Recently, I’ve fallen in love with my business.
Sounds strange, I know. Don’t get me wrong, though, we’ve had our share of rough patches, but right now things are pretty darn good.
Let me explain.
I used to work a “9-5.” Most of my friends work a 9-5. There are lots of perks to working a 9-5.
But I never realized just how many perks are are to owning your own business until I had a baby.
In June 2014 my first daughter was born and I fell completely in love with her. I was completely consumed with being a mom and never minded waking up in the middle of the night to feed her and cuddle her. The thought of leaving her for 9+ hours a day, 5 days a week seemed like more than I could bear.
The wonderful thing was that by the time my daughter was born my business had built up enough steam that it could be my “9-5” and I made the decision to go full force ahead with Wholesome Harmonies.
As each month goes by, I fall more and more in love with my business. Here’s why:
The beauty of my business is in the flexibility.
My husband is a firefighter/paramedic with a rotating schedule. So I work my clinical schedule around his and we are both able to care for our baby, rather than putting her in daycare. It’s truly amazing. I have some of the most flexible, understanding clients ever and I do not take that for granted!
The beauty of my business is in the opportunities it allows.
My business allows me the opportunity to work AND spend a significant amount of time with my baby. I get to work as a music therapist, nurture my creative self and do what I was placed on this earth to do. But it also allows me to spend a LOT of time with my little one. We wake up and snuggle together, we go on nature walks, read together, dance together, do art projects and work on puzzles. I have gotten to see her first steps, hear her first words and watch as she blossoms into an amazing little girl with a sense of humor and spunk about her.
I’m grateful to my business for allowing this.
Every day is a little different. On Mondays I have a full clinical schedule and I’m out of the house and on the road driving to sessions for 10 hours.
Today (Wednesday) we woke up and snuggled in bed to read because it’s the last “cold” day of the year down here in Miami. Then we went to the park and enjoyed some sunshine and swinging. At 3pm I’m off to an afternoon and evening of music therapy sessions and adapted music lessons.
Fridays we have completely to ourselves. We do something fun with my husband or go to storytime; we do art projects; and we usually cook a yummy meal for dinner.
Every day is a different mix of music therapy services and time with my family. And I absolutely love it. Three years ago, I never would have pictured my life this way. But now, I can’t imagine it any other way.
So yes, I am unashamed to say that I have completely fallen in love with my business.
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