Gratitude in Action: Owning a Business, Working from Home, and Being There for Moments That Matter
Today, I want to share a deeply personal moment that recently reminded me of the immense gratitude I have for owning my own business and working from home. It's a story that underscores the freedom, flexibility, and presence that entrepreneurship and remote work have afforded me – the ability to be there for my family, especially in critical times.
A few days ago, I received a call from my daughter's school letting me know she had been hit in the head by a fence on the playground. Without knowing exactly what her injuries were, I dropped everything and rushed to the school. Upon arrival, I saw a big gash in her forehead and knew we had to head to the emergency room. Meeting her pain with immediate action and comfort.
As I sat in the hospital waiting room, I couldn’t help but reflect on the immense gratitude I felt in that moment:
Freedom to Prioritize Family
Owning my own business has given me the freedom to make my family a priority. In situations like this, there are no bosses to answer to, no requests for time off, and no guilt about leaving work unfinished. My focus was entirely on my daughter and her well-being.
Flexibility of Remote Work
Working from home means my office is wherever I am – whether at my desk or in a hospital waiting room. Remote work allows me to seamlessly balance my professional responsibilities with my role as a mother, ensuring that my daughter receives the care and attention she needs, precisely when she needs it.
Cherishing Precious Moments
This experience served as a stark reminder of the preciousness of time. Being present for my daughter in her moment of distress reinforced the importance of the choices I’ve made in my career. I am grateful for every opportunity to be there for her, to witness her triumphs, and to offer comfort during her challenges.
In sharing this story, I hope to inspire others to appreciate the unique advantages that come with owning a business and working from home. It’s not just about financial independence or professional success; it’s about having the freedom to be present for the people who matter most in our lives, especially during the unexpected and critical moments.
As the holidays approach, I am reminded of the blessings that entrepreneurship and remote work have bestowed upon me. I am thankful for the ability to hold my daughter close when she needs me most, a privilege that my career choices have afforded me.