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On this week’s episode, we’re talking about family when it comes to entrepreneurship. For me, I’ve never not been an entrepreneur…kids came after I already had a photography business up and running, and then eventually pivoting to being a Christian Business Coach. For others, your business might have come after you already had kids. Either way, our family has to be our first ministry. This is near and dear to my heart because it is so easy to get this out of balance. It’s easy to get hyper-focused on the work that needs to be done and at the same time avoid other important work we need to do. Listen in as we dive into habits that can help us balance this out.
DIFFERENT SEASONS CALL FOR DIFFERENT COMMITMENTS
As we build our businesses, we can set it up to work for our family and the rhythm of the school year. For me, summers and holidays are low-key; I want to be fully present when my kids are home from school. Over the past 12 months, as I’ve scaled my business, I’ve made purposeful decisions to put my sales on evergreen so I’m able to step away from the work at different points in the year. Even in those seasons of stepping away, there are times I do get bored, but I’m working on staying present in the moment because you simply can’t push ahead 100% of the time.
YOU MIGHT HAVE TO RE-STEER THE SHIP
Even with purposeful planning, it’s easy for life to get out of balance. As we’re growing our business, we need to grow with flexibility, keeping sustainability in mind. It truly is a constant battle, even when we’re mindful. We must be mindful and purposeful about re-steering the ship when it gets off course and be encouraged that have the authority to be in control of our time and energy.
SOMETIMES IT’S TIME TO LET GO OF THINGS
Wisdom points to know when to let go, and let God do his thing. Sometimes we need to let go of parts of our business, people, and even money for what’s next. If it’s not a sustainable pace, it’s time to let it go! And even something that has worked in the past, it may no longer be beneficial for the current season. Stay focused. Pray. And be brave enough to let it go!
Proverbs 4:6-7 says “Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it costs all you have, get understanding.” Know the season you are in, pray for direction, and walk into the doors that open and let go of the doors that stay shut. Your kids won’t be little forever, your marriage still needs you, and your family is your first ministry and that is what matters the most!
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