There’s no question, the last two years have been challenging, possibly the most challenging many of us have experienced during our lifetimes. But, a new year is here, and as a community, as a nation, and as a world – we embrace a fresh start with hope for the new year.  Positively Osceola asked a number of positive leaders in the community to share their hope and their plans for the new year, and how we can encourage and support each other in 2022.  We asked Heather Kahoun, Owner/Creative Director, Heyyy Heather, to share her hope and outlook for 2022.

As we head into this new year, I know many, like myself, focus on the metaphorical “clean slate” ahead of us. After the challenges we’ve faced as a collective whole over the last two years, it’s all too exciting to think about the new opportunities for fresh starts, healthier lifestyles, ambitious goals, and unknown journeys we may set our sights on in 2022.

As a still-very-new small business owner in our community, I’ve realized it can be very easy to find yourself so busy just accomplishing the tasks you need to finish each day that you pigeonhole yourself into moments of isolation. There are many solo responsibilities that fall on your shoulders.

Over the last six months, I’ve worked to be more intentional with my time. I’ve worked in more lunch meetings where I build moments getting to know a fellow business owner or potential client just a little bit better. I’ve said yes to more opportunities that allow me time to network with my peers in our community and work together to help strengthen and build Osceola up. I’ve dropped in on clients from time to time to just see how they’re doing so that the other times we see each other aren’t just focused on “work.”

So… the hope I have for others like myself this new year is placing a gentle reminder on deepening connections and building relationships.

Cheers to you and 2022!

Heather Kahoun

Owner/Creative Director, Heyyy Heather