As a parent of three young children, I have worked hard in their formative years to really give my entrepreneurial ventures the best I can offer. I knew that one day, my children's activities would require me to be gone from home on certain nights of the week and even on weekends. I know from experience because whether I was playing on the field or marching in the band, I knew that I could count on my mother to be there- if not at the game, at school to pick me up.
I'm entering my ninth year as a freelancer and business owner but last month, something happened. I felt a shift. I was worried for a few days because I couldn't really place it, but wow when I understood what was happening, it hit me like a ton of bricks! I was coming into the reality that my kids were becoming the priority in our house. Because most of the work I do is from home, I'm able to be 'on the clock' all day long. This would soon be changing and I think the fear of not knowing how weighed heaviest on me.
What will my sixth grader decide to do as an extra-curricular activity? How long would I be able to stave off interests in sports, dance and art in favor of the natural gifts of music which my kids have already shown interest in? As a musician, I can teach my kids in our home but life has began to shift us into the next phases of their young lives, already.
This means that I will have to make difficult decisions if my business isn't where I need it to be in the next few years. On the other hand, I have already begun the steps to establish entrepreneurial perpetuity for them. In a word, there's been a whole lot of shifting going on. Most importantly, I am much more intentional about what I do, because if this pandemic has taught me nothing else, it has taught me that even our best laid plans can be wiped out in an instant. So for me, the change in balance is to leave very little hanging in the balance. When my children were smaller, I could go through life trying to figure things out. Now that they're getting older, there are some things I just need to know as best I can...
The Willis Family 2020
Yep, I Said It!
When I have something to say, I often say it. Many times, I try to find the best way to say it. Other times, there's just no easy way to say a hard thing. My journey in life has made me a person with much to say and the person people least want to hear it from.