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For me, 2018 was rough.  Really rough.  My business had its best year since I opened my doors 13 years ago and my niece celebrated her 1st birthday. I was able to recognize over 30 women in our industry in my monthly article series and I am in the best shape of my life.  All these things should have defined 2018 as my best year on record.  But losing my father at the end of August defined the year.  My dad wasn’t here at the end to celebrate, so as the holidays rolled around and the “firsts” that everyone talks about when you lose someone close start happening, it tarnishes the year even further.

But you know what? I have no regrets.

I really feel like you can “have it all” in this industry if you play your cards right in the beginning and I am grateful that I am nothing if not tenacious.  If I could give one piece of advice to those getting started in this industry it would be:  Learn to do without.

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