I had several blog posts brewing in my mind for this week; my outlines were laid out and I was ready to go; and then shit happens. For the last 2 weeks, my adorable, fun-loving, caring father-in-law has been in the Intensive Care Unit fighting for his life. It has been a roller coaster of an affair with many ups and downs, and I have been treading water as fast as I can in order to keep up with everything. After all, I am a mom, wife, daughter-in-law, daughter, mompreneur, advocate for other moms & entrepreneurs, and community member. Sleep is in limited supply, but I have stayed up to date with my boys’ homework and science fair project, cheered on their team at basketball practices, cooked dinner, walked the dogs, participated in committee meetings, made some unreal progress with the prototype, and stayed on target with my blog and my weekly blog at StartupNation while praying for my father-in-law.
The question is “What do we do when we need to step away for a moment?” It has been such a feeling of accomplishment that I have been able to continue to check a few items off my “to-do” list during this period, and although, I am not able to tear the list up and throw it away, I did accomplish something. Today, and more than likely over the next week, I will need to step away from it all. In life, we have many responsibilities – personal and professional – and, a big part of being successful is balancing the two. There needs to be a balance between the personal and professional that becomes hard to maintain at certain points.
This week, I just have to accept that my test marketing plans are offset by a week or so, my new website will be on hold, and I may miss a committee meeting. This week, the personal trumps the professional, and I need to be a supportive wife, mother, daughter-in-law because my father-in-law passed away this morning. I need to help my husband with arrangements, mourn our terrible loss, and most important – hug and kiss my boys. We can make all the plans, spreadsheets, and agendas that we want, but sometimes, just sometimes, they do not matter.
So, this week, I may be a little absent as a mompreneur. I may fall off the grid and need to push deadlines and expectations back a week or two. What I will be this week is human and remember the awesome man we called “Papa”……