April 25, 2008.
Yesterday sucked, I am sorry to use that word, I could use a worse one - but it did. Some days are just um, sucky days. You look around, you are feeling sorry for yourself, no one is in the office to chat with, no one emails you back, projects fall through the cracks, orders are down.....it's raining. Yet, when the phone finally rings....it is just another business owner friend person, who complains about business and is having a bad day too. I love that we can commiserate, but it sort of feels like that book "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" - you know the drill, one thing after another, and next thing you know you are up to your elbows in 14 pieces of chocolate, a diet coke, and tears....oh wait is that just me?
I am not sure if it is due to the being the boss, being a female entrepreneur, wearing too many hats, or being a mom as to why we (yes I am lumping us all together) tend to get down on ourselves. I am sure I am not the first or the last mom that owns her own business that does not sometimes hold her head in her hands and think what am I doing? If I was flush with seed money, employees, stock options, venture capitalists and oh let's see Oprah's endorsement maybe, just maybe I would not be taking a swim in lake Jamie. If I may digress, I love that expression, I had a friend who was going through a divorce years ago (not to worry she is happily re-married to a great man now) and her friends would gather around her and feed her, give her wine and pretty much prop her back up, but all the while we would go swimming in her lake of sorrow. I loved that she had a name for it.....hence where we (me) were yesterday.
I won't bore you with the how to, why to, or what transpired just know - not good day. That was then, this is now - tomorrow is a new day right? right? I can sleep this off and start fresh. Even if I don't always get a good night sleep - kids, dog, kicking, husband, snoring, sprinklers....yes I am a light sleeper.
It's a New Dawn, It's a New Day
So, the nice thing about being the boss is that I get to start my days when I want (that would be 7:00 a.m. as soon as I roll my old body out of bed and I grab my blackberry) and I get to do what I want (not really but it sure sounds impressive) when I want to. I woke up this morning to this...............wait for it...............this picture I found her at a breeders home near our home:
Is she not the cutest thing you ever did see? We are going to see her on Sunday morning to put down a deposit (if we like her, ya right!) and then we can get her the following weekend. An early Mother's Day present for me....though according to my children I will have to share her with them. Even if you do not love dogs, or do not want a puppy, please tell me that face does not make you go, "Ohhhhh!"
Puppy Fever Helps this Entrepreneur
She put a skip in my step this morning, she lightened my loafers, or a jump in my coffee? Whatever it was I was in a good mood. And since I was in a chipper mood I started to do some "stuff" and get things off my ever growing to-do list. I sent out licensing proposals, I worked on my portfolio, I just kept going, no distractions. And oh I did keep taking a gander at this little cutie-pie as I worked.
A funny thing happened the more I worked the better my mood got, and then good things started to happen. Well, first...the puppy first, second I got an email from a company interested in seeing my work to license, and next a chain store wants to carry my products possibly. I literally wanted to do that Risky Business Dance, if I had a couch in my office I would have jumped on that too - I mean good things do come in threes right?
I don't know if there is a meaning, or anything or if these three things will all fall through the cracks (have to be realistic) but they cheered me up. They got me working, got me moving and got me feeling there is a light at the end of the tunnel. That little innocent puppy makes me stop and think about what I do, and realize it's just a job.....right? Right? Hope your day was good too....