Last week, I was invited to be a part of a panel discussion at a Fabulous event in Manhattan. When the opportunity presented itself, I decided to use it as an opportunity to take my daughter on a long-awaited college visit and enjoy some girl time with her in the city.
The event was scheduled for Friday evening and was all about empowering women to be the #GirlBoss of their Bodies, Their Business, and Their Lives. I couldn’t think of a better first event to share with my youngest daughter!
Sharing this experience with her had me reflecting on why I started my business, 10 years ago and the many twists and turns that it took over the years. My original business name was Buy More Time, and my goal was to help other business owners find more time to do what was important to them.
True confession: It wasn’t all about the client. I needed more while also having the flexibility and freedom to attend school events or take a day off and head into the city with my girls.
As idyllic as that may sound, we all know it’s not that simple. I loved what I did and was darn good at it. In a way, that was my curse. Before I knew it, I was so caught up in my work that I was working long hours and eventually began traveling more and more, at the request of my clients.
As great as the growth and success may have looked on the outside, the reality was that I lost sight of why I started my business. My passion for helping others find balance was taking me away from the very thing that made balance such a priority for me – my family.
It seems that it took many seasons of my life, nearly 10 years worth, to come full circle. That is the great thing about being an entrepreneur. You continue to evolve, the seasons change, your children grow up. You face challenges and adjust to fit the current situation but should always remember why you started.
I started my business to fulfill a burning desire to help others, having the flexibility to be a mom and wife. It wasn’t always easy, but those little girls have grown up, and the business travel that was once a strain on my family has suddenly become an experience to share with my girls.
When you struggle (and we all do) take a moment to remember why you started. I can tell you that “why” will make it all worth it!
Not Enough Time In Your Day?
If you are feeling overwhelmed or stuck, like there is not enough time in the day, then it is time to do an Audit of where you are spending your time.