So, last weekend, I didn’t want to go on the family camping trip.

 

I had a major case of Mommy Guilt, but this time it was because I didn’t want to spend time with my kids.

I wanted to stay home, alone, and work on my business.

 

I had just come home from an amazing business weekend and I had millions of ideas swirling around in my head dying to get out on paper.  I had a whole handful of new clients, and amazing continuing clients whose businesses I just wanted to dive into.

I was finally on a roll and I didn’t feel like going camping to sit around and tell my six-year-old to stop chasing my three-year-old with a stick.

And more than that, I didn’t want to come home from camping to a week of very, very, little kid-free time.  Even though I had planned my summer to alternate between weeks when the kids were at camp (therefore, my work weeks) and weeks where they were with me (our adventure weeks) on purpose, on the eve of one of these adventure weeks….I just didn’t wanna.

As we packed up the cars, my husband could sense I was a little off.  He offered to let me skip the overnight and come out in the morning…and for a moment, I thought seriously about taking him up on it.  But I knew I really, actually wanted to go.  I just needed a few minutes to collect myself.

I new that I didn’t need a huge chunk of time…I just needed a little breathing room.

 

So, my husband and brother-in-law took off with the kids and I sat in a quiet house with my computer, blank notebook and my colored pens.  About an hour later, I hit the road with a fresh latte in my cup holder, the few items in my car the first crew had left behind (I got a call to bring butter) and a sense of relief that my business plate had been spun for the weekend.

At the urging of a friend, I put in my notebook so I could capture all the brilliant business ideas inspired by the great outdoors.

But, you know what, I didn’t get it out.  I spent the next 24 hours watching my kids try to catch a chipmunk with a grape as bait, eating way too many s’mores and telling my six-year-old to stop chasing my three-year-old with a stick.   We slept packed into a tent that was really too small for all four of us and shared our campsite with a HUGE patch of poison oak (maybe that’s why it was the last available campsite???)

And it was awesome.

 

And now I’m home and my husband has a busy week at work and the kids don’t have camp, and they were cranky and tired today (and I might have snapped a little too much when it was time to pick up.) And I didn’t have much time to work on my business today.

And it is fine.

 

Tonight I left bedtime duty to dad and cut out to my local coffee shop.  I’ve given myself one hour to focus on my business tonight.

Can I run my business on one hour a day?  No.  Can I run my business on one hour a day during our Summer Adventure weeks?

Yes.

 

If you want help making the most of your hour to focus on your business.  I have a few Summer Strategy Sessions left.  In just 45 minutes, we can tackle a sticking point in your business and give you actionable steps to work on to move your business forward, no matter how little time you have for the next few weeks.

If you are looking forward to Fall to really dive back into your business, I’d like to invite you to join Beryl Young and me for our Fall Well Balanced Mama Retreat experience.  You’ll get four months of business building focused support including a live weekend get away in Oct in the beautiful coastal community of Dillon Beach, Ca.

Want to learn a little more about what it is like to be a Well Balanced Mama?  Check out these blog posts from two of our Spring retreat attendees;
Julie Bowman from the Organized Details and
Heather Gonzalez from the Pink Polka Dot Bake Shop.

 
 
 
And what ever you do this summer, be it extra tv while you talk to clients or not blogging for two weeks (ahem…you didn’t notice that right??) because you are tell your kids to put down the sticks.

You are doing it right.