Happy New Year everyone!

2017 is gone already, but I still wanted to do a little review of the year in Lisa’s Balcony.

Here’s the thing. I’m always busy with several projects and tasks every day. This fact makes me totally forget about all the little and big achievements I’m accomplishing every month, which is a bit sad, right?

Fortunately, I had some time off during these days and that lead me to be more aware of the work I’ve done during this year. So I created a new text file in my computer and started to write about all the things I did every single month.

I’m not going to share them all because I don’t want you to get bored. But I opened my weekly planner that I’ve used this year to help myself to remember everything I did… And guess what… It took me so long to do it!!

I’m still shocked about how amazing this year was. And I can’t help feeling a bit mad with myself because I think I wasn’t fully enjoying all those achievements. The year came to an end, and during the last few months I’ve being too stressed about the current projects and future plans. I just put too much pressure on myself, and you might even notice it as I haven’t been very active with my newsletters.

– Pheww… Give me a break.- I try to tell to myself…

So here’re a few things that happened this year that I’d like to highlight. Hopefully this review makes you feel motivated or makes you want to do your own review.. 🙂

The seed of Lisa’s Balcony was created in Spring of 2016. This was just a seed in my mind full of dreams and hopes. But it wasn’t planted until the end of that year.

So I started 2017 with my very first digital products. Some floral graphics sets specially designed for wedding stationery.

I also learned to build a whole website! Yep! I made this one by myself… Well, actually, I had to make two websites as I made some bad technical mistakes in the first one. So after two months of work and figuring out how to do it, I had to start it from scratch. Fortunately, the second time it took me just a few days. The knowledge I got with the first one really paid off.

I started to grow my social media, share my work and get my first sales on Creative Market. Meanwhile, I would also spend a lot of my energy on researching about the market, how to create better products and provide people with more value.

In June I released my best product of the year: Animals and Nature – Design Kit. And something wonderful happened. Creative Market included my product in one of its weekly newsletters and I got so many positive messages, feedback, sales, new lovely subscribers on my website, and new followers on social media. It was amazing!

The effects of that email lasted for several days, and I felt so happy about the outcome…

It was so awesome to meet some of you (my subscribers). Many of you ended up here because of that email. And some of you would send me an email just to say hi and chat for a bit. It was lovely. I really appreciate your company since then.

Later on I kept working on some client work, and researching to create a new product as good as that one. So I created Cacti and Animals – Design Kits, which did pretty well too.

Last August I went to London for a week. I’m currently living in Spain, but I lived in London a couple of years ago, so I went to visit this amazing city again, hug some friends and get some nice food in my favourite places.

That week in the UK, I managed to visit Design Cuts, which is a wonderful marketplace of digital goods for designers, and they have even created a lovely community known as “design cutters”. I met Tom and his lovely team. They were waiting for me with tea and biscuits, and we talked a little bit about the market.  It was lovely to meet them. And I really appreciated their time and feedback.

We, creatives/creators/entrepreneurs usually don’t have many chances to meet people in real life that work in the same field. So it was a great experience. My entrepreneur adventure felt less lonely for a while.

In October I decided to join the Inktober challenge. I must confess that this drawing challenge consumed a lot of my energy, but it was a great experience too. I share more details about it HERE.

And finally, November and December. The last two months of the year… Pheww… At this point I was REALLY tired, not only physically, but also emotionally. Life is not only about working, and personal life can get complicated sometimes. Anyway..!

Still, some more great things happened: I gave my very first talk in front of an audience to share my entrepreneur experience, and I did some major client works for the stationery market. At the same time, it was time to grow as a proper business and do a lot of admin work and legal stuff that really stressed me out.

As you can see, it was a great year in terms of achievements and new work experiences. But I think I ended up putting too much pressure on myself. My work is my passion and not everyone are that lucky to say that (thank you Kim Bliss for the reminder on Instagram). But after all the stress of the last couple of months I finally understood that life is not only about working, it’s also about enjoying other things, activities, places, friends… In other words, taking care of your personal life.

So in 2018 I don’t really want to put too much pressure on myself. If I don’t enjoy this beautiful journey because of the stress or the negative feelings, this has no sense and my business might even suffer. What I really hope is to go out more often and connect with the world while creating more illustrations and great products.

What about you? What’re your feelings about your 2017? Any new resolutions for 2018? I’d love to know about it. Feel free to share your thoughs in the comments section down bellow.

P. S. I’ve added a new freebie to the Freebie Area. Now you can print your 2018 calendar for your studio, office or kitchen! I hope you like it 🙂

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