Small business ownership is such a journey, filled with highs and lows, then highs [and more lows], but mostly [and thankfully!] finishing off with highs again.
As we rapidly approach our second birthday, we can’t help but reflect on the journey. And we really do think it’s similar for most;
Begin > go hard > like, really hard > celebrate every win > agonise over the fails > hustle, hustle, hustle > burn out > question it all [!!!] > and then? Find relative peace with it all somewhere around the 18 month mark, & recognise that you are but just one person, & one person is simply not designed for 24/7 hustle.
Cat and I have reached that next beautiful stage in our business development now, i.e we’re really taking stock of it all. And of course, we’re biased, but we can’t help but liken it all to Motherhood.
Ok, stay with me on this.
You’re thrown into newborn’hood, & you just … hustle. You wake hourly, you feed hourly, you change eleventy billion nappies, you grimace and curl your toes in agony while baby just about takes skin off during every feed, you cluster feed, you don’t shower, you forget to eat, you hold baby seemingly all.day.long, you shhhhhhoosh baby, you pat baby, you will baby to sleep, … you hustle.
And then [almost within the blink of an eye] you have an 18 month old, & you are – dare we say it – beginning to find a groove with it all [?!]. You’re sleeping again, mostly. There are less nappy changes. There is less hustle. More hot breakfasts. More breaks from the very attached way you have to parent in those early newborn days. There’s just more, … looking after you again.
See what I mean? It all just reminds me of small business ownership.
Cat and I have an “18 month old TDP” now, & we’re hustling a little less, we’re paying ourselves a little bit more, we’re switching off from e-mails at night-time, we’re opting for sleep, & we’re eating breakfast again, Christ, … Lunch too! We’ve just come to the realisation that – like Motherhood – we’re no good to anyone if we don’t keep our entrepreneurial health in check.
Last week, we decided to take the next step in our “entrepreneurial health”, & we signed up with the girls from Queen of Lean to get us back into an exercise regimen again. Initially when the idea was tossed around, I thought to myself, my goodness, with what spare time [?!!], but the thing is, you just actually have to make the time.
Mornings don’t work for us, because x2 pre-schoolers each = morning chaos. Evenings don’t work either, because x2 pre-schoolers each + work all day + pre-schooler wrangling = too tired. And so we’ve decided that x3 times per week, we can [& flipping will!] take an hour out of our entrepreneurial day to meet up > work out > die a zero fitness-related death together, ha!
I lie. Cat’s actually pretty fit. Me? Not so much.
For x2 business partners whose day care days don’t yet align, & who mostly work remotely? This has been an incredibly good decision. In fact, I have this sneaky little suspicion we’ll look back on this decision and put it down to one of those really smart life decisions you make.
Disclaimer; whilst writing this post, there isn’t a single muscle in my body that isn’t in absolute pain, ha! Good pain, but pain. I can’t bend down. I can’t lift my arms. When I breathe in, I realise there are muscles behind my breasts that I never even knew existed before, … & they hurt too.
But it’s good pain. And we feel healthy. And it’s a healthy thing we’ve done for our business partnership. Smart little business operators, that we are.