When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade (original quote by someone’s grandma?) ……
……An absolute favorite saying of mine. I have always tried to apply these words to my life no matter whether it was something little or big. When the boys were infants, and I had a LONG day that did not allow me to shower or eat a whole meal or make a phone call, I took pleasure in a hot bubble-bath after I got the boys to sleep. When my grandmother died, I survived devastation when a few days later, I found out she would have a namesake when I discovered I was pregnant. Today, I was really going back and forth with what I should write on the blog, AND then my day changed because my husband forgot to send my son to school with a lunch (on the last day of school).
It happens! Guess what? I knew what I wanted to write about after the experience….so big thanks to hubby today for inspiring me without even knowing he was doing it. There you have it – When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade.
Although my boys did have a profitable lemonade stand over the weekend, that is not really what I am talking about – I am speaking about coping, redefining experiences, and making the most of what you have.
It is easy to assume the role of victim and succumb to less than optimal circumstances. It is much harder to take what you have been given AND DO SOMETHING with it. As women, as moms, and entrepreneurs…..we will be that much stronger after staring adversity in the face and squeezing ourselves a fresh glass of lemonade.
This past winter, my mom had major surgery, my father-in-law passed away, my mother-in-law fell, and both my husband and I are only children…..an absolute nightmare when it comes to dealing with family emergencies. At the same time, we are both raising a family, growing businesses, and just trying to keep our heads above water. It would have been much easier to let ourselves be swallowed alive by all that was going on, however, we did something different. Yep – We made a cool, sweet glass of lemonade.
Don’t get me wrong there were days when the lemonade was bittersweet, but we did our best. I spent days in the hospital with my mom working on my laptop sharing my biz plans and blog with her….we grew closer (if possible). My DH took the time to share stories and relics from his father’s office with those that cared about him and made some new friends along the way. Although days and weeks were hard, we also continued to check small items off our to-do list….
A painful subject, I know, but a happy ending. Summer is here and the flowers are blooming, the days are long and bright, and never a better time for delicious lemonade. Summer, for those of us on the east coast especially, is a time of rebirth, sun-kissed cheeks, and renewed spirit.
We cannot forget – For mompreneurs (and dadpreneurs), summer is a time of hectic schedules, juggling work and childcare, and tasting a bit of summer ourselves. The good news is that after the winter I had, I am ready to accept not checking everything off my to-do list because I have to change my schedule for camp pick-up; the garage is a crazy mess with footballs, bikes, hockey nets, and popsicles while I make a few calls and answer a few emails; or I am up late! AND, I am here to share that with all of you!
Life is one long and windy adventure, and sometimes we need to stop and squeeze the lemons. Keep going strong with your biz plans, but go strong with your LIFE, too! Enjoy your summer, BacknGrooveReaders!
(It does not escape me that I am finishing this at Starbucks because my internet is down again — but, I got to have an iced cold coffee in return)
Take it from my beagle – sometimes, you gotta chill! Rachel