A personal letter to you, my friends online…
I think I’m one of the lucky people in this world who has found the thing in life that they love to do. I could lose all sense of time when I’m working (and I sometimes do), which has caused some stress at times in my family.
I wrote about it a while back here on my blog (WAHM’s Secret to Staying Positive When You are Married to Negativity) and shared it with you all in a video and since then things have definitely improved, but our family has not been immune to the stresses of the world these days.
We’re dealing with some intense family stress around my husband’s job. This is resulting in some health issues for me, as my migraines have increased due to stress and not eating like I should. (I’m a stress eater unfortunately.)
So, in order to better manage the stress and focus more time on my family, I’ve been unplugging on the weekends and trying to spend more time at the health club.
What started as a way to carve out some quality family time when I didn’t have one eye on my computer and the other on the family, has ended up being such an important time of renewal for me, in ways that totally surprised me.
I recorded a video for you a couple of weeks ago that I forgot to post on my blog, so I’d love to share it with you now about the experience and results I’m seeing from unplugging from my business on the weekends:
I don’t know if you struggle with this too?
I’ve talked to so many moms who have the same issues with balance that I have. Building a business while raising a family is not for the faint of heart, and often times as work at home parents, our personal needs end up sliding to the end of the list, behind business, and family needs.
Stop for a moment and think about why you’re building this business and what you want it to give you. For most of use, yes we are working for the money, but also for the freedom that being our own boss can bring.
I’m trying to surrender the control and let my “playful” self come back out more frequently and I’m so much happier doing it. (Not that I was miserable before.) I feel more creative, I have more ideas, and ironically, I’m more productive and efficient in my work now that I’m taking time off.
I really don’t have a huge “message” for you in this, except to share my experiences and hopefully help you to see that it’s okay to unplug. Your business won’t fall apart, I promise!
On the other hand, if you’re using all the duties you have as a mom as an excuse to avoid taking action in your business, I’m sorry to say you’re never going to have enough time to do ALL that you need to do. But you will have time for the big things that HAVE to get done, I promise (and your business should fall into the “have to get done” category if you want to succeed).
This weekend I’m unplugging in a big way. My sister, my mom, and I are going to Chicago for a weekend of shopping, dinner, and a play. We’ve never gone away the three of us before, with husbands or kids. We’ve been planning it since Christmas and I can hardly wait.
I wish you a relaxing weekend full of love, happiness, and quality time with the people who are special to you.
Photo Credit: Joe Pena