ON MOTHERHOOD and BUSINESS
I haven’t shared my birth story with many people. Those who I am friends with on social media saw pictures of me going into the hospital, but days later, there were no birth announcements. I received lots of texts asking if everything was OK. Let’s just say that the process was LOOONNNGGG. I entered the hospital at 2:00am on a Tuesday, was induced by 4:00am, and he wasn’t born until 6:00am on THURSDAY. If I am doing the math right, that was 50 hours of labor. And I did pretty well until those last 2.5 hours…the pushing hours.
I will admit that I went into the birth fairly naive. I didn’t do a lot of research during my pregnancy. I knew what people told me, and I knew things that I had heard over time. Or at least that I thought I knew. For example, I very naively thought that once I received my epidural, I would have a pain free birth experience. YAH, NICE TRY KARI. Yes, the pain was lessened, but with little dude sitting in the birth canal for more than 2 hours, the PRESSURE was excruciating. I was in the worst pain of my life. The longer it went on, the more I wanted to give up. But I did the opposite…I DUG DEEP.
I HAD to. I had to do this for my child, I had to do this for me. I couldn’t stop now. I cried a little (maybe a lot), and then pushed even harder.
And in the middle of giving birth, I literally thought to myself, “if I can do this, I can do anything, especially in my business.”
Funny timing to have thoughts about business, right?!
But you know what, in the past 3 months, I have gone back to that moment time and time again. When I am too tired to do one more thing, I go back to that moment and tell myself that I can do anything. When I wonder how I am ever going to run a business and raise a baby at the same time, I go back to that moment and tell myself that I can do anything. I of course shared this insight with my husband, and now when I tell him that I can’t fold the laundry, he tells me that I can do anything (uh, not exactly what I meant and super annoying!! haha!).
I love that I am learning great business lessons on this motherhood journey, and I am excited to share more with you in the coming months.
I’d love to hear from you:
Do you think you can do ANYTHING?
Is there a moment in your life that you remember realizing that you could?