Your “Passions” as a Parent
In balancing your work and life, including being self employed or a momprenuer, your passion may not only be what you think it is!
Sure, it could be a particular topic like a small business idea or basketball or playing the saxophone. Personally, I think things like that are way up there in passion, but not exactly on the very tip-top. Maybe they are but perhaps more a means to the end.
What do I believe is that your passion, regardless of who you are and what you do, goes way deeper than that.
Let's be honest here - your #1 passion is probably more entangled in a “who” not just a “what”.
Don't believe me? Imagine your kids just did something that might be questionable and you really didn't like it. (Probably way easier for some to imagine that than others!) It's okay for you to fuss and punish them, but woe be to someone else who might dare fuss at them or in front of you!
When I was a kid, the three of us siblings would tangle and at least come to word blows. God help some other kid who thought he would tangle with any one of us three! Suddenly the blows were no longer directed to “the wayward sibling” but “THE INTRUDER”!
Think about it. Why does the single mom often work more than one job? Is it because she just happens to like it? No, she's providing for her kids. My guess is her work life balance is lopsided. She really needs to find a profitable way to stay home, at least part of the time with her kids.
Her passion is not her work but those children. BUT -there is no reason she can’t have the very best of both worlds: running her side hustle idea AND being there for their kids.
Likewise, parents, both moms and dads want to “BE THERE” at that basketball game or tee- ball game or indulging in the hours of sitting on hard gym bleachers during those all day wrestling matches.
Is your current struggle with your passion for what you really want to do vs. what you have to do vs. “being there” for your family?
Then do something about it!
No, don’t quit your job to work at home without these seven things:
Let’s make that eight. Start small and work your way up to replacing income and benefits.
Okay, nine. Seek financial counsel from someone who is qualified to give you advice, not the most cautious person in your circle of family and friends that’s going to tell you to take the safest way that they would take.
And if you REALLY believe working at your current job and making money for someone else is always going to be there, I hope you are right. Small business owners get sick, die, eevn sell their businesses to someone else. Larger businesses buy and sell each other, change management and management styles. The economy changes. Layoffs happen.And that’s not even considering loving what you are doing instead of dreading every time you know you have to go to work on Monday morning or whatever day and time you have to punch that time clock.
Why not find your work passion while taking care of your real passion?
Do the Ben Franklin close on yourself.
Get a sheet of paper and draw a line down the middle. On one side write out the reasons to leave things exactly as they are. On the other side of that line, write all the reasons to make changes.
Now, if you are convinced you really don’t like the status quo, then start working on those seven, er, nine things listed above.
You might discover you can have your cake and eat it, too!
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Entrepreneur, Linda L Culbreth
Helping Frustrated Folks Balance WORK & LIFE, and DISCOVER How To View Their Own Personal Passion with Entrepreneurial EYES👀