"The Life of An Entrepreneur"
The life of an entrepreneur can be stressful. You go to bed late and wake up early and after awhile the lack of sleep starts to take a toll on your body and mind. Lately, I had replaced my time of meditation and worship with work and it wasn’t paying off. I had to go back to my source, God. Without our quality time in the morning and throughout the day, I felt drained and I started to lack motivation. I recently sat down and just thanked God for my struggles because it if wasn’t for the hard times, I probably wouldn’t remember to come to Him.
I really dislike when people only come to me or hit me up when they need something and yet this is what my relationship with God had become. I was so focused on my goals and I was really on a roll once I would accomplish a huge goal or when I would be shown favor in a situation that only God could have worked out. I was always on 10 and I had little down time and when I did have down time, I just wanted to sleep or I used it to clean the entire house.
See the way I think is, grind until I can happily retire at 40 and let my businesses work for me. I have so much that I want to do for God that I go full speed without asking God for instructions and directions along the way. I’m sure you as an entrepreneur can relate. When I first became Editor-In-Chief for the MadisonJaye website, I was already working 2 jobs, 1 corporate job and my own business Keys2Serenity which is my travel business, but somewhere along the way I lost focus. I paid more attention to my business than my mental, emotional and physical health.
I was really having issues because as an introvert even just being on social media daily and having to interact with people in person without having that alone time just made me moody often. I had to rejuvenate. So, I texted the few people that I talked too often and let them know my phone was going on airplane mode. Then I took a nap and after that I meditated and read my word then I went back to sleep. Let me tell you, I am SO sorry that I hated naps as a kid, like why did I not appreciate them enough? I love them SO much.
Now I listen to my body more and I schedule my time for work so that I can accomplish smaller goals and not just large ones that take so much of my time. That way I feel more accomplished and organized. I even schedule naps when I can. I can’t stand power naps, it’s something about having to put on an alarm on that I just despise, but naps work period. I may not have balance right now, but I’m a working progress and what works for me may not work for you, but I realize that without me, my business doesn’t stand a chance and so I take more time out for me now.
I want to leave behind a legacy for my children and in order to do that I have to chime down on being a perfectionist. I believe that God has a way of slowing us down when we constantly push ourselves past our limits or when we’re too hard on ourselves, so we can appreciate the moment and how far we’ve come. Time is not on our side so let’s make the time we do have count. Take a deep breath, let the sun caress your face and exhale the stress. Pull away for a moment and realize that there will always be things to do and tomorrow’s meeting and conference call will be there waiting, but you my dear can only function in today, so enjoy it.
By: EIC Le'Keshia Smith