It’s been forever since I’ve posted, mainly because I can’t stop working long enough to put any thoughts on paper. In the past year and a 1/2 I’ve gotten married, opened another business and now on to the next venture, motherhood. That’s right, in one week Baby Bojo will make his appearance and I will be putting my businesses as #3 on my priority list. It’s odd to think about how things will change, especially at first, but also consider how they may stay the same.
What will change:
- I won’t be putting in as many hours, at least not to start with. Even through my pregnancy I’ve been working 60+ hours a week, which is an insane workload with a young child. I know parents do it all the time and I admire them for it, but I really do hope I can step back and put less time into work.
- I won’t be in charge of everything all the time. I’m a go-getter and a hard person to let share responsibility and control. It’s going to be difficult giving up control to a newborn, but it’s got to happen.
- I will learn to let go. During the past year I’ve restructured my company to create specific departments with department heads. I’ve created leadership roles and accountability so I don’t have to micro-manage every aspect of my business. This process has been a lot harder and taken longer than I thought it would, but it has been crucial. I can’t be there for every event, phone call or meeting, so I have built a great team that I trust to handle things on a daily basis. Letting go of my business baby has been hard, but at least I get a real one to replace it with!
What (hopefully) won’t change:
- I still want to have my own life. A lot of moms turn themselves over to their kids entirely, I don’t think I’ll fully be able to do that. I already love my son, but I don’t want to give up everything I love about life to be a mom. I still want to go on dates with my husband, I want to travel and I want to be able to get some me time every once in awhile. Luckily I’m not doing this alone, I have a fantastic husband and family nearby who can help out when needed.
- I still want to be 100% dedicated to my businesses. It’s going to be tough to balance intense meetings with a breast feeding schedule, but it’s part of it. I’m lucky with owning my own businesses in that I can work from home and I make my own schedule. I will be there for my son, but I’m not going to let down the employees, partners and customers that have supported my businesses over the last five years. Our company is still growing, and I need to be there to see things through.
- I’m not going to stop dreaming. At least not of P&L’s and business plans. I have three businesses right now and I want to keep growing. I have a lot of ideas and can’t wait to dive into the next project as soon as I can get some kind of semblance back in my life. This baby isn’t going to slow me down there, if anything I want to give him more business options to take over when he graduates!