2022, by the numbers: A healthy business & a healthy me

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I love the idea of a yearly recap, yet somehow I haven’t done once since 2015. Of course that feels like yesterday, but it turns out to be seven years ago (which happens to be the age of my daughter, Julia)! So I thought it might be interesting to share one now, and compare the two.

There are a few main points that stand out about how I’ve changed in seven years: 

Business-wise, I have better boundaries and workflow. Once I got my workflow really cruising for myself, I shared my onboarding process in my Client Onboarding Toolkit to help other creatives do the same thing.

I’m more selective. I realize now that my time and mental health are precious. I’m choosy about the types of projects I work on; I really want to work with ideal clients and projects, because it lowers stress and increases work-love. I’m saying NO more. There were years when I would work nights and weekends, overwhelmed by taking on too many projects and putting so much pressure on myself. I’m over it. 

I started saying yes to myself. Once work felt more balanced, I had time and energy to start taking good care of myself. I work out, eat healthier, go to concerts, catch Pokemon, hang out with my family, and try to hug my now-teenage son, Quinn, as much as he’ll let me. I laugh more, too.

I still love my job. I wouldn’t want to do anything else. But these changes have allowed me to love it—and myself—even more.

Here are my highlights from 2022:

  • WordPress websites designed + developed—32
  • Blog posts written—8
  • Newsletters sent—3
  • Conferences spoken at—1 (Creatives Roundtable Marketing Mentor Retreat)
  • Page I show up in Google for focus keyphrase, “WordPress Designer”—1st 
  • Pokémon in my Pokédex—777
  • Hours spent on Reddit per day—at least 1 (houseplants, cats with jobs, intermittent fasting, and animals being derps all make my life better)
  • Passive income I created because of my toolkit—$10K 
  • Types of website timelines I’m obsessed with—3
  • Times I’ve told clients it’s okay to scroll on a website—countless
  • Number of accountability groups I’m in—2 (Marketing Mentor and Creatives Roundtable are the reason I get things done!) 
  • Concerts attended—6 (my favorites were Manchester Orchestra and The Lumineers)
  • Books read on my phone—50+
  • Number of pets added to the family—1 (we have a Golden Doodle puppy named Rolo in addition to our Catahoula Pittie mix, Hershey, and standard issue cat, Peanut)
  • Times per week I workout and lift heavy shit—5
  • Hours of intermittent fasting per day—19 (5-hour eating window)
  • Pounds lost on my health journey—50! 

I’m doing a lot less of certain things, and focusing on a healthy business, and most importantly, a healthy me. I hope 2023 brings you everything you desire!

About Jill Anderson

Hi, I’m Jill, a WordPress web designer/developer who partners with talented designers, copywriters, and agencies on their websites, and their client’s sites. I’m passionate about crafting beautiful and innovative WordPress websites focused on clear positioning and positive user experiences.

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