A little over a year ago I officially started my web design business, thinking I would grow it from a freelance side business to hopefully a full-time venture.

I got my two biggest projects in the last year, as well as a few small ones. I also got to speak last Summer at the inaugural Lehigh Valley WordCamp, which was both an honor and incredible pleasure. In addition, I have attempted to participate in the local WordPress community by attending some of the local meetups.

The WordPress community has been so welcoming and generous in accepting all kinds of people, and I truly have enjoyed every aspect of it in the last year or so.

But the past year has also been full of changes in my personal life. I got a new job last August, and we added our fourth daughter to our family in November. I started blogging every day for several months until I had a health setback earlier this year which knocked me out of my routines.

Thankfully, I’m fully recovered and am starting to get my energy and motivation back. But I also took the last few months to reevaluate what I was doing and what changes I might want to make.

Last year, after having not made any music for a few years, I thought I was going to take an extended break in order to focus on my job, new business, and of course my family. I could not have anticipated most of what happened to me in the last year, but especially the new job. Now that I’ve been here almost a year, I have a better idea of how to manage my time, schedule, and life in general.

What I’m trying to say is I realized I want to invest more of my time playing music again. I have been reinspired to pursue it as a passion instead of a possible career path. My goals and perspective have therefore also shifted tremendously because all of my focus and intentions will be on making music instead of also trying to figure out some way to get people to hear it.

Of course, I would love to be “successful” but I have completely redefined what success means to me. Simply put, it means making and sharing my art whoever is interested. I fully believe success cannot be attained if you’re not enjoying what you’re doing. And, I know music is the thing I want to do more than web design or anything else.

I’m honestly not sure where this leaves me with my web business. But I have a few ideas. One thing I’d really like to do is work with other artists and collaborate on music. So I can see a future where I would also work with artists and help them with their websites. I think the overlap of passion, interest, and skill could be useful in many other ways if I’m patient and only take on projects I’m really interested in. So you will probably see a pivot in that direction in the next few months for Open Waves Design. The first website I’ll be working on is my own for my music!

I’m planning to restart blogging again more frequently, in order to keep track of what I’m doing and where I’m going. So, as always, I hope you enjoy following along on this crazy journey of mine. I’m sure by this time next year I’ll be in a totally different place, and that both excites and slightly terrifies me.