I made the decision a while ago to try and remember to track some milestones along my journey. I highly recommend you do the same if you’re not, this is an amazing way to reflect back and see how far you’ve come.

  1. November 2, 2015 – Lost my job, thanked the universe and decided it was time to follow my passion! Click here to hear more.
  2. November 6, 2015 – Enrolled in an online Interior Design course.
  3. January 14, 2016 – Launched my Instagram account.
  4. January 19, 2016 – Launched my website.
  5. January 22, 2016 – 50 followers on Instagram!
  6. January 29, 2016 – Got my first non-family or friend email subscriber!
  7. February 4, 2016 – My first blog comment from a stranger.
  8. February 6, 2016 – Someone repinned my bog post (50 gold accents).
  9. February 9, 2016 – My 1st non-friend or family like on Facebook.
  10. February 17, 2016 – 100 followers in Instagram.
  11. February 23, 2016 – Got my 2nd non-family or friend email subscriber!
  12. February 24, 2016 – Launched my Facebook Page
  13. February 24, 2016 – 20 Facebook fans
  14. March 3, 2016 – Emailed Dina Marie to be interviewed for her podcast (the victory here is overcoming fear and doing something before I THINK I’m ready!)
  15. March 8, 2016 – Dina Marie Joy actually wants to interview me.
  16. March 9, 2016 – 150 Instagram followers
  17. March 16, 2016 – Created my 2 Dream Homies Facebook groups.
  18. March 17, 2016 – Launched services on my website.
  19. March 18, 2016 – Was interviewed for the Dina Marie podcast and it went amazingly!!!
  20. March 21, 2016 – Two more strangers on my email list
  21. April 1, 2016 – Got my first request to join my FB group from my Facebook ad (but CPL was WAY too high, shut that down!)
  22. April 1, 2016 – Solidified a guest blog post on Real Men Real Style
  23. April 1, 2016 – the podcast I was interviewed on aired. http://yourbrandtasticpodcast.com/episode41/
  24. April 1, 2016 – Posted in the beaches group and got a request for a pain consult 10 minutes after posting.
  25. April 5, 2016 – Booked my first paying client.
  26. April 11, 2016 – Had my first Skype consultation with a Scroupie in New Zealand!
  27. April 15, 2016 – Got my first referral from New Zealand (sadly didn’t go anywhere)
  28. April 13, 2016 – Got a lead for my room rescue package from a FB ad (sadly never amounted to anything)
  29. April 16, 2016 – Made my first first $150 from my paint consultation.
  30. March 19, 2016 – Posted my first video in my Dream Homies Group (aka first video of myself on the world wide web)
  31. April 2016 – Launched my opt-in form for my webinar
  32. May 1, 2016 – Local ad in Snapd
  33. May 2, 2016 – Did my first Facebook live in the private group Facebook Live for NEWBIES (one a day followed)
  34. May 2, 2016 – Got my first lead for an in-home assessment from my Dream Homies Facebook Group
  35. May 3, 2016 – Facebook Page hit 100
  36. May 5, 2016 – Did my first webinar, had 38 people signed up
  37. May 9, 2016 – I launched “Ask Michelle Monday” (AMM)
  38. May 10, 2016 – Joined the Screw!
  39. May 11, 2016 – Structube regrammed my reading nook and it got 212 likes (the most likes any of the posts had as far as I looked back!)
  40. May 12, 2016 – My email list hit 100!
  41. May 12, 2016 – That time I had a private message conversation with Kimra Luna. Whoa.
  42. May 12, 2016 – Instagram hit 300!
  43. May 13, 2016 – Posted my first video for AMM, the lady who I featured in it, asked me for an in-person consultation AND invited over 100 people into my Facebook group!
  44. May 15, 2016 – Launched my YouTube channel!
  45. May 15, 2016 – Got the most lovely message from Screwpie Kevin Laylor “Let me also acknowledge the badass value of Michelle Binette of how to grow FB groups with raving fans dropping folks into her group left and right. Keep an eye on her Scroupies, as she is still unaware of her magic, but I am ” <<<< This community is UNREAL!
  46. May 18, 2016 – Did my first FB live video!
  47. May 19, 2016 – Got my First YouTube subscriber fellow Screw U member Amy Brutout Bradbury
  48. May 20, 2016 – That other time I had a private message convo with James Wedmore. #nbd
  49. May 25, 2016 – Got a call from my newspaper ad (Snapd)
  50. May 27, 2016 – The lead turned into a $1275 client! #projectmishmash
  51. May 28, 2016 – Facebook Business page hit 200 fans!
  52. June 9, 2016 – @Katie Momo nominated my blog for a Liebster Award! http://www.michellebinette.com/life/liebster-award/
  53. June 16, 2016 – My podcast with Aaron Janx went live! http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/social-spurs/e/44900442?autoplay=true
  54. June 17, 2016 – I had my first in-person workshop at The VandenBerg House, only 5 people attended but it was so amazing, we had wine and hung out around a table and chatted! Snapd took photos for their next issue!
  55. June 21, 2016 – My podcast interview with Davelle Morrision of ‘The Morrison Report’ a local realtor went live! https://www.spreaker.com/user/8994065/michelle-binette-interior-design-tips
  56. June 28, 2016 – Lauren Liess (One of my favourite Interior Decorator’s) replied to my post about my review of her book on Instagram “Michelle you made my day!! Thank you so much & love your energy & spunk!! Camera loves you xoxo” SQUEAL!
  57. June 29, 2016 – Registered my business!
  58. June 30, 2016 – Got my second large project client! “I started following your page on Facebook a couple of month back- and I’ve loved reading your blog! My husband and I are in desperate need of design help. Our house has been taken over by our almost 3 year old, and it’s time to take it back. I want to love our home and feel comfortable having friends and family over. I think we need the ultimate “room rescue plus” package
  59. July 3, 2016 – 400 Instagram Followers and 250 Facebook Fans!
  60. July 5, 2016 – My Facebook group hit 400 members!
  61. July 6, 2016 – Closed the June 30th client! She selected the LARGEST package I created for her. She’s super awesome, and is so excited to work with me, and her home has AMAZING potential. So exciting!
  62. July 18, 2016 – Presented my first legit design to my first legit client (Project Mish Mash) it went to freaken’ amazing. Feeling so good!
  63. July 18, 2016 – Got my first request for a guest blog post on MY site!
  64. July 20, 2016 – Posted the guest blog, and when I asked how he found me, he said in a google search! WAHOO!
  65. July 20, 2016 – Turns out the company who guest blogged on my web site is Shutterfly, who is kinda a huge company, I had never heard of them but they get over 14 million visitors to their web site and have over 2 million FB fans!
  66. July 21, 2016 – My U Crew asked me what I was doing in my every day because I’m “kicking some serious ass”. Little things like this mean SO MUCH.
  67. July 24, 2016 – I’m in the Sunday Screw, not once but twice in the same email!!! “And this insightful share from Michelle on the 10 things she’s done to hit her stride and land ALL THE CLIENTS…” \ ” And Michelle who had a little company named SHUTTERFLY (you may have heard of them? Yeah. THAT Shutterfly!) reach out to her to write a guest post for her site…”
  68. August 1, 2016 – My Facebook page hit 300 fans!
  69. August 19, 2016: My interview with Lyndsey Daigneault (Quitting Corporate) aired! This is my fourth podcast interview!
  70. I launched my ‘Done-for-You Packages‘, passive income here I come!
  71. August 23, 2016: I launched ‘boutique‘ my online home decor shop!
  72. August 28, 2016: I launched gift certificates!
  73. August 29, 2016: Closed my largest project at $3965
  74. August 30, 2016: Modern Furniture Knockoff reposted my FB post they were featured in!
  75. August: record earnings $5645
  76. September 29, 2016 (week of): Completed 4 Mini Makeovers this week!
  77. September 2, 2016: I fought the urge to lower my price when a lead said it was higher than expected. No. Just no. (Project Happy Home)
  78. September 2, 2016: Two friends asked to talk to pick my brain on businessy things!
  79. September 4, 2016: My Dream Homies Facebook group hit 500 members! UPDATE: I’ve since shut this group down
  80. September 10, 2016: MyDoma Studio asked to use my images from my design packages for some advertising.
  81. September 20, 2016: MyDoma Studio asked to feature me alongside three other amazing designers as an example of how to use content to market your brand! http://blog.mydomastudio.com/how-to-use-content-to-build-your-design-brand/
  82. September 23, 2016: Volunteered for Habitat for Humanity! Going to try to do this once a month. https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/NYtP-Bp-p-1cnEle2flbtwttdFJrq7iW58JroqnafTCdixKiRReovu0lZFPKwzuYfhHd7VTLE1TUQ4w8TRkWBZsFEzxC5qPLHKPx7RhmM1DVAwH7mzMBciVeOZ8Jeed5b85XChVY
  83. September 24, 2016: Successfully hung friends wallpaper!
  84. October 6, 2016: MyDoma studio featured me in another article http://blog.mydomastudio.com/3-interior-design-packages-you-can-start-selling-now/
  85. December 11, 2016: My email list hit 200 subscribers!
  86. December 20, 2016: I had a client schedule a SECOND mini makeover (Vee)
  87. Decembr 21, 2016: MyDoma studio featured in me another article https://www.mydomastudio.com/blog/occupational-oopsies-december-2016
  88. April 2017: Had a record month!
  89. May 23, 2017: Got my first lead from Instagram (converted to Consultation)
  90. June 3, 2017: Mindset win! I sent a proposal without lowering the price because “they won’t pay that”.
  91. May 2017: Record stats month for my blog, up 69.12% in sessions and 78.46% in page views (4681 the highest to date).
  92. June 7, 2017: Got a response from Design*Sponge, they are going to feature Project Hodge Podge’s Master bedroom! *does a dance*
  93. May 6, 2017: (delayed add!) Created my ‘Business Homies’ group to track my journey.
  94. June 9, 2017: Recorded the 10th Dream Homies Live Show episode!
  95. June 20, 2017: Elte Mkt reached out to invite me to be a featured designer on designer day offering 20 minute consultations in-store!
  96. June 22, 2017: I’ve been able to roll in a morning and end of day routine into my day consistently! Morning = Hydrate/Meditate, Read, Eat, Hygiene, End of day = review and schedule all tasks for the next day
  97. July 3, 2017: 5o members in my Business Homies Facebook group!!
  98. July 4, 2017: Just finished my FIRST $8500 proposal.
  99. July 14, 2017: ^^ that project up there, victory 99, well I had to remove one room, taking it to $7900, but it’s MY BIGGET PROJECT TO DATE! I got it!!!
  100. July 14, 2017: On Monday I decided to test out manifesting $3k by Friday, and I legit got $3 on Friday at 8:6pm.
  101. July 14, 2017: HUGE MILESTONE! I hit the point that I need to register for an HST number!
  102. July 17, 2017: Just presented a proposal for a commercial project (condo party room), no clue where this will land but I presented some HIGH numbers and didn’t allow myself to flinch!
  103. July 28, 2017: My design*sponge feature went live! http://www.designsponge.com/2017/07/before-after-a-stylish-bedroom-on-a-budget-in-toronto.html
  104. July 20, 2017: Elte Mkt Designer day went off without a hitch! I met with 11 clients and have all their emails and details ready for follow-up. Numerous expressed interest in additional consultations.
  105. July 31, 2017: My Facebook business page hit 500 fans!
  106. July 31, 2017: Invoiced $13,293.91 this month an 83% increase over my last record month. (Plus $8200 already accounted for, for August!)
  107. August 30, 2017: I am hiring someone to help me on my next installation. This is a test to see how I can roll in an assistant into some of my work.
  108. September 11, 2017: I got another feature for Project Hodge Podge’s master bedroom! http://www.urbanbarn.com/blog/2017/09/11/white-walls-warm-wood-pops-colour-septembers-myurbanbarn-winner/
  109. October 24, 2017: Completed my first HST submission.
  110. January 20, 1018: Took my first clip sum check for purchasing products for my client $17,796.75, and I’m using a receiver for the first time on this project. Everything I purchase will go to receiver and we’ll have ONE installation day!
  111. January 26, 2018: Got another feature on RueMag.com! http://ruemag.com/home-tour-2/rooms-we-love/a-sophisticated-and-whimsical-little-girls-room
  112. March 6, 2018: Signed the largest project (as in service fees) to date
  113. March 23, 2018: Launched my FREE Decorating Kick-Off Email course, goal to get leads into a sales funnel that results in booking a) discovery call or a $199 Q&A Call, here’s to hoping!
  114. May 10, 2018: Interviewed for the Soulful business podcast! Link here
  115. June 2018: Record month!
  116. I found this random article online: https://www.narcity.com/ca/on/toronto/lifestyle/16-toronto-interior-designers-who-you-need-to-follow-on-instagram
  117. Episode went live on the BOD with Kimberly Seldon