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Finding “me” – an entrepreneurial mom’s journey

By Tracey Ehman on Jul 12 2010 • Filed under Mompreneurs at work

Keeping the balance in your life is of upmost importance. Without balance, or at least perceived balance, things tend to eventually implode. There is always a lot of talk about having life balance and yet, there are many who believe that it really is impossible.

I am willing to bet that many of us who decided to opt out of the corporate world and delve into working from home instead, believed that we could maintain a balance easily by making ourselves available to our families, and having lots more flexibility. But I expect that if you ask the average entrepreneurial woman working from home, she might admit that initially, at least, this balance was not as easy to achieve as she had envisioned.

Personally, I had to work at achieving a balance, and continue to work at maintaining balance.

In the beginning, I was concentrating on getting my business off the ground and making time for family. When I wasn’t supporting my kids in their various activities – going on field trips, helping out in the classroom, helping with homework – I was dealing with the mess around the house that seem to happen much more quickly than when I worked away from the home. And, in between all that, I was growing my business, building the structure, connecting with people online, networking offline, etc. My days were full! There was no time left for me.

Eventually, I realized that in order to maintain balance, I needed to schedule time for me. I began to schedule exercise into my calendar, lunch with friends, and times where I would make myself unavailable to my clients and my business. I began to schedule holidays, and make sure to let people know that during that time I would only be available sparingly.

As I progress in my business, “me” time has become very important, and striving to achieve balance, of some kind, is an ongoing goal. In keeping with that, I was able to enjoy a family trip to Osoyoos, British Columbia and, for the most part, kept offline, unplugged, and enjoyed the time with family and friends.

Remember the key to achieving life balance is looking after yourself first. By doing this, you will have more time and energy to share with others.

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