2016 was a year of learning for me. In my 52nd year I went back to school for the first time in 35 years. I chose to do an online digital marketing course with Getsmarter…yes me…the once VERY technologically challenged girl!
I ran my business and I studied for 10 very intense weeks, and I passed…proudly.
I learnt how to REALLY delegate. Yes me the one time control freak. And how did it feel I hear you asking, it felt sooooooo liberating. If you’re not good at it, try it, it is life changing. Hire right, my business coach Brent Spilkin from Growing Pains said, never a truer word spoken. Delegating allows you to dream big, and deliver even bigger.
I learnt how to take a random chance and I signed up for an online iPhone photography course, that has completely transformed my life. It has unleashed a creativity in me that I never knew was there. It has taught me patience, it’s taught me to be so much more observant, it’s connected me with some of the most amazing humans all over the world. It’s awoken my creativity on an explosive level.
I learnt how to expand my business without stretching myself thin. I took Hayley Joy online and have enabled women all over the world to have access to true Plus size fashion, designed by a genuine Plus size designer. To date we have not had one garment returned for a refund, and have only had two size changes. That is an enormous achievement in the online sales world.
So how do I top 2016 in 2017?
I go back to school to do an online graphic design course, to realise a 30 year dream, to design and print my own exclusive ranges of fashion fabrics. They say that the only way we are going to make it in business, going forward, is to stand out. I have every intention of taking my new found love and knowledge of photography, and creating collections of fabrics that have never been seen before. I am going to listen to the future predictors, and I’m sooooooo going to stand out. I want to be that girl that at 52 took on the world and did it her way.
January 7, 2017 at 6:06 pm
What a wonderful year you have had. 2017 will surely be a marvelous year for you as well. I have shared your blog site with some of my friends who are plus size. I had already been talking about your exciting experiences with the iPhone class. Hopefully, we can get Texas orders to your online site. I’m hoping some of your sizes cover what is considered large in the States. If so, then I can get some of your lovely designs! Hugs❤
January 15, 2017 at 6:28 pm
Thank you dearest Charlotte. I’m really inspired for what this year brings, and would love to dress you. We will chat further when I have my fabrics available. Should be end Feb.
Lots of love to you 😘❤Hayley
January 15, 2017 at 4:15 pm
Wonderful to read your year 2016. So many sad things written about “that” year and so good to hear of your success, well done! Your creative feelings being brought out in your photography and in future your materials will no doubt lift your and others spirits. My dear husband came into your shop the other day to get me some of your tops and skirts and he was made to feel right at home as I know he was dreading having to look for something for me to wear. But your kindness and friendly manner made it so much easier for him. I have kept all that he purchased and will in time get some more and knowing it wont be such an ordeal for him makes me smile. Thank you for that. Wishing you all good things in 2017. Nicky
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January 15, 2017 at 6:24 pm
Nicky thank you so much for your feedback. I’m soooooo happy we chose the correct sizes and styles for you. Your hubby was so complimentary and I knew he was a little out of his comfort zone.
I’m glad we got it right, and you are more than welcome to send him, and if ever there is a problem we will exchange or credit.
Thanks again, and enjoy your new clothes.
Fond regards Hayley ❤