Into The New Year
Welcoming The New Year
Here’s to a year filled with growth, fulfillment, and finding my truth; the year that I will always remember as being one of the best years of my life.
It was this time last year when I wrote a not so nice farewell letter to 2017 – and looking back, I can honestly say that I meant every word. As I told myself over and over that it was just a transition year, and we all have to have them every now and again, I couldn’t help but feel eager for the New Year to come. At the time, I was a junior in college and had no idea what I wanted to do for a career or how I could achieve any success in this industry, living in Youngstown, Ohio. It was the toughest years of my life, but I never gave up on the feeling that 2018 was going to be something special. I ended that post by saying, “As a note to my 2017 self, you can't win them all. As a note to my 2018 self, you better believe you can try.” I don’t know how I knew, I just knew.
I wrote out a list of intentions for 2018, things like being honest about my thoughts, sharing more real life stuff, and choosing quality over quantity. I also kept a few notes in my phone for things that I wanted to workout over the year, patience and disconnecting from the online world being two of them. As I look back over the last twelve months, I see how I worked through every challenge and achieved every intention that I set for myself. Being honest with myself, living my truth, practicing quality over quantity, patience, and acceptance; this year tested, tempted, and taught me how to be present through it all.
In the spring of 2018, my entire universe shifted when I decided to bring my blog to life. It was in that moment when I knewthiswas it; this was the moment, the feeling, and the time that I had been longing for. I shared my secret blogging world with a very close friend, and much to my surprise, she wanted nothing more than for me to pursue my dreams. I say “secret” because up until that point, I never told anyone that I had a blog, let alone enjoyed the title of being a “blogger.” If anyone brought it up, my face would immediately turn red and I would brush it off like “it’s no big deal.” After I reluctantly decided to own my passionand acknowledge my purpose, I felt like my world opened up. In March of 2018, I registered as a small business owner, by June I had a brand, product, and sales, and by July, I was working with seven clients at one time. This was it, this was the year that forced me to be honest with myself, share my reallife, be patient, and focus on quality in everything; this was the year that I found who I am and who I am meant to be.
I want you to know that I’m not sharing this to boast or gloat; I’m sharing this in hopes of inspiring you to pursue that little voice in the back of your head, that gut feeling that you may have ignored for too long. I believe that we all have a purpose, a destiny, and a calling. I believe we can all live the life that we are truly meant to live. It’s not easy and it’s not comfortable, but it ispossible. I went through many moments of doubt and anxiety along the way, don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t like a flip of the switch and all of a sudden success was knocking on my door – not even close. I cried (a lot), I said things that I didn’t mean, I wanted to give up, I wasn’t always happy, and I did things that I did not want to do. I worked for free, I gave things away for free, I lost money, I spent too much money, and I made plenty of mistakes. But I learned from each and every moment, and most importantly, I was willingto learn from each and every moment. Creating a life that you love, doing whatever it is that you love, either working for yourself or not, takes courage and it takes willingness to learn.
I am not the same person that I was on January 1, 2018 – and thank goodness! I want you to know that whatever you envision your life being is exactly what you should pursue and work towards. Take that vision and become obsessed with it, let it be the only thing that matters when you feel down and defeated. I am not one to harbor strong goals; I’m a Libra through and through, but when it comes to how I want my life to be and who I want to be, I will be as stubborn as any good Libra can be. If this year wasn’t your year, it’s time to move on and own what you desire. Own your passions, own your dreams, own your destiny, and make it work. We all have one chance at this and it’s never too late to start doing more of what you love. Let this be your year.
2018 was a whirlwind of a year, in the best way possible. I found confidence in myself that I never knew existed; I took chances, became uncomfortable, and watched my dreams unfold. I have a ways to go, but I am nothing short of grateful for the opportunity and the growth that this year has given me. Before I dive into intentions for the New Year, here’s a look at some meaningful moments over the past twelve months!
Milestone moments of 2018
March 17 – The day that I made my first batch of Protein Balls + Registered The Healthiest Me as an LLC!
March 24 – I made my first sale! I was SO nervous to talk to people about protein balls and my business. Even thought I knew the product like the back of my hand – answering questions was terrifying at first! After weeks of delivering balls and talking with customers, it got easier and I felt much more comfortable. The best part about it, I made so many new friends and connections along the way.
May 4 – The Healthiest Me Protein Balls were featured at a local CrossFit event. Between March and May, I worked diligently to design a logo, learn about food laws, purchase packaging, and fill local orders. After meeting the owner of a local café, she encouraged me to attend this event with her catering. That was it, the ball was rolling (literally) and it was the start of my business in Youngstown.
May 12 – I graduated from Arizona State University!
June 8 – Our very first Mission Night Market! Here in Youngstown, we have flea markets and events throughout the summer for local vendors and artists to attend and grow their businesses. My goal was to have a product ready by June and we made it happen. I was nervous beyond belief at first, but as the night went on, I grew more comfortable talking about the balls, my business, and my career. I felt like I was on cloud nine all night, and having Chad next to me was the greatest feeling ever.
June 26 – I gained my first nutrition client and now a very close friend. I don’t know how or why we happened to meet, but we both agree that we were destined to work together. She changed my life more than she will ever know.
July + August
July 8 – The Healthiest Me attended Yoga on The Green with Studio Oxygen
August 26 – We launched my first recipe book, The Busy Gal’s Guide to Simple & Healthy Weeknight Meals!
September 2 – Chad and I took our first real vacation to Florida and it was everything and more. One goal we have for this year is to visit a new state. Any suggestions??
September 22 – Chad started triathlon training! And we both started cycling and running, which I never thought would happen.
October 2 - I turned 23!
October 13 – We started renovations at Nashdog. After being in Boardman for nearly three years and growing his business, Chad decided to take a wall down and completely rearrange the gym’s set up allowing for more clientele and opportunity.
November 29 - I had my first business photoshoot to promote the 2018, Shop Local Holiday Gift Guide! I met some pretty amazing entrepreneurs and ventured into a whole new side of my passion for photography. This was a pretty monumental moment and led me to purchase a new camera and pursue photography on a different level.
December 3 – Building Creekside Nutrition! My first big girl job is right here in my hometown at a local fitness and wellness center. I am honored and thrilled to be apart of this company; here’s to The Healthiest Youngstown!
December 17 – Introduced Nash Nutrition! Kind of! Chad and I have decided to begin a new business venture together, known as Nash Nutrition. We will be producing homemade, small batch, all natural protein bars in the upcoming weeks and selling locally! Our goal for this year is to sell at least 100 boxes of Nash Bars, introduce 3 flavors, and have them available in five local shops here in Youngstown. Stay tuned!
Here’s to 2019!
As much as I want to say it’s going to be hard to top this past year, I am very excited to see what 2019 has in store for myself, The Healthiest Me, and Nash Nutrition. With that in mind, I have to keep reminding myself not to get complacent; dreams don’t work, opportunity doesn’t come, and success never happens unless I and we put in the work. A few intentions that I have for myself this year include: Being unapologetically Hanna– I don’t want to be afraid of saying exactly what is on my mind, I want to own what I know and be proud to share my knowledge. Listen carefully and don’t respond just to respond – Sometimes I get ahead of myself and nod my head in agreement, this year I want to work on listening more and responding honestly. Practice realistic optimism, not just realism – Be more open to optimism, even if the situation seems unrealistic.
Last and certainly not least, I am incredibly excited to see what is in store for The Healthiest Me and our Youngstown community. This year was one to remember because of this community and I truly cannot express how grateful I am for each and every one of you. Over the next year, we plan to continue growing as The Healthiest Me, Nash Nutrition, Nashdog, Chad and Hanna in every way that we can to benefit this community in every way that we can. From my entire heart and soul, thank you for the support, encouragement, and friendships along the way! Here’s to the new year and new beginnings!