My entrepreneurial journey / by Nelli Arnth

One year has past since I started my life as a full-time entrepreneur. The word entrepreneur sounds really business-like to me. And for sure I have learned a lot about running a business. The first year everything is new and it takes so many hours of researching trying to understand how to do accounting, bookkeeping, invoicing, tax and VAT and so on. 

But what strikes me the most when I look back, is how much I have learned about myself. Being my own boss comes with great responsibility. Having a job you can always blame your boss, the management or the board if you are not satisfied with your work life. 

I have only myself to blame if I am not living my life exactly how I want to. It always come back to myself and if I fuck this up, I know that I have to go back to the 9-5 job which I really didn't fit into.

So I take my role of being my own boss really seriously. I know that now I have the opportunity to really live my dream. To fill my live with the things that makes me happy and to be surrounded by positive people that I love. 

I have learned how to listen to my body. Using my gut feeling and intuition as a compass for where I am going and who I am going with. It certainly sounds like a cliché, but I dosen't really give a fuck about what it sounds like. I have never felt better and more in sync with my mind and heart and that is really awesome.

I don't glorify being busy anymore. I mean - good for you if you manage to complete 300 tasks a day and if that makes you happy on the long term. But its not for me. I get 8 hours a sleep every night and I don't use an alarm clock. I strive to have at least 2-3 days a week without meetings or appointments and I try not to be so hard on myself. I forgive myself when I have days where I didn't do what I was supposed to and I make sure to cherish myself if I have a bad day. I appreciate when I get lost in reverie - that is a beautiful place to be. 

I guard and protect my happiness and my motivation. Making sure not to deal with people and tasks that drain me. When I work with a client, I make sure that we respect each other and try to build an equal and honest relationship. When in doubt I ask my gut. 

Now some of you might think: Well... That is fine for you - but do you make money? Is it possible for you to live of all that "feeling your body" bullshit?

And the answer is an clear yes. I am overwhelmed by the number of people who have contacted me and wants to work with me. It makes me so ready for 2017 and I am excited to find out where this year takes me!