Happy 1st Year Business Anniversary

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year!!!
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Like many people, today is my first full day back at work since the week before Christmas. The break was great – I spent a little over five days in Texas with my family, and then we came back to LA for a second round of Christmas with part of my husband’s family, as well as a NYE and NYD celebration in Venice (CA, not Italy 🙂  ). I really like going places and being with family and friends, so it was a fun 12 days.

I used some of the down time to think and reflect on my business and personal goals for the upcoming year, as well as what I had accomplished and done in 2012. Some of what took place in 2012 was very specific – an event or an action took place, and I could specifically say that something happened. This first list falls in to that grouping.

Professional Accomplishments in 2012

    • Created my own company (official 1st yr anniversary!)
    • Graduated from UCLA Anderson with my MBA
    • Took in my first business revenue
    • Committed to and maintained (almost) weekly blog posts
    • Continued to build and iterate on two companies – www.dryadcommunications.com and www.premierinsightconsulting.com
    • Took a class in Voiceover Acting

There were other things that happened in 2012 that I would say are more like lessons, or gradual learnings. These are things that make more sense looking back, and that come to mind when I think about who I was on January 1, 2012, and how I have changed over the year. It seems a bit odd to write them as a bulleted list, because I don’t think I am done with them, but I do want to recognize lessons that were impactful for me this year.

Lessons and Growth in 2012

    • Even if you are the leader or founder of something, you will be much more powerful and get to your end result faster by enlisting others.
    • Share your story. Your story and your interests have passion behind them, and that moves people to act on your behalf and bring resources you otherwise wouldn’t have.
    • Don’t feel ashamed, or indulgent, or embarrassed for taking a different career path, or for making time for yourself and your priorities.
    • You can get a lot done in a startup environment by being scrappy and frugal. Student interns, grad school projects with your company as the subject, remote workers, borrowed office space and helping others so that they can help you have all made a big difference this year.

I’m still working on my 2013 goals, but the items that have made the cut so far include:

    • Executing to a specific agreement in one business
    • Conducting field research to morph the model in one business, and then execute to that new model
    • Booking Voiceover work
    • Continue to grow my team, and my ability to delegate and execute through others
    • Merge my desire to travel internationally with business opportunity and growth

I don’t yet know what the ‘Lessons and Growth in 2013‘ will be – that’s the cool part of that list. It will come out of experiences and unknowns, and will only become more clear to me along the way (and when reflecting back on the year).

I’d love to hear your accomplishments and lessons for 2012, as well as your plans for the upcoming year.

Happy New Year!!!

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About Tamra Johnson

I’m an entrepreneur and a recent MBA graduate from UCLA Anderson. I have 10 years of experience in IT Management and Systems Engineering. I love learning, helping others, exploring the world around me, running at the beach, going to concerts, and visiting family and friends. I grew up in Helotes, Texas, went to undergrad in Cambridge, MA, and now live in Venice, CA.
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