This morning I was thinking about where I’m taking Styling Curvy in 2017 and I started reflecting on how 2016 was for my little business with heart, man it’s been good. Bloody good. Who could have imagined that when I started Styling Curvy (almost 3 years ago) that could be reaching thousands of online friends each week, collaboarating with amazing labels here and overseas and everything in between. Here’s what the ‘in between’ looked like…
The start to the year was a fairly quiet one, which is always nice as it frees me up to spend time with family. When February arrived it was all action stations when I was invited to be an ambassador for The Longest Table campaign for The Hospital research Foundation, this is my volunteer role and one that fills my heart with joy.
There were photo shoots, radio interviews, TV ads, appearances and then hosting the Gala dinner…phew. It was worth it though as the campaign raised over $2oo ooo and we opened the doors to two Under Our Roof homes for country cancer patients.
March saw my first ever overseas trip…at 44! The huz and I headed to Bali to do ALL the things and we loved it!
In April I hit the road for five days with the Mercer Supercycle team as a support driver, over fifty guys and gals riding 1000 kilometers to raise money for better outcomes for cancer patients. I’m not gonna lie, while the riders filled my heart with joy it was challenging being away from home and on the road with lots of different personalities. Everyone wants to be a leader…or right…am I right? 🙂
After two big campaigns in my volunteer role I took a little break and focused on Styling Curvy, and boy did that focus pay off!
Blogging is a funny thing, it’s a gig that you can do for fun OR you can monetise it and turn it into a business. My blog has always had an element of business but this year I decided that because I love it so much and can’t imagine doing anything else that I would turn it into my full time business. I cleared some ‘blocks’ I had around money and ‘self worth’ and jumped in feet first.
Guess what happened? I started attracting wonderful opportunities.
I said ‘yes’ to what filled me with joy or challenged me and ‘no’ to everything else. Suddenly I was doing professional modelling shoots (yes, plural), became an ambassador for Swankstore Kaftans, collaborated with Willow shoes from New Zealand and teamed up with loads of amazing brands. I also got my kit off again and again shooting lingerie and cossies …of course 🙂
There was travel too, three trips to Queensland, two to Melbourne and one to Sydney. Phew! I also had the opportunity to drive around in not one but two great cars, not for long but it was fun while it lasted 🙂 Blogger connections when I travel interstate are so much fun, read more HERE
I appeared on the TV show Adelady, walked a (local) red carpet and did plenty of public speaking around cancer and body confidence.
I started back doing workshops (even taking one to Brisbane) and have a few planned for 2017, in fact there’s lots of exciting stuff planned for 2017. I’m going to launch and e-course plus I’m exploring a few other big things for Styling Curvy. For those of you who loved my private group ‘Body Loving Babes’, stay tuned, something similar is coming. There’s also new labels lined up to collaborate with (you will love them) and a few other things in the pipeline.
It sounds exciting and glamorous, and it is but it’s also been scary and challenging. Just a few short years ago I couldn’t do anything on a computer but check facebook and send an email and these days I’m doing ALL the tech stuff! There’s even going to be regular emails in your inbox (sign up here) from January. I’m invoicing, chasing down late payments (like a pitbull), negotiating contracts, wheeling and dealing for discounts for YOU and much , much more 🙂 Some days ALL the balls are in the air!
One of my most exciting (and proudest) achievements this year was winning two blogging awards. Yup, this chick who didn’t even have a primary school sports day ribbon won ‘Best Lifestyle Blog’ PLUS ‘Best Blog” for the Bupa blog awards 2016 (read more HERE). I was up against some mighty fine bloggers, some who have been blooging waaaaay longer than me but I did it!. The best bit of winning the awards was I couldn’t wait to tell all of you. You see, you’re my people…my community and sharing with you all is what I do, and what I love.
This Styling Curvy Community has heart. You’re a stylish bunch, caring, funny, thoughtful and just fun to wake up to each day. There’s been a few dicks but they’re not part of the community…agitators that can get stuffed. You guys, you make each day exciting and different, you make me challenge myself again and again and you are just a damn fine bunch of top chicks. I want to thank you for that.
Cheers to 2016, it’s been ace and I can’t wait to see what 2017 has to bring.
What’s been your highlights for 2016? Have you loved being a part of the Styling Curvy Community?
What do you love seeing/reading about most? Tell me all the things 🙂
Til next time,