As part of launching my own business, I discovered that I needed some help. Lucky for me there was someone who loves to hang around me, who works for virtually nothing and was available immediately. Of course I'm referring to my darling and occasionally "very three" year-old daughter, Sarah.
On my first day here she was over joyed to discover that I wouldn't be going into the office and was happy with just swinging by my home office on occasion to make sure I was still here. There were several of these little toddler drive-bys throughout the day. She even brought me part of her snack around 2:00 p.m.
By day two her demands became a little greater and she insisted that we eat lunch together. Being one to not typically stop for lunch, having this break in the middle of the day turned into a double surprise for me. Not only did I actually get to let go and relax for a bit, but I got to do it with one of my most favorite people on Earth.
By Wednesday, Sarah was in full "Sarah form." She decided to spend the day with me, spending several hours sitting on the floor beside my desk coloring and singing to me. She took a break at one point, climbing up on my husbands guitar case, apparently an excellent stage, and put on an entire performance.
By Thursday we began to get into a groove together. It seems our new pattern is for me to spend the first couple of the hours of the day in my office alone, answering emails and sending out proposals. By 7:15 the two older girls emerge from their pre-teen cocoons and I drive them to school. By the time I return, Sarah greets me with a huge smile and we sit down for breakfast together. After a morning of her hanging out in the playroom we take a break and eat lunch together in the park, our new favorite place....as long as we get there before the Flower Mound mid-day rush. After lunch she heads upstairs for a nap and I return to my desk for some serious focus time for the remainder of the afternoon.
Today, day five of our new partnership, she added a new twist to the daily routine. She's now "Mommy's Helper." She has decided that she needed to reorganize all the books on my shelf, while singing of course, and then moved all the papers around on the floor into a new collage of some kind. We ended the day with her helping me with my blog. She crawled up in my lap to "help me type" (by putting her fingers on top of mine while I typed).
There are tons of risks with starting your own business, but after this week I've discovered that the rewards far surpass anything I could have ever imagined.