially choose not to do something else. It would be nice to do it all but it’s not possible. I’m still working on how my blog can be part of my life, but quite honestly lately I’ve been frustrated with spending a lot of time reading other blogs that are nothing but link farms. It’s like why am I even bothering spending time doing this? Congrats on more downloads! 🙂 That’s awesome!

    • Not gonna lie, the link farm blogging has been part of my lack of motivation to contribute to the community but I don’t want it to change my motivation for blogging and what I have to say on my own. Let’s keep fighting the good fight!

  3. This January has been intense. The first two weeks were insane and last week I finally got a break. Trying to keep my head on straight and stay focused, but I was overwhelmed! Getting sick is the worst! Especially b/c the work doesn’t stop. But with every hurdle there are growing pains and we get stronger 🙂

  4. Glad to have a new music Monday, but it is almost impossible to keep every plate spinning all the time. It is so hard to go through the process of selling a business. Heck it took me four years to get both of my practices sold. If ever there was a test of patience, that would be it. All I can say is hang in there and the result will be worth the effort.

    • Thanks Kim!! Yes, I know you can imagine how difficult it is to spin the plates and this sale process is an immense one for me, but I definitely have my eyes on the prize and I look forward to reaching that point sooner than later.

  5. It’s inspiring to see you pursue a sale/merger of your company. I always think in terms of so many years when it comes to business plans I probably would have been blinded to the possibility/potential of a sale and how that could launch the company decades ahead. Excited to see where 2016 takes you!

    As far as my 2016…I am $1k closer to my $5k poker goal thanks to my first tournament win of the season 😉 And I decided to delay my MBA to focus on my entrepreneurial pursuits. It was a very difficult choice but I think it’s the right one.

    • Yeah, I am with you DC, I originally thought there had to be set timelines for the process but it really comes down to timing and making sure you are in-line with the right timing and that’s what moved me to make this decision. I know it was a tough call for you, but I fully support your MBA delay. I think it’s much better to make more money sooner than add more debt with the hopes of more money down the road. Good luck!

  6. The carpool video is great! January is always a busy month for us, both my wife and I share birthdays. This year I kicked off a new position so not bumps just all good things. Hope you are feeling better and good luck with the Gym!

  7. LOL, I keep saying I want the year to pass fast so we can (hopefully) be debt free, but then when I see how fast it’s going I freak out and say “slow down!”. So exciting about you selling the business!! Great way to promote growth. And sorry to hear you were sick! I had a nasty stomach virus like that one time (they’re often food poisoning – for me it was Subway) and it’s so terrible to deal with! Glad you are feeling better.

  8. That’s a big goal to accomplish and I hope you are getting some help managing. Even though the blog is taking a step back, its only understandable as the focus has to be placed in the highest priority, so don’t feel bad. Good luck with the sale.

  9. Sorry to hear about the stomach virus…my wife had one too and was miserable. My son has been sick too…it’s this crazy weather! Anyways, I’m surprised you were planning to sell the business but I guess it makes sense. I’d be interested to read a blog post about the Financial Gym and how that’s going. Also, I really like your podcast topics recently…but also enjoy the blog posts…

    • I will definitely write some more about The Financial Gym and how it’s going. I am very excited to see my bigger dreams for it come to fruition sooner than later. So glad that you are enjoying the podcast topics. The podcast is definitely a labor of love, but I am glad that I do it.

  10. I’m just really glad that Music Mondays are back. If you would have dropped the ball on music mondays for too long, I would have subjected the world to my music tastes.

  11. I spent the first week or so detoxing from the sugar spree I went on between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. I was veeerrry grouchy and tired. Then two weeks later my mom came into town and… more sugar. I’m starting to feel human again. Now it’s a matter of getting back into the exercise groove. I was doing really well, but it’s kind of fallen to the wayside a bit in the new year.

    Other than that, I’ve been busy trying to find ways to trim expenses and spending. A lot of the latter involves nagging my husband to bring his water bottle when he leaves the house. Those $1.29 sodas really add up!

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