In New York, kids are still in school. Pretty sure that kids are still in school in parts of Canada, too. Well, In Pittsburgh we are full swing into our THIRD WEEK off of school already. My kids are having a BALL. There have been late nights, camping, swimming, lemonade stands, cool day camps, and lots of ice cream already. I have to admit that I have been swept up in a bit of the sunshine and summer weather a bit, too. But, it is really time for me to get back to business as usual…..or as close to usual as possible with being a mompreneur in the summer.
So, I am finally planted at my desk, playing the reggae station on Pandora to keep the summer vibe going, and wrestling with my enormous task list. As I review the last few weeks, I realize that we can take away a few lessons from the transition into summer.
- When School is Out, it is a fabulous to opportunity to SHARE some of your everyday experience with your kids. Last week, the Inpex Invention Convention took place in Pittsburgh. Earlier in the week, I attended the Inventor’s University and visited the show on my own (you can read about it on my weekly blog post at SUN). Then on Friday, I asked my oldest son, JB, if he wanted to go check out the show with me. I was ecstatic that he said “YES.” This was a marvelous opportunity to share a bit of what I do with my son. It was even more special with JB getting to see some other mompreneurs in action AND know that I am not the only one pursuing my passion.
- Summer oozes PATIENCE. I really dislike being patient, but summertime forces us to relinquish ourselves to patience. Whether it be the nagging of our kids to stay at the pool for another half hour or the need to rely on different child care arrangements, we must be PATIENT. My life is all about being patient right now. The camp bus is late, so I need to be PATIENT. My website is slowly slowly coming together, but I need to WAIT it out. Some important prototype information is being developed at someone else’s pace, so again I need to HANG IN THERE. It is summer, mon – nothing else to do other than be PATIENT.
- We learn that we cannot control the FORECAST in summer, similar to sometimes we cannot control every factor in small business. The weather has a mind of it s own and if it is going to rain on our picnic, well nothing that we can do. I am a bit of a Perfectionist, so having the reminder that there is a lot out of our control….is very, very good for me. Saturday night, I planned to eat outside and then it started to storm. Guess what? We went to the movies, and had a great time. My new website had a soft launch last week, and there are SO MANY kinks that need to be worked out and parts that have to be built into the site. We may finish it by the end of this week, but probably not because my creative team might experience a thunder shower from another client. It happens. We just need to enjoy doing something else in the mean time.
SO…there you have it: Summer teaches us Sharing, Patience, and What we can and cannot Control. AND, we get to eat ice cream at the same time. Not bad!
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I would love for you to share your summer craziness here – Rachel