I have really enjoyed reading the success posts this week. It’s been challenging to rein in my own thoughts especially since I relate to each of these posts. In the past several months, however, I’ve been thinking a lot about where my family and business has been and will be heading in the next year. So, it’s serendipitous (don’t you love that word?) for me to write this post at this time. Thanks for the opportunity, Tara.
My definition of success has changed many times over the years. There is personal success: raising my two boys, supporting my husband through his major career change, nurturing relationships, etc. And there is professional success: building a career, starting a business, developing new skills.
Shortly after my husband started his medical residency (the aforementioned major career change), I started my business, à la mode. As a mom of two young boys, with a husband who worked 90+ hours a week, I found it impossible to work outside of my home. à la mode, has been my saving grace. It has given me the freedom to be available for my family and the personal satisfaction in developing something I can call my own.
Starting my business was a huge leap of faith. When it began four and a half years ago, I would have never guessed that it would be where it is today. Nor would I have guessed that so many other opportunities would transpire: developing a website, writing a blog, and creating great relationships online with people I’ve never met face-to-face. It’s been nerve wracking at times. The learning curve never ends. I’ve been tempted to quit. From the beginning, I’ve had a constant dialogue with myself to simply go with the momentum and not let my tendency to over think things stunt my ability to move forward. Just let go.
During this next year, my family will experience great change as my husband completes his 7th year of residency and finally starts his career. Our lives are again filled with uncertainty: new community, new schools, new job, transitioning my business. So, my current definition of success is embracing uncertainty and change and being open to the possibilities that will come. It is incredibly liberating to know that no matter what happens, all will be fine.
Has the definition of success changed for you over the years? How has your success surprised you?