About five years ago I made a nerve-wracking, crazy, wacky, life-changing, amazing, decision: to start my own business.
It hasn’t been easy. There is a distinct decrease in the amount of sleep I have had in the last 60 months. There was a financial slope to climb: meaning – for a time, I wasn’t making any money. This whole process required sacrifice, not just from me, but from my family. Sometimes the plans were firmly in place and sometimes life and business felt like I had boarded a white-water-raft and forgotten both a paddle and a helmet. But the adrenaline has kept me going. The joy has pushed me forward. The small successes coupled with the passion for what I do have served to lift me up and motivate me to drive on. And so has the support from both my friends (old and new) and the three people who live in this home with me – two small and one big.
You know what I have found? There is a distinct increase in my ‘happy’.
I do what I do because I love it. The failures make me stronger, though it doesn’t always feel that way as I’m living those moments.
I started with a blog, right here at ExtraordinaryMommy, but now it is so much more.
I was asked to join three other wonderful businessmen from right here in the St. Louis: David Strom, a professional IT writer and speaker, John E Smith from the Strategic Learner and Bert Purdy from the Intentional Employee to share our stories on local business show, All About Business.
We did interviews, a press conference and a roundtable discussion about the state of blogging and social media. You can see the show this Sunday, February 17th at 9am on ABC30 locally. I will be able to share the broadcast after it airs. Additionally, the show will feature Tom Mee, the Director of the St. Louis Cardinals and Angela Ortmann, of STLWineGirl fame.
If you get a chance to watch, I would love to know what you think. I’m grateful to All About Business, specifically host and producer, Amanda Aschinger, for taking the time with me… it was a delight to spend time with David, John and Bert and to share my story.