2008 was a good year both personally and professionally.
Today I scan over the last twelve months and ask myself specifically if I have any regrets and honestly, I don’t think I do.
I made deliberate choices that slowed the growth of my business but it was for good reason – my family needed time and attention more than the business did.
I don’t mind looking back at 2008 with awareness that I could have worked more – there will be plenty of time to work in the future but all those sweet baby snuggles I enjoyed on the night shift with my niece’s quadruplets… those were available for such a brief time.
How about you?
We’re work at home moms. We juggle the minutes of our day – choosing to spend them with our kids, our husbands, our friends and extended family – or choosing to spend them working on our businesses. Most of us if we’re open about it will admit that we have built in guilt on a day in day out basis.
We feel guilty when we’re working that we’re not doing something fun with our kids. We feel guilty when we’re giggling with our kids when we could be doing something serious for our business. Add any extra stress or special circumstances and the pressure to make the right choice about your time and attention becomes overwhelming.
The guilt feels real but is it valid? I say no. There is no perfect balance for a WAHM, there are only daily decisions. I refuse to look back on 2008 with conflicted emotions. My business exists to serve my life not the other way around and that is as it should be.