At first it annoyed me. Maybe that's because I feel like I wouldn't have half the success I do, if it wasn't for my amazing husband. His skills and leadership is needed in our business and at home, and our success is truly a team effort. But then I thought deeper about it. What if it wasn't about outshining men, stepping up where they can't, or... world domination. What if it was about empowering women to play bigger than they ever have before.
Read my Owning Your Choices blogs below to find out more about how I empowered myself to own my choices.
Having a focus word for the year grounds me. It’s like a guiding compass for the choices I make each day. Now that’s not to say everyday will be rainbows and sunshine, and I’ll never experience sadness, or conflict, or pain, but when I can't trust my gut, I go to my question. Will this bring me joy? There's 3 difficult things I've had to face already in 2019.
You could say that being an entrepreneur gives you freedom, but it also comes with a shit ton of emotions. Constantly putting yourself out there for criticism and opinions, and if you're doing it right, you're going to take risks and you're going to fail.
As I lay in bed, with my husband snoring beside me, I fought back the tears. "I'm failing as a mom. I'm failing as a business owner, I'm a crappy friend, and I'm totally going to screw up my kid." Then came the waterfall. I was tired. But it wasn't from all of my to-do's. I was tired because my relentless striving for perfection burnt me out.
"Mom, do you have a baby in your belly because it's so BIG!" Ouch. Kids say the darnedest things. That innocent comment from my 5-year old was the straw that broke the camels back. At the end of 2018, I had enough.
We don't want to be added into groups we don't opt in for. We don't want to hear about flashy deals. We don't want to get the "Hey girl..." message from someone we haven't talked to since grade school. We want to be educated, respected, and heard, and we want to decide what our next right move should be.
I let my self care plan go out the window. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't sitting on the couch eating pizza, sleeping my life away (no judgement there if that's your jam), It was quite the opposite. I got caught in the rat race of serving my clients, family, friends, peers, and community that I honestly didn't even notice. I was over-scheduled, and hitting the ground running every day. Why?
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