Clever Marketer Unplugged in Chicago!

Unplugging in Chicago this WeekendA 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.

Love, Heather

Photo Credit: Joe Pena

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  1. Hi Heather, I hope you have a wonderful time in Chicago. Have you ever been to see Oprah? I love her.

    Anyway, I digress. You are right that we do what we do to have the freedom and fun time with family. I have a very ‘green’ personality and can be a little obsessive compulsive at time. I have a very difficult time breaking off to have fun if I don’t feel I have reached my work ‘quota’ that I set in my own mind. Often I feel very frustrated at the lack of progress when working on some things.

    On the other hand I try not to feel torn between my kids and my business. I am lucky (in some ways) that I now have the prime hours of the day where the kids are in school so I can actually get things done.

    I have not idea how you manage with your little guy at home.

    With that said, I love the summer holidays, professional days and spring breaks, etc, but I feel while on the ‘incline’ I fear losing momentum sometimes.

    Regarding my significant other… well, he came second lol, so he gets what he got… love me or leave me, he knows the deal! It isn’t always easy to be honest, but I’m doing this for my kids and nobody else… 🙂 (One moment please while I sharpen my claws). (meow)

    Anyway, I truly hope you have a wonderful time. Let your hair down and a glass or two of wine and kick back. You have worked very very hard and life is too short not to create these wonderful memories with your mom and sister.

    Lots of love


  2. I wish you much happiness and relaxation this weekend, Heather. I love Chicago so much. I know you’ll have a wonderful time!

    I learned this lesson on a small scale (and I don’t have to juggle kids and other responsibilities like you do). I decided to unplug from FB and twitter the other night. I scheduled the tweets and postings that needed to go out and I shut off the computer *gasp*

    Shockingly, when I turned it on the next morning, cyberspace had continued without me just fine. I was rested and glad I’d done it.

  3. Hey Heather!

    Glad to hear you’re taking it easy and spending more time in the health club.

    It’s challenging at times balancing this online stuff.

    Good for you, take a break, the internet aint going anywhere! 🙂

  4. Hi Heather!

    Unplugging or taking a breather or a break is always a welcome idea to combat the dreariness of routine. There’s really truth to the saying that “all work and no play makes one dull.”

    I really admire women who could balance work and family but sometimes, well, it could really get into you and stress could easily creep in without you knowing it.

    And lest you develop a burnout and not really function well in both departments, I am glad you are making a conscious effort to take time out for family without work in the picture.

    Have fun in Chicago!

  5. Hey Heather,

    I’m really thrilled for you – you deserve it! As you know, I have been struggling with walking away from my computer. However, I’m getting better now.

    Last week I unplugged and spent the entire long weekend with my family in London! It made a huge difference. I need to do this more often now 🙂

    It’s really important to take a break every now and then.

    You have a fantastic time with your mum and sister. Don’t overspend eh?!

    All the best,

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  7. Hi Heather, I completely resonated with what you wrote here. As a beginner blogger, there is so much to do and it seems there is never enough time in a day to get it all done.

    I am not a mom but I am a wife and there are still chores to do around the house. I babysit my twin nieces when I have time and lately, I haven’t hard much spare time. Yesterday I was just thinking how do mommy bloggers do it all? I really admire you and every mom who works from home.

    I am going to unplug this weekend because it’s just been tiring. Fun but it’s good to step away from the computer. I have been thinking about a post called “Yes I have a life outside blogging!” LOL. It’s not easy to keep the balance but I do my best.

    You are an inspiration!

  8. Hey Heather,

    I can totally relate to how much you love what you do, but it’s hard when you’re spread so thin. Time to take care of YOU!

    Hope you had a great time. Chicago is my hometown but also a great place to visit.

    Take care, Liz 🙂


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