So here we are….

… 30 days later – its been one month since everything changed in my house hold and yours. One month ago, my son came home from school thinking he was on March break for a week, and the radio announced that school was shut down til early April, to assist with the flattening of the curve.

So, I thought wow, now its serious. One thing I give all officials – no matter what level of society (government, public etc), we take the care of our children very seriously. So with the decision to extend March break by 2 weeks, we were protecting our kids and helping those who decided to travel over the break time to self-quarantine for the protection of others.

Then, the world really started to change. Essential Worker lists started being created, stores started to implement stricter protocols, our health care front line workers started to fight for us and the government started to figure out ways to help the millions of people who were losing their income.

Lately, I have been seeing a lot of memes on social media that now remind us how we now need to realize that this is our new norm. We should take this time to grieve the “normal” of old, and that we all are now forever changed.

We are watching as our planet is getting time to heal from the polution, we are watching as families are reconnecting and trying to make the most of these extra moments and as a world of professionals, we are all trying to navigate the world of working from home (something I have been doing for over a year and have LOVED).

I’m trying to maintain some positivity in these uncertain times. For the most part, my house routine hasn’t changed a whole lot. My son being home full time is the biggest change. My routine with my daughter mostly is the same and my husband is an essential worker (he works in home/commercial fuel transportation) so the over all routine that way hasn’t changed.

My business routine has changed more. My clients are reviewing their needs and adjusting (as was expected) therefore I’m slowing down a bit. But I’m also re-evaluating the moves I want to make going forward. I’m re-evaluating my passions and how to integrate them.

I also am taking this time to focus on what I need to do to improve my health. With being so busy, my focus on my diet and exercise has not been top of mind – which is detrimental to one’s mental health. I know this and I know that with all the uncertainty in this world at the moment – I need to fix that immediately. This will have long term positive affects on my health and will benefit my family and my business as well.

So with taking all of that in, I know that my work isn’t done yet – my experiences aren’t done yet and though my dreams and goals have been put on a temporary pause, it isn’t time for me to relax too much.

How have you all been reflecting on this? Where have you realized you need to refocus while have time to do it?

I’m excited to see where my life (business, personal and health) moves forward… and I’m truly excited to see where it take you all as well!

…Preparation is Key… Goals are essential.

So far, 2019 has been an eye opening ride. From Full Time Employee to Freelancer. It has been an amazing ride. But any responsible and motivated business owner – large or small – the year end brings a sense of closure and excitement.

Closure in the sense of taking the time to reflect your goals, where you achieved them and where you still have needs of improvement.

Why Did I Not Reach My Goals in 2019?

Things to ask yourself if you didn’t reach your goals – were you too aggressive in your goals? Was there something that happened to deter the sales/intake you thought would occur. Were you needing to do some tweaking to your sales pitch or to your program launch?

With all the moving parts, its important to review what didn’t work so that as you are growing, developing your targets/products/services for 2020 and beyond, as to not make the exact same errors, but maybe new ones to further grow and succeed.

Well! I met my goals in area XYZ! Now what?

Have you ever considered taking what works, and just using as a Template for future success? If you have found something that works, as the saying goes – if it isn’t broken, why fix it? Infact, why not use it and expand on it.

Whether you discovered your signature program or service, it is just the best first stepping stone into further expansions. Now, that doesn’t mean that you cannot sit on your laurels and not improve – listen to your feedback from your clients. Make tweaks – not too many, because there was a reason it worked, but just remember – to progress and grow is never meaning you stand still, or the world could just pass you.

With saying all that – what am I doing?

So, I have been reviewing my year. Looking at things like my books, my journal (yes, my journal) and my reports – what worked, what didn’t and what did I learn.

Now, were there some failures, definitely! I took on tasks that maybe weren’t the best fit, however, I did learn my boundaries in this as well.

Did I have successes? Yes! I found out some more info about my passions, where I still need to work on myself and my business and I even invested in a Masterclass to better learn and grow my business. It was a fantastic opportunity that I am glad I just didn’t pass on.

What does 2020 look like for CMC Professional Services?

Well, to start, expansion. Take what has been working and grow it – meaning taking on more meaning full clients – and working with them to achieve their goals.

It means working to expand on my writing opportunities – more blogging, content creation and copy creation. It is a passion, the written word, and I realized this year, just how much I have missed it.

It also means, more networking – allow you all a better opportunity to learn more about me and my services – even if it doesn’t directly service you, you may have a colleague or friend that is in need and we can work together (if possible) to not only achieve my goals but you/your referral as well!

To Close off this post for now,

This is just the beginning. I am grateful to this opportunity to learn something new every day! Plus, the opportunity to be in service and learn from my clients, it is priceless!

Until the next post!

Cassandra Comeau
Owner/Virtual Assistant